Thursday, 30 August 2007

Hidden Hotel Gems: Dubai

Orient Guest House --
A Touch of Arabia in the City

Dubai is striving, ambitious and full of energy – as well as the home to huge construction sites, long detours and endless traffic jams. But amidst all the hectic day-to-day business, an attractive oasis of calmness with a truly Arabian touch has emerged in the heart of the boom metropolis: the Orient Guest House.

The Restored Bastakiya Quarter of Dubai

Bastakiya is Dubai’s old town quarter by the creek and a local heritage site. Within the array of restored houses, towers and buildings, two courtyards were joined to create the new 10-room hotel. Orient Guest House relies on a highly professional service quality. Managed and operated by the close-by Arabian Courtyard Hotel, its wellness and spa facilities are freely accessible.

Elegant Interior Design

The rooms are spacious, have a high ceiling and are tastefully furbished in old Arabian interior style. Breakfast is served under sand-coloured awnings in the open courtyard – rather warm in the summer months, but nevertheless a unique and authentic experience. The around-the-clock service is full of Asian friendliness and with close personal attention.

Breakfast Area in the Open Courtyard

One setback, however, must be noted: there is no beach access. So for those looking for a relaxed 2-week water- and sun-holiday, the choice might be not ideal. However, for those travellers on a stop-over or a short-term stay, the Orient Guest House might just be perfect: a touch of Arabian hospitality and surrounding in the modern glitter city.

Currently, summer opening specials can be had at an unbeatable 80€ for a double with breakfast – but these rates can be expected to go up considerably once full operation starts. So better hurry for a good deal on that unique experience!

Bastakiya Area
Dubai, UAE
Reservations: +971-4-3519111

Andreas Hauser