Dubai is known for its luxe accommodations, but there's more to explore when looking for hotels.
If you're craving a boutique experience, book the XVA Hotel, found in one of Dubai's oldest houses.
The XVA Art Hotel offers a unique stay in the historic district
Tucked away in the charming alleyways of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, the boutique XVA Hotel is located in one of Dubai's oldest houses.
A café and art gallery occupy the shaded courtyard of the restored house, and the building still retains its original architectural elements, such as the traditional wind towers.
The hotel's 15 rooms are complete with works by local artists and vibrant Arabian-inspired furnishings. Visitors should expect friendly and attentive service and a cozy guesthouse vibe.
It's a 12-minute walk from the Textile Souk in old Dubai and a 10-minute walk from the Al Fahidi metro station.
Room rates start as low as under $50 a night.
Tip: If you're looking for souvenirs, the in-house store offers handicrafts, handmade jewelry, and bags.
The Jumeirah Mina A'Salam 5-star hotel is full of evocative architecture and design
The luxurious Jumeirah Mina A'Salam is surrounded by beautiful architecture and the meandering Madinat Jumeirah canal.
Designed with jewel tones and dark wood accents, the rooms offer top-notch amenities. There's also a private beach, a spa, and tons of restaurants and bars around the resort complex.
Popular attractions such as the Dubai Mall, Ski Dubai, and Dubai Marina are about a 10- or 15-minute drive away.
Average room rates are about $327 a night.
Tip: Try the hammam (Turkish bath) at Talise Spa or make use of the complimentary spa facilities, including the sauna, plunge pools, and outdoor pool.
The Address Sky View is in a prime location for hitting all the popular sites
The Address Sky View hotel is an excellent choice if you're looking to spend some quality time around Downtown Dubai.
It also offers access to the metro, so you can easily get to other parts of the city.
All the rooms provide fantastic views of either the Burj Khalifa skyscraper or Downtown Dubai, and rates range from about $220 to $1,770 a night.
Tip: For panoramic skyscraper views, head to the infinity pool located on the hotel's Sky Deck.
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