Among the most amazing additions to the modern skyline is the Flame Towers, a trio of sky-high structures that resemble the tongue of fire that rises above the Caspian Sea.
Designed by US architectural firm HOK, Tower 1 is 182 meters high and is the tallest building in Azerbaijan.
And visitors can stay there. One building is for residential use, one is for office use, and the third is 165 meters high, Fairmont Baku is a contemporary 5-star hotel.
Enter the flame
The tower can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, but it’s really lively at night. Orange, red and pink LED lights dance across the tower like burning flames.
For some in Baku, they are now a symbol of their hometown.
“When you dive into the airport, lit by colorful lights and illuminating the road, you can see the Flame Towers,” fashion designer and media expert Nina Zandonia told CNN Travel. “They are telling everyone that they have arrived in Azerbaijan.”
So how about staying at one of the most familiar landmarks in this country? It’s certainly not an ordinary hotel.
Bold and sometimes exaggerated remarks begin with a dramatic appearance and continue to the interior.
The venue’s seven-story lobby is occupied by a luxurious chandelier weighing a whopping 2 meters tons, using 840 lights and 5 km strands adorned with over 600,000 crystal beads.
You don’t have to expect it to be used in casual jam sessions. Currently, only top pianists are playing on special occasions.
The tower has more than 300 rooms, suites and serviced apartments, priced from $ 170 to $ 5,000 or more per night.
Even the most basic offers ceiling-to-floor windows and a luxurious large double bed. The decoration is a contemporary luxury combination with luxurious carpets and modern furniture. Each room in a spacious and comfortable hotel overlooks the city or the sea from across the bay.
It’s refreshing and gorgeous, but it has an edge of corporate simplicity that doesn’t match the majestic atmosphere of the nearby Four Seasons, for example.
The typical one-bedroom suite on the 17th floor offers views of the Caspian Sea, and if qualified, access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge on the 19th floor. This lounge features a private check-in area and concierge services.
The ultra-fast elevators up to number 17 face a magnificent landing with views of the bay. Once inside the suite, there is a lobby area with stunning views. The office’s slash dining room has a wooden desk and a dining table for four.
Next is the spacious carpeted lounge with oversized sofas and jazzy signature chairs. The separate bedroom has a huge king size bed. There is a huge walk-in closet with hangers, drawers and laundry essentials, which leads to a large bathroom with a bathtub and a shower room.
Both of the suite’s two bathrooms have bespoke toiletries. Yes, your name is printed on the shampoo, moisturizer and conditioner bottles. This is a souvenir that you should take home.
It feels good, but does the hotel have a celebrity appeal? Yes, says Zumrud Ismayilova, Hotel PR and Marketing Manager. Her name is not given, but the list clearly includes leaders, royalty, and celebrities.
“Many VIP guests stayed at the hotel, but never reveal who they are,” she told CNN Travel. “When our guests stay with us, they expect privacy and confidentiality, and that’s exactly what we give them.”
Located at the tip of the flames, the Royal Suite offers panoramic views of both the city and the sea. There are two bedrooms, both with a private bathroom, lounge, private dining room, study, guest bathroom, kitchen and magnificent corridor with chandelier. There is a total of 375 square meters (4,036 square feet) of living space.
“VIPs or families stay in suites, but the rest of the party tends to take over the entire floor. There are additional rooms for security and staff, and suites for additional family members,” explains Ismayilova. increase.
It has an open-plan living area, a private study, a dining room suitable for 12 or more guests, and a fully equipped kitchen (for servants, of course). However, the main attraction is the magnificent private bathroom with a vast oyster-shaped bath with views of the bay windows.
Hotel amenities are mixed bags. The elegant spa on two floors of the hotel features an indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, hammam and cozy space. There is also a well-equipped gym.
Relax on the sundeck or take advantage of the poolside sauna overlooking the sea in the beautifully designed Sky Garden. With an S-shaped rooftop pool and an outdoor bar, it looks better from a distance than from a close distance.
It’s best to visit in the evening. As the sun rises, the tower reflects the sun and spreads its heat, turning this area into a frying pan.
Food and entertainment
As you would expect from a luxury hotel in one of the country’s largest landmarks, the main Le Bistro restaurant offers a wide range of local Azerbaijani wines and delicacies. The Balcon Café serves specialty teas, cakes and sushi in the afternoon.
There is also a funky Nur lounge serving cocktails and light meals, making it the perfect pre-drink site to immerse yourself in the atmosphere before moving to the hotel’s jazz club, a local facility.
“Jazz clubs are advised to check out after 9pm because it actually starts. It’s very popular with both hotel guests and locals and to keep people entertained. We are always offering new things, “says Ismayilova.
There are two things that most hotels can’t offer. A shopping mall and a movie theater. Fairmont Flame Towers offers both.
Park Cinema provides guests (and the general public) with six screens, including IMAX, which shows the latest Arabic, English, and Russian movies.
Next door is the Flame Towers Shopping Mall, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2020. Luxury brands, high street names, cafes and restaurants are all set to live.