First Armani Hotel Opens in Dubai
It took a little longer than expected but the first Armani Hotel has opened in the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. The hotel is the first landmark tenant in the building. The 160-room hotel marks the Italian designer's first foray into the hotel business.
Every bit of the hotel's design was overseen by Armani and is a consistent vision of his neutral, minimalist luxe style. The staff wear Armani suits and dresses. The hotel is designed to be exclusive and only those who have room or restaurant reservations can gain access to the area of the Burj Khalifa that houses the hotel. Your stay comes with the sevices of a "lifestyle consultant," a personal concierge who sees to all your needs. Such fine digs will cost you. Rates start at $750 and night and a suite can run you $2,500 although opening specials in the fast rising heat of late spring will net you a studio for $550 and an Armani Signature Suite for $2,200. Restaurants include Armani/Amal, offering Indian food with modern presentation, Armani/Hashi for sushi and Japanese plates, and Armani/Peck, an Italian style deli. Click through after the jump for a look at the Armani hotel, a space that seems very true to the look of Armani's existing boutiques and restaurant offerings.
The entrance to the Indian restaurant Armani/Amal evokes another land.
The restaurants continue the feel of understated elegance.
Sleekly attired hotel workers see to your every need.
The hotel has its own entrance.
Even the hallways continue the Armani design elements.
Fashion designer Giorgio Armani and Emaar Properties chairman Mohammed al-Abba held a press conference before the opening on April 27.
The restaurant in the hotel continues the vision of neutral colors with a nod to the Middle Eastern love of gold.
A view from a terrace shows the city which remains in a perpetual state of construction.
Maseratis and other luxury cars contribute to the ambiance.