Often described as Dubai’s own bit of bohemia, this tiny boutique hotel is tucked away above locals' favourite XVA Gallery & Cafe in the cultural Bastakiya area of town. Each room has been designed by a different local artist and you’ll find the hotel follows the Arabic ‘majlis’ idea of plenty of open-air living spaces. Try not to feel short-changed by the fairly expensive price for a small-ish (for Dubai) room with no mod cons. Close by the hotel, you’ll find a maze of galleries, Dubai’s (only) museum and small, independent stores and cafes to amble in and out of. Al Musalla Road, Bur Dubai, (04 353 5988).To see 100 more of our favourite things to do in Dubai, click here.