Since its inception in 1962, the five-star hotel has been known by many names such as “InterContinental Dhaka,” “Hotel Sheraton” and “Ruposhi Bangla” over the years till 2013
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate on Thursday the government-owned five-star hotel InterContinental Dhaka, formerly known as Ruposhi Bangla and Sheraton, after four years of renovations.
“We are all set to inaugurate the renovated hotel. The prime minister will formally open it at 7:30pm on Thursday,” Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal said at a press briefing at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The ministry’s Secretary Md Mohibul Haque said the hotel, situated on Minto Road near Shahbagh intersection, would begin operating commercially in November after its staff’s training is completed.
“Everything except its walls and roof in the hotel has been changed,” he said at the briefing, adding that the total renovation cost was Tk620 crore.
Previously, the hotel had 270 rooms, each 26 square metres – a size not suitable for a five-star hotel. Hence, 270 rooms were turned into 226 with each having minimum 40 square metres, he said, reports BSS.
Of the rooms, 201 are premium or deluxe ones, 10 deluxe suites, five superior suites, five diplomatic suites and five presidential suites.
“The size of the meeting spaces has also been extended,” said Mohibul, who is also the chairman of Bangladesh Services Limited (BSL) which operates under the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry and owns the hotel.
He said that one ballroom at the renovated hotel would now accommodate 1,000 people, double the previous capacity.
The restaurants in the hotel now include all-day dining with buffet, lobby cafe, club bar, pool bar and restaurant and specialty restaurant.
Other features include a temperature-controlled swimming pool, gymnasium, steam room, sauna and spa treatment rooms.
Since its inception in 1962, the five-star hotel has been known by many names such as “InterContinental Dhaka,” “Hotel Sheraton” and “Ruposhi Bangla.” The hotel is now getting back its previous InterContinental name.
Sheraton had taken responsibility of the hotel’s management from InterContinental in 1987. In 2011, the hotel came to be known as Ruposhi Bangla after Sheraton stopped operations and BSL took over.
Later, British global hotel chain InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and BSL in 2013 signed an agreement to manage the property for 30 years. The renovation work began in 2014.