The upscale JW Marriott brand has now made its way to Azerbaijan.
The new hotel marks Marriott International's first-ever hotel in Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku. The 243-room JW Marriott Absheron Baku opened under a management agreement with Yeni Absheron Oteli LLC. A stunning addition to Marriott's luxury JW Marriott global brand portfolio, the hotel overlooks Baku's famed Azadliq Square and the Caspian Sea.
"A dynamic and cosmopolitan city, Baku is a destination on the rise, experiencing impressive growth and a cultural rebirth," said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe. "With its beautiful natural surroundings, fascinating history and vibrant nightlife, Baku is the perfect location to showcase our JW Marriott brand in Eastern Europe. Baku is fast becoming a new European and International hotspot and we see great opportunity to expand our portfolio here."
Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, bordered by the Caspian Sea to the east. Baku, home to 1.9 million people, is the capital and largest city as well as the country's primary port. Steeped in history, this ancient city has long been associated with oil, but old and new are fusing together at breathtaking speed with an influx of investment and infrastructure and the planned construction of around 500 new buildings in the next few years.
Currently, there are 54 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2014 the portfolio will encompass 76 properties in 28 countries
The newest addition to the portfolio is located in Baku's most prestigious neighborhood, in the heart of the business, shopping, and entertainment district. The JW Marriott Absheron Baku is a modern and stylish hotel in keeping with the relaxed elegance and effortless luxury synonymous with the JW Marriott brand. Just 25 minutes from Heydar Aliyev International Airport, the hotel offers easy access and luxury accommodation to business and leisure travelers to Baku.
The 243 elegantly appointed guestrooms, including 15 Executive Studios and Presidential Suite, offer exceptional comfort and stunning views of the Caspian Sea. Boasting natural textures and colors reflecting the Azerbaijan landscape, the rooms also feature the latest technologies, contemporary furnishings and luxurious bed and bath linens.
The hotel features a fully equipped business center and 3,200 square meters of flexible meeting space flooded with natural light, including a 1,208 square meter column-free ballroom with high ceilings and panoramic views perfect for weddings, banquets or galas. The idyllic spa with sea views sets the stage for a truly relaxing experience, while the 24-hour fitness center features the hotel's crowning glory - a rooftop indoor pool overlooking the sea.
Dining at the JW Marriott Absheron Baku takes guests on a culinary journey with four options including the Fireworks Oriental Kitchen where Azerbaijan, Turkish, Iranian and Indian cuisines are masterfully crafted with the spices and flavors of the region, and the OroNero Bar & Ristorante where the delights of fashionable northern Italy from Parma to Milan can be enjoyed in an al fresco setting.