As a fashion blogger who used to work in the hospitality industry, visiting Armani Hotel Dubai inside the Burj Khalifa was a pilgrimage of sorts for me. Armani Hotel Dubai was the first signature hotel by renowned fashion legend, Giorgio Armani.
I was utterly awestruck. Approaching the Burj Khalifa, which at 2717 feet high is the world’s tallest building (twice the height of the Empire State Building), I felt a bit like Dorothy beholding the Emerald City for the first time. #notinkansasanymore
The entire property is impeccable and breathtaking. Surrounded by a city of opulence (sometimes to the point of gaudiness), Armani Hotel Dubai was in a class all its own, having inherited the high-end, elegant, and modern style of its namesake.
The stunning arches in the hotel’s lobby form an A-shaped symbol, which has been incorporated into the base of the tables in every room.
The Armani Hotel Dubai has 160 guest rooms on the bottom 39 floors of the Burj Khalifa. There are also 141 residences.
All of the appliances and electronics are hidden in the suites behind movable walls, and there are no sharp edges or angles, following the principles of feng shui.
Everything in the hotel is designed in classic, neutral beige, gray and green tones, which is meant to provide a relaxing environment for guests.
Mr. Armani himself had the final sign-off on every detail of the hotel, from the soap in the bathrooms to the neutral color palette of the decor.
Every guest at Armani Hotel Dubai is assigned a personal “Lifestyle Manager” who provides 24 hour concierge services.
The design of the hotel hallways are meant to mimic a catwalk.
The hotel also has a wide variety of facilities and services including tennis courts, a sauna, fitness center, a spa and wellness center, hot tubs, and an outdoor pool with spectacular views.
There are 5 restaurants in the hotel, serving everything from Indian fare to Japanese hibachi dishes. We dined at the signature restaurant Armani/Ristorante (but more on that later).
Following our tour of the hotel, we went to have drinks at the At.mosphere lounge. Our original plan had been to watch the Dubai fountain show after dinner, but due to heavy rainstorms the week before– they were experiencing technical difficulties. We wandered around outside for a bit (to work off our dinner), and took exterior pictures of the Burj Khalifa while we waited for our cab to arrive.
I can’t imagine a more perfect first evening for our trip, and it was hard to think that anything else could top the experience afterwards. But when asked, I still can’t pinpoint an exact favorite part of the trip. Each thing we did or place we saw was so unique and impressive– that’s the magic of Dubai. Looking forward to sharing the rest of our adventures over the next week. Be sure to subscribe if you’d like to receive notifications of new posts in your email inbox!