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Bedding Down in Bangladesh

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A June 2005 trip to Dhaka by LenR

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Quote: Accommodation in Bangladesh can be a big problem. Although the country is extremely poor, Dhaka accommodation costs are about twice those in Bangkok. Outside the city, prices and standards vary widely. This journal gives some useful recommendations for both business and tourist travellers.

Bedding Down in Bangladesh

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Bedding Down in Bangladesh Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Bangladesh is a country of amazing contrasts. Luxury exists side by side with abject poverty. Sparking new architectural edifices sit beside battered buildings of tin and mud. Imported luxury cars jostle for road space with battered buses, thousands of motorized three-wheeled taxis and hundreds of thousands of peddle rickshaws. The accommodation situation is no different. In Dhaka, a few luxury hotels cater for the business guests and aid gurus who come from around the world to help or hinder the country’s development. Below these are the three-star hotels that are proliferating in Dhaka and Chittagong and are now also appearing in some of the other larger cities. Then there are the traditional ...Read More

Dhaka Sheraton Hotel

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Dhaka Sheraton Hotel Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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The Sheraton was the first international hotel in Dhaka and many say in some ways it is still the best. It competes head-on with the Pan Pacific and the two properties are located within a kilometer or so of each other. I must say that I felt very welcome here but that may have been partly due to the fact that I had a vague past connection with the manager and his wife. The hotel has 233 rooms and suites, all with the normal 5-star facilities. They are furnished in a fairly standard way but there are a few local touches like potted palms and flowers in the room. The staff is friendly and service is at a high level on most occasions, however, anything out of the ordinary will throw many of the ju...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2005

Dhaka Sheraton Hotel
1 Minto Road
Dhaka, Bangladesh 1000
+880 2 861-1191

Pan Pacific Dhaka

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Hotel | "Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel"

Pan Pacific Dhaka Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Cost: US$190 and up This is regarded by many as the premier hotel in Dhaka. The five-star property has 304 air-conditioned rooms and suites. All rooms have IDD telephone facility, voicemail, Internet service, satellite TV, minibar, electronic safe, full bath tub and shower, bath robe, slippers, hair dryer, daily newspaper, and 24-hour room service. In short, it’s just what you would expect from any five-star hotel. What is different to most Western five-star hotels is the level of staff. There are people everywhere. There are a team of people to run a security mirror under your car as you approach the building, a bellboy to open your car door, security staff to run you through the scan...Read More

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Pan Pacific Dhaka
107 Kazi Nazrul Islam Ave.
Dhaka, Bangladesh 1215
+880 (2) 8111005

Lake Castle Hotel

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Lake Castle Hotel Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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This is one of many hotels situated in the Gulshan/Baridhara residential area. The location is about 10 kilometres from the traditional ‘downtown’ area but this has become the centre for foreign embassies, a growing number of businesses and most of the best restaurants in town. The Lake Castle Hotel is undoubtedly very popular. I stayed there for five days then tried to book on another visit and found there were no rooms available. In retrospect, I believe that there are better hotels in this area (but generally at higher prices) and there are probably better value hotels, but Lake Castle seems to fill a niche space very well. From the outside the hotel is unimpressive. It is built ri...Read More

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Lake Castle Hotel
House 1A, Road 68/A Gulshan-2, Dhaka-1212
Dhaka, Bangladesh
02-8812812

Hotel Hasan International

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Hotel Hasan International Photo, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Jessore is one of the larger cities in western Bangladesh on one of the main routes (Asian highway route 1) towards Calcutta, India. The city calls itself the "oldest modern town in Bangladesh." It has some fine old colonial buildings that have seen better days and some narrow alleys crowded with stalls and activities. The Hotel Hasan International is by far the best hotel in town. It is in a central position and was only finished a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, it has already seen better days. I arrived about 1:30pm on Friday after a 5-hour trip by road. I was hungry, tired, and surprised to discover that the hotel’s dining room was not open. The receptionist understood my pligh...Read More

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Hotel Royal International

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Hotel Royal International Photo, Khulna, Bangladesh
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Khulna is one of the largest cities in Bangladesh after Dhaka and Chittagong. It is situated in the delta country of the southwest of the country. The Royal is considered to be the second best hotel in the city and will meet the needs of most travelers who want to experience rural Bangladesh. Khulna attracts tourists who are interested in visiting the Sundarbans National Park, which is home to the Royal Bengal tiger. This is probably the best place to arrange your trip, and the Hotel Royal International is considered to be the best place in the city to do this. The hotel is a modern building on a prominent corner. The entrance is from the car park, and there is a surprising feeling of space. We ...Read More

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Hotel Royal International
A-33, K D A Avenue
Khulna, Bangladesh
+880 (41) 21638-9