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“Garden oasis in the city”
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Ambrosia
Ranked #2 of 67 Dhaka City B&B and Inns
Houston
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“Garden oasis in the city”
Reviewed 16 December 2010

I have actually stayed at Ambrosia twice, both during the very busy week of the biannual Chobi Mela Festival of Asian Photography in 2004 and 2009 (ignore the forced date above). The owner, Jahangir Alam, is wonderful. The garden inside the gate is well-tended. The rooms are part of an expanded, converted house, and some are a bit noisier than others, but this is a noisy city, so you just have to deal with it. Breakfast is basic but good, and food of just about any kind can be requested in advance. Breakfast is often around one big table, which makes it easy to meet others. The internet access in 2009 was spotty, but ok when it worked. They are always trying to improve it tho. There are restaurants within a few seconds' walk, and it's near a well-known intersection so it's easy to tell CNG and rickshaw drivers where you need to go even if you do not speak Bangla. Mr. Alam does all he can to make it a home away from home, and as a result I'm not the only guest I have met there who feels a sense of loyalty to, and affection for, Ambrosia.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 March 2010

Ambrosia is a quaint little guest house in the Dhanmondi district of Dhaka which is a fairly upmarket area not too far from the Kawran Bazaar.

Its almost too easy to miss this gem as it has high walls and there's no apparent signage. The gate is opened by a guard and once inside the gate the guesthouse comes on its own. You are greeted by pleasant english (passable) speaking staff who are attentive and show you inside. There is a great front yard with patio seating, a great place to basque in the sun and enjoy the landscaped garden. Feels like a courtyard, with birds chirping and some water features.

It is a guesthouse so there is no reception, the manager or one of the assistance will be near by showing you to your room. Unfortunately I had one of the ground floor rooms which is in the lobby area, so once inside the room you can hear the noise outside, a shame really.

The room is spacious with simple 3 star amenities. There is no mini bar although complimentary bottled water is provided. There is a fridge, a large double bed, ceiling mounted fan, air conditioning, on suite bathroom and shower facilities, some wardrobes, bath towels, 21" CRT TV with ample western, and eastern channels. A blanket is also provided for those cold winter nights. The average price is approximately 45 USD per night per room although I. sure this can be negotiated down. The rooms have tiled floors and tiled bathrooms, although it is generally clean the bathroom does have lime scale on the tiles and taps. But dont let that put you off.

a simple continental breakfast is provided, although if you order in advance you can get something more special. Lunch and Dinner can be ordered in advance and they will cook anything. I had two nights dinner which came to around £6.50 GBP, I had a chicken curry with potatoe and rice and mutton biryani. Both were great and would certainly recommend.

When I was there the guesthouse was fully booked, it has many foreign visitors and as it has been around for 20 odd years it certainly has a good reputation. I would recommend it to the budget minded traveller as it is certainly worth a stay. The service is also good, as was the company of the manager.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Ambrosia

Property: Ambrosia
Address: # 3 House #17 Road | Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka City 1205, Bangladesh
Region: Bangladesh > Dhaka Division > Dhaka City
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Ranked #2 of 67 B&Bs / Inns in Dhaka City
Number of rooms: 70
Also Known As:
Ambrosia Hotel Dhaka City
Ambrosia Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

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