For me the XVA hotel and gallery is a little haven in the middle of the hustle and bustle of old Dubai. It's located in the Al Fahidi neighbourhood, right next to the Dubai museum.
There are 13 uniquely designed rooms, which are also used by artists in residence. Unlike the glitzy towering 5 star hotels of Dubai, XVA has a charm of its own.
There is no fancy spa or pool, but it does reside above the beautiful XVA gallery, and overlooks the courtyard cafe.
You can also walk around the neighborhood and down the narrow old alleyways of how Dubai used to be. It's a peaceful reminder of how we need to sometimes slow down amongst the noise and rush of modern day living. And in a city like Dubai, we all need a little secret place to get away from it all.
Click on the video above to see my review on the XVA hotel.