Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4330 0000
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Exacto Bladeshaped twin towers of this 400-room hotel and its adjacent office block are a dominant feature on Dubai's skyline. Visitors always gasp at the transparent elevators that whisk you up the 52 floors. Located in the heart of the business district, the hotel has a monopoly on the power brokers doing business in the adjacent Dubai International Financial Center. The Chopard floor is reserved exclusively for women: Rooms are serviced by female employees and have soft pastel furnishings and extras such as a small cosmetics fridge in the bathroom (complete with handy tubes of Chopard lip balm, eye cream, and moisturizer), and a desktop that doubles up into a large mirror. The H20 spa, dedicated to male pampering, also has an Oxygen Lounge with leather massage chairs and oxygen masks (it might cure your jet lag). Fifteen restaurants and bars include a branch of London's Hakkasan, local bankers' favorite Agency lounge, karaoke bar Harry Ghatto's, and Vu's restaurant foras if you couldn't guessthe view and its modern European cuisine. The tiny swimming pool is a bit of a letdown, although there's a free shuttle service to the one at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.