2. Zaabeel House Al Seef, Dubai.
This hotel is only a five-minute car journey away from XVA Art Hotel and a popular spot for locals to send visitors. You’ll still get the traditional, local neighborhood feel here but with a quirkier touch and more affordable rates. Set on Dubai’s creek — historically one of Dubai’s strategic trade hubs — Zaabeel House has 200 rooms with a smart focus on design, and a modern, millennial vibe.