The Altstadt Hotel has a great location, of course, right in the middle of the old citadel, and in a very expensive city for lodging, it's almost reasonably priced. But it's more like a small guesthouse than a hotel, My single room was small but functional. Bathroom was clean though tiny--the sink is about the size of a dinner plate and low down, so if you are relatively tall, rinsing after brushing your teeth can be a bit like target practice.
The wifi is free and works well. The breakfast is served is a small dining room with the TV going all the time. It's very basic stuff: tea, boiled eggs, olives, some cheese. The hotel's manager Eynulla is very helpful and speaks English well. He can easily organize day trips. I hired him to take me to visit some carpet factories in Quba, which is his native town, and he was both enthusiatic and helpful as a guide. But bargain hard!
His son mans the front desk during the day and is also useful. Unfortunately at night the desk is taken over by a gangly youth who's completely clueless and unhelpful. He sometimes has friends over and/or talks on Skype, so if you have a ground-floor room it can get a bit noisy at night, also if you have windows at street level.
Overall the Altstadt is fine without being great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Altstadt Hotel Baku is one of the most centrally located hotel in Baku. It is situated in the sea shore area, in Old City, which is the heart of ancient Baku and surrounded with number of points of interests such as Maidens Tower, Shirvanshakh Palace, National Bulvard in the shore of the Caspian Sea, Park of the musical fountains, Philarmony named after Muslim Magomaev, Popular Tarqovaya Street which is rich with European boutiques as well as shops with national souvenirs. Movies and museumsEntertainment centers, restaurants and bars, Metro station "Icheri Sheher". ... more less
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