Best Eastern Hotel Irshad

11 Vagif street, Baku, 370007, Azerbaijan
Best Eastern Hotel Irshad
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Accomodation for a week

by neilwales

I am visiting Baku for 7 days in early May. Would it be cheaper renting an apartment or staying in the hostel or a hotel ? Any tips ?

Re: Accomodation for a week

by leylawa

Hi, I am from Azerbaijan and I think it is better to stay in Hotel, because for renting apartment you will spend a lot of time and money as well. There are a lot of good hotels in the center such as Park Inn, Radisson Sas (in Isr Plaza) , but they are a bit expensive. There is hotel called "Cenub" hotel, what means South Hotel, which is not expensive and is situated right in the center.
Have a nice trip to Azerbaijan. If you have further questions or advice let me know.

Re: Accomodation for a week

by Prunedezil

Hello, do you know the price by any chance of the cenub hotel? We are coming to visit Azerbaidjan this summer and we want to know what are the prices for food and accomodation, in the city and outside Baku. Thanks a lot!

Re: Accomodation for a week

by andreaberffini


the hotel Canub is on reconstruction...

ACCOMMODATION in Baku- from different forums tips, i have found that there are too expensive hotels in Baku, such as Radisson SAS, Europe, Hyatt etc. But there are also several small motels...or rent daily apartment in Baku, close to Fountain Square. See links: (cheap accommodation in Baku fro 30$ per night)

Re: Accomodation for a week

by amiriniran

hi leyla and others,

do you know anything about VOA (airport visa) in Baku? are 'IRANIANS' eligible for that? this is very important to me since im planning to apply for USA visa there in March. thanks.amir.

Travel Tips for Baku

Muslim fashion

by Assenczo

Most unexpected was the view of similar outfits in rather confused in religious terms Baku. The vast majority of people seem mostly secular if we are to judge by the clothing, not very convincing method indeed. At the same time one can spot isolated cases of covered females but so rare that one can argue that in Europe they are more freely available to look at. What was the most bewildering was the third option were the East meets the West, sort of, with abundance of clothing covering all the flesh but the choice of colours was rather feminine and not to mention the high heels - combo that might be the perfect attraction for any male no matter what his social background is.

Islam in Baku

by maykal

Although at times it doesn't seem like it, Azerbaijan is a Muslim fact it is one of only two Shi'ite Muslim countries, the other being Iran. This probably conjures up images of an alcohol-free zone where women look like walking black tents, but I can assure you that this is not the case, especially in Baki. There aren't many mosques at all, and it was strange to be in a Muslim city and not hear the call to prayer even once. People in Baki enjoy their wine, and the women seem to wear whet they like...Fountains Square is where to go if you want to see Baki's beautiful on parade!
Mosques do exist though (the one in the picture is part of the Shirvan Shahs' complex in the old city) and if you visited a mosque, then the usual modest dress rules apply.

The best way to get to Baku is...

by dcmontgo

The best way to get to Baku is by air. I flew round trip from the US for about $1100.00. KLM northwest used to have a non stop flight to Amsterdam (great airport) and then there is a non stop to Baku.
Probably the best way to get around is walking. I took cabs late at night, but be forwarned, pedestrians do not have the right of way in Baku, drivers do. I avoided buses and the subway (although I am told this is pretty safe).

The Governor's Park

by Minashka

This is a small but neat park right behind the Baksovet metro station or the Philharmonic. In the older days, when we were ruled by the Russian Tzar, this park was called The Governor's Garden - Gubernator Baghi, then in the Soviet period it was renamed after Pioneers (hmmm I wonder!)... and hopefully its current name will last for a long time. It is now named after Aliaga Vahid, famous Azeri poet. You can even see his bust if you walk from the big fountain towards Azneft. There's a nice chaykhana (teahouse) in the park and is a great escape in the heat of the summer. What I love most about this place is that it seems like the whole park is protected by the walls of the Old City. For those who have read "Ali and Nino" by Kurban Said, let me tell you that this is where Ali would meet his sweetheart Nino...

Baku's Old Town

by maykal

The old town of Baki is remarkably well preserved...partly because many of the grander houses have been done up and now serve as headquarters of the many foreign oil companies currently operating in Azerbaijan. It is a fairly small old city, but a picturesque one...the best thing to do is to get lost in the maze of won't be lost for long, though, as eventually you will find yourself at one of the city gates.
Baki has yet to be overrun by tourists, so the only carpet salesmen are to be found around the Maiden's Tower, and they haven't yet learned to be as pushy as carpet salesmen elsewhere in the Middle East.


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