After an agonizing wait and 5 long years of development, the world’s first Armani Hotel finally opened on April 27, 2010 in the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.
Giorgio Armani personally cut the ribbon along with Mohamed Alabbar from Emaar Properties – partners in Armani’s first foray into hospitality. Let’s take a peek inside the Armani brand’s flagship fashion hotel.
The Burj Khalifa is currently the world’s tallest building, and the Armani Hotel Dubai occupies floors concourse to 8 and levels 38 & 39.
The hotel offers 160 guest rooms and suites, along with eight restaurants, branded retail outlets and a spa. Everything from furnishings to restaurant menus and in-room amenities has been exclusively designed by Giorgio Armani himself.
The ‘Armani experience’ includes a personal Lifestyle Manager assigned to each guest to serve as a personal contact from reservation to check out and even afterwards.
Marc Dardenne, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hotels & Resorts, explained that the hotel’s opening was a “culmination of a journey of innovation in hospitality, design aesthetics and style.” That would be the design elegance of Armani and the aesthetics of the Burj Khalifa coming together in a functional and very swanky hotel.
Not just hype, as you can see in the pictures below.
The hotel does look sensational, with the paneling and lighting of the corridors made to look like they’re taking you through to another dimension (or an Armani hotel room). The business center is one for which any Fortune 500 CEO would happily give up his stock options.
On the entertainment side, the entire shiny floor space of the Privé Lounge is a dance floor, with a resident DJ and operating hours from 9 pm to 3 am. As for the remaining restaurants, the main wow factor is the sheer choice of cuisine – everything from Italian to Indian and Japanese to Mediterranean.
The common factor for all the restaurants, again, is the design element from Armani and the spectacular views looking out of the Burj Khalifa. The sense of style and the massive size and outdoor space of the Hashi Japanese restaurant on the ground floor indicates that Downtown Dubai and the Armani are now the go-to zone for sushi, sashimi and other authentic Japanese fare.
Branded retail outlets include the Armani/Galleria offering fashion accessories previously available by invitation only, an Armani/Dolci to satisfy your sweet tooth, and an Armani/Fiori floral boutique where the vases designed by Giorgio Armani follow the shapes of the flowers and will probably end up valued and cherished long after the flowers have wilted.
On levels 9 to 16 of the Burj Khalifa are the Armani Residences, with 144 private residences also personally designed by Giorgio Armani.
Next in line is the Armani Milano, set to open next year. The first Armani Resort is in the works in Marrakech, with more Armani Hotels & Resorts being planned for New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and London.
But for now, the Armani Hotel Dubai enjoys the privilige of being the first and only Armani hotel in the world, located inside what is currently the tallest building in the world. In fashion speak, it doesn’t get any more exclusive than this.
Photos courtesy Armani Hotels & Resorts