Hotel Name: Hotel 71
Address: 176 Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam Sarani (47 Bijoy Nagar), Motijheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh
I stayed at Hotel 71 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. When I was booking I didn’t know which area would be the best place to stay. I read that the northern suburbs are nicer to stay in, but that appears so if you are living in Dhaka. As I was here for three days I wanted to be near the historical centre. I also knew that I would be leaving by train, so being somewhat close to the train station would be helpful. In the end I think I lucked out in picking this hotel for its location. My room rate was $33.47 USD per night (VAT and service charge inclusive).
I arrived in Dhaka on a midday flight, and it took 55 minutes to get from the airport. I used the airport pickup service arranged by the hotel, even though it was more expensive than the private car option at the airport. I just wanted a frictionless arrival experience in a unfamiliar airport. The hotel has a person at the airport that arranges a car, rather than actually having someone drive there.
The hotel is on a main road, so there is no hassle for a taxi to try and find it down a small alley. Go up the big flight of stairs and there is a security check point with a metal detector and bag scanner.
I went up to the reception and got a welcome drink while I was waiting to be checked in.
And if you are there at the right time of year you can watch the cricket.
I got a double room, though I was allocated a twin which was fine for me. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean and bright.
The little lounge area made the room feel more spacious.
Free drinking water is supplied and there is also coffee making facilities.
There was a good shower in the bathroom, with plenty of space around the sink area.
The front of the hotel features an atrium which brightens the floors. There is a lounge and concierge on each floor.
There is a breakfast service provided which has a basic selection of western staples (cereal and toast) plus Bangladeshi breakfast options.
A view of the big city.
The hotel offers a high tea in the afternoon, which was included in my rate. It included a coffee, biscuits, and some savoury snacks. This was a nice thing to come back to after a solid day of wandering around the city.
There is free wifi in the hotel, which worked everywhere I went to in the hotel. I got a CNG (a local tuk-tuk) to Kamalapur railway station (the main station) and that took 10 minutes.
Overall this was an ideal choice of hotel in Dhaka. It’s a comfortable hotel at a reasonable price, and it is close enough to Old Dhaka to make for a good base to explore. I was originally looking for hotels in Old Dhaka (somewhere nearer the river) but you do not want to be staying in that area as the streets are truly chaotic and a taxi wouldn’t get there.