updated 07:00 pm EDT, Sun May 26, 2013
Burj Al Arab guests get golden iPads for their stay
Billing itself as "the world's most luxurious hotel," Dubai's Burj Al Arab makes good on the label by presenting guests with 24-karat gold versions of Apple's iPad to use during their stay. The Los Angeles Times noted the extravagant amenities last week. The iPads get their golden makeovers from London-based Gold & Co., which has been remaking Apple's tablet with gold backings since 2011, starting with the iPad 2.
The golden iPads at the Burj -- where rooms start at $1,525 per night -- come engraved with the hotel's logo, Apple's logo, and the motto of the Burj's parent company: "Stay Different."
The devices provided are 16GB Wi-Fi third-generation iPads, released under the moniker "New iPad." They are currently limited in their functionality to a preinstalled interactive customer experience. The Burj, though, is said to be working on providing guests with a way to use the iPads to access other applications.
If the guests particularly like the hotel's golden iPads, they can pick up their own models in the Burj's Bespoke Boutique. There, they can buy 64GB versions for just $10,200. The Bespoke Boutique also carries golden iPad minis, golden iPhone 5s, and gold-plated versions of BlackBerry's Q10.