Top 10 Hotel Residences

If 24/7 room service, a luxury spa and high thread-count sheets (changed daily, of course) are your necessary creature comforts, then perhaps you should think about calling a five-star hotel your new home
Saturday , 22 September 2012
1 Armani Residences, Dubai
1 Armani Residences, Dubai
2 H Hotel Residences, Dubai
2 H Hotel Residences, Dubai
3 Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
3 Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
4 Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Residences, Abu Dhabi
4 Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Residences, Abu Dhabi
10 Shangri-La Residences, Dubai
10 Shangri-La Residences, Dubai
7 Grosvenor House Residences, Dubai
7 Grosvenor House Residences, Dubai
6 The Address Downtown Dubai
6 The Address Downtown Dubai
8 Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
8 Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
9 The Ritz-Carlton Executive Residences DIFC, Dubai
9 The Ritz-Carlton Executive Residences DIFC, Dubai
5 Shangri-La Residences, Abu Dhabi
5 Shangri-La Residences, Abu Dhabi

1 Armani Residences, Dubai
Design doyennes wanting an über-luxe interior in the iconic Burj Khalifa should opt for the chic elegance of Armani Residences, kitted out entirely with classy pieces from the Armani/Casa collection. All the facilities of the Armani Hotel are at your disposal, including concierge, VIP restaurant bookings, housekeeping and 24-hour room service. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment starts from Dhs265,000 per year.

2 H Hotel Residences, Dubai
‘No1, Sheikh Zayed Road’ is definitely a prestigious address, and it could be yours if you set up home at the H Hotel. Fully serviced, fully furnished apartments – ranging in size from 64sq m for a studio up to 280sq m for a three-bedroom unit – combine contemporary design with an Arabesque element. Prices start from Dhs999 per day.

3 Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah, Dubai European comfort meets Arabian grandeur in each of the 244 fully furnished, marble-floored, luxuriously equipped residences. The apartments have between one and four bedrooms, with the largest units occupying an opulent 492sq m. All offer much-sought-after access to the hotel’s 1,200sq m swimming pool, pristine sandy beach, Cinq Mondes Spa and the kids’ club, Seahorse Splash. A Nespresso machine in each apartment is a nice added touch, while units featuring Jacuzzis and private pools take the luxury factor up a notch. If sheer indulgence is on your agenda, why not splurge on one of the 893sq m stand-alone villas? Or go for an entry level two-bedroom suite, with a starting rate of Dhs750 per night.

4 Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Residences, Abu Dhabi
If you’re after a villa, apartment or breathtaking penthouse in Abu Dhabi, these residences – with views of the Arabian Gulf and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club – set the benchmark for fully serviced, five-star luxurious living. The residences, where annual leases start from Dhs75,000, are within walking distance of the main St Regis resort and the Monte-Carlo Beach Club.

5 Shangri-La Residences, Dubai
The fully furnished apartments on Sheikh Zayed Road range from 50sq m studios to 222sq m three-bedroom pads. You’ll have all the facilities of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel at your disposal, including discounts at the restaurants. Best of all, these residences can even be rented per night, with prices starting at Dhs600.

6 The Address Downtown Dubai
Those wanting to be close to the shopping and dining delights of The Dubai Mall should look no further than The Address Downtown Residences. Studios start at Dhs115,000 per year, and the 626 serviced apartments in the 63-storey building are available for both long- and short-term rentals. Plus, you get the run of the fabulous hotel facilities, including the outdoor infinity pool with Burj Khalifa views.

7 Grosvenor House Residences, Dubai
Named the World’s Leading Hotel Serviced Apartments at the World Travel Awards for the past five years, these residences offer stunning views of the Dubai Marina and Arabian Gulf, full concierge and reception facilities and – best of all – access to the Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa. Prices start at Dhs225,000 annually, while sizes range from 55 to 175sq m.

8 Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
If you have your own furniture and want a prime serviced location in Abu Dhabi (equipped with a fully fitted kitchen) to call home, the soaring Etihad Towers might be for you. A host of facilities includes a pool complex, gym, concierge, security and parking. Apartments range from one- to four-bedroom units (67 to 321sq m), and prices start at Dhs106,750 per annum.

9 The Ritz-Carlton Executive Residences DIFC, Dubai
From linen to kitchen appliances, the 124 furnished and serviced apartments offer a stress-free home. Prices for apartments at the residences start at Dhs180,000 annually; they range in size from 83 to 200sq m, depending on the number of bedrooms (between one and four). There are also two pools and two gyms, plus a spa and free parking.

10 Shangri-La Residences, Abu Dhabi
Set within the 8.5-hectare Qaryat Al Beri complex, and connected to the hotel via abra-style boats and club cars, the modern Arabian structure, with its shopping mall, restaurants and sports and entertainment facilties offers 161 serviced apartments, from 46sq m studios (prices start from Dhs850 per night) to grand four-bedroom units of 232sq m.