The Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Baku, Azerbaijan

Soak up sunshine and views of the Caspian Sea on a trip to Baku
Soak up sunshine and views of the Caspian Sea on a trip to Baku | Courtesy of Baku Marriott Hotel Boulevard / Expedia.com
Richard Collett

Overlooking the oil-rich Caspian Sea, Baku is a city that’s flush with cash and shamelessly splurges on extravagant architectural designs, such as the Flame Towers and the Heydar Aliyev Center. For luxury travellers, the Azerbaijani capital has dramatically developed into an upmarket city break destination – complete with some of the best luxury hotels and resorts in the Caucasus.

1. Art Gallery Hotel

Hotel, Luxury, Boutique Hotel

Sculpture of a kneeling woman surrounded by pink sofas, chairs and round black tables in the marble-floored dining room at Art Gallery Hotel.
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The Art Gallery Hotel is unrivalled in terms of cultural and artistic design – this luxury hotel is as much an art gallery as it is a place to rest after a day of sightseeing in Baku. It only has 30 rooms, but each one has been individually designed and decorated. You’ll have personal art works to view as you lay in comfort on a plush king bed, while works of art and sculptures from Azeri and international artists can be found in the hotel’s corridors and in the lobby.

2. Boulevard Hotel Baku Autograph Collection

Hotel, Luxury, Chain Hotel

Indoor pool surrounded by large white sun loungers and cabanas in a large airy room at Baku Marriott Hotel Boulevard.
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The Boulevard Hotel Baku Autograph Collection is a huge new development at the far end of Baku’s long seafront boulevard. Of the 800 suites, the best have sea views and private terraces that look out over the Caspian Sea. Guests can enjoy Chinese food at the Green House Asian Kitchen, or they can sip on cocktails in the White City Restaurant and Bar. Don’t worry, though – there’s a 24-hour gym as well as a heated indoor pool where you can work off those calories.

3. Hilton Baku

Hotel

Large orange velvet sofa and velvet chairs around a round glass table in the bar at Hilton Baku. Floor to ceiling windows looking out onto a bay.
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The Hilton Baku isn’t shy on extravagance, particularly given this luxury hotel’s seafront location on Baku’s famed Caspian Sea promenade – and their revolving rooftop bar. The best rooms offer sea views, while guests can head to the 24th floor to enjoy the classic Azeri meat and kebab dishes on the Sky Grill’s terrace. Move one level higher to the revolving 25th floor, where caviar and cognac are served alongside one of the best panoramas in Baku.

4. Promenade Hotel Baku

Hotel

Blue velvet sofa and arm chairs in front of a flat screen on a patterned carpet at Promenade Hotel Baku. A door leading to the bedroom is open on the right.
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On the historic sea-facing boulevard of Baku’s old town, the Promenade Hotel Baku provides luxury accommodation surrounded by heritage. The 12th-century Maiden Tower is just a short stroll away, while guests can lose themselves in the maze of city walls, palaces and museums that form the Icherisheher district. This five-star boutique hotel also has a rooftop terrace, where guests can enjoy views over both the old town and the Caspian Sea while dining on classic Azeri cuisine.

5. Hyatt Regency Baku

Hotel

Outdoor pool surrounded by black sun loungers and white umbrellas in front of the hotel exterior at Hyatt Regency Baku.
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The Hyatt Regency Baku, set away from the busy streets of downtown Baku and the old town, is the place to escape to after a day of shopping on Nizami Street or sightseeing on the promenade. The hotel’s spacious suites and rooms offer wonderful views over the city, while the fitness centre and spa have an indoor pool for swimming lengths and an outdoor pool for lounging in summer. Guests can enjoy Italian wine and pasta at the Mezzo restaurant, or they can unwind with afternoon tea at the Terrace.

6. The Merchant Baku

Luxury, Boutique Hotel

Colourful velvet and leather chairs in a speak-easy style bar with animal art on the walls, hanging spherical lanterns and plants at The Merchant Baku.
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A stay at the Merchant Baku is one for history lovers as well as luxury travellers. The hotel is located within a grand, historic building next to Baku’s old town that was constructed in 1858 as the headquarters of the Caspian Shipping Company. The decor of the luxury rooms draws on the nostalgic mercantile and trading past of the hotel, while the Latitude and Longitude Bar and Restaurant serve cocktails and cuisine inspired by the ancient Silk Road.

7. Four Seasons Hotel

Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Spa Hotel

White velvet sofas and brown armchairs on a cream carpet in an ornately decorated suite with large arched windows at Four Seasons Hotel.
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In a fashionable part of Baku, the Four Seasons is within walking distance of the Baku Funicular and Icherisheher. The spacious rooms are tastefully decorated, and adjoining terraces give views of either the Caspian Sea or old town. The Four Seasons also features two world-class restaurants, a skylit pool, a penthouse spa and fitness centre, Turkish-style baths and a ballroom. This luxury hotel in Baku exudes unparalleled sophistication and class in one perfect location.

8. JW Marriott Absheron

Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel

Purple tables and chairs in the bar at JW Marriott Absheron. Floral cut outs on the walls and ceiling illuminated by purple light.
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This property is in the heart of the city centre, next to Azadliq Square and within walking distance of world-class shopping facilities. This elegant luxury hotel in Baku features a total of 243 rooms, some with views of the Caspian Sea or the city skyline. The smart interior designs give each room an individual appearance while maximising the level of natural light. JW Marriott’s amenities are second to none in Baku – boasting five restaurants, a spa and fitness centre, the city’s largest ballroom and a nightclub.

9. Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers

Bed and Breakfast, Apartment

A figure swimming in the outdoor pool surrounded by white sun lounger and a champagne bar at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers.
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The Flame Towers feature prominently in Baku’s skyline, and travellers staying at the Fairmont Baku will be spending the night in luxury inside one of these unusual tower blocks. The hotel is more than just a unique location, though – this five-star property offers guests Fairmont Gold suites and king rooms with views over the Caspian, alongside an exceptional rooftop pool and spa. As a bonus, there’s a Lamborghini showroom on the bottom floor of one of the Flame Towers, too.

10. The Landmark Hotel

Business Hotel, Hotel

Wicker armchairs with soft white cushions around a small wicker table with cocktails on at The Landmark Hotel Baku, overlooking the city and the sea.
Courtesy of The Landmark Hotel

The Landmark Hotel has a total of 99 rooms inside an elegant building on Baku’s Nizami Street. Each has an earthy decor with contemporary art to create a special ambience. The bathrooms are out of this world – including Japanese toilets, bathtubs and a walk-in shower with views from a floor-to-ceiling window. Guests can watch Baku light up and sparkle at night from one of the six on-site restaurants, spacious al-fresco lounge or the comfort of their rooms. Both business executives and tourists rate this luxury hotel in Baku as one of the city’s best.

11. Excelsior Hotel & Spa Baku

Business Hotel, Spa Hotel

Dusky pink Chesterfield sofa set into the wall beneath paintings of women in the cream-toned lounge at Excelsior Hotel & Spa Baku.
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The Excelsior Hotel & Spa is an unbeatable place for both business and leisure travellers. Featuring private business rooms, as well as reception and conference rooms, you can complete a day’s work in style – before relaxing around the outdoor or indoor swimming pools. Enjoy a sauna, steam room or massage session at the Aura Spa and fitness centre, or just laze around the Pool Bar and Grill ordering cocktails and lamb shish kebabs.

12. Sheraton Baku Airport (FLY Inn)

Airport Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Business Hotel

Marble spa room with mosaic ceiling at FLY Inn. Large round marble table ringed by marbled benches and sinks.
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Sheraton Baku Airport attracts travellers with its convenient location. Just minutes from the departure hall, 25 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes to the beach, this hotel combines world-class luxury with accessibility. Enjoy an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, access to the Gazelli Spa and Wellness Centre, on-site restaurants, bars and lounges and a free airport shuttle. Business facilities are available as well as private drivers to get to the city.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Sam Bedford.

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