Empire Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

49 Khaqani Str, Baku, Azerbaijan

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Satisfaction Excellent
Very Good

Value Score Great Value!

Costs 37% less than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Families100
  • Couples66
  • Solo75
  • Business71

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Forum Posts

ferry to Turkmenistan

by jaro1984

I am looking a cheap ferry to Turkmenistan. How about the price ??? How long it takes ?? What's the city will comming to Turkmenistan ??? Where I can find a time table and book ferry, THANKS

Re: ferry to Turkmenistan

by george5b

I suggest you take these question up with an Turkmen travel agent. You will need to contact one anyway, as they will need to apply for visa clearance and arrange for the mandatory guide to meet you at the harbour.
The schedule of this ferry is erratic and it can vary by several days. Usually there are 1-2 ships per week.

Re: ferry to Turkmenistan

by Doctor38

There is a ferry but lately Turkmenistan suspended all tourist and transit visa due to Swine Flu. I don't know if this still the case or not.

Re: ferry to Turkmenistan

by Doctor38

Apparently the swine flu ban has been lifted. You can apply and get a tourist visa. If you want a visa, you are better off applying for it and receiving a visa CODE to get the visa upon you arrival at Turkembashi.

You seee, The ferry has a very unreliable schedule and you don't want to be late esp. that you are going to get only 5 days, that is why it is better to receive the visa upon arrival instead of receiving it in the Embassy. When you apply at the Turkmenistan embassy mention that and they'll arrange it for you.

follow this link and it will explain more

Re: ferry to Turkmenistan

by excelemp

Please let me know how that ferry goes as I want to take a road trip one day. Rent a car from Bulgaria and grive to Turkey-Armenia-Georgia-Azerbhaijam-Turkmin and up to kazak and back to easter eurpe

Re: ferry to Turkmenistan

by cecko1203

Regarding the last post I am from Bulgaria and I will be in Yerevan for 6 months. I also want to go to Turkmenistan... If you need travel buddy we could arrange something...

Re: ferry to Turkmenistan

by jaro1984

Unfortunetly I changed my plan, but on the other side I don't konw nothing about this ferry,

Re: ferry to Turkmenistan

by excelemp

Thanks for the info.

Travel Tips for Baku

Visa at Baku airport

by MalenaN

I flew in to Baku on the 19th of July 2006 and got the visa quickly (I was one of the first arriving to the counter). With me I had two passport pictures and an application form that I had already filled in (you can get the application form from www.mfa.gov.az/eng/consular/visa.shtml).
Other people didn't have the application form or photos and had to stand to the side to fill in the form and queue for taking photos (and pay for the photos). No letter of invitation is needed.
First you have to show your passport to the passport controller and then you go on to the visa counter for the visa (it cost 40 dollars and it is valid for 30 days) and then back to the passport control to get a stamp. Even as I had a visa for Armenia there was no problems to get the Azeri visa.

Don't expect women to shake hands with you

by Minashka

First of all, bear in mind that this is a Muslim society so if you are familiar with traditions of Islam, you may as well come across them here. However, it is not a fundamentalist or strict society thank god ;-) Things are different in the city and of course people are much more modern, but if you get out of Baku, be especially careful when introducing yourselves to local women. Do not try to shake hands with them as either they or their male relatives may not find that amusing ;-) Although men are quite keen to shake hands and even kiss on the cheeks at some occasions. But do not find it offensive, as it is considered quite normal here. Also you will notice that some women will not look you in the eye during a conversation... that's also normal. What is not normal is blowing your nose in public!
All in all, the society is very tolerant and if you show ill-mannered behaviour, they will forgive you because you are a foreigner :)

The best view of Baku

by Minashka about City Lights Bar / Azza

If you want to have the best view of downtown Baku whether it's daytime or at night, your best bet is the top of the ISR Plaza! Previously called the City Lights Bar, it has now been renamed to Azza bar. Not only does this place have a breath-taking view, it also offers you some great sushi, a big variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and live music in the evenings. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the seats are quite comfortable. Summertime the outdoor seating is available and in winter it is the best place where to escape... if you just go there once, you'll keep going back! There is no dress code for this place although most people going there are usually dressed well. In Baku people like to dress well even if there is no special occasion :)


by Subria

The Fire Worshippers' temple has flames burning from the roof of the temple as well as a main altar inside. Originally the flames were fed by natural gas, but now the pressure is too low and the gas has to be channeled in through pipes. The temple is now converted into a museum, it is located at Surakhani, about half an hour from Baku. The easiest way to get there is by taxi.

Walk around the Fountain Square

by Minashka

Where do you run into people you know? Where can you see the latest fashion? Where do you rest after a hard working day? Well the fountain square has got it all! It's a nice square in downtown Baku, unfortunately with the fountains working only after 5pm ;-) There are many cafes, restaurants with outdoor seating and loads of clothes and souvenir shops all around the fountains. There are, of course, many benches in the park to the other side of the fountains where you can put your feet up and relax... or just sit in one of the outdoor cafes and check out the people walking by - it's a great sight ;-) Fountain square is a pedestrian area and very busy, especially after work hours. Oh and if you see the big McD sign and Ronald sitting on a bench, then you know you're in the right place! For some reason McDonald's always manages to have the best location in the heart of town...


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