Armani Hotel Dubai, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4 888 3888
Fax: 971 4 888 3777
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Armani Hotel Dubai, Giorgio Armani's debut hotel, occupies the first eight floors plus levels 38 and 39 of the Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest skyscraper and the epicenter of Dubai's fashionable Downtown district. Orientalist gold-leaf flash being so last year, the 160 rooms are soberly luxurious, decorated with obscure marble and the signature brown, gray, and taupe palette of the Armani Casa textile collection; even pencil sharpeners and sugar cubes carry the Armani logo. In all guest rooms, there are floor-to-ceiling windows and curving walls, whose handle-less sliding panels reveal secret walk-in closets, flat-screen TVs, and refreshment stations. In place of butlers, Armani-clad "lifestyle managers," summoned by phone or free Wi-Fi computer click, solve guest dilemmas such as where to hem a designer Abaya. The Armani/Spa offers bespoke massages according to your needs, from enhancing vitality to releasing pain. Eight hotel restaurants and the Armani Privé nightclub attract well-dressed locals on weekends.—Susan Hack
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Joining the world's constellation of over-the-top hotels, Giorgio Armani's first namesake property soberly anchors the first eight floors plus levels 38 and 39 of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, its 160 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the starchitect-studded skyline. Rather than artwork, curved walls show off flourishes of padded bronze silks and brown, gray, and taupe textiles from the Armani collection. In case the style wasn't definitive enough, nearly every object is branded, down to pencil sharpeners, erasers, and sugar cubes. A counterpoint to the usual gold-leaf Orientalist style of luxe Dubai hotels, the rooms inject minimalism with mystery: Sliding panels reveal closets as well as a refreshment station with an espresso machine, a minibar (soft drinks are on the house), and other complimentary extras like Armani/Dolci chocolates. The hotel staff are the best-looking and best-dressed in town, including the personal "lifestyle managers," available at the touch of a phone button or a computer click. Eight eateries comprise Dubai's fanciest food court and display flashes of culinary brilliance. At the dinner-only Ristorante, try the baverese with vanilla cream, cassis and violette crème brûlée presented within an impossibly thin-walled pearlescent globe of "glassblown" sugar.2011 Hot List
Which room to book: Some of the fifth-floor Armani Ambassador suites have vast balconies; otherwise, request a room with a view of the world's largest dancing fountain.