The nineteenth century mansion that is home to the Boutique Palace Hotel was not always attached to the 12th century Old City Wall. During the Soviet invasion the building was bombed and heavily damaged. In the resultant renovation the 1896 mansion – unusually for a Baku hotel originally built as a guest-house – was joined to the older wall that has become one of its most notable features. Its 10 suites are each named after a prominent figure in Azeri history, with portraits and biographies of said figure in place. They are tastefully decorated in a distinctly Orient Express style. Then there’s suite 11 – The Sultan Suite – a kitsch explosion of infinity mirrors, rainforest showers, giant plasma screens and light projections that Austin Powers would be proud of and even features a giant fish tank and its own personal hammam.