An original and stylish haven of peace and art, the XVA is a boutique hotel of seven rooms, located in the heart of the popular Bastakiya area, in the old part of the city. The Bastakiya area used to be an ancient authentic Iranian quarter of traditional wind towers; the area has since been renovated to resemble its former glory and is now a big tourist attraction. The XVA is famous for being one of Dubai's most prised contemporary art galleries as well a healthy option vegetarian café that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The gallery, guesthouse and café all fit perfectly well together in a typical Bastakiya house with several courtyards to wander around. A perfect hideaway for holidaymakers looking to put a spin on what could be a fast-moving holiday of skyscrapers and flashy cars. Each room is decorated in a different style inspired by different continents from Asia to Africa. Ideal for couples looking to stay somewhere quirky and different; families could also have a great time here but children would need to be very well-behaved. The XVA is a good base to explore the bustling metropolis from, where guests can unwind after a long hot day of sightseeing.
By Rooksana Hossenally. Images Stéphanie Poli.
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