Joining the glittering ranks of Dubaiâ€™s ultra-luxury offerings is fashion designer Giorgio Armaniâ€™s first hotel. Tucked inside the lower floors of the Burj Khalifa, the worldâ€™s tallest building, the Armani Hotel may miss out on the dazzling views afforded to visitors from the buildingâ€™s 124th-floor observation deck, but it makes up for that with style to spare. Clad in subdued earth tones, the hotel is a study in elegance, with almost everything from furniture and slippers to silky, tigereye bars of soap inspired by a pebble found on a Sicilian beachâ€”painstakingly crafted by Mr. Armani himself. The 160 guest rooms are spacious and tech-savvy, with appliances operated through a remote-control system that even connects to a camera outside your door, so you can see who is knocking. The lobby is deliberately understated, paving the way for dining options like Ristorante, which serves classic Italian fare, and Amal, where Dubaiâ€™s current ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, is regularly spotted with his entourage tucking into innovative Indian cuisine.
Burj Khalifa; 971-4/888-3999; armanihotels.com; doubles from US$653
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