Following the success of the Four Seasons Hotel Baku and the JW Marriott Absheron Hotel, also in Baku, ReardonSmith was commissioned by the same client to design two new hotels as the centrepiece for Shahdag, a new all-year round resort in the Greater Caucasus mountain range. The resort, developed by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture and Tourism, was intended to serve both the local market and overseas visitors.
The Park Chalet was designed as a sister hotel to the ReardonSmith designed Pik Place Hotel in Shahdag, with a number of shared facilities. Whilst modelled, like its sister hotel, on a European Alpine style, The Park Chalet is also influenced by the architectural language of America’s most prestigious ski destinations. In order to differentiate it from its more conventionally grand sibling, the restaurant, bar and lounge facilities of the hotel have all been placed on the top floor to take advantage of the spectacular views available above the resort complex. This has also achieved an imposing volume to these spaces since they are accommodated under the traditional, steeply pitched roofs of the building. The hotel is integrated into the resort’s infrastructure, allowing full below-ground access, out of sight of the guests and maintaining the tranquillity of the national nature park setting. The hotel provides 164 keys including 15 suites, a spa, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, all-day dining restaurant, a coffee lounge and cocktail bar.