10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice but not worth the hype
"Stayed for 2 nights at the Armani Dubai. The nice part about it is the personalised service, as one will notice right at check-in. Your "Lifestyle Manager" meets you and takes you to your room, in my case, a Classic room. They then show you around the room and asks you to contact them for any needs you might have. I asked mine to arrange 2 extra tickets to the Top of the Burj the next day and it was done without fuss. I have to say that the hotel staff does seem to make an effort to recognise you and treat you well. The room itself was quite large at 70 m2 or so. It is set up as a suite with a small foyer with a guest toilet and closet and a living-room designed by Armani himself and furnished with Armani Casa furniture. Everything seems to be branded with the A logo. The minibar is complimentary (no alcohol) and has a nespresso machine. Which was all quite nice. Also, a flatscreen TV with Armani content (normal channels, cable, internet, music, info, etc) is set against the sofa. The design is consistent with Armani, chic and sleek, and sometimes a bit uncomfortable due to that. A special note on the remote control, it is quite cool in that it even unlocks the front door should you not wish to get out of bed for room service, etc. The bedroom also has a TV, remote and a bed which some may not like as it's quite soft. Bathroom has a tub and shower stall plus 2 sinks. It was nicely done. Breakfast is a mix of buffet (for breads, yogurt, juices, etc) and ala carte offerings which were quite decent. Not exactly comfort foods but hey, you are at the Armani. The hotel also has a nice albeit small pool area which has an upward view of the Burj Khalifa as it extends into the sky. A full spa with sauna, dry room (which just happens to resemble the weather outside in the summer) and showers, etc. The pool area is manned by the health spa staff and one can order anything from room service, inc alcohol. The staffer also has water and cold fruits available for guests. Additionally, Armani Prive, the club lounge attached is quite nice as it has a large LED type wall which plays some interesting content during the night. Overall the crowd was ok during the Thur night we joined in. Overall, I liked the hotel and service but probably would not stay there unless the rates made it more attractive or I was with a significant other and want to splurge. The style may appeal to some and not to others, I certainly did not mind but I personally prefer something more comfortable and less "designed" (meaning I like deep comfortable sofas and comfort foods) when I travel (which is alot so that may explain it)."
- Travel date: 10th August 2010
"In a competitive market as Dubai is (or compared to other 5 stars hotels around the world) there's really nothing new or special about it. Rooms are stylish (of course, is Armani!) but the staff is far from being excellent. In Amal food is great and at Ristorante the dinner was ok (italian cuisine is something else) but the service was not at all what you should expect in such hotel: some waiters did not know even from which side approach our table and drinks were served after the dishes were served. Yet, the lifestyle managers seems to be a little confused about what to do and how to do things, the look is just not enough!"
- Travel date: 5th August 2010
Stylish, modern and comfortable!
"Stayed here for 2 nights as part of a EK summer promotion Pros - Very stylish design in lobby, room area and even staff uniforms - Gym was large and had modern equipment - Rooms were on the small side (but I was warned about that before) - about 35-40 sqm - Bathroom amenities were all Armani-branded - One touch lighting/TV control through a remote control - Staff were friendly and professional - Seated check-in while staff (or what they call lifestyle manager) bring your passport/credit card etc to back office and then bring it back to you - Bathroom water pressure was strong - Decor in room was nice - Free internet in room - Free items from minibar, including Voss water and juices - Lots of doorman for taxi calling or luggage assistance, even at odd hours at night - The chocolate boutique was quite nice - Great location at the Burj Kalifa - Personal introduction and tour of your own room Cons - As with some reviews, there were definitely some staff (lifestyle managers) that were hired based on looks rather than service and knowledge - I believe all rooms are located at floors 6-9 of a building that has 180 storeys (I believe), which means the view is not excellent Highly recommend!"
- Travel date: 4th August 2010
one of a kind
"i stayed one night during the weekend with my wife and it was a great experiance to visit such a place , room were very clean room servise were very fast and i had the best view as requested and promissed , i would say its a very modern hotel i have even been to thank you again for your hospitality and defiantly I will be back soon"
- Travel date: 28th July 2010
Living on the name.......sadly dont live up to name!
"Booked 2 nights in Armani Suite, arrived at 5pm waited for 30 minutes before anyone checked us in ( think staff were taken for looks rather then experience) eventually got to suite, which is small and not that practical, not sure how on earth Mr Armani designed this unless he travells very light with no clothes because wardrobe is so small, and no where to put cases, no hooks for bathrobes, bed OK and only synthetic pillows! Pool area is very poor indeed (small) We booked into ristorante (there attempt at an Italian) food was OK but service diabolical, had to ask 3 times for our wine to be served in end had to go and get it ourselves and keep it on table, only way to get service, main course arrived but side dishes arrived 10 minutes after main course, which we had finished by then, so sent them back! voiced our concerns with restaurant manager, his reply 'we are doing our best' we asked him if he had any experience in running a restaurant, his reply yes nearly 2 years! Next morning breakfast food all good but again getting served was a joke, after 20 minutes gave up and left( if you just want buffet that's fine because you can serve yourself, but if you want anything hot that as to be ordered and that is a mission, getting someone to serve you, even though there are numerous staff around, but hey they look good! In all very poor experience we did cut our stay short and checked out so we did spend less then 20 hours in this hotel,. my advice would be, save your money there is far far better hotels in Dubai, if you must see The armani hotel, one night is all you would want> My advice to Armani is more training needed worry more about service then all the staff looking good! Tower is iconic, Armani name is same, but Mr Armani this level of service does not match up to either!"
- Travel date: 14th July 2010
A Very Expensive Disappointment
"I booked one night at the ARMANI, Dubai, as a special treat for myself and my fiancÃ©. The bottom line is that I was sorely disappointed. The place, clearly, is riding on the name and doesnât live up to the hype it was opened under. Firstly, I am sure the inflated price of the rooms could be reduced if they employed less T-Shirt wearing doormen and other, non-essential, staff and charged for the array of juices and water, claimed as being complimentary, within the mini bars. Check out time is at 1500 hours and check out at 1200 so guests do not get a full 2 hours in the place. On arrival waited an hour, until 1600, and our room was still not ready. We were informed that the room had a âStupendousâ view, I suppose it did if you are in to bulldozers and holes in the ground! Furthermore, views on either side of the room were of old paint drums, discarded tools and what can only be described as a builder workshop. The second room we were shown stank of Urine! On complaining we, eventually, ended up in a small suite and although this did take away some of the bitter taste left by the original rooms the exterior view still had the impression that workmen had just dropped everything and left. The pool leaves much to be desired as I have experienced much better in Â¾ star hotels in Dubai. Many of the advertised amenities are still not open and the nightclub is less than stylish and the system of only allowing you to access the floor you are staying on leaves much to be desired, particularly if you have friends or family staying on a different floor. Personally I thought the dÃ©cor was somewhat dower with too much dark colours although that may just be a personal taste and the choice of materials in the rooms, tiles, wall coverings, etc, cannot be cleaned properly. All in all I would not recommend this place to anyone until they get their act together and provide a service that meets the cost."
- Travel date: 12th July 2010
Stay if you're into Armani
"For obvious reasons I have some skepticism about Armani's venture into hospitality expecting it to be another branding scheme. Armani hotel in Dubai is run by the same folks behind the Address hotels (part of Emaar) and despite all the hype, generally it doesn't disappoint. The service and amenities is among the higher echelon of Dubai 5 star hotels. The ambience and decor is, well, Armani. If you're into his style then you'll feel right at home. There were two minor issues with the room: the minibar selection was mediocre and in-room entertainment control unit's fan was quite loud."
- Travel date: 1st July 2010
Excellent hotel, but still below expectation....
"Stayed for 1 night at the Armani Dubai and had the Premiere suite. The hotel gives you very high expectation before you reach because of 2 reasons, 1 it is located in the tallest tower on planet earth and 2 because it has the Armani brand. Does the hotel fulfill your high expectations?? The simple answer is No.... First of all the entrance of the hotel and its lobby are so below expectations, it has no check in area and only sofas, when you enter the hotel you need somebody from the staff to know that you are checking in or else you have to look around and tell them that you want to check in!!! the lobby is not like any typical hotel lobby, it is only a waiting area... As soon as i informed them that i'm checking in the staff asked me for my ID then 1 of the staff told me that we can check in my suite which we did very smoothly... i'll list the Positives and The Negatives below... Positives: - the bed is so comfortable for a goodnight sleep. - LCD Screens in the bedroom and the living room good in size and it is Samsung. - big choice of T.V. channels - the remote control of the T.V at the same time can control the Curtains and other stuff in the room. - When someone rings the bell you can see them on a small screen so that you know who is outside of your door. - the quality of the bathroom soap, shampoo and towels (Armani Branded). - The in room dining is very good plus it reaches you Hot from the kitchen as it should be. - free WIFI in the suite and connects fast. - The AirCondition is 1 of the best. - 5 minutes walk to Dubai Mall. - All in room requests were responded to quickly Negatives: - The corridors are dark. - Suite layout gives you a feeling that it is smaller than what it is. - Furniture and decoration so simple that feels boring after an hour in the room. - The atmosphere of the hotel in all public areas = 0% Atmosphere ( the hotel has no soul at all). - The suite style is more like an apartment than a hotel suite. In conclusion the hotel is very good but i was expecting something much better from a hotel located in the tallest building on planet earth and carrying the Armani Name."
- Travel date: 16th June 2010
Possibly the next world's coolest Hotel?
"Dubai has probably the most diverse culture in the world right now. The previous incumbent of the "Top Spot" was obviously the self proclaimed 7star Burj al Arab, where I have stayed and been very impressed with over the years. the common theme, i think, in Dubai is to be the biggest, best and most flamboyant -- The Armani brings a totally new concept to Dubai - a small - 140 room hotel, which is at the bottom of the world's tallest building ( a masterstroke in my mind) with the most stylish, and serene concept I have ever experienced. The minute that you step into the cathedral-like foyer, the stress is lifted from you, only surpassed by a maldivian island. Check in is seamless and your lifestyle manager is on hand to address your requirements, without making you feel that you are imposing in any way. I would guess that there are more staff than patrons there at present. The rooms are amazing. Don't look at any photo's, they don't do justice to the textures and muted sophistication. As with the exterior of the tower, there is hardly a straight wall to be found inside. The beds are perfect, and the technology in the room is sophisticated enough to please the technophiles, whilst simple enough to master in a day Te tower itself is a masterpiece, and staying in it is a real privilege Pool - small but perfectly formed, and of the style you would expect from the Armani brand Restaurants - well, I was blown away. The Indian restaurant, overlooking the fountain was superb - we went there twice in three days. This was only surpassed by the Ristorante. Understated elegance inside and food which will, in the near future, be much acclaimed. Starters and mains were brilliant, only eclipsed by desserts. Try the creme brulee and report back here - enough said! Overall, a probably as near to perfect attempt for a first foray into the hotel business as you could possibly hope for - I cannot wait to try the second attempt"
- Travel date: 7th June 2010
More than just about design and style ! A true luxury hotel in every sense !
"While many would expect to discover yet another diversification of the ARMANI brand or yet another ''designer hotel'', the ARMANI HOTEL impresses as a unique creation in hospitality. Mr Armani's genious shines not only through the impecable contemporary design of the interiors of the hotel, which he has taken to a higher level than his ARMANI CASA line, but is mostly reflected in the way he managed to instill a particular character to the hotel. It does feel like ''staying with Armani'' but in the way of staying in one of his own homes. Rooms are very comfortable, quiet, cosy and warm and probably the most amazing feature of the room (again unexpected) is the hugely comfortable bed. It seems Mr Armani has found in Emaar Holdings of Dubai the ideal partner, not just a mere investor. The hotel has been equipped at the highest standards of technology, not to mention the exceptional quality of the construction and its facilities. No expense has been spared on the materials used. It is the first luxury hotel where I have seen a complete branding of the room, including technology - LCD screen, phone, sound system - they are all of the latest generation and bearing only the Armani Hotels logo. Other important features: - free of charge wireless internet throughout the hotel - complimentary soft drinks and juices in the minibar - Armani bathroom amenities - dedicated lifestyle managers assisting each guest room"
- Travel date: 27th May 2010
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