|Comfortable travel in
Azerbaijan is just that - comfortable - don't look for luxury. The
country's Soviet past means that much of the accommodation is still
run by the state, and most facilities are bare bones. Even staying
at the best hotel in Baku will hardly stretch your budget past US$100-$150,
especially if you cut back on carpets and caviar.
US dollars are widely accepted, though
travellers cheques are accepted only by the International Bank of
Azerbaijan. Changing money is fairly easy in Baku and some of the
other larger cities, and a few large hotels and restaurants in the
capital will give cash advances on credit cards - which are useless
everywhere else in the country. Outside the largest cities, cash
is often the only thing you can use.
A tip of 10% is expected in taxis
and restaurants. Bargaining is also expected in markets.