Divan Express Baku
With a glittering glass façade that is a testimony to the new face of Azerbaijan, Divan Express Baku is designed to offer business and leisure travellers an optimal combination of comfort, service and value during their stay in our hotel. With 62 rooms and suites, the hotel upholds Divan brand’s standards of Turkish hospitality and commitment to guest satisfaction in Azerbaijan, described by the nation’s founder Heydar Aliyev as, “Two states, one people.” Adjoining Divan Express Baku, the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, dedicated to his memory is one of contemporary Baku’s most important landmarks and a milestone in global architecture. An ideal base of operations in this dynamic emerging capital, known as “the Dubai of the Caucasus”, Divan Express Baku provides business travellers with an exceptional combination of proximity to the city centre and the ability to get away from it all. Backed, of course, by Divan’s outstanding service and hospitality, meticulously designed comfortable guestrooms, and delicious tastes.
Divan Express Baku is situated at the heart of this capital’s transformation into the Dubai of the Caspian, a city hotel in the best sense, integrated into the life of this capital but separate enough to give guests a sense of seclusion and privacy. Just 16 minutes from Heydar Aliyev International Airport, the hotel is 6 minutes by metro and 15 minutes by car from the business district and historic Baku. In the centre of the new Baku, Divan Express Baku is adjacent to this dynamic city’s signature structure, the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre. An architectural tour de force designed by the world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects whose fluid form captures the energy and potential of Azerbaijan, the outline of the building emerges by the folding of the landscape’s topography and the wrapping of the Centre’s individual functions, including a conference hall with three auditoriums, a library and a museum.
The capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, Baku is the Caspian region’s fastest-growing commercial centre and a city that is earning worldwide recognition for its energy, dynamism and transforming skyline. Lined with skyscrapers and dotted with contemporary architectural masterpieces, like the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, the city is increasingly in the global spotlight, most recently as the host of the 57th Eurovision Song Contest in 2012. Home to roughly a quarter of the total population of Azerbaijan, the history of Baku dates back at least until the 1st century BCE, when the first written mention of the city was made. Its rise to prominence, however, did not come until the 12th century, when the ruling Shirvanshahm Akhsitan I, chose the city as his new capital. The city became part of the Russian Empire in the early 19th century and since the first mechanically drilled well in 1846, the city’s history has been inextricably linked with oil. Today, Baku is literally building on that proud heritage with an ambitious urban renewal program that is transforming it into a beacon for the region and the world.
No stay in Baku is complete without a visit to the historic Walled City of Baku, the Maiden’s Tower, the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, two caravanserais and the Juma Mosque. Nearby is the famed Baku waterfront, with its grand 19th century mansions built by the city’s first oil barons, over a century ago. Stately trees line the waterfront boulevard where visitors and locals alike stroll on balmy evenings, perhaps stopping to enjoy a steaming hot tea beside the gently rippling waters of the Caspian. This elegant and historic city is the soul mate and centrepiece of the contemporary city of skyscrapers that is positioning itself to become the economic dynamo of the Caspian region.
- The Maiden’s Tower : 6.4 km
- The Palace of the Shirvanshahs : 6.5 km
- The Ateshgah : 17.4 km
- The Imam Hussein Mosque : 26 km
- Metro Shopping Mall : 2.2 km