Having been to Bangladesh upteen times, I have yet to really experience the tourist side of Bangladesh as I often come with family and therefore have to stay with my relatives.
There are not many 5* hotel options in Dhaka, for me it was going to be a Starwood hotel as a platinum SPG member I decided on staying at the Westin Hotel in Dhaka.
The Westin is situation in the upmarket area of Dhaka, Gulshan.
The price of the rooms is excessive with a minimum price of 300 USD before taxes are included. I found the best option for me was to use my SPG points and cash so I ended up spending 110 USD plus 10,000 SPG Points.
The rooms are decent – I was given room 1910 and the view is as good as you are going to get in Bangladesh…
I arrived early around 7am, however despite putting in a request for having an early check-in and having the request approved, the room was not ready and I was requested to have breakfast whilst they got this ready.
Breakfast was decent and had many options for most cuisines however priced at 2500 Taka (approx. 30 USD), I believe it is too expensive especially for Bangladesh.
There is a Italian restaurant on the top floor which is on the pricer side (again – especially for Bangladesh). I would advise to go outside the hotel if you want dinner, with several restaurants within 5 min walking distance.
There is shisha available in the hotel, which is ideal for myself, though again at 2,000 Taka at (25 USD) it is again on the pricer side. The other issue apart from the high price, is that it is outdoors which is full of mosquitos and I was bitten like a mofo! Surely there must be some indoor shisha spots in Desh????
One thing I liked about the hotel was the sports and fitness section, they have a decent pool that is open from early in the morning until 11pm.
In addition there was a service they were offering to their guests, and I believe its something other hotels should offer. Although I’m not sure how appeasing it is wearing someone else shoes, however the socks are new, and the clothes seemed clean enough.
The next day, I had breakfast in the Lounge which I get access to complimentary, though its more discreet it does not offer the same variety that the breakfast buffet on the 2nd floor offers.
There is also an evening happy hour in the lounge between 5.30pm to 7.30pm and it offers snacks and drinks.
Whilst I was there, there was a planned Hartal which can cause complete chaos in the streets, communicating that to a non-bengali is difficult however the Westin tried to explain it via this notice below –
Whilst in reality an actual image of a hartal is…
A description of the rest of my trip will be up later on this week.