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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 19:38 on 9th Mar 2014

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gideonellis@hotmail.com Wrote:
I did have a look at the Ramna online so I can now be pretty confident their pictures are not a fair reflection of what the place is really like.

Thanks Big Harv, following your advise (or advice) I checked out Hotel 71 on both booking.com and their own site. Booked it directly and got four nights for a shade under $170 so unless the pound crashes horribly I should be getting a double room with breakfast for just over £25 a night.

I haven't ruled the Ramna out since I'm considering shuttling between Dhaka and Chittagong for the first week of my stay but it will depend on whether I can get tickets for Dhaka once I'm in Bangladesh.

Odd thing about cockroaches is when I was living in Saudi there used to be these big orange things crawling around my prefab or what I was told was accommodation for professional staff. Well I don't know about being professional and when I was told those cute orange things were cockroaches I wasn't so keen on letting them have the run of the place.


The Ramna is fine in its own way. The thing is, it's in Central Dhaka in an area with lots of food stalls and the like. The rooms are non-A/C with fans, so have to be reasonably well ventilated. Cockroaches are always going to be a fact of life in such a place. The rooms are different prices, with the ones higher up tending to be more expensive. My room wasn't one of the ultra-cheapest (about £4 per night I think), but it was near the bottom end of the scale. I wasn't troubled by mosquitoes when I was staying there, even though parts of Dhaka (including Kamlapur station where the trains to Chittagong leave from) have clouds of the things once it starts getting dark.

Let us know how you get on with Hotel 71. I ate in the upstairs restaurant there when I stopped off in Dhaka on my travels during the last World Cup. I was staying elsewhere, but asked to see a room, and thought it looked amazingly good for the special price they were offering at the time.
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gideonellis@hotmail.com
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 19:54 on 25th Mar 2014

Joined: 04:52 on 28th Oct 2013
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BlueandyMac, you don't half ask easy questions.

Anyone daft enough to sell their soul for a couple of quid to work in Saudi for a couple of years will tell you that the Saudi's are so strict that males and females are not allowed to room together, not even for cockroaches. In fact if you're not family you're not even allowed to talk to a member of the opposite sex. Some may say that may be a blessing in disguise but I'm certainly not among that number.

Anyway back to my love of my cheap hotels and I stayed at the Asian for the first night and thinking I may save myself a taka or two wondered down to the Mishka and maybe they didn't like me but i wouldn't allow my mother in law to stay in the room they showed me so was very grateful the Asian still had rooms. Considering the salaries the locals earn its not cheap, coiuld get fed and drunk included for the price of my room in Egypt but the internet's just about good enough to watch the telly back home and the place is as as clean as my place when I'm expecting company.

Bangladesh has certainly been an experience. Seen some great cricket, but some of it is well over the top, two bag seaches before you get into the ground, no banners, rubbish food and drink that is so over priced the locals must be pining for a glass of water by the time they leave. Hope they don't put the Bangladeshi's off the cricket because I think they really deserve better.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 17:58 on 26th Mar 2014

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
Sorry to hear that the Bangla boys have adopted the 'captive audience' approach to food and drink which, to be fair, virtually every other country has been practising for some time now. Last trip food and drink were very reasonable even if the food wasn't fantastic.
Its bad enough that you are actually confined to the ground (Sydney, Bangalore etc) but to then be subjected to monstrous pricing for s..t, and even water is outrageous.
Would it be too much to ask that in the terms for staging these money making events, the ICC stipulate that essentials are of reasonable quality and at affordable prices. If we find it expensive, heaven help the Bangladeshi's.

That aside, lets have more feedback from the tour lads.
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Boddingtons
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 11:46 on 28th Mar 2014

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
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Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
F&B in the ground is very mich like what it was in Abu Dhabi.

Could only buy a cup of pepsi (15 taca) or a cup of water (7 taca).

There were plenty of sandwich options which whilst they looked alright I didnt fancy testing the resilience of my guts. They later failed the test after a chinese at Hotel Agrabad. A beer there is 350 Taca

Back to the ground, a cornetto was 40 taca and a choc ice 30 taca.

All dirt cheap if you ask me.

Speaking of dirt.....anyone fancy a dip in the roof top pool at the orchid?
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 14:43 on 28th Mar 2014

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Location: Preston UK
That pool is very reminiscent of the rooftop one at the Grand Prince. Looks like they're using the same water as well. Did I really swim in that?
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Marine45
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 17:07 on 28th Mar 2014

Joined: 18:39 on 5th Jun 2013
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Agree with the rooftop pool but I've eaten in the Orchid of the menu no problems and been supplied drink at 250 a can not perfect but back to back cricket on the tv on the days no game on so it's going down.
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Boddingtons
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 04:28 on 29th Mar 2014

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
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Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
I cant remember gettin in last night but I was very pleased to discover my bog was unblocked this morning.

Last I recall was paying for a rather large bill at Hotel Agrabad. Incidentally, Paul Collingwood rocked up until the early hours, though he wouldnt touch the local stuff......and with this hangover I dont blame him!

The hotel offered me beers for 200 Taca tbe other night around midnight albeit on my way to bed. Ive just sampled breakfast since I didnt eat yesteday....kitchen looked a dump on my way past. Threw down tea, toast and a banana so if anything gets in the way if my cornetto diet I'll know where it's come.from!
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 13:24 on 29th Mar 2014

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
If you're tired of the Hunter's then there's an off-license next door but two to the railwaymens bar. The beer is warm unfortunately but you can buy spirits at a reasonable price.
Avoid going on a Friday, cow slaughter in the alley is very messy.
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gideonellis@hotmail.com
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 10:27 on 30th Mar 2014

Joined: 04:52 on 28th Oct 2013
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Think you're lucky getting Pepsi for 15 Taka since I've been paying 35 every game I've gone to. Dirt cheap for someone even on a modest salary back home, not so cheap for the locals who managed to get 50 Taka tickets.

Glad I had the sense to get two bottles of spirits in Istanbul, leaves with me a litre of Vodka for Dhaka.

Should i run out what is the local beer like?
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 12:28 on 30th Mar 2014

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gideonellis@hotmail.com Wrote:
Think you're lucky getting Pepsi for 15 Taka since I've been paying 35 every game I've gone to. Dirt cheap for someone even on a modest salary back home, not so cheap for the locals who managed to get 50 Taka tickets.

Glad I had the sense to get two bottles of spirits in Istanbul, leaves with me a litre of Vodka for Dhaka.

Should i run out what is the local beer like?


Check out the bars mentioned in the thread I started (titled "Bars") and you'll get to find out. Hunters is the local stuff in blue and gold Fosters-like cans. Not great by international standards, but most Barmies seemed to manage to get through a few gallons of it in 2010. As long as it's served cold enough it can be kept down by most people.
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