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.
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