This place has a smart appearance but isn't that great once you settle in. Like other reviewers, I found it very noisy. I also found a real problem with biting insects in the public areas, although the bedroom seemed to have been sprayed sufficiently.
Bathroom was dark and dingy, although apparently clean. Take some scissors into the bathroom when you go for a shower, otherwise you'll never get the shampoo serving open. And leave plenty of time for the water to warm up.
It is a large building but seemed half-finished with lots of hammering during the day. The lifts are terrible and one of them requires you to push button 9 to get to the 8th floor. Goodness only knows what that is about. They have a tendency too to just stop on whatever floor they feel like, regardless of what button has been pressed. And the poor porter got stuck in the elevator for several minutes whilst trying to take my suitcase to street level as I checked out.
Restaurant was very poor. Staff have limited grasp of English. Terribly strong cooking smells from the kitchen, which is divided from the main dining area by simply a wooden screen. One meal gave me a dodgy stomach the next day.
At the next meal, I was told that chicken tikka or chicken tandoori would take one hour to prepare. Although Chittagong has one of the country's largest fish markets and fishing fleets, I was told the kitchen didn't have any when I opted not to wait for chicken to be prepared.
One of the managers is one of the most fawning individuals I have ever come across. He bows and scrapes (literally) as he expresses his desire that you'll have a nice time and assures you that your every want will be taken care of. He's like Basil Fawlty dealing with an aristocratic guest.
He will also lead you to the 'bar', which is actually a type of nightclub, and instructs waiters to give you his special discount rate on drinks. I realize this is a Muslim country, but the beer is, even discounted, expensive. There was a live female singer the evening I visited. She was quite good but the volume was really, really loud. You can't engage in any conversation whilst she is in full vocal flow. Watch out - you cannot sign for drinks and put them on your room bill. They don't give you advance notice of this and demand cash.
Overall, this is probably a high standard hotel for Khulna and very reasonably priced. Just don't expect too much.
WiFi is free but awfully slow and one had to log in repeatedly as it would suddenly drop the link to the server. I found WiFi coverage in other hotels in Bangladesh very good, so I don't understand why it is so poor here. Reception connected me to the hotel's IT person when I first encountered a problem and his advice was to just keep logging out and logging in again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Tower Inn International Ltd. is spectacularly designed and added with traditional hospitality of courteous, attractive and personalized service and is conveniently located in the heart of the city - Jubilee Road of Chittagong at a distance of 20 kilometers from Shah Amanat International Airport and 3 kilometers from railway station. It offers magnificent facilities and distinctive amenities, such as 88 centrally air-conditioned rooms and Green Chilli Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tower Inn International Ltd. Chittagong Division, Bangladesh