If you have to be in Karachi and can avoid the drive downtown, the Ramada Plaza at the airport is a comfortable and quiet haven from the surrounding chaos. Although the outside of the property is unimpressive, the inside has been transformed into a modern and fairly reliable business hotel. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the housekeeping staff is attentive and helpful. The hotel restaurant offers a varied menu that includes a large buffet and an a la carte menu with Pakistani and Western cuisine. The restaurant personnel were friendly, helpful, and always available to respond to any request.
There remain a variety of infrastructure issues, some of which should have been addressed and others that any hotelier in Karachi would find difficult to overcome. Water from the bathroom faucet is not potable and bottled water is recommended, even for brushing teeth. Electrical outlets were worn, which caused them to occasionally arc or stop working completely. Internet service was quite slow and unreliable, but also inexcusably expensive. My trip to the spa provided one of the worst massages ever experienced and was much too expensive.
Notwithstanding the negatives mentioned above, the convenience and relative safety of lodging in the secure zone around the airport and the amenities of the Ramada make it a good choice in Karachi.
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Plaza Karachi Airport Hotel Karachi