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Staying in style: Top boutique hotels of dubai

BRB, we’re taking a break from telling stories to go start packing for a dreamy staycation in a boutique hotel. Please contact us only after 5 (definitely more than 5) business days. 

Okay, fine. We’re not actually going on holiday, although that does sound incredibly tempting. 

Boutique hotels are an interesting concept, in that something as extravagant as a hotel is taken and made fancier by adding a theme. They’ve been around since the 1980’s in all the big boy cities like London, New York and San Francisco, and found their identity in upscale furnishings and unique themes. 

These exquisite hotels make for memorable experiences, with more zest and colour than your typical luxury hotel. A portal into a realm called ‘Relaxation 101, but make it jazzy’, if you will. 

Dubai has its very own selection of fine boutique hotels that need to be explored. We’ve curated a list of the top three ones you absolutely should visit. 

XVA Art Hotel: The name says it all for this hotel. It’s quaint, it’s artsy and it’s an eclectic slice of the UAE. Located in the Al Bastakiya area of Fahidi, the XVA Art Hotel features individually decorated rooms and a gorgeous, earthy central courtyard. Art by celebrated local artists and designers like Zayan Ghandour and Numa, to name a few, dresses the interiors of the hotel. 

The award-winning cafe in the courtyard serves gourmet vegetarian grub made by fresh regional ingredients and the store offers local artwork, handicrafts, handmade handbags and jewelry. There’s even an art gallery where you can view the work of several international artists. 

What’s not to love? 

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Rixos The Palm Hotel and Suites: The embodiment of luxury, Rixos The Palm Hotel and Suites is a taste of Turkish culture in Dubai. This beach resort is located on the Palm Jumeirah and features 316 rooms with a sea-facing balcony, a soaking tub and modern Turkish decor. 

The Anjana Spa, a Turkish themed spa, panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai Marina and À La Turca, a restaurant serving Turkish food completes this experience. 

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Address Montgomerie: In contrast to the other picks, Address Montgomerie doesn’t have a specific theme, but is a boutique hotel in every sense of the word. A resort-style hotel in the Emirates Hills, it gives off a modern and chic vibe. 

It features all the typical amenities of a 5-star hotel with the added bonus of being tucked away in a quiet and peaceful corner of the city. 

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An avid reader and writer, Manaal is known for her passion for telling stories. This passion results in her reading everywhere, on the metro, bus, and even in her dreams. In the rare instance, she isn't absorbed in a book, she can be found cuddling with cats, sleeping, and collecting an obscene amount of shoes.

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