Ideas Manzil:
  Dhaka, Bangladesh
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TripAdvisor Reviews (11 reviews, 5/5)

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  • 5/5 (Based on 11 reviews)

I have been traveling to Bangladesh all year on business trips. Major Hotels are great but after many weeks they start to feel very clinical. Ideas Manzil was recommend by a local contact and I should have looked for a change earlier.Located in amongst all the Embassies security is very high and safe enough to take an early morning walk every day. The staff are exceptional, I have many people calling in to see me and nothing was to hard. The food is absolutely sensational,everything is made from scratch so it is a little slow. I am partial to Chicken Biryani and Ideas Manzil provided the best I have had all year in Dhaka.

Rooms are quite different. Large four post beds, locally made wall hangings and craft as well as timber work that is quite stunning.

Not a Hotel but a home away from home. If you do want a large main stream hotel this the place to stay. I willbe return Feb 11 without hesitation.

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  By peter_chr... on Dec 12, 2010

I seldom write hotel reviews but as I was perusing the many photos taken during my last year's journeys, I recalled the unusual and excellent stay I had in Dhaka. It has been almost a year since that mission, but I thought I truly owed it to the Manzil's (Australian) owner and his dedicated staff to take a little time to write this review. As a rule, I go to international hotels for short stays and try to rent studios for longer ones. Last year I needed to spend almost one month in Bangladesh but had no time for finding a studio. As I searched the net a couple of days before leaving Paris, I came across the Idea Manzil (and the Dutch Club). Manzil appealed to me because they advertised traditionally furnished suites at what seemed bargain rates. Furthermore, they were located in the diplomatic area where many of much of my work was to take place. Hence, I booked the suite that looked best on their site and prayed that my basic expectations would be met.

On arrival, the manager fetched me from the airport in an old beaten up cab which made me worry a little... However, the feeling dissipated quickly after I was given a tour of the residence and led to my suite. Idea Manzil is a single-level house with a neat inner yard. The several suites and rooms are spread around it; it also has a roof-top restaurant and terraces with quite a bit of vegetation around. The rooms are spacious and very tastefully appointed with combinations of traditional artefacts, silk drapery and comfortable furniture. I much liked the posted bed in my room which allows for a mosquito net. I also loved the large carved-wood antique door panels in my sitting room which beside a desk featured a comfortable sofa and a small table where I took most of my meals. The bathroom is up to western standards and a small dressing room adorned with plants and flowers adds to the overall exotic charm of the suite. Access to the internet is as good as you can get in Dhaka; air conditioning was effective, but the power cuts were somewhat disruptive and at night, sometimes, the loud generator woke me up. Despite this minor inconvenience, the suite was more than pleasantly inhabitable as well as a very convenient work place. In fact, I was able to use it as an office and conduct interviews over tea in my sitting room.

The best feature of Manzil, however, is in my gourmet-gourmand’s opinion the cuisine. As I dislike eating alone in restaurants, I had my meals brought to my sitting room. The staff obliged kindly and provided me with food quality and service I had not experienced in the best chain hotels. In fact, I concocted my menus myself according to my wishes and submitted them to the chef cook. It is said that Manzil has one of the best chefs in Dhaka and I surely support this opinion. The Chef has a great personal touch and creative flexibility; as an amateur cook myself, I was able to discuss the many details inherent in the preparation of oriental dishes. These included Thai cuisine, as well as carefully crafted traditional Bangladeshi and Indian dishes. Consequently, my stay at Manzil became an extraordinary food-tasting experience. As it would take too long to try to render this in plain words, I am attaching photos of some of the memorable dishes I had during my stay.

To sum all this up, if you are on a business or (better) on a leisure journey in Dhaka, do consider staying at this excellent and very different hotel.

55

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  By constanti... on May 05, 2010

What a guest house! Arriving in Dhaka was a bit daunting but made so much easier with the airport pickup from Barry & his team.
We spent our first night at Ideas Manzil before heading out of town and returning for our final night before leaving Dhaka. The level of service was fantastic with staff there to assist with any small details.
The rooms were 5 star quality but still reflected the local heritage. The attention to detail was superb, topped off with a great meal at the restaurant upstairs.

We'll certainly stay on our next visit.

55

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  By P_Magill on Nov 11, 2008

I have stayed 3-4 times at Ideas Manzil Guest House, for 2-3 weeks at a time while working for an NGO in Dhaka. It's a very good option. Pluses are its convenient location in the Gulshan district, close to NGOs, embassies, etc., and the decor, with every room full of interesting furnishings and decor both from Bangladesh and from the owner's trips to Nepal and other places in the region. Rooms I've stayed in are a bit dark, but charming.
Service is friendly, always. Free airport pickup is a plus after long flights.
Food: I have really enjoyed the dinners offered (need to order in advance, and they will either be delivered to your room or available in the upstairs restaurant). Great selection of Bagladeshi, Indian, Thai, and western dishes, fresh and tasty.
Breakfasts could use more variety but fine for what's provided.
I recently learned that Ideas Manzil is beginning to offer group tours both within Dhaka and in other interesting parts of the country, using excellent local guides and arranging good accommodations. A good option for the future.

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  By marilouan... on Oct 10, 2011

I stayed in Ideas Manzil for 6 days. I have visited Dhaka and had to stay in Star hotels as I was bit particular abour cleanliness and security.
However, I was recommended this hotel.

The service is good. You would like the food if you are not too fussy about food...remember this is a guesthouse.
The staffs are very co-operative, if you request, they would go with you and take you around.

All this comes at a very affordable price. I would certainly recommend this hotel to business travellers.

45

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  By Traveller... on Aug 08, 2011

As a consultant working in Bangladesh, I've been staying at Ideas Manzil (House 19 Road 79), for almost one year. And as someone who prefers quiet elegance and a home-away-from-home atmosphere, there is no other place like it in all of Bangladesh. It serves pefectly for both business and pleasure, and the teak-wood 4-posters, crisp white linen and towels, intricate wall hangings and interesting works of art, gives it a distinctly romantic flavour.

Ideas Manzil is owned by Barry, who is an Australian esthete, academic and consultant, alongside being a craft emporium and guest house/tour-operator entrepreneur. Barry has spent many years in Bangladesh and so is very familiar with the difficulties one might experience when travelling around or working/staying there. The place reflects perfectly what such a person might create.

The guest house serves a wide variety of delicious food and the chef and other young staff are well trained and very courteous. The clientele comprises, mostly, development workers and travellers, and so the staff have had plenty of exposure to the ways of the wider world. (The staff at Ideas Manzil have been taught to be polite and 'non-intrusive' - which is something most guest houses here definitely lack.)

Breakfast, laundry, internet and TV are all included, and the restaurant and roof space can be used for private business functions, workshops and parties, as required.

A great place.

45

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  By Roamwitha... on May 05, 2011

Barry Ison and his staff made us feel very welcome on our trip. Rooms were very spacious and included a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. Breakfast on the terrace was great, but other meals were not great. My colleague fell sick after dinner one night, but when the staff found out they were extremely helpful, going out to get us medicines late at night. Barry himself is very entertaining and has great stories about his life in Dhaka. Wireless internet was good, allowing us to have skype calls, aircon and TV worked well. Gulshan II is a mainly diplomatic neighborhood, with lots of important people living in the area, quiet tree-lined streets and a chance to walk around the lake in the early mornings and evenings.

I would definitely go back for the personalized service and relaxed environment that Ideas Manzil offers on a long work trip to hectic Dhaka.

45

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  By NewYorkTr... on Apr 04, 2011

Very attractive and quiet hotel in the Gulshan area, bedrooms with antique Bangladeshi handcarved furniture and handicrafts (possibility to buy in their shop), fully equipped with internet, television, fridge and daily laudry service included in the price.
Very friendly service - warmly recommended is also the comfortable restaurant at the roof top with fishpond. Besides continental food, the chef de cuisine prepares a large range of exquisite Bangla and Thai dishes.

45

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  By waldo1236 on Jan 01, 2010

Stayed in Ideas for 3 weeks. I travel to Dhaka on Business and this was a perfect place to come home to. Every afternoon I was greeted with a pot of hot tea and home baked cookies. Meals are delicious. And one of the few hotels that serve a glass of wine. The staff may not speak English very well (one customer complaint), but they absolutely dote on the guests, and that translates to any language. The owner lives in the hotel so there is exceptional over-sight to a smoothly running guest house. Deborah Llewellyn

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  By Deborah58... on Dec 12, 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Ideas Manzil hotel in Dhaka for two weeks in early-December for the first time after sampling several other Dhaka hotels and guest houses over the past 6-7 years. The hotel is well situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in the Gulshan residential part of the city, close to restaurants and the expat clubs. It has a very special, unique ambiance with a collection of antique carved doors, modern paintings by Bangladeshi artists, Asian hangings and ceramics. We had a spacious room with clean bathroom and comfortable beds. The rooftop restaurant has a woven "tented" ceiling, reminiscent of Napoleon's dining room at Malmaison in Paris. We arranged two very successful dinner parties there for friends. We chose the menus ourselves, and it was the closest we could have got to entertaining people in our own apartment with our own cook. The staff looked after us every day with coffee or tea, morning or afternoon, with home made biscuits or Danish pastries. The hotel also arranged a cheerfiul, competent driver, who spoke English and coped well with the Dhaka traffic. We were collected and delivered to the airport promptly with no hassle. Our rickshaw wallahs also found us easily when we wanted to use the traditional Dhaka form of transport. I would recommend Ideas Manzil to anyone who wants a genuine Dhaka experience.

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  By Retiredno... on Dec 12, 2009

The guest house has a unique and friendy atmosphere. What it may lack in looks (it is an older building which is slowly being modernized), it more than makes up for in ambience. The staff are polite and very helpful and will go to great lengths to accommodate individual needs. Nothing is too much trouble. The food is of good quality and wireless internet access is free. Rooms are comfortable and although a little dark, this merely adds to the character of the place; as does the comfortable four-poster bed.

45

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  By Abner101 on Dec 12, 2009

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Dining:

DEAS MANZIL’s roof-top restaurant is unique for Bangladesh. It is a thatched roof and woven matting ceiling building built in the same traditions as those of Garo houses (an indigenous minority living mostly in the North East of the country).Because the restaurant seeks to only serve the freshest and tastiest of foods, guests need to book at least 12 hours ahead. Bookings may be done via telephone of via the internet and the menu is discussed and finalized prior to the event. The table is always attractively laid out with flowers and candlelight.