Little did I know that Matt's ambitious plans were to visit our friendly 'tallest building in the world' and eat lunch at the newly launched Armani hotel. Firstly, we haven't been to the Burj Khalifa yet, very few people have. In fact I think we are all a little afraid of it and the Armani hotel, to boot. I think we all assume that entering the building must be more complicated that just driving up to the front doors (it wasn't). I mean shouldn't you have to jump through some extra hoops to get into the world's tallest building? Then there was the Armani hotel factor. Do you have to wear Armani to get in? Do you need a reservation? Is there some secret code you need to tell the doorman? (psssstt....the eagle has landed...).
Turns out that it's a normal hotel who is suffering under the guise of people thinking that they can't get into the Burj or the hotel. It's cool to be exclusive, but not so exclusive no one thinks they can get in!
The Armani hotel is on the lower level of the Burj. The entire interior is done up in creams, tans, and soft golds. As my friend Fiona stated "I feel like I am in a serene cave". Hope that's what you were going for Mr. Armani? We enjoyed a fantastic meal at the Italian restaurant Ristorante (that's redundant isn't it?) and then were treated to a tour of the entire hotel thanks to the affable and highly trained staff. If fact, rumor has it that Ristorante is in the pennant race for Best Italian Restaurant in the Middle East with the Italian restaurant in the Intercontinental in Cairo. The entire staff is focused on out gunning them - you got to love competitively served food.