Reviewed by Laura Ratliff
How did it strike you on arrival?
From the sail-inspired architectural design to the views from each of the suites, this hotel is all about show-stopping scenery.
Nice. What’s the crowd like?
Built in 1999, this self-proclaimed seven-star hotel attracts many wealthy British and Asian tourists as well as business travelers, all hoping to get the perfect Instagram shot.
The good stuff: Tell us about your room.
Burj Al Arab is a collection of 202 duplex suites, each as ornate and opulent as you'd expect from a seven-star hotel in Dubai. Expect hints of gold, marble, and silk throughout your room.
We’re craving some deep, restorative sleep. They got us?
In case the pillow provided for your king size bed isn’t luxurious enough for you, each room comes with a pillow menu featuring 17 different options.
How about the little things, like mini bar, or shower goodies. Any of that find its way into your suitcase?
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more over-the-top amenity than the 18 karat gold-plated iPad found in every suite. Use it to summon your private butler—or just to order room service.
Please tell us the bathroom won’t let us down.
The Hermès toiletries will make you want to spend more time in the bath than in one of the hotel's five pools.
Maybe the most important topic of all: Wi-Fi. What’s the word?
Fast and free.
Room service: Worth it?
In keeping with the theme of the hotel, expect to pay a pretty penny for room service.
Staff: If you could award one a trophy, who gets it, and why?
The 24-hour butlers are exemplary, particularly their turndown service that includes roses and chocolates.
Anything stand out about other services and features? Whether it’s childcare, gyms, spas, even parking—whatever stuck with you.
Take it from the hotel's many British guests: High Tea at the Skyview bar is an absolute must. Three outdoor and two indoor pools mean you’ll always have a place to take a dip when the mood hits. Finally, Burj features nine on-site restaurants, so dining options never feel stale.
What was most memorable—or heartbreaking—about your stay?
There are a few options of getting to Burj Al Arab: You can be chauffeured in one of the many Rolls Royces in the hotel's fleet, or just fly in and land on the helipad!
Bottom line: worth it, and why?
If you’re looking to splurge for a super-special occasion or you’re a billionaire looking for a quick and convenient place to stay, Burj Al Arab is definitely worth it.
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