By Hugh Morris
14 OCTOBER 2016 • 4:03PM
ne hotel in Bangladesh is stretching the concept of budget
accommodation to a new extreme.
Faridpur Hotel is made up of five boats on the banks of the
Buriganga in the country’s capital, Dhaka, and a night’s stay
starts at just 31p.
As expected for such a price, facilities are beyond basic: there is
access to water and toilets, but the rooms amount to little more
than communal bunks, shared by dozens of guests.
The cheap seats come in the form of a communal bunk CREDIT: CATERS
The boat hotels, despite their shortcomings, are increasingly
popular with tourists, who mix with locals and workers, some
who stay for months. Each guest is afforded a small locker to
keep their belongings safe.
“We have anywhere around 40 guests at a time in our hotel and
they stay for as long as three months,” owner Muhammad
Mustafa Miyan told the Mail.
Beyond the communal bunks that command the lowest price,
there are 48 rooms with a little more privacy.
The hotel is popular with local traders CREDIT: CATERS NEWS AGENCY
Guests after a private cabin must pay for the most expensive
rooms, at a cost of £1.25 a night.
Miyan, who has run the hotel for 26 years, said: “It is cheap so
people who come from small towns and villages for their work
and business stay here.
“For a nominal price, they get purified water, clean toilets [and] separate beds. And we also provide our customers with small
lockers to keep their valuable things. But food is not provided.”
The hotel is just one of a number of similar floating hotels that
offer cheap accommodation to traders in the region.
The Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka is particularly short of space.
With 114,300 people for each square mile, it has been called the
world’s most crowded city. It is also among the world’s fastest
growing, and regularly appears near the top of studies analysing
the planet’s least liveable cities.
Source: The Telegraph
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