Creative staycations: Discover the UAE hotels brimming with artistic flair

Mabel Roy
Jul 26, 2021

Looking for a creativity-inspiring hotel in the UAE? See our list of hospitality hubs across the emirates.

Summer vacations are around the corner, meaning local staycation and far-flung holidays are on the agenda. Whether you’re visiting the UAE from afar or looking for somewhere nearby to get your creative fix, here are the UAE art hotels to visit.

XVA Art Hotel, Dubai

This boutique hotel is a quaint place featuring Arabian artwork, reflecting the country’s rich history. Located in the Al Fahidi district of Dubai, the hotel’s rooms are filled with Persian details and works by well-known Middle Eastern artists adorn the indoor and outdoor galleries. A rustic, minimalist design is embodied throughout.

XVA Art Hotel was established in 2003, and currently runs artistic workshops, and holds monthly exhibitions for both established and emerging artists.

TRYP by Wyndham

Located in Barsha Heights, this four-star hotel has 650 rooms, boasting a modern design concept. TRYP by Wyndham’s rooms and suites are urban chic, boasting stylish decor and bold pops of colour.

The venue has three restaurants serving dishes and drinks from Europe, the Mediterranean and Greece, with one specially catering to Spanish food. This ultra-modern hotel is close to Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa. It is ideally located near Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport.

Taj Dubai

This modern and luxurious hotel located in the heart of the Business Bay area features a panoramic view of Burj Khalifa. Winner of the 2017 US Conde Nast Traveller’s Reader’s Choice Awards, the 5-star hotel is a breathtaking fusion of Indian heritage and Taj service, boasting 296 rooms and suites that are elegantly decorated with pieces of Indian artistry.

Canopy by Hilton Al Seef

The Canopy Hotel is ideally located in Dubai’s new cultural district, Al Seef. The four-star hotel is part of a collection of eclectically designed hotels situated in the Al Seef neighbourhood. Canopy is Hilton’s chain of boutique hotels, offering comfort, thoughtful design and an energizing atmosphere- a first of its kind in the Middle East.

The hotel combines local materials, art and craftsmanship for a one-of-a-kind design creating an authentic space that is like an extension of the Al Seef neighbourhood. It offers accommodation, bars and eateries with an overall funky vibe. Channelling Dubai’s rich heritage and style through its design and Arabian hospitality, the hotel also has stylish meeting spaces equipped with the latest technology. 

Raffles Dubai

This landmark hotel has a distinctive pyramid shape, merging Asian styles with an Egyptian aesthetic. Located close to the magnificent Khan Murjan Souk, Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Trade Centre, the hotel is in the heart of the city.

The stunning facade of Raffles Dubai conveys a unique architectural statement while the hotel’s interiors offer a treasure trove of ancient legends, exceptional artworks and design excellence. The lobby welcomes visitors with a display of a majestic Asian waterfall, brass chandeliers featuring arabesques and grandeur columns embellished with hand-carved hieroglyphs. 

Hotel Indigo

Located in Downtown Dubai, Hotel Indigo brings the vibrancy of traditional culture with a contemporary twist in its design. Partnering with local creatives in the city, it features over 200 curated pieces of art from associations like Al Serkal Cultural Foundation and Tashkeel. The lobby features a large digital media art installation while each hotel floor is dedicated to displaying the works of one artist.

In addition to the common spaces, each hotel room is decorated with surrealist wallpaper, bespoke lamps and eye-catching wardrobes. As a homage to the country’s pearl diving heritage, the spa-inspired mother-of-pearl bathrooms and Moroso designer furniture also add a great touch to the interiors. 

Interested in a staycation at an art hotel? Read our review of Hotel Indigo here.