The newly renovated Motel Saikat has been opened for tourists with all the latest amenities in the heart of Chittagong, the city that offers a unique panoramic natural beauty of sea, river and hills.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, the state-run tourism promotion authority, constructed the 10-storey motel – the largest motel in the port city – near Chittagong railway station.
The mega project was undertaken in 2005, after the old motel was demolished to make way for the new one.
This is also the biggest tourist hotel or motel constructed by Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation.
The project, financed by the Asian Development Bank and approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) in 2010, was finished in December last year.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon formally inaugurated the motel on May 3 this year.
“The first phase of the construction is complete. A swimming pool and a training centre – affiliated with the National Hotel and Tourism Training Centre – will be constructed in the second phase,” said SM Mizanur Rahman, manager of the motel.
He further said he was hopeful that the motel would help boost tourism in the port city. “Chittagong has a huge potential to grow as an attractive tourist region and the motel will play an important role in promoting the tourism sector in greater Chittagong.”
The motel has a total of 153 rooms, two restaurants, a 400-seat banquet and conference hall, separate gyms for men and women, laundry service, bar, coffee shop, nine tourist shops, free wi-fi facility and spacious car park facility.