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There was a moment several months ago where we clicked over to check out the current hotel offers on flash sample sale site JetSetter.com and spotted the Armani Hotel Dubai as an upcoming offer. Alas, it disappeared shortly after because perhaps the hotel realized what we were thinkingthat it was still a bit too early and too hyped to start with the discounting. All of that is in the past, however, because Armani Hotel Dubai is on JetSetter right now with rates from $420 per night.
The hotel opened almost a year ago this time, and the rates have come down from four digits to $600 per night, which JetSetter is marking down to the $420 price for a Classic room. Take a step up to a Premier Suite for $475 per night, originally much more. These deals are good through August, because September sees a rate jump to $525 for a Classic and $595 for a Premier.
The Grand Hotel at left, Armani at right
Hmm, we haven't heard anything from the under-construction Armani Hotel Milan lately, despite the fact that the first hotel in the fashionable chainArmani Hotel Dubaihas been open for a solid 11 months now. So while we were in Milan ourselves recently, we made it a point to do some snooping about Armani's Via Manzoni complex, the top of which will soon become the second Armani Hotel.
From the moment we stepped out of the Montenapoleone subway station, we noticed something right away: the Grand Hotel et de Milan sits directly across the streetnay, the small pedestrian thru-wayfrom the coming Armani Hotel. Turf war, commence!
Sothe big development news over the weekend was that China is planning a knock-off of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world at 160 floors. The new building, which will copy the Burj's design and be built with the help of Saudi Arabian firms, is to be erected in the Mentougou district of Beijing. Will it actually happen? Probably not, but it's interesting to think that there could bein the futuretwo twin structures so very, very far away from each and both with hotels.
According to ArabianBusiness.com, People’s Daily Online "quoted a senior official as saying that graphics and planning of the ‘seven-star’ hotel had already been completed." Ah ha! Here's the big difference. The Burj Khalifa has the first Armani Hotel, which is only a 5-star. It's Dubai's Burj Al-Arab hotel (which is not record-breakingly tall at all) that is the 7-star in town. Therefore if Beijing goes through with their building, they'll have the first world's tallest building with a 7-star hotel. Whew.
The Giorgio Armani boutique on Avenue Montaigne
Fashion designer Giorgio Armani's first hotel, the Armani Hotel in the Burj Dubai building has now been open for a grand total of 6 months. So what's new? Well, obviously since they finished one, the Armani Hotel people have their eyes on the future. With the second Armani Hotel all set to open next year in Milan, they're considering what city will be bestowed with the third location. According to ArabianBusiness, that very well could be Paris.
We've known the cities in the running for Armani Hotels for some time. They include Shanghai, New York, Marrakech, London, Tokyo, and villas in Marassi, Egypt, and it looks as though they've picked Paris out of the bunch to start with a strong three: Dubai, Milan, Paris. There's no news thus far on exactly where the hotel will go in the City of Lights, since it's still in the design stage. However, with Armani's flagship boutique on the Avenue Montaigne and his big Emporio store on the Boulevard St Germain, we can guess that it won't be too far from one of these.
It seems like designers these days can't do without their own hotel;
The past few years have brought us everything from a Missoni Hotel in Scotland to a Maison Moschino in Milan, but did you know that the Salvatore Ferragamo family owns several hotels in Italy? Or that designer Christian Lacroix put his touch on two Paris properties? Well, now you now! And you can find out even more about fashion hotels around the world over at our sister site Jaunted, where they've just compiled an Ultimate Guide to Fashion Designer Hotels, complete with a map.
Now that we've seen the complete list (until the next Missoni Hotel or Palazzo Versace opens), we'd love to stay in each and check them off. Which one would you most like to visit?
Today is April 27, 2010 and it is a date that goes down in hotel history as the first Armani Hotel finally opens, and not just anywhere, but inside of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
It's been five years in the making and endured countless delays, but the 160-room property on the lower floors of the Burj Khalifa is finally ready to host guests, and hopefully ones willing to pay $11,000 for the pleasure of staying in a suite. But rooms that look a bit cold and uncomfortable to us, judging from the image above, aren't the only things you can do at the Armani Hotel Dubai. No, sir. There's also eight restaurants, an Armani boutique, Armani Dolci (his sweets shop), Armani Fiori (the flower shop) and Armani Prive nightclub with the world's largest LCD screen and $800 table reservations.
Hoping to sleep with Giorgio Armani this week? You're gonna have to wait a little longer. The Armani Hotel Dubai has been delayed yet again until April 27 and this time, there is a more credible delay factor--the volcanic ash spewing out of Iceland which has shut down much of the European airspace. Arabian Business reports:
Giorgio Armani had been due to arrive in Dubai early this week, along with hundreds of VIP guests and celebrities.
The hotel’s media launch was due on Wednesday morning, followed by a major launch party on Wednesday night. The party was due to have included a special fashion show.
It is understood the plans for the event will remain as before but take place six days later.
April 21 or 22either one of those days could be the date that the world's first Armani Hotel opens to guests, but somehow we doubt it with all the continued work and issues that its host building, the 200+ story Burj Khalifa, has encountered lately.
The Burj revealed its first tourist venue, an observation deck on the 124th floor, back in January and only enjoyed it for a couple weeks before electricity problems trapped tourists in an elevator and shut down the upper floors. The observations deck closed for two months. until they reopened this past weekend, and they're looking to fix the electricity problem by harnessing the power of the sun. It is pretty high up and in the Middle East, so solar energy is an obvious choice.
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On March 18, the world's first Armani Hotel in Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower did not open as planned. Instead, like with every ambitious hotel and construction project that suffers from its own hype, it was delayed for a later spring opening. And now we finally have a date...we hope.
The Chicago Tribune's Cityscapes blog discovers that Emaar Propertiesthe folks behind the towerare now planning for an April 21 opening of the five-star hotel, whose 160 rooms take up ten stories of the tower's lower section.
Today is supposed to be the first day that the Armani Hotels brand enters the world worth with a working hotel. It was supposed to be the day that the Armani Hotel Dubai opened inside of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. But as the day grew closer and closers and we heard no updated news on the opening plans, we grew worried, and for good reason. The Armani Hotel will not open today; it is delayed.
Emaar and the Armani Hotel wouldn't even confirm the delay for BusinessWeek, that's how tight-lipped they're being about having to set back the opening from March 18 until at least April 22.
What's the excuse? Find out, after the jump.
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Are you as excited as we are? Well, we hope so, since we've got some fun news to share regarding the Armani Hotel Dubai! Not only will this first of the Armani Hotels open in the world's tallest building in less two weeks, but we've found a floorplan for the hotel's guest rooms! Hopefully this will tide us over until the actual opening, when we're hoping the hotel will release some good real photos of the goodies in the place that make it worth paying over $1,000 a night for even the cheapest room.
Of course, the largest suites are to be found on the tips of each of the three wings, and it looks like two of the three suites per floor feature two full bedrooms, a huge common area that no doubt emphasizes the views out of the windows, and several bathrooms and walk-in closets. But other than that, we don't see too much crazyness going on in there. Just really nice standard hotel rooms with lots of space and lots of impressive views.
What is probably most notable about this floorplan is that even the smallest roomswhich look to be A1-09 and A1-07feature small kitchenettes with a dining table. And since they are so thin as to fit into the crease of the building, they remind us of the compact rooms found on cruise ships. It's these that will begin at $1,089 during the firsts few weeks that the hotel is open, so maybe it'd be worth it to throw down a few hundred more and really get a view that not's just across the way into another $1,089 room.
This is the day that Giorgio Armani has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Or something like that, since bookings opened up last night for his first hotel property, the 160-room Armani Hotel within the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
If you want to spend just one night sleeping in Armani sheets in an Armani bed, it'll cost you at least 4,000 AEDthat's $1,089 a night! And that's not even including an Armani breakfast, which costs an additional 132 AED ($36) per person.
And although the hotel is still holding true to the opening date of March 18, reservations for the public don't begin until a few days later, on Monday, March 22. We guess Giorgio wants to keep that first weekend private, for press and friends to party in his new pad.