There’s no building in the world taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai at the moment, and won’t be for the next few years. That gives the Armani Hotel an automatically unique distinction, one that the ceilings in the lobby, as high as you’d expect in a cathedral, make no attempt to disguise.
As simple and stunning as a shimmering glass crystal, the Armani Hotel carries the same singular ethos across every facet of its interiors. You won’t find any opulence or spaces begging to be relieved of their congestion here; the walls, doors, furnishings, fixtures, even the shampoo bottles in the bathrooms, are all dark and tall.
Both the dark and the rectangular form a nuance that pervades the Armani Hotel and threatens to make many a five or seven star hotel seem gaudy in comparison.
It’s important to understand that the Armani fashion house’s most popular and enduring contribution to fashion is the black suit – a black so true that any other seems like a shade. At a time when the other houses crowded the world’s vision with elaborate and busy styles, the brand made made itself distinct with the black suit.
It makes complete sense then that a hotel meant to embody the designer fashion house would eschew opulence in favour of what best resembles its brand. If after Dubai you wanted to indulge in a true black and tall Armani Hotel experience, the only other one, in Milan, plays on just two colours, black and its inverse, white.
However, it’s sitting in one of the suites and peering out of the panoramic windows when it becomes apparent how incredible the investment in location is – when the world’s tallest dancing fountains shoot water plumes half a kilometre into the sky to tunes that you can play in your room.
The Armani enjoys a location unlike any other in the world and it uses it to full effect. In the swimming pools you float as if in a glass of bubbly, while any of its many terraces give you views of the skyscrapers budding rapidly out of one of the world’s fastest growing cities.
It’s almost a certainty, that were it not for a conference or the beach, you could spend your entire stay indoors – guests at the Armani have their own tunnel access to Dubai Mall in case you were wondering. And if you were to, the Armani has you covered in all regards when it comes to dining as well. Opt for either Japanese fare at Hashi to South Asian at Amal, and you’ll be dining at Award winning restaurants in each category.
As Chef Vijay Anand at the Armani told us, “Every where else you go they’re experimenting with molecular entrée’s. What we do is master the original and serve it in the absolute best way it was meant to be served.”
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