While we usually do some boutique hotel “shopping” during our trips, it wasn’t the case in the Azeri capital. Still, we got a glimpse of the best places to stay in Baku through one major accommodation in the city!
We went for a chain hotel instead of a boutique, and were pleasantly surprised by the service and experience. Enjoy my Intourist Hotel review below! You want to read more about my Baku experience – have a look at my Baku – The Perfect Weekend Escape post!
Intourist Hotel Review
Part of the Marriott conglomerate, the Intourist isn’t boutique, still I must say I liked it very much and it had some true design elements that made it feel like a smaller hotel. A beautifully designed 5-star place, our accommodation in Baku was a positive surprise!
1. Design & Boutique Feeling: N/A – 4
2. Room & Other Facilities: 4
3. Food & Drinks: 4
4. Service: 5
5. Location: 3
Design & Boutique Feeling
This big hotel is part of a huge international chain, so it certainly doesn’t apply as boutique. Still, the design in the common areas (including the lobby and the restaurant) is remarkably cool. Located on a restored old building, they strive for a modern and elegant private club vibe – and achieve it. The spaces are broad and comfortable, with a lot of detail put into bringing a luxurious experience. In all, there was clearly a lot of love put into creating a unifying design concept.
Room & Other Facilities
Even though I liked this hote, I wasn’t crazy about the room, which was fairly basic. Unfortunately, the feel didn’t stand out as much as the design outside did. However, I loved the nice, modern bathroom. Another highlight was the sea view, which allowed us to see the lovely boardwalk and the Baku Eye every morning and evening. Unfortunately, the location also meant facing a very busy street, which could get pretty noisy during the night.
Food & Drinks
I was pleasantly surprised with the food here, as it was certainly much better than your average hotel offerings. No Intourist Hotel review would be complete without mentioning their delicious breakfast buffet! I had some hearty pancakes and omelettes during my stay, but they also offer a wide variety of healthier options. Whether you’re into big breakfasts or a quick bite, they offer a great way to boost up your day!
This may be what sets Intourist apart from all the other places to stay in Baku. The service is truly outstanding: very personal, professional and friendly. In all, everyone was always willing to lend a hand and make our time at the hotel feel like home. I didn’t expect such an accommodating staff in a big chain hotel like this, it was a great surprise!
The view of the Caspian Sea and the boardwalk is truly spectacular from the hotel. That said, it does take a little bit to walk to the old town and other major city landmarks. It’s a 15 to 20-minute walk to the old city, which might feel like a lot during a short stay. However, the hotel is very close to the funicular, and of course Chinar restaurant right next to it.
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