For those looking to discover the culture and historic side of the city, consider the Asia Hotels and Resorts, which is only a 9-minute drive from Dhaka Gate and a 15-minute drive from the Tomb of Pori Bibi – the daughter of Shaista Khan, who left her father grieving over her early death. Another option is the FARS Hotel & Resorts, which is an 18-minute drive from the tomb and a 9-minute drive to the Gate.
Dhaka offers great shopping opportunities. Jamuna Future Park is a little further out of the city centre, but it is the biggest shopping mall in Bangladesh with over 500 shops offering everything from electronics to fashion to furniture. The China Inn Hotel is only 15 minutes on foot from this shopping Eldorado. A slightly cheaper option is the Hotel Prograti Inn, which is within an 11-minute walk from the mall.
For golf aficionados, make sure to choose a hotel close to Kurmitola Golf Club such as the 5-star Hotel Sarina, which is a 12-minute ride to the next hole and features a fitness centre, sauna and outdoor pool. Alternatively, the Hotel de Castle is an 11-minute drive away and is a little more budget-friendly.
Foodies will enjoy the wide selection of various cuisines offered in Dhaka, such as the Izumi, which offers Japanese cuisine, the Sky Pool restaurant, which offers great views over the city, or the Tarka Dhaka. Hotels close to all of these restaurants include The Westin Dhaka, a posh 5-star hotel with pool and spa, and The Raintree Dhaka, which is more budget-friendly and offers a rooftop pool.
If you are travelling to Dhaka on business, your best bet is the Innotel Luxury Business, which features meeting and banquet facilities and 42 rooms at a surcharge. Conveniently enough, it also has an airport shuttle which is provided at an additional cost. The International Airport is only about 9 km away and the hotel has a 24-hour front desk.
For those wanting to keep things simple for an affordable price, choose the Hotel 71, which is under 1.5 km from the centre and has free Wi-Fi, a bar, car rentals and a currency exchange office. It includes a restaurant offering traditional as well as international fare. Another option is the Hotel Ornate, which also includes a restaurant, Wi-Fi and free parking on site.
Which hotels are all-inclusive?
Dhaka has a few all-inclusive hotels such as the Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort, which includes a fantastic spa with Thai body treatments, and a fitness centre where you can unwind after a long day of exploring Dhaka. The 5-star Six Seasons Hotel is an equally great choice with spa and fitness facilities that offer a luxurious experience.
Which hotels offer an airport shuttle service?
The Hotel Shuktara offers not only an airport shuttle, but also a fitness centre, restaurant and free parking. Other options are the Sky City Hotel Dhaka, just around the Stamford University, with a mini-fridge, kettle and private bathroom in all rooms, or the Executive Inn with its on-site restaurant and whirlpools in the bathrooms.
Which hotels are family-friendly?
If you come to Dhaka with your entire family, choose the Hotel Plaza Inn that features family rooms along with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant on site. The Notre Dame University is only 700 metres away, plus families can enjoy stunning views from the terrace and savour the American breakfast served every morning.