We were in Baku for a friend's wedding. The Holiday Inn at the airport was the newest hotel in town when we went. This was important because we needed a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. The bathroom worked, but wasn't great. The shower water drained out of the bathroom and soaked the carpet every time. On the plus side, the room was huge and had a great view of the airport.
Traveling to Baku in a wheelchair is not easy, but we did it. The city center has sidewalks without cutouts. Unless, you can jump them, you'll need help. There are no crosswalks, and the cars drive any which way they want. Instead of signaling, they honk. Instead of slowing down, they honk. It's pretty chaotic on the streets. Driving lanes are mere "suggestions." You get the picture.
The worst part of our trip was trying to board the aircraft to leave Baku. Our wheelchair would not fit through the x-ray scanner, and we could not pass through the metal detector because it was not wide enough. No one spoke English. Everyone boarded before us, even though we arrived 2 hours early for our flight to London. When they finally got an escort and a boarding chair for us, one guy tried to dead lift my 170 lb, paraplegic husband to get him into the aisle chair. It was not a pretty sight. I got very angry because they could have injured him by lifting him inappropriately. We finally got to our assigned seats, and I was still seething. I absolutely do not recommend travel to Baku if you are in a wheelchair, and do not speak the language.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sheraton Baku Airport has the perfect location at Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD), just 10 minutes from the beach and 25 minutes from the city centre and just 3 minutes away from the Exhibition Center. UNESCO World Heritage Sites and shopping and entertainment venues are also nearby. All of our 205 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites have everything you need for a restful, productive stay. Keep connected with High-Speed Internet Access, a Flat Screen Television, and a direct-dial telephone. We have plenty of ways to help you stay busy or relaxed. Enjoy a customized session at Gazelli Spa and Wellness, which features Thai massages and a Turkish bath. Swim a few laps at the pool, or get a good workout at the gym. And our business centre offers High-Speed Internet Access to help you get work done. Our hotel also has a wide selection of food and drinks. Flavours serves American breakfasts and Mediterranean lunches and dinners. Grab a pastry and coffee at Cafe Vienna, or watch a game at the Fly Inn sports bar. For an important meeting or event for up to 650 guests, our eight function rooms are ideal. They total 388 square metres and include modern audiovisual technology. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Baku
- Baku Holiday Inn