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It List: The Best New Hotels 2011

Armani Hotel Dubai, U.A.E.

Thomas Loof

Armani Hotel Dubai

Hyperbole is doomed in Dubai, where over-the-moon excess is as everyday as the caravans of Bentleys that cruise the city’s 12-lane superhighway. In the Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest building—Italy’s billionaire fashion kingpin Giorgio Armani made his April 2010 debut as a hotelier with a 160-room property that thumbs its nose at virtually everything that is Dubai. Think sleek and understated, greige and beige, beds topped with bespoke fabrics, and bathrooms lined with smooth Eramosa marble floors. Still, the hotel isn’t completely free of over-the-top touches: a fleet of Maserati Quattroportes and Range Rovers will whisk you around the city, and “lifestyle managers” are at your disposal from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart. Doubles from $735.

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