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“A taste of the past”
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Azcot Hotel
Ranked #28 of 114 Hotels in Baku
Colchester
Level 6 Contributor
193 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“A taste of the past”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Visiting Baku on business for the first time, I found a city of unparalleled opulence, that oozed oil wealth. There were palatial buildings everywhere but sadly the Azcot Hotel was not one of them. This hotel harked back to the region's Soviet past and the only good thing I can say about it was that the location was central and bordering one of Baku's beautiful squares.

Everywhere was drabness and heavy brown furniture, the rooms, though large, were utterly characterless with cheap furnishings and an uncomfortable bed with bedding that was reminiscent of a cheap B and B twenty years ago. I did not sleep well because of this. The A/C worked extremely well but did not respond to turning it down, leaving the option of being too cold or too hot, as temperatures were in the mid thirties during my stay.

The hotel had a curious arrangement of a breakfast room and kitchen on each floor. This served a buffet style meal but again what was on offer was of poor quality - basic cereal, luridly coloured yoghurts, bread that tasted like cardboard. There was a cooked breakfast option but on the one occasion I had this, the scrambled egg on toast was awful, dry, rubbery egg on terrible white unbuttered bread - couldn't eat it.

On the plus side the hotel was clean, the service OK but again rather in the surly Soviet style. I guess you get what you pay for but I would never go back.

Room Tip: My room was supposedly a deluxe room and overlooked the square - 420.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Australia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Azcot Hotel. Best location near Fountain Square and access to the old city by walking. Friendly, helpful staff who provided an additional bed for a fellow traveller who arrived in the early morning from the airport and at no additional charge. Denise.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Shah Alam
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84 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2013

The Azcot Hotel, Baku is located at the end of a street, which continues as a pedestrian walkway in the Fountain Square. The hotel is L shaped – one side facing the street ( this is the old wing ), while the other side is facing the Fountain Square.

The main advantage of the hotel is its location, right next to the Fountain Square, in fact it is bordering Fountain Square, right on the edge of it. I would say that Fountain Square used to be the main centre of the city – plenty of shopping arcades and malls – all within 10 minutes walking. The CBD and some of the government complexes are also nearby. Further down, you will get to the Caspian sea – probably another 10 minutes walk from the Fountain Square. The seaside has been transformed to become another centre of attraction. Most of the new 5 star hotels eg Hyatt, Four Seasons, Hilton are located along this area.

Nearby the hotel, there are also plenty of eateries – McDonalds is located in Fountain Square, other types of restaurants and cafes are abundant serving varieties of food – local Azeri, Turkish, Indian, pizzas etc. No problem in getting food.

In the other direction, you can get to the Old City – the original centre in the old ages. There a few boutiques hotels located here, as well as restaurants. It is nice to walk around the Old City, with narrow lanes and stoned walls, buildings and footpath – back to medieval times.

Back to the hotel, the rooms facing the street are more traditional – its ambience, furniture and arrangements are not of the modern era. The rooms here come with wood flooring and local carpets are placed on the floor. The bathroom is large with a bathtub. The rooms which are facing the Fountain Square are more modern – with carpeted flooring all rounds. This wing was just recently refurbished about 6 months ago. So everything is new and nice. However, there is no bathtub, only shower room. Regardless, the water pressure is strong. All rooms come with an aircond, heater, satellite TV, fridge etc. Internet is via wifi which costs 2 manat / day.

There is also a common place outside some the rooms, with a set of sofas and tables. Useful if you are travelling in a group where you can sit and have a discussion or chatting to each other. This is not available in most of the newer hotels where the corridor to the rooms would just be a boring walkway with walls and rooms’ doors on each side.

Breakfast is served in a hall, with 8 – 10 tables, each for 6 pax. On each table, they have prepared some cereals, coffee, tea, butter and jams, cheese, fruits, juices and yoghurt. Help yourself to this spread. You can also order continental breakfast from the menu. It will be freshly prepared and brought over to you.

The staff is very helpful, most of them can communicate in basic English. Security is not a problem.

Room Tip: Choose the rooms on the new wing - facing the square
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Geneva, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2012

Excellent location and extremely clean. My room was very large. The downside was there was quite a lot of noise outside and the air conditioner seemed to be stuck on deep freeze, making it hard to sleep having to choose from freezing. Excellent service and friendly staff.

Room Tip: Try to get something away from the street where the entrance is.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Shah Alam
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2012

The Azcot Hotel, Baku is located at the end of a street, which continues as a pedestrian walkway in the Fountain Square. The hotel is L shaped – one side facing the street ( this is the old wing ), while the other side is facing the Fountain Square.

The main advantage of the hotel is its location, right next to the Fountain Square, in fact it is bordering Fountain Square, right on the edge of it. I would say that Fountain Square used to be the main centre of the city – plenty of shopping arcades and malls – all within 10 minutes walking. The CBD and some of the government complexes are also nearby. Further down, you will get to the Caspian sea – probably another 10 minutes walk from the Fountain Square. The seaside has been transformed to become another centre of attraction. Most of the new 5 star hotels eg Hyatt, Four Seasons, Hilton are located along this area.

Nearby the hotel, there are also plenty of eateries – McDonalds is located in Fountain Square, other types of restaurants and cafes are abundant serving varieties of food – local Azeri, Turkish, Indian, pizzas etc. No problem in getting food.

In the other direction, you can get to the Old City – the original centre in the old ages. There a few boutiques hotels located here, as well as restaurants. It is nice to walk around the Old City, with narrow lanes and stoned walls, buildings and footpath – back to medieval times.

Back to the hotel, the rooms facing the street are more traditional – its ambience, furniture and arrangements are not of the modern era. The rooms here come with wood flooring and local carpets are placed on the floor. The bathroom is large with a bathtub. The rooms which are facing the Fountain Square are more modern – with carpeted flooring all rounds. This wing was just recently refurbished about 6 months ago. So everything is new and nice. However, there is no bathtub, only shower room. Regardless, the water pressure is strong. All rooms come with an aircond, heater, satellite TV, fridge etc. Internet is via wifi which costs 2 manat / day.

There is also a common place outside some the rooms, with a set of sofas and tables. Useful if you are travelling in a group where you can sit and have a discussion or chatting to each other. This is not available in most of the newer hotels where the corridor to the rooms would just be a boring walkway with walls and rooms’ doors on each side.

Breakfast is served in a hall, with 8 – 10 tables, each for 6 pax. On each table, they have prepared some cereals, coffee, tea, butter and jams, cheese, fruits, juices and yoghurt. Help yourself to this spread. You can also order continental breakfast from the menu. It will be freshly prepared and brought over to you.

The staff is very helpful, most of them can communicate in basic English. Security is not a problem.

Room Tip: Rooms on new wing are facing the Fountain Square. Those on 4th floor are on the same floor as the...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Thank mcbrain
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Basel, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2012

The hotel is situated in an excellent location and my room had a good size and pleasant decoration. The bed was comfortable, the AC working well and the bathroom was spacious and clean. Internet over the cable was very stable and fast. Wireless did not work with my computer. Besides, the room was very quiet at night despite the central location.
Breakfast was a bit bland, more local food, dairy and fresh bread would have been desirable.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Thank Peter S
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Batumi, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2011

In last few years I stayed several times at this hotel. The biggest advantage is its central location.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Thank Explorer_Geo
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Property: Azcot Hotel
Address: Husi Hajiyev St., 7/1, Baku AZE1001, Azerbaijan
Region: Azerbaijan > Absheron Region > Baku
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #28 of 114 Hotels in Baku
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Azcot Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 46
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