ReardonSmith designed a new Intourist Hotel for Baku, a modern hotel which nevertheless faithfully replicates the exterior of Baku’s much loved old Intourist Hotel which was the city’s first luxury hotel when it opened in 1934, designed by the pre-eminent Russian architect, Alexey Shchusev.
We began by researching all historical information and drawings available and from there developed the building form. Like its predecessor, the new Intourist Hotel is located in the heart of historic Baku where boutiques, cafes, restaurants and clubs ensure a hip vibe, and the new hotel clearly belongs to this contemporary narrative. Behind its facades clad in a tinted render replicating the original, the new hotel is glamorous and intimate in ambience. There are 150 guestrooms, a restaurant, bar, a small spa and meeting rooms. The hotel is part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio of individual hotels around the world.