I managed to survive my cab ride with the non-communicative driver and his non-ACd car to the Park Inn, and headed into what must be the most barren lobby I’ve ever been in…filled with….Koreans and Chinese! It seems the 2012 Olympic Taekwondo Qualifiers were in town this week…go figure in Baku!
Up to the room which was nothing special, but was functional. I guess at the prices I’d heard in Baku I expected slightly more, but then again at the same time, the location seemed great. Right on the Caspian Sea, walking distance to the old town and the brand new mall in town – no complaints at all. I would definitely stay here again if I ever returned. Especially because Monica Lewinsky seems to recommend it!
Since it was nearing 10pm at this point, I checked out the mall across the street to procure some bottled water and just walk and get a feel of the place before crashing. It had been a very long day, and I wanted to get up and check things out a bit before heading back to GYD to pick up Matt at noon.