Wednesday, June 3, 2009



Old Dhaka is the best bet for the budget conscious, and if you've arrived or are leaving by the Rocket Steamer, Sadarghat is about a 10-15 minute walk south of most of the hotels down Nawabpur Rd.

  • Hotel Al-Razzaque, 29/1 North South Rd (Nazira Bazaar), +880 2 956 1990. A moderately priced hotel popular with Bangladeshi men, it's got decent clean rooms with attached bathrooms with squat toilets, and a popular restaurant. From Tk 160.
  • Hotel Grameen, 22 Nawabpur Rd, +880 2 956 2422. A big hotel on busy Nawabpur Rd, just south of Bangsal Rd. Tk 60-150.
  • Hotel Sugandha, 24 Nawabpur Rd, +880 2 955 6720. Its cheap and it's what to be expected of a cheap hotel, not very exciting or hygienic. Tk 100-350.
  • Zakaria Hotel. , Mohakhali, Value for money. The rooms are clean and en-suite.

Mid range

If you're staying long term consider one of the many guesthouses in the Gulshan and Banani areas.

  • Ideas Manzil, House -19, Road -79, Gulshan-2, Dhaka, Bangladesh (From Zia international Airport Kuril Bissha Road to American Embassy then to Gulshan-2 then to IDEAS MANZIL next to Italian Embassy Road-79, House-19), 880 2 989 6791 (, fax: 880 171 4206336), [5]. Ideas Manzil could be called Bangladesh's first "heritage accommodation," meaning it is the kind of place which attempts to display and preserve the richness and heritage of Bangladeshi culture. Rates from Tk 4,446 ($65) $65-75. (latitude,longitude)
  • Hotel de Crystal Garden, House number 28, Road number 63, Gulshan-2 Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh, +880 2 8823147 (, fax: 880-2-8827076), [6]. All rooms are air conditioned, en-suite and has cable TV. In close proximity you can find the American,Australian, British and a few other international clubs where you are likely to be able to get a beer. $50-80. (latitude,longitude)
  • Grand Azad Hotel,, [7] 55 Purana Paltan, +880-2-9559399. Located only 500 meters away from the main city and some of the main tourist attractions. Newly built modern hotel with facilities including a gym, lounge, restaurant, snooker room and an on site beauty salon. Prices from $37-106.
  • BRAC Centre Inn, 75 Mohakhali Dhaka 1212, +880-2-9886681 to 82,, [8]. Near to the diplomatic enclave overlooking the Gulshan lake. A hotel that probably usually caters for business trips due to its location and facilities such as conference rooms. This will mean however,that your rooms will have as standard, air-con, TVs and en-suit. There is also a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine. Rooms from: Tk 4,100 -5,460 ($60-80).
  • Eastern House, [9], House Number 04, Road Number 24, Gulhan-1. Has internet braodband in every room and breakfast is included in the price. Rooms from: Tk 3,420-6,156 ($50-90).
  • Ambrosia Guest House, in Dhanmondi Residential Area, tel:+88 2 (0)966850/9665760. Tk 2,76 ($40) per night, with breakfast and free broadband Internet connection from the rooms.
  • Grand Prince Hotel [10] tel.+88-29012952, +88 2-8021599 . This is another hotel situated in the diplomatic region of Dhaka and will mean that international clubs such as the American and British club will be close by. Facilities include a fitness center and swimming pool, a business center and a huge restaurant. Rates from Tk 1,368-6,840($20-$100).


  • Lake Shore Hotel, Gulshan 2 (in the diplomatic area of town), +880 2 8859991 (), [11]. Luxury 80-room hotel, rooftop pool, fitness, wireless and LAN Internet. Corporate discounts of 30% available. Probably the best medium sized 5* in the city. $100-220. (latitude,longitude)
  • Radisson Water Garden Hotel, Airport Road (15 miles from downtown, immediately outside the diplomatic enclave but close to the International airport), +880 2 8754505 (), [12]. Huge luxurious hotel sprawling over seven acres of manicured grounds and gardens with water features. All rooms are clean and contemporary. The hotel is almost a resort as it has a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, spa and even a golf course. Arguably the best large hotel in the city. $160-220. (latitude,longitude)
  • Dhaka Sheraton, 1 Minto Road, +880 2 865 3636 (), [13]. This hotel has been running for over a decade now, and was, for the longest time, considered one of the top hotels in the city. It is part of the Sheraton group but not quite comparable with 5* Sheraton's you would find in other countries. Internet access in the room is expensive. Room service choice is fairly limited. (latitude,longitude)
  • Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, 107 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, +880-8111005 (, fax: +880 2 811 3324), [14]. This hotel has been running for over a decade now, and was, for a long time, considered one of the top hotels in the city. In room internet access is available and works well. The hotel also has a swimming pool to enjoy. A room on the Pacific floor (8) will cost $150 including breakfast. These rooms are a good choice since laundry and wired internet access are included in the price, plus a free bar in the Pacific lounge from 1800-2000. There are good restaurants and service is excellent throughout the hotel. (latitude,longitude)
  • Hotel Sarina, Plot # 27, Road # 17, Banani (in the diplomatic area of town), +88 02 8859604 (, fax: +88 02 988-9989), [15]. 5* hotel, all rooms have high speed internet connection along with dedicated port for laptop, mini bar , in room safe and satellite TV. Has an Italian restaurant on site. $110-450. (latitude,longitude)
  • Hotel Orchard Plaza, 71 Nayapaltan Rd, Motijheel, +880 2 933 3904, [16]. Built in 2003 it's one of the newer top end hotels in town. Rooms are equipped with complimentary Internet, and it's comfortable and clean with super friendly staff. The restaurant on the 11th floor is also good and has broad city views. $70-150, but immediate 30% discounts are offered.
  • The Westin, Plot-01, Road 45, Gulshan-2, Dhaka 1212 (in the diplomatic area of town), +880 2 989 1988, [17]. - relatively new, modern, clean, great service, and would be at home in any major western city.However, extortionately expensive - over US$10 for a small beer! $170-240 in winter, varies seasonally.

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