Emirates Palace is rated as the most expensive hotel ever built, with a budget of up to $ 3 billion.
Emirates Palace was dubbed the second 7-star hotel in the world, next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai. Open since 2005, this place often welcomes royal guests.
The richness exudes from every detail in the hotel, with metallic gold being the dominant color – demonstrating the characteristics of Arab culture. The hotel has more than 1,000 Swarovski crystal chandeliers on the ceiling in the lobby, the reception hall or the rooms, the largest weighing 2.5 tons.
Covering an area of 2,000 m2 on the hotel ceiling is tens of thousands of gold and silver leaves. One square meter requires 50 22 karat gold foil worth USD 100. In fact, this layer of gold leaf only has a lifespan of 4 to 5 years, CNN estimates that the hotel spends about $ 130,000 to store interior gold every year.
One of the most distinctive features of the hotel is the 114 arches from the east wing building to the west wing. The highlight is the dome higher than 70 m of the main building. This is one of the largest domes in the world with a diameter of nearly 50 m, inlaid with 22 karat gold leaf inside.
The hotel has a total of 394 rooms. Although exuding a sense of luxury, the hotel rents rooms for $ 500 per night. For the upper class, the hotel has up to 48 luxury rooms (Palace Suites) as the photo with an area of 7,320 m2 per unit, costing about US $ 15,000 per night. In addition, ultra-rich people can completely choose one of the 6 royal rooms (Royal Ruler) with car-only paths.
If you don’t stay in the hotel for too long, you can visit Le Café for afternoon tea or a light meal. This restaurant’s specialty is golden camel burger sprinkled with gold and Camelccino – cappuccino made with greasy camel milk from the local.
One of the most popular meals is golden rice crackers and coffee sprinkled with 23 karat yellow leaves. Because this address is always crowded, you need to book 24 hours before arrival.
The outdoor space of the hotel is 100 hectares with green trees and fountains, along with a private beach stretching for 1.3 km. Opposite it are impressive architectural buildings dubbed the typical skyline of Abu Dhabi.