Certainly the most iconic spot in Dubai, maybe the Middle East and quite possibly the planet, the Armani Hotel is located in the Burj Khalifa, AKA The Tallest Tower in the World, taking up the first 36 floors. As such, the views are somewhat spectacular. The surrounding area, Downtown Burj Khalifa, squeezes in the vast Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain and the Souk Al-Bahar Arabian-style market, with thousands of shops and hundreds of dining options just a few minutes walk away. The nearest beach is a 10-15 minutes taxi ride away, and a journey to the airport will take around 20 minutes.
Giorgio Armani is said to have overseen every element in the rooms and it certainly shows. Subtle, brown, wooden tones give each an extremely modern and minimalist cool feel, helped by plenty of natural light from the vast windows. There’s a futuristic touch, via a remote that gives users almost complete control of the room, from the lights to the curtains to the ‘personal lifestyle manager’, on hand to assist with all aspects of their stay.
The impressive airy lobby at the foot of the tower keeps with the cool and very Armani designs – dark, wooden shades of brown and cream across the walls and furnishings, including a comfortable selection of leather armchairs. Remember to look up before you go in, it is very tall.
Eating and drinking
The hotel’s glittering and expansive nightspot Armani/Prive has already become a hit with Dubai’s movers, shakers and cash-flashers, who descend en masse each weekend to shake their Jimmy Choos around giant bottles of vodka. It’s an impressive venue and worth a visit (just remember to make a reservation first, and wear some smart shoes). Among the hotel’s restaurants there’s the Armani/Peck, celebrating Milan’s 125-year-old deli, plus Armani/Hashi, which serves sushi overlooking the Dubai Fountain and Armani/Amal, which has added a sprinkle of innovation to classic Indian dishes. The venue is such that many come here simply to eat.
All 12,000 square feet of the Armani/Spa is designed with the same minimalism cool throughout the rest of the hotel, and comes with suitable an array of luxuries, including personal consultation with the spa manager and Armani-branded products.
Attentive, friendly and all clad in Armani clothing. Each guest gets a 'personal lifestyle manager' they can call at the press of a button.
Who stays there
Open only for a few months, the majority of Armani’s guests so far have been style-conscious types who might fancy something a little different and has become quite popular with visiting Arabs. In time, its location might begin to appeal to business travellers. Given Giorgio’s A-List friends, you might spot the odd celebrity there too.
The price for the ‘basic’ Armani Studio is not as ridiculously expensive as you may think and is inclusive of 10 per cent municipality fee and 10 per cent service charge (but not breakfast).
- Culture vultures
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Unbeatable setting