I keep no secrets about my liking for the CIS countries and I travel to the former USSR nations whenever the opportunity arises. It was three years since my first trip to Baku, but this time, in a matter of weeks, I saw myself visiting the city on two occasions. Arriving at the Fairmont Baku, what first impressed me was the dimensions of the lobby. Just like the building’s design, it is modern, with a very high ceiling and a giant central chandelier.
My check-in was smooth and the receptionist was very pleasant and professional. After explaining to me about the hotel facilities and the services their concierge could help me with, I was off to my suite. And what a suite!
My Suite at Fairmont Baku
As soon as I arrived in my suite, I knew I was in for a treat. Designed in a triangular shape, from the entrance I could go right through the corridor to get to the spacious sitting room, or I could go left through the walk-in closet and the bathroom to the bedroom. Certainly designed with the business guests’ needs in mind.
The whole suite decor was also modern and luxurious. I really like the way that bright red pieces of furniture would break the beige of the walls, creating a nice contrast.
In the living room, I had a working desk for two people, a large LED TV with a welcome message, a large sofa and a stylish armchair by the window. As I sat on the sofa, I couldn’t help by trying the local sweets on the coffee table. That’s a thoughtful touch that the Fairmont properties offer: while the rooms and suites are world-class, they do care for displaying local elements in the smaller details.
My bedroom, like the rest of the suite, was big and I loved it. With an extra-large king-size bed, let’s not forget. The room itself was spacious enough to accommodate a family of four, if you add two rollaway beds (at an extra cost) without compromising comfort. Who said size doesn’t matter?
Just like in the sitting room, the bedroom had a floor-to-ceiling window, and I couldn’t wait to wake up to those sweeping views over Baku.
The suite didn’t disappoint when it came to technology. Yes, it’s only when you carry many different gadgets like I do, that you realise how many hotels forget that nowadays we need a lot of power sockets in convenient places. My suite had many of them in the living room and in the bedroom, so I could charge my phones, laptop and cameras all at the same time. Best of all, the bedroom also had a docking station with a multi-regional electric plug, as well as USB, HDMI, iPod and laptop ports, making it very convenient for gadget lovers on leisure or business.
Last, but not least, let me show you the bathroom. Surely, you won’t be surprised when I tell you it was huge. It was modern and covered in marble, with a deep white bath and a large sink with double basin. The wall-to-wall mirror had a high-tech TV screen, so I could still get the latest news on the BBC whilst brushing my teeth. They use Le Labo toiletries in fairly large bottles.
I continued my stay at Fairmont Baku Flame Towers with breakfast the following morning. Breakfast is served at Le Bistro, the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant and one of its four bars and restaurants. It is very bright, with a lot of natural light and contemporary decoration with Mediterranean touches.
Buffet breakfast has a lot of choices of fresh fruits, pastries and cooked food. As I was in a hurry, I went for a cheese and ham omelet with orange juice, followed by a cappuccino. As a total coffee snob, I must say I was very happy with my cappuccino.
I returned to Le Bistro in the evening for dinner. Although fairly quiet, the atmosphere was quite pleasant. The waiters were on top of their game and service was nothing short of superb. The maître d’ suggested my main course, a lamb shashlik with seasoned yoghurt sauce which was absolutely perfect.
Those with dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free, vegan or health-related, can order from the Fairmont Lifestyle Cuisine menus, available upon request at the restaurant or for in-room dining.
The Spa & Health Club
On my last morning at Fairmont Baku, I made sure to go for a swim in the hotel’s beautiful indoor pool. I was happy to have the pool all to myself and enjoy the views while resting. In warmer months the outdoor pool is also open.
The hotel also has a spa by Espa, the largest hammam (Turkish bath) in Azerbaijan, and many treatment rooms. Maybe something I should try on my next visit to the city, now that Baku will become a regular destination for me.
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