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Villa Ideas

House -19, Road -79 | (Near Lake View Clinic), Gulshan 2, Gulshan 1212, Bangladesh
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Ranked #2 of 5 Gulshan B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014
bethielynn Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Admittedly, a no frills place. If anything, that is Villa Idea's niche - all the furniture is antique (except the TV and room fridge). I don't think I have ever been at a hotel where I am so well attended... the staff are super friendly. The food here is good, but be warned, need to order at least 1-1.5 hours... More

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Firstly, due to the extremely secure location of the hotel within Dhaka, it is recommended for anyone who has plans to stay for long periods. The hotel has a good number of young service staff, but the main issue is very few can speak English, so you might face some inconvenience there. But let that not stop you from staying... More

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Cologne, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Rooms are very large, clean enough, airconditioned and nicely furnished, the restaurant needs to be informed 3 hours in advanced if you plan to have dinner there and offers a good, mainly continental, breakfast. Gulshan is the most western neighbourhood of course. The deputy manager speaks english flawless, which isnt always the case.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The ideas manzil is a nicely decorated place. And the food, for the one night I stayed there, was good. The staff tries to be quite helpful but is just clueless most of the times. here is the worst part: I had emailed the manager in advance about my back pain, and he assured me that he would have a... More

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Nehalbd, Deputy Manager at Villa Ideas, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest. Unfortunately my Boss was out of the country at the time when you were with us so he was not present here to help lend credibility to what our staff were trying to communicate. Our beds are antique and require mattresses to be specially made as they are not regulation size. That was one problem - obtaining... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Ideas Manzil was fantastic! Great rooms, quiet, very clean, friendly staff, good food. I would recommend this guesthouse to anyone coming to Dhaka. Excellent location- easy to get around from. Internet connection very reliable.

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Nehalbd, Deputy Manager at Villa Ideas, responded to this review

Dear Robyn. We were very encouraged after reading your report on your stay with us. Our staff always try their very best to make sure our guests receive the best possible care and support and when they heard your report, it really made their day!! Many thanks and we hope you can come visit us again sometime. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here for two weeks while working. The very best part was being able to order dinner and have it in the roof top cabana each night. The staff were really wonderful. There were only two of us staying while I was there and it was amazing to have the whole place run for our comfort! Downside: there is... More

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Nehalbd, Deputy Manager at Villa Ideas, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Firstly thank you very much for an encouraging review. For your information we put yet another roof top cabana up which is more spacious than the one you saw during your stay. Additionally the building across the road is almost finished and therefore the noise is in a much acceptable level nowadays. As per the damp, yes... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

We stay four days here.This is a nice clean & a well managed hotel in probably the best location of the town with good plumbing and no weird smells.The people working here have been very nice went out of their way to make our stay comfortable.The food was little spicy for me but it was ok.Internet was slow.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

If you want a serene atmosphere with an attention to detail - then Ideas Manzil is the hotel for you. They have fantastic hospitality and will cater to nearly any guest request. The staff is knowledgeable about local shopping and can lead you to places to ensure you don't get ripped off. Hotel owner Barry Ison has trained his staff... More

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

I have enjoyed the hospitality of both the Ideas Guest Houses on an intermittent basis for more than a year. My work brings me to Dhaka 2 to 3 times a year for stays up to 3 months. Coming back to the guest house is like coming to my second home. The accommodations are comfortable and the staff friendly and... More

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2011

We had a great experience having an official party at Ideas Manzil.

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Address: House -19, Road -79 | (Near Lake View Clinic), Gulshan 2, Gulshan 1212, Bangladesh
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Location: Bangladesh > Dhaka Division > Gulshan
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Ideas Manzil Guest House Hotel Dhaka
Villa Ideas Dhaka Division/Gulshan, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh is a rich nation of traditions; historical events; natural beauty and friendly people. Many of these traditions relate to hospitality, good food and beautiful surroundings. It is this tradition that Villa IDEAS (formerly IDEAS Manzil) has sought to emulate and represent.Villa IDEAS is a ‘heritage’ guesthouse offering rooms furnished with antique furniture, silk drapes, clean and modern bathrooms and spacious bedrooms and sitting rooms. While Dhaka has a large number of guesthouses, none reflect Bangladesh’s rich culture of hospitality, craft and cuisine as creatively as Villa IDEAS and that is why Villa IDEAS was commenced.Linked to many years of involvement in art and craft development in Bangladesh, Villa IDEAS also offers guests and outside customers a rich and special variety of gifts, decorator features and old and antique collectors items.Villa IDEAS is a business established by Bison Hospitality Ltd. which company also offers catering services and is currently responsible for catering at the American International School in Baridhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh. ... more   less 
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