For most, Dhaka is synonymous with sensory overload. The drowning noise of motorized rickshaws whizzing through crowded streets, the enchanting aroma of traditional spices floating through vibrantly-colored markets, and the mild claustrophobia associated with a city that is home to 18 million people – it’s all just another day in downtown Dhaka.
Hotels in Dhaka
Dhaka offers visitors the full spectrum when it comes to accommodation. That said, the city is well-known for being one of the few in the country to have highly-starred hotels like the Radisson Blu Water Garden; unsurprising considering it is the political and economic capital.
While the quality of budget and mid-range options in the city is sometimes questionable, it’s smooth sailing on the luxury front. Many name-brand franchises have moved in, offering the kind of top-class services found in some of the most famous cities around the world.
Where to stay in Dhaka
Downtown Dhaka is the oldest part of the city and home to many famous landmarks like the National Mosque and the parliamentary buildings. There are many different types of accommodation here, ranging from the Dhaka Sheraton to backpacker hostels.
If it’s upmarket you’re in search of, the lakeside Dhanmondi district is the playground for Dhaka’s rich and famous, and has the facilities to prove it. Think shiny entrance halls, indoor heated pools, crisp white sheets, and highly attentive staff. Ambala Inn is a prime example of such luxury.