Prominent five-star hotel ‘Ruposhi Bangla’ is set to reopen on September 13 as InterContinental Dhaka after completion of its renovation work.
The hotel authorities have almost completed its renovation work keeping the main structure of the building intact and incorporating local culture and tradition in a Mughal architectural style into its design.Confirming the reopening date, sources at the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the reopening ceremony of InterContinental Dhaka.
During the last five decades, this 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 name ‘InterContinental Dhaka’.
Sheraton took responsibility of the hotel’s management of InterContinental Dhaka in 1987. In 2011, the hotel came to be known as ‘Ruposhi Bangla’ after Sheraton stopped operations and Bangladesh Services Limited (BSL) under Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism took over the administration.
Later, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Bangladesh Services Ltd (BSL), Ruposhi Bangla’s owner, signed an agreement to manage the property for 30 years in 2013. The renovation work began in 2014.
Though the renovation was scheduled to be completed within 2016, it took more time to accomplish the job.
Sources said that previously there were 270 rooms in the hotel. Each room was 26 square metres; a size not suitable for a five-star hotel. Hence, the rooms were broken down and 270 rooms were made into 226 rooms.Of them, there will be 201 executive rooms, five superior suites, 10 deluxe suites, five diplomatic suites and five presidential suites.
Besides, the authorities brought changes in its interior, entry and exit ways and swimming pool. They also brought back the previous design of the InterContinental Dhaka. It may be mentioned that there are currently 170 InterContinental Hotels and Resorts in more than 60 countries around the world, with an additional 58 hotels in the global development pipeline.
IHG has 110 hotels across India, Middle East and Africa, operating under the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites brands.