I was in Baku for business and was staying at the Radisson Blu but it was full the last two nights due to the Euro Vision competition so I had to try to find something else... The only hotel available that didn't seem like a dive was the Giz Galasi.
Several things to know about Baku - it is expensive and the traffic is HORRIBLE. So try to stay where you can walk to what you want to see. That being said. This hotel is in the middle of the old city and really close to many of the major attractions. It is about a 10 minute walk to the Caspian Sea. You can't swim there but there is a new pedestrian walk along the sea.
This hotel looks nice from the outside and the small lobby is nice. I had room 8 on the 4th floor. For the price I paid, I would have expected more but this is Baku and it is expensive for hotels! So here are the pros and cons:
Large two room suite
Balcony with a fairly nice view
Driver the hotel arranged took me to the airport, parked the car, carried my bags through the security all the way up to the counter and waited until I got my ticket. He wouldn't take a tip! I was persistent..
Location of hotel in old city and near Caspian sea.
Dirty, old carpet
Old funiture in room
Room too light at night
Helicopters going over were extremely loud - noise is a problem
No hairdryer in the room - get it at the front desk
Breakfast buffet is spartan - nothing really fresh. Processed meat and cheese..
If you want to try to save some money and don't mind the inconviences fine. If you are used to staying in Sheratons, Hiltons, Radissions, Marriotts, then you will be sorely dissapointed.
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