The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is unlike any other building you’ve ever seen, let alone any other hotel. From a distance it looks like the sail of a ship. Which is why it’s also known as the “Arab Sail”. It took 5 years for this hotel to come to fruition. The land around it first had to be drained and dried, which took 2 years. And then it took 3 years to build it.
It’s a masterpiece that no other hotel in the world can touch, so much so that it claimed a 7-star rating; however, since that rating doesn’t exist, they’ll have to settle for a 6-star rating instead. But it’s easy to see why they believe they deserve a higher rating.
All the gold one sees while walking around the building is real. The glass is Teflon coated for both extra shine and protection against the elements. The Al Mahara Restaurant, a top tier restaurant that’s actually underwater, has a room sized aquarium in the middle with all types of exotic sea creatures and offers a simulated submarine ride to and from the restaurant. Customer service is the name of the game. Which means there’s nothing you could want that the staff won’t try to get for you. And it starts even before you get to the hotel, as there are options to be driven in a Rolls Royce limousine or fly in by helicopter, as the hotel is about 25 miles from the airport.
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The hotel is large, over 1,000 feet high, yet it only has 202 guest suites. Out of its 28 stories, the smallest suite in the hotel starts around 550 square feet. Which is huge for a one bedroom hotel room, and there are 22 exclusive suites where the smallest is more than 1,800 square feet of space with two stories. And every room has its own private butler tending to your every need. The windows go from floor to ceiling, making sure every guest can take full advantage of the views of the beach and the Persian Gulf. And every room has a Jacuzzi.
The atrium of the hotel is around 600 feet high; that will take your breath away as soon as you walk into the hotel, with all the shimmering gold. The staircases that lead to the suites are made out of marble. There are six restaurants in the hotel. Some of them have head chefs that have won national awards for their culinary expertise.
And when you’re done eating, you don’t have to leave the hotel for entertainment unless you wish to. There are multiple bars with different styles of music and other amenities, such as the Juna Lounge with his large selection of Cuban cigars, or the Skyview Bar at the top of the hotel, suspended over 650 feet above sea level to give the best views of both the water and the city of Dubai.
Of course a night at the hotel isn’t inexpensive, but then luxury never is. So if you’re looking to be totally pampered and enjoy the fruits of success. You have to check out Burj Al Arab Hotel.