The delayed opening of the world’s first Armani Hotel took place April 27th in Dubai. The hotel is located in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower, the world’s tallest building. The Italian designer was on hand for Tuesday’s opening ceremony, which was delayed a week because of the travel chaos caused by the Icelandic volcano. An elevator malfunction had also forced a two-month closure of the building’s observation deck spire – the only part of the tower open to the public.
The hotel occupies floors concourse to 8 and levels 38 & 39 of Burj Khalifa. It has 160 guest rooms and suites, eight restaurants, exclusive retail outlets and a spa.
Every aspect of the hotel has been designed by Giorgio Armani. He said: "It has long been my dream to have a hotel in which I myself would like to stay and entertain family and friends, where the Armani aesthetic is combined with Italian-style warmth and hospitality. I am thrilled to open the doors of Armani Hotel Dubai and invite my guests in to experience my world."
Marking the designer’s first foray into the world of hospitality, Armani Hotel Dubai promises a "home-away from-home" experience for its clientele. Each guest is assigned a personal Lifestyle Manager who serves as a personal contact from booking through the stay.
Complementing the hotel and located on levels 9 to 16 of Burj Khalifa are Armani Residences, featuring 144 luxurious private residences. A collaboration between Giorgio Armani S.p.A. and Emaar Properties, Armani Hotel Dubai is the first in a collection of hotels, resorts and residences to be unveiled in international destinations.