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Hotel review: The Ritz-Carlton, Baku

27 Oct 2023 by Ravi Lalwani
The Ritz-Carlton, Baku. Image taken from official website's gallery

Background In the heart of the city, The Ritz-Carlton, Baku, a luxurious establishment, offers the epitome of elegance in Azerbaijan. Guests can luxuriate in the city’s most spacious rooms, complete with balconies that provide breathtaking vistas of the surrounding scenery.

What’s it like? The captivating exterior of the hotel is truly impressive, and overall, the property’s architecture was a source of great delight for me. Despite its minimalistic design, the hotel effortlessly exudes an air of grandeur that I found truly remarkable. The design narrative of The Ritz-Carlton, Baku takes inspiration from the intricate layers that define modern-day Azerbaijan. Traditional fabrics delicately intermingle with contemporary design elements, harmonising the past with the present. The rich, jewel-like colours scattered throughout the hotel serve as vibrant reminders of the ancient traditions and practices that have shaped the region.

The Ritz-Carlton, Baku. Image taken from the official website's gallery

Where is it? Nestled in the heart of the Nasimi District, The Ritz-Carlton, Baku, enjoys a prime and central location. Situated just 24.5 kilometres from Heydar Aliyev International Airport, the hotel offers convenient accessibility. What truly sets this location apart is its proximity to two fascinating aspects of Baku. On one hand, you have the historical charm of the Sherq Bazaar. On the other, the strikingly modern Heydar Aliyev Centre stands nearby, offering a stark contrast in architectural beauty.

Rooms The Ritz-Carlton, Baku offers a diverse range of accommodations to suit various preferences. With a total of 150 rooms and suites, there’s something to cater to every guest’s needs. During my stay, I had the pleasure of experiencing the Executive Suite, which boasted a spacious 142 sqm layout. The suite was elegantly appointed with a comfortable king bed and featured a well-stocked mini fridge for added convenience. The separate living room area provided a welcoming space to relax and unwind after a long day of meetings. Connectivity was seamless with complimentary wireless internet, and entertainment was at itsj finest with a 55-inch LED TV. One of the standout features of the Executive Suite was its access to the
exclusive Club Lounge, located on the 13th floor. This private sanctuary offered Club Level guests personalised service from a
dedicated Concierge in a warm and refined environment.

The Ritz-Carlton, Baku. Image taken from the official website's gallery

Food and Drink The Ritz-Carlton, Baku features two distinguished food and beverage outlets- Tribeca and Bling Tiger. Tribeca offers a delightful fusion of classic New York and contemporary California cuisine. This venue provides an inviting ambience, with its elegant brasserie, a vibrant bar, and a charming terrace. During my stay, I had the opportunity to enjoy a delicious breakfast at Tribeca. The morning meal included Azerbaijani bread, perfectly fried sunny-side-up eggs, a refreshing bowl of yoghurt with an assortment of berries and a taste of the local tea. For guests seeking a unique and nostalgia driven dining experience, Blind Tiger is the ideal choice. This cocktail bar draws inspiration from the speakeasy concept of the Prohibition era, offering expertly crafted cocktails in an ambience that transports you to a bygone era of clandestine bars and secret gatherings.

Meetings The Ritz-Carlton, Baku offers an extensive 2202 sqm of meeting space. Whether hosting a grand event for up to 280 guests in the spacious ballroom or a more intimate 10-person meeting in an executive boardroom, each space is thoughtfully designed. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide abundant natural light, while state-of-the-art technology ensures seamless presentations. With a total of 13 event rooms and 1327 sqm of event space, flexibility is at one’s fingertips.

The Ritz-Carlton, Baku. Image taken from the official website's gallery

Leisure The Ritz-Carlton, Baku offers a luxurious leisure experience with its grand spa, featuring two indoor pools for families
and adults. Guests can unwind in the hammam, sauna, and steam room or enjoy rejuvenating treatments in private rooms.
Additionally, the 24-hour Fitness Centre is equipped with top-of-the-line Technogym machines for fitness enthusiasts.

Verdict My sojourn at the hotel was an exquisite delight, enriched by the opulent comfort of my suite and the unparalleled level of service extended throughout my stay.

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