Your accommodation can literally make or break a trip, that’s why boutique hotels are the way to go. Not only are they far more intimate than your generic hotel chain, they come with curated experiences of their own – and with far more charm.
Aside from their typically super-cosy rooms, a stay in a boutique hotel often means finding yourself gazing at walls filled with local art, digging through a library of well-curated books, and sinking into design furniture that simply looks uncomfortable.
In recent years, the region has seen a few new properties pop up, and we’ve curated a list of the best ones for you.
Al Seef Heritage Hotel, Dubai With hundreds of options, picking a hotel in Dubai can be a daunting task, especially if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get a taste of the real Dubai. Situated in the heart of Old Dubai is Al Seef Hotel, a property where tradition comes first. This vintage-style boutique hotel will take you back to 1950s Dubai. It’s comprised of 10 ‘bayts’ (traditional emirate houses) which contain its 200 rooms, all of which are connected by communal courtyards. From the reception’s vintage service bell, to the palm beam ceiling and the stone floors, a stay at Al Seef is truly unique in a city like Dubai.
Rooms start from 100 USD per night
The Merchant House, Manama Comprised of 46 suites, the Merchant House is Bahrain’s only suite-only hotel. But that’s not all that makes it the gulf nation’s best. This boutique hotel is the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary, with an ultra-modern, colourful design juxtaposed against Manama’s old markets in the Bab al Bahrain neighbourhood, where the hotel is located. The property features the work of contemporary Bahraini artists on its walls and features a library with over 1,000 books ready to you to delve into after taking a dip in the infinity pool on the rooftop.
Rooms start at 350 USD per night
Symphony Style, Kuwait CityLocated in the heart of the vibrant shopping district of Salmiya, Symphony Style is the perfect spot for a quick trip to Kuwait. The hotel is renowned not only for its incredible views of the bay, but its vibrantly designed rooms, which are sure to perk up anyone’s mood. If that’s not enough, you can take relaxation to the next level at the hotel’s Six Senses Spa.
Rooms start at 257 USD per night
The Chedi Muscat, MuscatSince its launch in 2002, The Chedi is everyone’s go-to accommodation in Muscat. With its Hajar Mountain views and five-star service, it makes perfect sense. Not to mention, the hotel is home to the Middle East’s longest pool.
Rooms start at 528 USD per night
V Boutique Hotel – Jeddah
Situated just a few miles from city centre, V Boutique Hotel is a no brainer for anyone looking for where to stay in Jeddah. There, you’ll find some of the city’s best views, and not to mention the coziest rooms.