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  • Best for Exploring Old Dubai: Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa (tel. 04-351-9111; www.arabiancourtyard.com), Al Fahidi Street, Deira. This distinctly Arabian-style hotel sits across from the Dubai Museum and is an excellent base for exploring the city's old quarter.
  • Best Boutique Hotel: Orient Guest House (tel. 04-351-9111; www.orientguesthouse.com), Bastakiya. Situated in a restored Arabian villa in the historic Bastakiya neighborhood, this boutique hotel offers 24-hour butler service, promising guests personalized attention. This is a distinct alternative to the city's predominantly high-rise hotels.
  • Best for Reliable Value: Novotel (tel. 04-318-7000; www.novotel.com), next to the World Trade Centre. You'll discover one of the city's best values at this French-chain hotel, a simple yet stylish choice conveniently located off Sheikh Zayed Road.
  • Best Traditional Arabic House: XVA (tel. 04-353-5383; www.xvahotel.com), Bastakiya Heritage Area. Original Arabian designs fill the seven rooms at this unique inn, cafe, and gallery, located right at the heart of the old quarter.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.