Luxury Hotel Review – Kempinski Hotel, Baku, Azerbaijan

By Jonathan Howe March 4th, 2016 Posted in Asia, Luxury Hotel Review, Travel Blog 20 Comments

The Kempinski Hotel Badambar in Baku is described as “a resort within the city” and prides itself on a blend of modern, luxurious comfort with ancient traditions. Inspired by its unique setting on the old Silk Road between Asia and Europe they have created an elegant and incredibly hospitable hotel offering 280 beautifully designed rooms and suites for all types of guest, ensuring a memorable trip whether for business or pleasure.

INTRODUCTION

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We arrived in Baku and went straight to our hotel; Kempinski Hotel Badamdar Baku hosted us and gave us 3 nights of complimentary stay in their property including breakfast. After our night on the train, we were secretly glad it was raining so we had no excuse but to make ourselves at home in this award-winning hotel!

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The wonderful staff here offered us our choice of Spa treatments; Jonathan chose an Azeri Hammam, Russian Venik Treatment and traditional Thai Massage while I chose a full facial treatment and massage. Both therapists were so skilled and gave us great advice on looking after ourselves on the road, I can’t stop praising Gabil, the Azeri therapist who happily agreed to be in our video (see our Facebook page), he’s amazing!

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The atmosphere in the spa is beyond relaxation, with a philosophy based on the healing elements of nature and the four seasons. Pure organic herbs and natural products are used for treatments which restore and rejuvenate the body back to a healthy state. There is a range of authentic massages available, from relaxation, deep tissue, Swedish and Thai, to bespoke blends of styles and techniques specifically tailored to the needs of the individual. The steam room and sauna provide natural cleansing through the pores and the relaxation room is perfect for meditation. We walked into the spa believing we felt fine, but we left feeling renewed and revitalized.

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We wrapped up our quick visit to Baku, Azerbaijan in style as Kempinski Hotel Badamdar Baku offered to take us to the Train station in their own limousine! We can’t recommend this place more; our 4-day visit wasn’t enough so hopefully, we’ll get the chance again one day soon!

You can check details and latest rates on Booking.com, Expedia or visit their website directly at Kempinski Badamdar.

Don’t just take our word for it though, check out their reviews on TripAdvisor

ACCOMMODATION 

With every option of room size and requirements for your needs, all are spacious and exceptionally clean and comfortable and most offer tea & coffee facilities too. All rooms feature lovely views from the inner courtyard to the fountains in the park or the Azeri landscape.

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While the rooms offer the highest level of comfort, it’s so easy to see that the whole hotel has been designed with customer’s enjoyment in mind – so much that it’s difficult to leave and explore the rest of the city!

Room features:

Wireless Internet

In-room safety deposit box

Spacious marble bathroom – shower and bathtub combined

Large desk with office tools

Individually controlled central AC

Minibar

Large flat screen TV

 

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AREA GUIDE

Exact Address Location: Kempinski Hotel Badamdar, Baku, Mushfig Str. 1c, 1006 Baku +994 12 5389090

You don’t have to go far to find cultural and historical experiences, the hotels shuttle bus will take you past the stunning Baku Boulevard and the city’s famous landmark, the Maiden Tower. Venture into the old city, Icheri Sheher or to Gubustan to encounter stone-age carvings!

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To learn more about the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi you can visit the National Museum of Azerbaijan Literature, or to learn about the ancient craft of carpet making you can find 2000 exquisite examples of this in the State Carpet Museum. Finally the beautiful Azerbaijani State Philharmonic Hall can’t be missed on your visit to this gorgeous city.

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Nearby Landmarks: Baku Boulevard, the city’s landmark – Maiden Tower, National Museum of Azerbaijan Literature, State Carpet Museum, Azerbaijani State Philharmonic Hall

 

TIPS

The restaurant offers a twist on the classic local dish Levenghi, traditionally chicken or fish with a walnut stuffing, with an exotic addition of fig & pomegranate. Don’t miss this bestseller!

Make the most of the outstanding spa facilities here, an absolute must-try is the Russian Venik Treatment, we’ve been to Europe, Asia, South and North America and this is the first time we’ve discovered this treatment, and loved it!

 

AMENITIES

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The description ‘resort within a city’ is no exaggeration when you see the extensive list of facilities on offer here, most impressively their entertainment center (which includes shopping, billiards, bowling, ice skating) wellness center, gym, pools, tennis & basketball courts and even an outdoor Aqua center with waterslides open during the summer. The concierge & guest relations team can help you with all queries and to plan your stay in Baku, while the business services center allows you to attend to any business needs. Finally they even have a complimentary shuttle service to take you to & from the city center.

Complimentary amenities and services:

Free WIFI access

24-hour reception/concierge on duty

Wake-up service

Car rental reservations

Restaurant/theatre reservations

Foreign currency exchange

Message and phone service

Luggage handling and storage

Shoe Shine Services

Pillow Menu – anti-allergic setup

Guest Services at your disposal – for nominal fee:

Laundry Services

Fresh flower service

Newspaper delivery right to your doorstep

Limousine service/airport transfers

Laundry & Dry Cleaning Services

Pets allowed

The hotel is also wheel-chair accessible.

 

FOOD

The Badamdar Restaurant offers an informal lunch or dinner setting with a great range of local and international cuisine, but their expert chef can also cater to any request you may have if you are looking for something different.

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The breakfast menu also features many options including a full English breakfast, with the room service option available you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your bed!

 

PEOPLE

The treatment and hospitality here is incredible, from the reception staff answering all our inquiries about where to go and eat in town with a permanent smile to the restaurant staff who made me the most delicious hot chocolate (literally like pure melted chocolate) even though it wasn’t on the menu! Their best therapist there is Qabil! Look for him and tell us afterwards if you agree!

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No request was too much for the team here, especially Maksud, the front-desk manager, and his team who helped us in buying our train tickets back to Georgia and then arranging a late check-out so we could wait in comfort until our overnight journey. The comfort did not end here thanks to Elchin who drove us all the way to the train station, carried our luggage and stopped at a restaurant so we could buy food, such great service beyond his duty!

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We have stayed in a lot of hotels and can safely say the staff and customer service really are their company’s best assets! Thank you again!

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You can check details and latest rates on Booking.com, Expedia or visit their website directly at Kempinski Badamdar.

Don’t just take our word for it though, check out their reviews on TripAdvisor

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Note: This is a sponsored hotel stay with the Kempinski Hotel Badamdar, Baku, and all opinions and text are all mine! Thank you to everyone we met who helped to make this such a special experience.

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20 thoughts on “Luxury Hotel Review – Kempinski Hotel, Baku, Azerbaijan

  1. Oh my goodness! That bathtub is amazing! You are a lucky girl.
    I have never stayed at any of the Kempinski hotels before (for some reason I always chose ICH and Hilton) but I have just seen so many reasons to try it next time. And it looks like a real palace! Enjoy your journey!

  2. That’s a nice white grand piano there! I seldom white ones. Most are in black. I’m sure my eldest would be staying near the piano most of the time if we stay in this hotel. haha

  3. I’m not really into luxurious hotels, but I really love the bed of this hotel. I can sleep there all day. Anyway, a great detailed post about the hotel. I’m sure people who are interested in this hotel will find your post very helpful.

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Written by Jonathan Howe

Jon is the Old White Monkey. Born in the south of England, Jon spent much of his early childhood in Kenya and Malawi, before moving to the Lake District in North West England aged 13 where he acquired a northern accent and a love for lakes, mountains, waterfalls, black pudding and gravy! After 14 years of studying and working in various (very various!) jobs, he too felt the need to get out and see the rest of the world. He loves tropical beaches, surfing, hiking, the outdoors, yoga, adventure sports and motorbikes!

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