The Majestic New Face Of InterContinental, Dhaka.

Written by Fatematuzzohra Suha

Some wise man once said “True compassion does not sit on the laps of renovation; it dives with an approach to reconstruction”, to truly understand the value of these words, you must visit the recently refurbished InterContinental Hotel, Dhaka.

This jaw-dropping prominent luxury hotel has renovated its old building and made a comeback this year to leave you absolutely awestruck!  The five-star hotel has kept the main structure of the building intact while incorporating local culture and tradition in a Mughal architectural style into its design and it will truly leave anyone mesmerized.! The refurbishment process of the hotel took four years to complete is almost towards its end.

The hotel hopes to set a benchmark in the hotel scene of Bangladesh, attracting both national and international guests. Located in the heart of the city, InterContinental Dhaka is easily accessible from all key city landmarks.

The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is renowned worldwide for its excellence in work.

The company masters in the creation of intrinsic hotels around the world.  Each hotel offers its own distinctive style, from heritage elegance to urban chic and resorts on tropical shores, making it an ideal brand for travellers with discerning tastes.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has the commencement of commercial operations of InterContinental Dhaka in partnership with state-run Bangladesh Services Limited (BSL).  After the makeover of the former Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, it started as InterContinental Dhaka, when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated it.

The Architectural Design of the hotel was done by LW Design Group LLC, based in Dubai with Damian Talbot as the project manager.

As for the Interior Design, an Australian design firm named Chada (CHA) Pvt. Ltd was commissioned to refurbish the hotel. Chada is recognized as one of the world’s leading interior design studios, with more than three decades of experience and 110 successful projects to its name.

Its core specialism is high-end hospitality design, but the practice also works in the residential, corporate and aged care arenas. The highly-awarded team bring a depth of experience and knowledge to projects and a creative flair that makes every interior experience unique. Over three decades, Chada has become the number one interior architecture practice specializing in the hotel and leisure industries in Australia and the Pacific Rim.

The design team was dealing with important historical bones and so it was important to recapture the glamour and elegance that had disappeared long ago.

The project presented a few challenges for the interior designers because of its architectural complexity and the timelines set by the owners.

Chada took over the lead design role among the line-up of international consultants for the complete renovation and refurbishment of the classic Sixty’s hotel.

The original plans were studied and the design team decided to return the hotel’s porte-cochere and entrance to its original 1960’s location alongside the main guestroom wing and to convert the previously extended new lobby into a food and beverage precinct.

The design direction chosen is a mix of European grand luxury, entwined with a tapestry of colour and texture that is symbolic of the Bangladeshi culture.

 The design team was dealing with important historical bones and so it was important to recapture the glamour and elegance that had disappeared long ago

Built in a contemporary design, the hotel offers 226 stylish guest rooms, including multiple premium or deluxe rooms, deluxe suites, superior suites, diplomatic suites and presidential suites.

Guests staying in the Club InterContinental Rooms can access the Club Lounge to relax, work, or enjoy exclusive dining options including breakfast, evening beverages and canapés.

InterContinental Dhaka offers 2 exquisitely designed ballrooms and 7 spacious meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology. With over 21000 square feet of specially designed space for meetings and events, the hotel promises flawlessly executed corporate and social events.

InterContinental Dhaka features unrivalled facilities and amenities including a temperature-controlled swimming pool, overlooking Ramnapark, a gymnasium, a steam room, a sauna and a spa, offering an extensive menu of signature therapies. The hotel also offers the finest dining options with an array of local and world cuisines including indulgent all-day dining, a speciality restaurant, a café in the lobby and a pool bar. The hotel has the most comprehensive and highest capacity meeting and event facilities in the city, where you can host any type or size of events. The hotel offers over 21,000 sq. ft. of combined indoor meeting and exhibition space.

The hotel has a dedicated concierge service team that provides attentive and tailored service to ensure that every guest experiences personalized luxury during their stay. It has ultra-modern meeting facilities and banquet facilities with high ceilings, high-speed internet, audiovisual, digital technology and other tailored services.

Besides, environmental protection had also been given the highest priority. For this, the entire hotel illumination has been done in a way to save 30 per cent of electricity. If you are looking forward to having an experience of a lifetime indulged in deluxe luxury, you must pay a visit at this beautifully crafted oasis.

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