The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai , got its first first landmark tenant last week; a hotel by the world famous designer Giorgio Armani.
Armani Hotel Dubai, which is the first hotel of the designer, occupies 10 levels of the 800-meter, 160-storey tower and has 160 rooms. Every physical detail of the hotel was designed by Armani himself, from the soaring arches in the lobby to the bathroom soaps in each room.
Walking through the hotel feels like living in a fashion show: hotel staff don Armani suits and dresses, walls of satin frame the clean lines and neutral tones of each room, soaring ceilings meet with sweeping views of Dubai’s downtown district.
The Armani Hotel’s rooms start at $750 per night, plus tax, and climb to $2,500 for a larger suite with walk-in closets, spacious bathrooms, and a broad terrace overlooking Dubai’s dancing fountain. By late May, as the summer heat starts to settle in, an Armani Studio goes for $550 per night, and an Armani Signature Suite for $2,200.
Armani enthusiasts will also be able to buy confectionary at the Armani/Dolci chocolate and sweet store, flowers at the Armani/Fiori florist, and boogie the night away at Armani/Prive — an upmarket nightclub.