The hotel is integrated into City Walk, a swanky pedestrianized district with casual and licensed eateries, high-end shopping and cinemas. It’s handy for most areas of interest: seven minutes by taxi to Downtown, 15 minutes to the beach and 20 minutes to either the airport, marina district or creek-side heritage area. The U-shaped hotel is set around a tranquil courtyard with decorative pools, olive trees, and low sofas. The lobby encourages socializing, with a café and an elegant lounge with lots of cream sofas and dusty pink accents.
The restaurants feel more contemporary and laidback: Chival, the all-white, all-day dining restaurant spills out into the courtyard, while the monochrome Graze brasserie opens onto a street-side terrace. As a boutique city hotel, La Ville is light on facilities compared to many of Dubai’s all-singing, all-dancing offerings. But there are few places that beat the rooftop infinity pool, and its skyline views, on a balmy afternoon.
There is also a small spa with two treatment rooms with adjustable beds, and treatments using Anne Semonin and Neom products.
Service was polished, friendly and relaxed, from the charming doorman and restaurant staff to the efficient front desk. The concierge team can organize everything from Dubai Opera tickets to a personal shopper to help you navigate the malls or discover local designers. Deluxe rooms are spacious and inviting, with cream blackout curtains, crisp white bedding and a seating area with a chaise lounge and floor lamp.
Large windows provide plentiful natural lighting, while black-and-white murals of City Walk add a sense of place. Home comforts include an espresso machine, super-soft grey robes, and a yoga mat. Creamy granite bathrooms have a large bath and wet room-style shower, plus amenities from Dutch brand Moooi, with a heavenly woody scent.
If you want a Burj Khalifa view, opt for a Premium room. The poolside rooftop bar was quiet during my stay but apparently picks up in the cooler winter months. A better option for drinks is the industrial-styled Grapeskin wine bar, with a wine menu to match your mood (stressed, ready to party, etc.) and small sharing plates (sliders, cheese platters with homemade fig bread).
For something more substantial, Graze serves charcoal-grilled meats and seafood with sides to share (wild mushrooms with truffle oil, spinach salad with feta and pine nuts). It gets the casual vibe just right with an open kitchen and enthusiastic team; start with playful cocktails like the Graze Craze (tequila peppered with sumac, pomegranate, and pink salt) and order the signature grill platter for the barbecue beef brisket alone.
Breakfast at Chival served until 11:30 am, consists of a Continental buffet and hot dishes (kofte, falafel, potato with beef chorizo) plus eggs cooked to order (Benedict; with gravlax; sides of avocado, mushrooms, and labneh). No pork is served. Children are welcome, although the hotel is geared towards adults. There are interconnecting rooms, children’s menus and a goodie bag on arrival.