Hotel Pic of the Week: Armani Hotel at Burj Khalifa

Burj Dubai / Burj Khalifa, originally uploaded by Corinna Witt.

Burj Dubai / Burj Khalifa – the world’s largest building – is situated in Downtown Dubai, surrounded by Dubai Mall as well as several hotels, office and apartment buildings and an artificial lake where Dubai Fountain goes on display every night.

The Armani hotel occupies the concourse level up to level 8 and levels 38 and 39 and is the world’s first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani. Apart from a luxurious ballroom and several other meeting facilities, the Armani Hotel features eight restaurants offering a wide choice of world cuisines ranging from Japanese and Indian to Mediterranean and authentic fine-dining Italian.

View more photos of Burj Khalifa Dubai on Flickr

The Hotel and Travel Week #18

Monday, 12th April

There is currently only one 7-star hotel in the world – Burj al Arab Dubai, although several others are in planning or already being built. If investors follow through, there will be two more in rather unlikely locations: Nairobi and Istanbul. Shangri-La and a Turkish business conglomerate signed an agreement last week to build a 14-storey luxury hotel in Istanbul, with 7 storeys below sea level. The hotel is forecast to open in 2012. International investors are also planning a 7-star hotel in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
What about 6-star hotels, though?
Tuesday, 13th April
Four Points by Sheraton announce an amazing offer on Tuesday – Breakfast for a Buck. Guests who book a participating hotel in the U.S. and Canada can request breakfast for only 1 Dollar from now until 30th September.
Wednesday, 14th April
A report by the Future Foundation, commissioned by predicts a new type of holiday by 2020, a holiday promising complete isolation from the modern world. As people become increasingly well connected, and exhausted by the wealth of technological updates, these breaks will offer tourists ‘the simple life’, allowing them to get back to nature and cut off phone signals and broadband.
Thursday, 15th April
The first Armani Hotel at Burj Dubai / Burj Khalifa is now to open on 21st April. Covering an area of 269,000 sq ft, across the concourse, ground floor, levels 1 to 8 and levels 38 to 39 of Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel Dubai has 160 rooms as well as 8 restaurants, an upscale lounge and spa. Armani Hotel Dubai’s opening will be followed by the launch of Armani Hotel Milano in Italy, Armani Resort in Marrakech, Morocco and Armani Residences villas in Marassi, Egypt.
Friday, 16th April
European flights are being grounded for the 2nd day after the eruption of Iclandic volcano Eyjafjallajoekull. Airlines are losing some USD 200m a day in the biggest airspace shutdown since World War II. Many countries and airlines have grounded their fleets for fears that the ash, a mixture of glass, sand and rock particles, could be catastrophic to aircraft.
About 2/3 of the 28,000 daily flights are cancelled on Friday, while only half the usual number of flights between Europe and North America operate.


The Hotel and Travel Week #13

Monday, 8th February

Best Western is trying to boost online bookings via with a scheme that rewards customers with double or triple points from every second qualified stay at a Best Western hotel. The online loyalty promotion runs until the end of April 2010.
To be eligible, guests must register at, reside in North America, South America, the Caribbean Asia, South Africa, Israel, Egypt or Ukraine and be members of Best Western Rewards.

After only one month, the observation deck at Burj Dubai, now Burj Khalifa, closes abruptly to the public. No exact reasons are given. Ticket sales are on hold indefinitely and the website states: ‘Please be advised that online tickets to At the Top are temporarily on hold due to maintenance at the attraction.’ This comes at a time when Dubai is already facing a slow-down in tourism which accounts for nearly a fifth of the local economy.
Tuesday, 9th February
Joie de Vivre, a California-based chain of boutique hotels, claims to be the first hotel brand in the United States to roll out a breakthrough in-room entertainment and media platform. The new media centers, powered by Mac Mini computers on the OSX operating system, will enable guests to do everything they can do on their own computers at home, from checking e-mail, Twitter, or Facebook to downloading music on iTunes, movies from Netflix or HULU. Hotels are still lagging far behind the technology guests have available at home, the group say.
Wednesday, 10th February
The Chicago Office of Tourism announces a deal with Foursquare, a new location-based, social networking application for mobile phones:
Tourists and locals can ‘check-in’ at over 60 locations around the city to earn up to 3 Chicago-themed badges. With this cooperation, the tourism office is hoping to encourage users to try out new businesses and promote lesser known landmarks.
Thursday, 11th February
Marriott International reports a profit for the 4th quarter of 2009. Business travel has improved and leisure travelers took advantage of promotions, the company say.
Friday, 12th February
Emaar, the developer behind Burj Khalifa in Dubai says it returned to profit in the 4th quarter of 2009 as revenue from new shopping centers and hotels offset a slow-down in housing deliveries. The company benefited from business at Dubai Mall which had opened in 2008 and also runs two high-end hotels in Dubai while rolling out the 5-star The Address Hotels + Resorts chain.

The Hotel and Travel Week #11

Monday, 25th January 2010

Hotel investment in Europe, Middle East and Africa fell by more than 50% in 2009, according to a report by Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality. The total investment in 2009 of €3.2 billion also means a 85% shortfall compared to the record year of 2007. The most active market remained to be the UK with 29% of the total volume, although it has suffered the largest fall over the last three years. France and Germany were the next most active markets with 16% and 9% of total volumes invested respectively.

Tuesday, 26th January 2010

Fairmont launches, a site which invites consumers to upload photos, videos and commentary about Fairmont hotels and their holiday experiences. To create initial content, Fairmont linked relevant media from Flickr and YouTube. They also sent video cameras to each hotel and encouraged staff to start filming. Uploads will be monitored for relevancy, redundancy and family-friendliness, although censorship will be minimal, the company says.

Also, on Tuesday Marriott launches a News Center on This is to be the central hub for all Marriott online news, photos, videos, blogs, Twitter feeds etc.
Wednesday, 27th January 2010
Social networking sites are becoming ever more popular, also with travelers. According to a travelhorizons survey, co-authored by Ypartnership and the U.S. Travel Association, 59% of active travelers have visited a social networking site, with Facebook being the most popular. However, at the moment only 1 in 10 are visiting in order to plan travel and only 1 in 20 has joined a community of users who share common travel interest. For now…
Thursday, 28th January 2010
The U.S. hotel industry shows a nearly 17% drop in revenue per available room during 2009, according to data from STR. Occupancy fell 8.7% and the average daily rate dropped by 8.8% to USD 97.51.
At the same time, Armani opens their first hotel in the tallest building of the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The hotel features 160 guest rooms and suites, a spa, private member club, 5 restaurants and a nightclub, according to their website:
Friday, 29th January 2010
Only a couple of days after the introduction of the iPad by Apple, Intelity, an interactive hospitality technology leader, unveils that the ICE – Interactive Customer Experience – will be compatible with iPad. ICE is an integrated, customisable and branded interface which allows hotel guests to arrange in-room services via a touch screen from their guest room, laptop or mobile.
Moreover, ICE Canvas gives the hotel a high level of control and insight into staff performance and guest habits, Intelity say.