- Dubai heritage site - Bastakiya windtowers
- Courtyard arches
- Decorative handmade papers
- Courtyard art gallery
- Central courtyard artwork and lanterns
- Central courtyard conceptual hanging art
- Arabian architecture
- Gallery space
- Hallway Pop art side chair
- Bespoke decorative chair and inked upholstery
Located in the pedestrian area of Bastakiya, XVA Art Hotel combines all the characteristics of an art-furnished boutique hotel with the architecture of a 100-year-old Dubai house.
Owned by American-born Mona Hauser, the combination of the 4 activities of XVA (hotel, café, store, gallery) is a result of Hauser's vision to create a meeting point for the cultural community of Dubai.
On the more historic Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek, Bastakiya was home to Iranian expatriates (many from the Bastak region) for generations. The small, well-preserved precinct is characterised by mosques and low-lying 19th-century houses. Today, it's a cultural hub with museums and galleries; XVA is a short walk from the Majilis Gallery and Basta Art Café.
The eight rooms are more guesthouse than hotel: they're on the small side, and the shuttered doors are secured with padlocked wooden bars. Mod cons are kept to an unobtrusive minimum. The individually designed rooms showcase the work of Middle Eastern designers and artists such as Essa, Gaia&Gino and Halim Al Karim. With two traditional courtyard houses built out of coral-coloured stone and three wind towers, all accented by dark wooden furniture, pottery, and plants, XVA comprises an amalgamation of ground-floor gallery space, eight art-hotel rooms on the second floor, and a courtyard vegetarian café. With their pillared arches, stone latticework, wooden beams, lanterns, shuttered doors and windows, the courtyards extend the gallery space and are dotted with paintings and clay sculptures.