IHG Hotels and Resorts has brought its Intercontinental brand to Azerbaijan, with an opening in Baku.

The 128-room Intercontinental Baku is situated in the centre of the city, overlooking Baku Bay, and is adjacent to the Sahil metro station and the 25km-long Seaside Boulevard. It is also 25km from Baku airport.

The new-build hotel’s facade has been designed in the style of the city’s “oil-boom architecture” and hotel design inspired by the region’s landscape, history and culture.

The guestrooms are located across seven floors and offer wifi access and a spacious workspace with lighting and USB ports, smart touch panels, and coffee and tea facilities.

The hotel’s facilities have been named after poet and scientist Nizami Ganjavi’s collection of poems Khamsa. The club lounge on the mezzanine floor, for instance, is named Iksander-nameh after Nizami’s ode to Alexander the Great. The lounge offers views of the Baku Gulf and Caspian Sea, and offers private check-in and meeting and dining spaces.

Meanwhile, the Seven Beauties Spa draws its name from a poem written in 1197, and features an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, gym and treatment rooms. The all-day dining Khamsa Restaurant offers Mediterranean and Azerbaijani cuisine alongside a selection of over 50 wines from local and internationally recognised wineries, and has a private dining room for gatherings and events.

Pawel Czerwienka, General Manager of Intercontinental Baku, commented on the opening:

“As the world’s first international luxury hotel brand, with 75 years of pioneering travel across the globe, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has proudly become an iconic symbol of sophistication and worldliness. The brand is renowned for weaving modern luxury design through its collection of iconic properties and we can’t wait for guests to live the InterContinental Life experience at the brand-new InterContinental Baku.”

The brand is currently celebrating its 75th diamond anniversary, and is set to welcome openings this year in Barcelona (Spain), Grand Ho Tram (Vietnam), Luanda (Angola), Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Khao Yai (Thailand), Sydney (Australia), Appi Kogen (Japan).

Meanwhile Accor has debuted its Ibis brand in Azerbaijan with a hotel in Baku City.