"pink panther" hostel
“First of all , you have to know that if you are crossing Azerbaijan as we did , from Baku to Tbilissi (Georgia) , and if you come from Ismayili you definitely have to stop in Ramazan’s house! First be ready to come to a place at the end of a lost traditional village (10 minutes from Qabala with a taxi) then you will find peace and tranquility. Ramazan’s house was super modern and clean! In the middle of the mountain . Communication was great and we had a traditional breakfast in the morning. Whatelse? I want to come back! This is real Azerbaijan! ”
This is the most beautiful village in Azerbaijan, the start of amazing hikes. Waterfalls and Shahdag ski resort within 10 minute walk from the house. The house is a typical village style house with outdoor toilet and running water in the house.
“Movlud and family were very welcoming and greeted us as soon as we arrived. They provided us with dinner both nights - simple, local, cuisine - which was delicious and a lovely surprise as we were not expecting this. The room itself is at the back of the house, which you share with the family. There is a lot of interaction with the family, as the DVD player in the room provides a lot of entertainment. The room is very warm, and although when we were there when is was snowing, we still had to open the window a few times. So don't worry about being cold in the mountains! The fold out beds were really comfortable and we both had a good nights sleep. Breakfast was provided both days too; tea, jam, pastries, bread, butter, local cheese - you won't go hungry. The toilet and shower are basic and both located outside, so bring a pair of flip-flops or something similar for easiness, and a torch if you are afraid of the dark, although there are lights when you get to both. The location is stunning, the village is very pretty even in winter - can only imagine what it would be like in the summer. It's an ideal location if you want to go walking or climbing. We even booked horse trekking for a few hrs (15 manat for 3 hrs). One of the highlights for us was spending a few hours dancing and playing cards with the family, as we forced to stay inside due to bad weather. Movlud gave us a lift back to Qusar at the end of our trip and had suggestions for another homestay and a tour; however, by this point we wanted to go our own way so we kindly declined. As there is no wifi, poor phone reception, no cooking facilities, no taxis, you do rely on the family for everything, which was fine for us, as we were looking for this kind of experience. I would have no issues staying there again. My partner felt that she could have done with some more privacy, but still enjoyed it very much and would go back. Thanks for a great stay.”
Private botique house with a river view gazebo, fireplace BBQ, ,samovar area, beautiful garden, with tall fruit trees, a private river beach and amazing mountain view on Shahdag mountain. the house is located 12 min from the Shahdag ski resort. The house is perfectly equated with electricity, gas, heating system both for water and home, satellite led TV, washing machine, fridge, and all what needed a great vacation. This place is peace of heaven, it has wonderfully clean air, amazing garden.
“Wow! What a gem. Spectacular views of the river with the gazebo. Massive outdoor walled in yard and orchard. Quaint old school neighborhood with a Completely renovated residence. Heated floors a plus!! Super responsive owner. Incredibly reflective and ready to make our American family stay a special one. Literally the closest Air BB property to shahdag ski resort. Top notch.”