Orient Guest House
7 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great service and place - hot water a problem
"This was a nice little place to stay. Great location. Great service. The only problem was the lack of continuous hot water for a shower. It would start out fine but would run cold after a bit - never enough for a whole shower. (Certainly not enough to wash your hair, ladies.) It seems to be a simple enough problem to fix but was tough to communicate that to the staff who would just run the water and show you how it's already hot. Staff was great, but maybe it was a language barrier thing that made it impossible to get what I was saying across.
Other than that, staff accommodated us with an extra early breakfast the morning we had to leave, which I thought was great.
If you do book this hotel, don't bother to try and find it with your taxi. It's impossible and you'll waste money trying. Instead, go straight to the Arabian Courtyard hotel and ask them there. The doorman got right into our cab and led the way for us."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of January 2008
outstanding Oasis in 'Old Dubai'
"We have just spent three wonderful nights at the Charming Orient.
In a nutshell :
Location - 10/10. Surrounded by Souks,Museums, the Creek and all the beuatiful buildings now run as cafes and galleries in the Bastakyia Quarter we are so glad we spent the first half of our trip here before heading to the glitzy beach resorts
Rooms/Amenities - 8/10 . Rooms very comfortable and quiet spacious. The central courtyard is a gorgeous place to take breakfast or have a quiet break.
Service - 9/10 Jaya was on call 24/7 and has a lovely calm manner striving to do his best at all times.
Value - 11/10 . The Orient is less than a third of the price of the Jumeriah resorts and represents outstanding value for money. We really could not fault it.
An oasis in all the craziness."
- Travel date: Sun 30th of December 2007
Great base for a few days in Dubai
"Just got back from holiday, which included a 3 night stop-over in Dubai. The Orient Guest House was the perfect place for us to stay.
Our room was very spacious, nicely furnished and generally very clean. Also being set back from the road, was very quiet. My only moan about the room, was the hot water, which ran out very quickly. The only way to guarentee we both had a hot shower was for one of us to shower in the evening and the other the following morning. Breakfast was fine, fairly basic, but enough to keep you filled up until much later.
Location wise, it is perfect. The Dubai museum is literally a 2 minute walk, as are a few other local attractions. There are plenty of taxi's to be had on the road outside, so getting about is simple. The airport is also a short 10 minute taxi ride.
If you want to see the sights of Dubai, then i recommend this guest house. If you want to sit on the beach, then this isn't the place for you."
- Travel date: Wed 24th of October 2007
A perfect hotel
"If you are like me and, wherever possible, stay in a four star, historical, boutique hotel, then the Orient Guest House is for you.
The Bastakiya historical quarter, where the Guest House is located, is very nice, although perhaps a little too "Vogue Living". Since restoration, it lacks the centuries old authenticity of (say) the medinas of the cities of Morocco. On the other hand, it also lacks the pollution and the grime! Also, though airbrushed, it is uniquely historical for Dubai.
Bastakiya is close to the creek and the abra public boats, which are a very atmospheric way of getting across to the commercial district (including the souks and some of the nicer, less garish shopping centres, with Al Ghurair being particularly nice). The captain of your abra will also take you on a creek tour, with the boat to yourself, for a modest 100 dirhams.
The only thing that is remote is the Jumeirah beach area, but a taxi ride to the lovely Bahri Bar (in the plush but surprisingly informal / relaxed Madinat hotel, with a wonderful view of the Burj al-Arab) is not too exorbitant and more than enough for a beach hater like me.
The Guest House itself has the feel of a traditional Arabian riad. It is small, but surprisingly private. I suspect when the Guest House is full, the noise from the courtyard, where people eat breakfast and mingle, may intrude into your room. In this situation, the more expensive rooms may be preferable, as they have a separate courtyard to themselves. If you're not after a swim, the roof is the perfect place to sunbathe, with coffee, cold water and some fruit cheerily brought to you by staff.
Breakfast is tasty and the staff extremely friendly, with nothing being too much trouble. What's more you really have the best of both worlds. The Guest House is a companion hotel of the Arabian Courtyard Hotel, which is about 5 minutes away. As a visitor to the Guest House, you have full access to the facilities of the Courtyard. It is a proper 4 star hotel with pool, gym, beautician (with an excellent male masseuse from Egypt whose name I forget), several pubs / bars (including a bizarre but enjoyable girly Indian dancing bar where the performers remain on stage and fully clothed!) and a nice, if somewhat pricey, Indian restaurant.
The Guest House is not cheap, but infinitely better than staying a discounted hotel in Deira (which I found interesting to walk through, but far too scrappy to stay in), and a much better way of getting a feel for Dubai than lying on the beach in Jumeirah admiring the Burj al-Arab and the Arabian sea.
A brief postcript. For those keen to experience the desert as a landscape, rather than a place to oppress and in which to be oppressed by a dune bashing 4 wheel drive, I would suggest you splash out and stay a night or so at the Bab al Shams oasis hotel. A much more peaceful way to appreciate the magnificence of the desert, no matter how enjoyable the post dune bashing camel ride and desert dinner!
I hope you enjoy the Orient Guest House and the impressive city of Dubai as much as I did!"
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of May 2007
Lovely place to stay
"We just returned from 2 nights in Dubai. This accommodation is perfectly located in the Bastaykiya area and has a lovely traditional feel. It is a short walk from the textile souks and you can catch a boat across the creek to the spice and gold souks for just 1 Dhr. Our room was large, with a very comfortable bed, lovely new furnishings in arabic style, effective airconditioning, and nice little touches like a fruit basket replenished daily. Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in one of the two lovely courtyards. There was a choice of either traditional english (cereal, toast, eggs or omlette with mushrooms and tomato) or arabic style breakfast consisting of Foul Moudammas, fetta, olives, grilled halloumi, pita bread). The guesthouse is run by the same group as the Arabian Courtyard Hotel and guests staying at the Orient Guesthouse can use the facilities at this hotel. We arrived early in the morning and were offered to check in early (at a cost of 50% rack room rate which equated to the same price as we payed per night when booked via website). Instead, we opted to go across to Arabian Courtyard for a leisurely breakfast followed by exploring the souks before returning to check in at 2pm. A final note, if you want the room with the 4 poster bed as shown in the pictures you will need to request the suite. Overall, a great experience."
- Travel date: Fri 20th of April 2007
The fantastic Orient Guest House Dubai
"This is an obsolutely lovely guest house in the artistic area of Bastaykiya. It's a traditional arabic building and the rooms are each based on an Arabic theme. It's in a quiet part of the city but it's very easy to get to the beach resorts souks malls, etc. Which is great as it's easy to enjoy the hustle and bustle or peace and tranquility.
The people who worked/ ran the hotel could not have been nicer, and it was a pleasure to talk to them. And the Arabic breakfast is absolutely delicious. 10 out of 10 for everything, an absolutely wonderful holiday and would go back again tomorow if I had the chance."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of March 2007
Wonderful stay at the Orient Guest House
"We had a wonderful stay at the Orient Guest House. It has so much more personality and character than the big hotels. The people working there were very friendly and helpful. It is located in a heritage section of the city and the hotel decor fits perfectly with the ambiance of the area. The guest house was very clean, quiet and the breakfast was good.
We highly recommend the Orient Guest House. Our only advice is if you are not familiar with Dubai try to arrange a pick up at the airport because you will have a hard time finding it (most taxis did not even know it was there!).
Erika and Jason, Campbell River, Canada"
- Travel date: Sun 11th of March 2007