Armani Hotel Dubai
The 2010-opened hotel occupies the underground level through floor 8 and floors 38 and 39 of the Burj Khalifa, and representing designer Giorgio Armani's debut as a hotelier. The 500 acres house a massive aquarium, an Olympic-size ice-skating rink, the $12.1 million Dubai Mall, the world's largest indoor gold souk, a 30-acre man-made lake and, at the center of that lake, a kinetic $218 million fountain that shoots water more than 500 feet into the air while lights flash and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is heard singing an impassioned rendition of "Con te partirò." It is being billed, in the hyperbolic spirit of Dubai, as "the most prestigious square kilometer on earth." Here and there you can spot a Japanese influence, from tatami mats to sliding shoji-like screens. The palette is all beiges and grays, coffees and cappuccinos, deep olives and pale seafoam greens. Like the curvaceous Burj Khalifa itself, the walls in the guest rooms curve and bend, move and slide to give access to the bedroom, to the bathroom, to the walk-in closet.
In each living room and bedroom, oversize sliding panels, framed in bronze, open to reveal a flat-screen TV that doubles as a computer monitor, thanks to a wireless keyboard. Another oversize panel conceals a butler's station with an espresso machine, a well-stocked refrigerator, and drawers filled with Armani sweets. From the shampoo to the flatware, everything is stamped armani. Similarly, the flower arrangements in the guest rooms are the work of Armani/Fiori, which has a retail outpost in the lobby next to Armani/Dolci, which sells chocolates, jellies, sweets, and spreads. Also in the lobby is Armani/Galleria, which offers haute couture accessories from the Armani Privé collection. The hotel also has eight in-house restaurants, all designed by Armani, along with a serene, 14,000-square-foot spa on the third floor, which opens to an outdoor swimming pool on the spa's terrace.
Room to Book:The Armani Executive Suites located on the fifth and sixth floors have unobstructed views of the magnificent Dubai Fountain. The suites are all equipped with flat-screen televisions, but with front-row seats to the world's largest performing fountain, it's unlikely you'll use the remote.
Insider Tip:Grab a portable lunch from the hotel's sleek Italian restaurant, Armani/Peck, and picnic in style on a yacht cruise (arranged by the concierge) along the Persian Gulf.
AmenitiesOpen / Closes
- Accessible by Public Transportation
- Design Hotel
- Luxury Boutique Hotel
- Meeting Room
Number of Rooms: 160
Number of Restaurants: 8
Number of Suites:
Number of Bars: 2
Year Opened: 2010