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Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
It's unclear who first called the Emirates Palace "the seven-starred jewel in Abu Dhabi's crown" but the description certainly seems to have caught on among fans of hotel purple prose. With reason: the hotel measures an entire kilometre from wing to wing, with 302 rooms, 60 suites, 128 kitchens, 102 lifts and a private floor reserved solely for leaders of the Gulf states.
But that's just the big picture. The detail includes the marble from 13 countries with which the interior is clad, the 5kg of edible gold used to decorate hotel food every year and the hotel vending machine that - forget stingy chocolate bars and stale packets of crisps - dispenses pure bars of the precious metal to passing billionaire guests.
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