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La Ville Ho­tel & Suites, City Walk Dubai; Dukes Dubai; Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Lon­don at Ten Trin­ity Square; The Ritz-Carl­ton As­tana

BACK­GROUND A wel­come ad­di­tion to the city’s un­der­served bou­tique ho­tel sec­tor, La Ville opened in March and is part of Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional’s Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The fifth-floor prop­erty, con­tain­ing 77 rooms, 11 suites and 68 apart­ments, is a dis­tinc­tive low-rise – cer­tainly on a dif­fer­ent scale to the JW Mar­riott Mar­quis Ho­tel and other prom­i­nent high-rise ho­tels. The de­signs are sharp and com­ple­mented by plenty of nat­u­ral light, in line with the Col­lec­tion’s ‘like-nowhere-else’ ethos.

WHERE IS IT? In the heart of trendy City Walk, not far from Down­town Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Road. It’s safe to say City Walk from Mer­aas has made the tran­si­tion from con­struc­tion project to lived-in re­tail and res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity – I was amazed by the crowds on the path next to the ho­tel on the night we stayed. New restau­rants such as Galvin Dubai, Lima Dubai and Toro + Ko are help­ing draw foot­fall.

ROOMS We stayed in a one-bed­room res­i­dence on the fourth floor (#449, res­i­dences are to the right), which over­looked the main en­trance and of­fered a par­tial City Walk view. The apart­ment was fully equipped for long stays with kitchen area, wash­ing ma­chine, fridge, espresso ma­chine, and lounge with pull-out sofa bed, ad­join­ing the bed­room. Above the bed is an eye-catch­ing black-and-white Dubai de­sign and the en-suite bath­room is large enough for a stand-alone oval bath, two sinks, walk-in shower and toi­let around the cor­ner (cir­cu­lar ameni­ties from Moooi). Wifi was easy to con­nect to, and de­cent speed, while the large flatscreen TVs in both rooms give you the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect your de­vice.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS Qual­ity rather than quan­tity, as be­fits the bou­tique premise. We en­joyed din­ner at Graze gas­tro grill (pic­tured) which had an al fresco con­ti­nen­tal feel with the shut­ters pulled back, and it’s a clever dou­ble draw – pro­vid­ing an ap­petis­ing at­mos­phere for din­ers while tar­get­ing pass­ing trade. Fol­low­ing a shared ce­viche, I opted for Welsh Lamb Chops with mash potato, my part­ner went for the 12hour slow cooked ribs (very ten­der) and son de­mol­ished the mini burger. Next door, Chival is an at­trac­tive space – we had break­fast on the ter­race and along­side whole­some dishes are novel wa­ter flavours and healthy shots – and Grape­skin winebar on the cor­ner is prov­ing pop­u­lar (bev­er­ages to suit your mood, and the up­stairs area is ideal for cor­po­rate get-to­geth­ers). Other op­tions in­clude the bar at the LookUp rooftop venue – one for your instagram tallest tower pho­tos – and Lobby Café.

MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES Three venues are avail­able, Board­room 1 (525sq ft), Board­room 2 (241sq ft) and The X Lounge (1,676sq ft).

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES A small spa con­tain­ing two treat­ment rooms and gym are on the fourth floor and LookUp fea­tures a lin­ear pool. Do­minic El­lis

VER­DICT La Ville gets three large ticks for its bou­tique nov­elty, de­cent F&B and com­mu­ni­ty­ori­ented ac­cess

PRICE On­line rates for a one-bed­room res­i­dence in mid-Novem­ber are priced AED2,000 a night, ho­tel Deluxe Rooms from AED1,150

CONTACT La Ville Ho­tel & Suites City Walk, Dubai, Al Mul­taqa Street, PO Box 414433, Dubai, UAE. Tel: +9714 4033111, mar­ ho­tels/travel/dxblv-la-ville-ho­tel-and-suites-ci­tywalk-dubai-au­to­graph-col­lec­tion, livelav­

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