You might head to this boutique spot for a serene night’s sleep, but life surrounds this sleek hotel, from street art to an incredibly picturesque pool.
For a pool with a downtown view that's hard to beat, head to La Ville in City Walk
When it comes to City Walk, there is only one destination that springs to mind if you’re after a place to lay your head of an evening; La Ville Hotel & Suites. A part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, the boutique hotel opened in March 2017 and has quickly become the downtown go-to destination for travellers seeking an unpretentiously modern location.
While La Ville and its amenities are humble in quantity (note: not in quality), its the ensemble cast that surrounds the unique location that makes it a spectacular place to stay – from one of the most picturesque pool locations in the city to the art that breathes life into the surrounding streets.
Rooms & Hotel
The moment we walk into La Ville, the interiors instantly calm us thanks to cool cream hues, soft low-hanging lighting and the floor-to-ceiling windows that make up the lobby.
Upon reaching our room overlooking the hotel’s terrace and City Walk, this feeling only continues. The furnishings are equally tranquil, but an injection of life comes from the quirky sketch of shoppers that is doodled onto the wall.
From the view to the furnishing (we’ve already eyed up the gorgeous marble bathtub for a soak later in the evening) we feel relaxed and happily settle in.
Food & Dining
Whether you decide to dine in La Ville or tuck in at one of the gourmet restaurants in the surrounding walk, it will be hard to go hungry – or worse, full but not fulfilled – here.
Dinner is served during our stay at Grapeskin, a relaxed setting serving sharing boards alongside a bursting drinks menu. The ambience – from the dark wood decor to the musician playing guitar and performing soft sing-a-long classics – is reminiscent of a rural American tavern.
Sharing boards are the star of the show, and it proves to be a cheese lover’s haven with an offering that takes much consideration for guests to whittle down to five or six to share. Elsewhere other favourites from the menu include the Spanish octopus which is cooked with smoked paprika, garlic and herbs served on a bed on potatoes with a side of aioli and simple sides such as bruschetta and truffle fries.
Despite leaving satisfied, we still awake eager for breakfast at Chival the following morning. The decor is refreshing and the set up social, mirroring the cuisine that comes next. The buffet collection has cereal offerings with a selection of nuts and seeds to sprinkle on yourself, a delectable mix of freshly prepared fruit, savoury offerings such as creamy houmus and salads, and of course baskets upon baskets of warm bread that come in all shapes and sizes. But it’s the sweet offerings – Danish pastries, blueberry muffins, almond croissants – that have us salivating.
After pilling a plate, ordering an almond milk latte and freshly prepared healthy green juice, we then order from the menu – a full English breakfast for one of us, an acai bowl for the other. Two very different but equally satisfying starts to the day.
And with restaurants such as Graze cooking up prime cuts to customers’ taste and Look Up Bar dicing up generous salads and light bites, there’s plenty to chose from within La Ville, too.
Pool & Spa Treatments
One of the main attractions at La Ville is the gorgeous infinity pool. What is lacks in size it makes up for in incredible views of the Burj Khalifa – by day and night – making it the Instagram-picture location of the hotel. Hours upon end staring at the city views – with a glimpse of City Walk’s street murals – doesn’t grow old.
While La Ville doesn’t offer full spa facilities, which is a shame, treatments are on offer in special relaxation rooms. We try the Signature Massage. After picking out our personalised oil blend (from relaxing to energising depending on your needs) we unwind with the protecting, regenerating, smoothing massage includes Swedish, aromatherapy and deep tissue techniques, and return to the poolside feeling lighter than we have in a while.
While it might not be a beach haven or a place to book in for a full spa day, La Ville is the perfect location to unwind in a chic setting in Downtown Dubai, with plenty to explore is the creative hub surrounding you.
Find out more at livelaville.com.