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Discover the best boutique hotels in Dubai

Tue, March 23, 2021

Skip the sky-scraping hotels for more personal alternatives with plenty of character in the city.

Skip the sky-scraping hotels for more personal alternatives with plenty of character in the city.

1

Al Seef Heritage Hotel

Ideally nestled by the banks of Dubai Creek, the Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton is where the beauty of traditional architecture meets modern day luxury. Situated closely to iconic attractions such as The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, it truly is a great way to experience the best of Emirati hospitality. With a range of delicious restaurants and activities nearby at Al Seef district, you’ll find it hard to leave. Step out in the evenings to experience live entertainment and a bustling waterfront, a few footsteps away.

2

XVA Gallery Art Hotel & Café

Explore Dubai's past at XVA Gallery Art Hotel & Café, located near the Dubai Creek. Accommodation includes 14 individual rooms, showcasing architectural and cultural motifs. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast between the three leafy courtyards, before heading out for daily excursions. If you choose to stay in, there's an award-winning cafe to try, stargazing on the rooftop, as well as an on-site gallery and boutiques filled with handmade wares. Visitors can also gain an insight into Middle Eastern creativity by resident artist Halim Al Karim.

3

Manzil Downtown

Admire Arabian artwork stencilled above the beds and hanging on the walls of each room at Manzil Downtown Dubai. Choose from four room types including Deluxe rooms and the Burj View Suite, each offering spectacular in-room spa treatments. Relax by the pool to soak in the skyline views, and enjoy a meal after at The Courtyard restaurant, located a hop, skip and jump away from Burj Khalifa.

4

Noon Hotel Apartments

Just minutes from the Mall of the Emirates is Noon Hotel Apartments, a hospitality-led tribute to Arabian art. The hotel was named after the Arabic letter which has great meaning in Islamic culture. It comprises one, two, and three bedroom suites, along with a restaurant, pool and sauna. The real highlight is the on-site gallery, which exhibits the works of artists such as Najat Makki from the UAE and Khaled Slimane from Tunisia, along with special exhibition evenings throughout the year.

5

Park Regis Boutique Jumeirah

With its prime location right by the beach, Park Regis Boutique Jumeirah is a budget traveller's dream come true. The 21-room property has a purple and wood design theme, with Arabesque touches throughout, adding an inimitable feel. Other highlights include the Nespresso coffee machines in every room as well as complimentary WiFi, and the chance to dine at 21 Grams – the Balkan bistro features indoor seating and a cosy outdoor terrace, popular pastry counter and a delicious menu of inspired dishes. There's a park nearby too, so the little ones can stay entertained.

6

Vida Downtown

If you prefer a chic place close to Dubai’s top Downtown landmarks such as Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, then Vida is the place where you can feel at home. Accommodation ranges from Deluxe Rooms to the spacious two-bedroom Boulevard Suite, with a large terrace featuring skyline views. The hotel has complimentary WiFi, a pool, fitness centre and business desk in the lobby. Try the weekend Friday brunch at the all-day dining restaurant 3in1 for a fun, poolside culinary celebration. 

7

Meliá Desert Palm

Escape into the intimate settings at Meliá Desert Palm, amid rolling green fields, luxurious rooms and exceptional service. Located at the lush Desert Palm Polo Club, the hotel includes 38 rooms ranging from the Palm Deluxe Rooms, with over the pool views and gardens, though for a more secluded experience, the 585sqm Villa Layali delights with its own open-air courtyard and pool. During your stay, make sure you relax at the on-site Samāna Spa.

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