JW Mar­riott Ab­sheron Baku

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BACK­GROUND This five-year-old land­mark ho­tel jos­tles with Four Sea­sons fur­ther along the prom­e­nade for TripAd­vi­sor supremacy (Ab­sheron Ho­tel Group owns both). I en­joyed stay­ing in the Four Sea­sons in 2013 but this prop­erty is on a bolder scale and my 11th floor room of­fered Caspian Sea and Flame Tow­ers views (one of the three tow­ers is the Fair­mont). WHAT’S IT LIKE? Most of the de­signs wouldn’t look out of place in five-star Gulf ho­tels, and OroNero Bar & Ris­torante, fea­tur­ing works by French-born Lon­don artist Henry Che­baane, is among the most eye-catch­ing with black gold leather seats and an or­nate car­bon-fi­bre stur­geon sculp­ture.

But it’s not all show. I liked the func­tion­al­ity of the dis­creet lap­top cu­bi­cles in the lobby, and abun­dance of nat­u­ral light. Per­haps most im­por­tantly, every­one we met (F&B, front of house staff) were friendly and on the ball, although I was part of a me­dia group. The F&B venues, meet­ing ar­eas and leisure fa­cil­i­ties are or­derly and spa­cious – as is the out­side ter­race area – and rooms con­tain ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect from a JW ho­tel. WHERE IS IT? Cen­trally lo­cated, di­rectly op­po­site Gov­ern­ment House and close to Hil­ton Baku. It took about 30 min­utes to drive in from Hey­dar Aliyev In­ter­na­tional Air­port. ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES I stayed in a Deluxe Sea View non-smok­ing room with king size bed. The large whitemar­ble bath­room had a stand-alone tub, pow­er­ful rain­shower (of­ten they are weak when high up) and cu­bi­cle toi­let. Along­side plenty of two-pin sock­ets, an iHome bed­side speaker and Illy cof­fee/ tea stand was a desk, multi-chan­nel 42-inch TV and good con­nec­tiv­ity, and I slept soundly. There are 237 rooms in all with 173 King rooms and 20 suites. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS We had a wel­come lunch at Fire­works Ur­ban Kitchen and the fiery de­signs were com­ple­mented by a kalei­do­scope of flavours. The airey Zest on the lobby level served an equally broad break­fast with lo­cal toma­toes and cu­cum­bers in­ter­spersed among all the usual of­fer­ings. Other venues in­clude the ra­di­ant Razzmatazz Cock­tail Bar & Lounge. MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES A clear at­tribute with more than 2,600sqm of meet­ing space span­ning lev­els three and four. The 1,208sqm Sharg Zali ball­room can hold up to 1,000 guests and of­fers panoramic sea and city views. LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES The spa oc­cu­pies the top three lev­els and I popped up to the in­door pool be­fore break­fast and en­joyed a swim and Jacuzzi soak, with more sea and tow­ers views. Do­minic El­lis

In­ter­net rates for a mid­week stay in Sep­tem­ber start from AZN352 for a Stan­dard King seav­iew room.

JW Mar­riott Ab­sheron Baku Ho­tel, 674 Azadliq Square, Baku, AZ1010, Azer­bai­jan. Tel: +994 12 4998888, email: jw.baku.sales@mar­riott.com, jw­mar­riot­tbaku.com

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