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gideonellis@hotmail.com
Post subject: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 23:30 on 26th Feb 2014

Joined: 04:52 on 28th Oct 2013
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Went to the Bangles HC and duty collected my passport with visa attached, five days as was promised so all was fine and dandy.

I also booked myself into the Hotel Favor international so that I had a receipt for the visa but I'm not overly sure about this place. I did write to both the Asian SR in Chittagong and Hotel Ramna in Dhaka but neither have written back. Has anyone got any suggestions for suitable accommodation in both cities?

Many thanks
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 18:29 on 27th Feb 2014

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
You can book the SR online and for Dhaka the Grand Prince in Mirpur (near the ground) is available via trip advisor.
Travelling from the centre of Dhaka to Mirpur is a helluva journey, although some managed it. We failed twice in attempting to go the other way due to smog/congestion.
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fernando
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 10:10 on 28th Feb 2014

Joined: 12:48 on 25th Apr 2008
Posts: 1880
blueandy1mac Wrote:
You can book the SR online and for Dhaka the Grand Prince in Mirpur (near the ground) is available via trip advisor.
Travelling from the centre of Dhaka to Mirpur is a helluva journey, although some managed it. We failed twice in attempting to go the other way due to smog/congestion.


Nowt to do with being tuned in on the "Fosters" ;)
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Marine45
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 15:48 on 28th Feb 2014

Joined: 18:39 on 5th Jun 2013
Posts: 45
I have booked Hotel Dhaka Garden inn,and Orchiid business hotel Chittagong ( owned by uk based bangel chap allegedly. No idea other than reports on booking .com
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 14:49 on 28th Feb 2014

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
fernando Wrote:
blueandy1mac Wrote:
You can book the SR online and for Dhaka the Grand Prince in Mirpur (near the ground) is available via trip advisor.
Travelling from the centre of Dhaka to Mirpur is a helluva journey, although some managed it. We failed twice in attempting to go the other way due to smog/congestion.


Nowt to do with being tuned in on the "Fosters" ;)


Couldn't have managed that journey on Blonde Witch never mind that p.ss.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 00:17 on 1st Mar 2014

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2366
gideonellis@hotmail.com Wrote:
Went to the Bangles HC and duty collected my passport with visa attached, five days as was promised so all was fine and dandy.

I also booked myself into the Hotel Favor international so that I had a receipt for the visa but I'm not overly sure about this place. I did write to both the Asian SR in Chittagong and Hotel Ramna in Dhaka but neither have written back. Has anyone got any suggestions for suitable accommodation in both cities?

Many thanks


Re. Dhaka:

The Ramna, preferred choice of the cheapskate contingent is very basic indeed. I don't even know whether they take reservations. Most people just turn up. That's what I did. Not being the biggest fan of cockroaches I tend to sleep with the light on in my room, which largely confines them to darkness of the bathroom. When getting up to use the loo in the night I switch the bathroom light on leaving the door closed, and wait about 15 seconds before going in, which gives the 6 legged occupants a chance to disperse. Several bus routes going close to the ground leave from across the road from there. The good thing about catching a bus from there is that you're guaranteed a seat if you want one because it's the start of the route. Some of the buses are "express" limited stop ones with a slightly higher fare (still only pennies) that don't allow standing. In the morning it took me maybe 40-50 minutes by bus (depending on the route), and about 35 by tuk-tuk. Going back in the evening in heavy traffic could easily add another hour or more to your journey time.

Lower mid range options that seem OK include The Midway and The Victory. Posher and usually more expensive is Hotel 71. If they're charging full whack it's a bit overpriced, but they often offer some really cracking deals through online agencies, sometimes half price, and if you can get one of those, it becomes well worth considering. Old favourite, The Hotel Pacific (the one near the Bangabandhu Stadium) has rather gone downhill in recent years. If planning to stay there ask to see a choice of rooms before committing yourself.

The only hotel near the ground is The Grand Prince. On our last tour the late and much lamented George The Podge arranged for them to open up a rooftop bar there for thirsty cricket fans. They must have made a fortune out of it, but whether that will happen for this tournament is anyone's guess. The rooms there are probably a bit overpriced, but if it's convenience you want rather than the atmosphere of Central Dhaka, then it could be worth looking at if they've still got space.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 13:02 on 1st Mar 2014

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Re. Chittagong:

I don't know anything about the Favour International. I think it might be new. It's close to other cheapish mid range hotels, so my guess is you get roughly what you pay for. It's years since I stayed anywhere other than the Asian SR. The first time we toured I was at the Golden Inn, which was OK. For proper cheapness the Mishka always used to be OK as long as you avoided the floor with the very cheapest rooms. I also remember looking at the rooms in the Shahjahan, another cheap place, which then had and I think still has a small bar where you can get a beer. The rooms seemed basic but clean if rather cell-like.
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Boddingtons
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 22:11 on 7th Mar 2014

Joined: 16:03 on 29th Sep 2009
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Location: Manchester-cum-Hong Kong
Trouble with Dhaka is it's either shithouse or high end. And high end is pushing above £150-200 a night which I'm not paying in somewhere like this. Hong Kong, yes. Bangladesh, no!

I think I'm going to take a chance on either the Innotel or the Dhaka Garden Inn. The latter being touted recently on Tripadvisor as being "one of the best hotels they have ever stayed at", worryingly. Both hotels make the top 10 hotels on Tripadvisor which doesn't say much for Dhaka itself. The Innotel has 33 reviews whereas DGI only 8 reviews. I may lean on the side of caution with the Innotel, though the free airport shuttle may tip it for the DGI.
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gideonellis@hotmail.com
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 14:05 on 8th Mar 2014

Joined: 04:52 on 28th Oct 2013
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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.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Cheap Hotels
PostPosted: 13:33 on 8th Mar 2014

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
Think you have to be very careful about criticising roaches and their habit of 'room-sharing'. They are usually in the room when you get there, and have been here about 2 billion years prior to us arriving.
I propose a roach thread, I''m sure we all have horror stories about these much unloved critters. Maybe I'm just anticipating 'welcome committee' for the impending trip to Goa this week.

Last point, why do only the males, ie cockroaches, get a mention? I'm sure at least some of them are ladies.
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