Thanks to the efforts of all the staff at the Aristocrat Inn, my stay there was most enjoyable and stress free. They even picked me out of the very long immigration que and got me in as a VIP. Well done, keep it up.
Aug 08, 2011
Stayed in the establishment a while ago, I was looked after very good and would reccomend it to all
Oct 10, 2011
Stayed there for 4 days and came out with positive impression.
The price is less that the star rated hotels and I believe the service can still be improved with this price. Was clean and didn't see any mosquito. Though I saw a small cockroach once, but that was handled by the efficient, well mannered staff.
Living condition is good, location is great (except for public commute), though heard about security with in the area, didn't feel unsafe at any time. The bathroom condition was good but can be improved a bit. Didn't encounter any power supply failure as the load shading was covered by the internal generator. The water (hot and cold) was adequate, but the fixtures (faucet, shouwer tube and so on) can be improved a bit for more comfort. Spacious room with very comfortable furnitures.
Was mostly impressed with the staffs. All of them were extremely cordial, polite, well mannered and were willing to help. If you are looking for few days, weeks to stay in Dhaka and want to consider budget, this can be a great saver. Would I stay there in future. Of course, YES.
Mar 03, 2011
Mosharaf and the entire staff are great! I have traveled to many countries and was a little concerned of this small hotel. My concerns quickly turned to surprise and appreciation.
Cozy, comfortable, personable, friendly are just a few adjectives to describe the hotel and my stay.
I would recommend and will stay again.
Jan 01, 2011
The Aristocrat is a good choice for travellers seeking an affordable hotel with great service. First, the hotel is located near the airport. This is important because Dhaka has terrible traffic and traffic jams are common. When traffic is good, the hotel is only 10 minutes from the airport. At other times, you should allow 20 or 30 minutes for transport to and from the airport. I arrived in Dhaka after 1 in the morning, so traffic was good. I was met at the airport by a member of the Aristocrat Inn's staff and driven to the hotel. This service was free of charge. In the past the hotel staff would actually meet guests inside the airport and shepherd them through immigration as well. Unfortunately they are no longer allowed to do this because of government concerns regarding the H1N1 flu virus. Not a problem because going through immigration was a breeze.
The hotel is in the Gulshan area of Dhaka, home to Dhaka's elite and location of many embassies. This means that the area is relatively safe, and quite central. You can get to most places of interest fairly easily. On the other hand, there aren't many resturants and shops in the area. You're basically limited to the hotel's restaurant, which is fine but you'll find much better fare elsewhere in Dhaka. Breakfast is served starting at 6:30 am. It's basic, an egg with dry toast, a banana, and tea or coffee. The coffee is instant coffee.
The standard room is a comfortable size. The bathroom is ensuite. The water is hot. The bed is firm, but not hard. There is a great air conditioner and a fan. You'll stay cool. The room has a t.v. with BBC World. There may be a few more channels available in English, but I just watched BBC. The room also has an internet connection, but it's not high speed. Still, it's OK. The room also has a fridge stocked with lots of bottled water, but no alchohol. Not a problem. A quiet word at the desk, or a quick phone call and you can get a beer. All they served when I was there was Heineken. The beers were 200 taka each, about US$3.
Finally, just a quick reminder that Bangladesh is a developing country, with all the sights, sounds, and smells of a developing country. The Aristocrat is a good hotel in the elite district of Dhaka City, but you must remember that it is the elite district of a city in a developing country. Don't expect to see limos parked on pristine streets, or municipal sculptures by famous European artists. Having said that, Bangladeshis are generous far surpassing their means and their hospitality is humbling. The staff at the Aristocrat Inn are a fine example of this.