Baku is an astonishing city encircled by the Caucasus, the Caspian sea, and you feel somewhere between Europe, the Middle East and the Central Asia, which is why is not only a magnificent country with great people and country to visit, but also a country worthwhile to experience, which is why I have chosen for my 2 night stay in Baku Icheri Sheher Hotel.
Usually I rarely tend to complain because I have been in 4 to 5 star hotels were I have been given the standard exceptional service you expect, but also I have been in 2 and 3 star types of hotels were the effort and care from the staff have made me enjoy more the experience than I would on a 4 to 5 star hotel; however, unfortunately, this was not the case.
Icheri Sheher's main advantage is that is localized in a top center location in old town Baku, which was the prime motivator to stay in this so-called " 4 star " hotel--about 3 star to be fair. Another prime motivation is that everything, by obviously being in the center, is from a walkable distance--an element which any tourist/visitor can enjoy ( especially the great restaurants located in the old town).
Unfortunately, I found this hotel being extremely noisy because they usually have a live music bar at the top of the small hotel which echoes all of the noise to the lower floors, which in my case was the 3rd floor: right above the live bar--yes, people dancing, singing, banging chairs, on top of my room.
The noise began from 1800 until 0200 on a saturday night and on a sunday night from 1700 to 0030. In a hotel you are looking to relax and sleep--take note business travellers--and though it is completely understanding that one must have fun and one must enjoy an evening, usually is the main reasons bars are localized on the hotel lobbies, but being such a small size, I understand is impossible to have this comfortness. Therefore my humble suggestion to management would be to limit live music during weekdays or reduce music until 11:30 PM rather than an all-nighter.
The greatest element is the manager, who apologized for the noise and definitely made my stay worth it. So I would give the manager a 5.
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