Knowing that first impressions count, these hotels make their mark the second you walk through the door. Here are just a few lobbies that make you go ohhhhh la la!
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
The inside of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is as jaw droppingly striking as the outside. Marvel at the gold pillars, coral-filled aquariums and dancing kaleidoscopic fountains. Also, be sure to look up to the top of ‘the sail’ through the honeycomb-like atrium – the tallest atrium in the world.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
At the height of the Ottoman era, this is exactly what a Turkish palace would have resembled. Once inside Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, you’ll be greeted by a circle of golden pillars reaching up to a majestic dome, a marble fountain and a melee of impeccably detailed, hand painted murals.
Jumeirah Al Qasr
Golden horses greet you as you approach this Arabian summer palace. Step inside Jumeirah Al Qasr to see a grand staircase spiralling around a Morrocan fountain and look up to witness an enormous Swarovski crystal chandelier – weighing five tonnes, special pillars were added during installation to support the ceiling!
Jumeirah Al Naseem
The gleaming, stainless steel sculpture of camels racing outside the doors sets the scene for what lies within. On entry of Jumeirah Al Naseem the first thing that strikes you is the floor to ceiling window framing the Instagrammable views of the iconic Burj Al Arab. As a contemporary twist on Arabian tradition, don’t miss the striking art work by Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej dotted about the lobby.
Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai
More like an art gallery than a hotel lobby. On entering Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai, take note of the pagoda dating back to the Qing Dynasty – used as a stage for weekly Chinese folk performances; the African rosewood dragon boat; the 1,200-year-old calligraphy written by a Tang Dynasty monk; various portraits and exquisite Beijing-carved lacquer ware. No wonder the hotel offers organised tours to showcase its art.
It’s hard to know where the lobby really begins and ends since it’s open-air design welcomes the outside in – and vice versa. Jumeirah Vittaveli’s thatched roof and timber beams and floors are typically Maldivian while ocean views are all that’s needed for decoration.
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