I've stayed at the hotel for 2 weeks, business reasons.
Had one of the smaller rooms, with "no view" i would it!! It has a nice size bathroom, not much to complain about or brag about for that matter.
The room was small, not even room for a normal chair, only a square puff thing (sorry, not sure what they are called!) that was under the counter. The bed okay, nice and big enough. But I can see that putting in a normal chair, the would have to make the room bigger. It comes with a 28-30'' flatscreen - mostly lokal channels and a few english/german ones.
The hotel, I think was rather new, maybe open 4-6 month when i stayed there in Nov. 2012.
Breakfast buffe, nothing to excitet about! I ate there 2 times and was not overly happy with food, but the had a bit of everything. But not worthy of a 4 star hotel.
Room service menu - came to know that one very well, I can say. Again, not the best food in town, but i did like the cesar salad with chicken, aldo the still have some work to do in that part. One thing I would avoid, is ordering when the hotel is hosting a banquet or reunion at night - the food I got turned out sloopy....sorry. What can I say, the burgers should have been more chrisp and the pasta dishes should have been "bigger" - 14 Euro for 4 tabel spoons of pasta/ravioli is just not right!!
Most of them I would say was friendly, helpfull and with a bit of practice, the will become great.
But I still had a few "bumps" in the road. More than one time, I had to come down because my key was not working, when ordering room service, the came with a small table and I said 4 times "come back in 1 hour and the table will be outside the door" - but next morning table still outside my door. I told them when ordering the food (room service), in person at the 18'th floor - then on the 5 evening the complainet to me about the table "we need table back" - well, you can come pick it up after 1 hour..... this time it seemed to work.
When calling in a order for room service, I would say ceasar salad and city burger, room 00 thank you sir, the repited the order - Done. Hang up the phone, 2 min after some lame guy would call me again...."arhh...sir, you orderet this and this??" Yes...that was me calling and yes I did order it, now why are you calling me again??? Be patience, cause english is NOT there best.
Small bonus info: Always take the "london taxi" outside, but the will try to hostle you if the can. One evening I was sick, ask the guy infront of the hotel, to ask the taxi driver wher the nearest farmaci/drugstore was. I said, I need to go there, the taxi should wait and bring me back to hotel. The driver said "10 manat" (10 euro), I said are you ####### crazy?? and stormed into the hotel. It should onlye be around 3-5 manat. A trip downtown cost around 6 manat and would take 10-15 min. So the drive was charging me extra.
I later found out that just 150 m to the right (same side as hotel) there is a small drugstore, but the hotel staff did not know that. Beside the drugstore (200 m from hotel) there is small supermarket, cheaper than getting everything on room service.
To the left side of the hotel, the hay a small (15 m2) shop that sells beer/alcohol/soda, but think the supermarket is cheaper.
Okay, bad things asi..... I would properly go there again and think it's still a nice place. But I dont know what the price is, since i did not pay.
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- QafqaZ Baku City Hotel & Residences is a 4 star CITY HOTEL. Conveniently located in the heart of the commercial and business district of Baku and easily accessible by car and public transportation. It has 325 well equipped and beautiful guest rooms and residences: Standard Rooms, Superior Rooms, Junior Suites, Executive Suites and a Royal Suite and Residences An open terrace SHAMDAN restaurant located on the 18th floor of the hotel building offers great view of the city. We also provide spacious and light breakfast restaurant, lobby bar with a wide selection of soft/hot drinks and spirits where the guests can relax and work ... more less
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