I Stayed At Armani Hotel Dubai, The World’s Leading Hotel — This Is What It’s Like

Dubai aerial view

Armani Hotel Dubai was recognized as the World’s Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2020 on November 27, 2020. This is the third year consecutive year the hotel has ranked as No. 1 in the world.

Out of the various awards the organization (established in 1993) announces every year, World’s Leading Hotel is a competitive category. To qualify, the nominees must have a proven pedigree of being the world’s best, according to WTA, and voting comes from “qualified executives working within travel and tourism and the consumer travel buyer.”

What makes World Travel Awards different from Reader’s Choice Awards is that experts working with WTA have a say in the votes, rather than readers, who generally don’t have expertise in the matter.

Armani Hotel Dubai, UAE beat out 25 other luxury hotels to rank as the best, including Conrad New York Downtown in New York, Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, JW Marriott Hotel Lima Peru and Raffles Singapore.

The 5-star, Giorgio Armani-designed hotel takes up 11 floors of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s highest tower at 830 meters and an iconic structure known globally. Because of its prime location, guests have special access to the tower, and there is a private corridor to get to the building.

View from Armani Hotel Dubai
View from Armani Hotel Dubai

The hotel has only 160 rooms, meaning the hotel is quite intimate with spacious rooms for travelers.

The hotel has 11 different room types all varying in size, and depending on the room you book and the floor, you can have impressive, unobstructed and sprawling views of Dubai. most suites have floor-to-ceiling windows. This is perhaps one of the most prized features of the hotel: The views. In fact, if you’re traveling to Dubai, you would expect over the top amenities and luxuries, such as commanding views. The views from the top seem to go for miles.

All rooms feel very “Armani” with deep brown, taupe and grey furnishings and color palettes, and the hotel is advanced with technology, including iPad controlled lighting and curtains. There’s a sense of comfort here that you wouldn’t expect from a designer hotel. In fact, I was a big fan of the unusual, rotunda-like shape of my room. I also loved the outdoor balcony, which is rare for a hotel with this sort of round shape.

Armani Hotel Dubai Suite
Our suite at Armani Hotel Dubai

The hotel has a 12,000 square foot spa with fitness center, thermal baths and an intimate, outdoor pool boasting panoramic views of the city.

There are 7 food and beverage outlets at the hotel. Visitors can go to Dubai for a week and never leave with all the food and beverage options (obviously, we recommend a good night out in town!).

Armani Hotel Dubai restaurant
Armani Hotel Dubai restaurant

Travelbinger stayed at Armani Hotel Dubai in 2015. Initially, we had mixed feelings about booking a hotel with the Armani name since we weren’t fans of the brand, and we weren’t sure how a fashion designer could segue into a hotel.

It was the level of service that gave us a first good impression. The international staff were dressed to the nines and friendly, and they had all the training of a luxury hotel chain. You can expect top service at a hotel like this. I was actually obsessed with our suite. It not not only had panoramic, wrap-around views of the city with a private, wrap-around terrace, the interiors were cozy and warm. It didn’t feel like a hotel; it felt more like home away from home.

Armani Hotel Dubai Private Patio
Armani Hotel Dubai Private Patio

The hotel was quiet and well taken care of. The public spaces were spotless.

The amenities, like the spa and fitness center and restaurant for breakfast, were top-notch, and the location inside the national landmark was bragging rights.

One of our favorite things about a hotel is when it proves us wrong. Armani Hotel Dubai deserves all the attention it receives.

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