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“something different for Dubai”
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Orient Guest House
Ranked #3 of 62 Dubai B&B and Inns
Perth, Australia
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“something different for Dubai”
Reviewed 2 August 2011

This place suited our taste as we are more interested in guest house type accommodation. Service was excellent, very friendly and helpful. The room on the upper floor was not at all as good looking as on their website, felt v.dusty and in need of an updating but comfortable. Bathroom adequate but nothing luxurious.Breakfast in the cute courtyard was excellent and very fresh, the hummous was the best I had in my life, so yummm.
Location was good near Dubai Creek (go in one of the local ferry across the creek, much more fun than the tourist trips and soooo cheap) and the Museum (Dubai explorer double decker bus stops there) but not much around for eating out. We tried the indian place in the large parent hotel 5mn away (arabian something...) and we didn't like it much, quite expensive and corny as...wait staff pretentious and although the musicians were good, all was a bit too much/fake
but hey what else to expect when in Dubai !!!!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

Stay here if you want the other, I think, more authentic Dubai. It is not a high rise, mall area. It is in Bastakia, very close to Dubai Creek, in an area of converted old warehouses. Dubai Museum is there as well as some art galleries and a pretty mosque which looks beautiful lit up at night. The guest house is not easy to find. Look for sign for Basta Art Café (which by the way has excellent food and Arabic tea). I ate there twice during my 2 night stay. The guest house has a charming courtyard. Rooms are nice, the antique look. Breakfast is nothing extraordinary but adequate. Staff is very polite and parking is free at their sister hotel around the corner. Prices are excellent. We also spent 2 nights at the Movenpick and wish we had spent the entire time at the Orient Guest House. Free internet, something the Movenpick should provide (this is 2011), was a plus. Take an abra boat ride, like the locals do, at Dubai Creek. You can get off and see Gold Souk. If you want a private desert safari, email dubaivamy@gmail.com. Expensive but worth it. Our driver, Ahid, was very knowledgeable and an expert driving in the dunes. Private means it is just your group and the driver, and the awesome barbeque he makes in the middle of the desert (be sure to have Ahid’s famous chicken!)

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

We were made to feel very welcome by the delightful house Manager. If you want to experience the "old Dubai" the location is superb, being right alongside the Dubai Museum and close to the souks and the Dubai creek. They are affiliated with the Arabian Court Hotel along the road, and we used their restaurant. The room was fine with a comfortable bed and good bathroom. Breakfast is in a courtyard and there is a roof area for relaxation. Parking is non existent and our driver could not find the Hotel without a number of phone calls. Our taxi pickup had to be coordinated for a quick stop on a busy road with no stopping permitted.
We would definately stay there again now that we know the ropes.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, ON, Canada
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Reviewed 9 March 2011

If you want to feel like you are NOT on in the middle east then this is not a place for you. The decoration and the surroundings cannot get more Arabian. The service was good and the breakfast included was OK.
The rooms are big and very comfortable. The restaurant next door has the most amazing camel burger and the best iced tea I had in my life. The area is Bur Dubai (Old) and it's a very nice to get to see the real face of this city.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2011

Upon arrival at the guest house, which is situated in the old quarter of Dubai, my wife and I were told that we had no reservations for our projected 3 day stay. We had our hotel in Muscat call this establishment on the basis of a guide book recommendation. We furnished the manager the confirmation number, the time and date of reservation, the name of the reservation clerk, the price of the room and the fact that our visa number had been accepted. We were finally given a room. After resting, we deposited the key at the f ront desk as requested, and were told we had to leave the room. We protested and were allowed to stay. After the second day, we asked if we could stay on another night as our flight arrangements had been changed to a red eye special. The manager replied 'no problem' - that they had plenty of rooms. The following morning after breakfast, we were told that we would have to vacate the room. Upon inquiry and protest, the manager stated that a last minute group had booked the hotel and therefore, we were kicked out. She said that she would try to find us another room in the area later in the day. When we returned from sightseeing, no hotel had been secured. We were told we could stay in the lounge area with our luggage. I requested to stay in the room until it needed to be cleaned. After the knock on our door, my wife and I, both senior citizens, struggled with our luggage through the narrow corridors up and down steps to the lounge, as the staff watched. At 11:00 p.m.,that evening, the night manager watched as we struggled with our luggage and were informed that we could simply walk the block through the narrow old town alleys and would be able to find a taxi at that hour on our own. This small hotel of 10 rooms has great promise but under present management and staff attitude, I would have to rate it 0 stars. Traveler Beware.

Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Orient Guest House
Address: Al Fahidi St | Bastakiya Heritage Area, Dubai 46500, United Arab Emirates
Region: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Dubai > Dubai > The Creek
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Dubai
Price range (per night): $78 - $173
Hotel Class:3 star — Orient Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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