We are an Aussie/Bangaldeshi family, so while our house is close to the heart of things in the financial district and downtown Dhaka, you might find us a bit of an oasis. We cross over between Bangla and Western cultures; hopefully we have found a 'sweet spot' in the middle.
We currently have one bedroom available in our three-bedroom apartment. It shares a common bathroom that any visitors we have to the house might also use (and only has a squat toilet, not a sit-down commode). It has a shower (n.b. without a glass enclosure - just a shower head) and hot and cold water (which is not all that common in Bangladesh - usually there is only cold).
The room is on the small side, but in the Bangladeshi tradition has a pretty big bed, suitable for sleeping parents and kids together (if you want to...). It has a ceiling fan and windows. It has a small balcony where you can see out over the east for quite a way. It also has some drawers and a shelf for your stuff.
The common areas of the apartment include the lounge, dining area and kitchen.
You are welcome to cook for yourself if you want to, or you can join us for dinner for a small fee.
In the house we have a washing machine, microwave, fridge, kettle, toaster, blender, juicer, knives that you use on a chopping board, etc. Some of these are a bit uncommon in Bangladesh, e.g. most houses only have a knife that is fixed to three legs which rest on the ground while the sharp edge points upwards and you use it while squatting on the ground, moving the things being cut rather than the knife itself. Yeah, it's kinda tricky to get the hang of.
The apartment block has the tiniest lift you have ever seen, but it does have a lift. There are also 2 sets of stairs. We are on the top floor.
Disclaimer! Mattresses in Bangladesh are always what you would have to classify as 'hard'. We got the softest we could find that weren't simply foam that sank. But it's still pretty firm. Think, a really firm futon. If this is going to be an issue for you, we highly recommend bringing a camping mattress to use on top of the bed... which is what one of us does all the time when we are away from home visiting others in Bangladesh. It will come in handy for when you travel around to other parts of the country (if you do).
During your stay, the other two bedrooms in the apartment will have Bangladeshis in them. We (the people who own the apartment and maintain this airbnb listing) currently aren't in Bangladesh. The other rooms are being used by our sister and her son, who is learning English and by a friend who has lived in England for years, so has excellent English.
We can probably help you to get rickshaws or CNGs to where you want to go each day, and orient you a little to the place. If you need a guide/translator, we might be able to help you find one, but we make no guarantees. If you wanted to meet 'real' Bangaldeshi families, we have connections across the country and know tons who would be thrilled to have foreigners come to visit. In the past we have helped journalists, professional photographers and academics to do their work in rural Bangladesh.
We are Bangladeshi enough that we are proud to be good hosts to guests, we always offer food to share (for a small contribution), we often have friends over and we eat dinner pretty late. We are western enough that we understand that sometimes you might actually want to be left alone, that you actually may not want that extra huge handful of rice after all given that you just finished a whole plate of food, and that you don't necessarily think that more chili and salt in your food and sugar in your tea is always better, perhaps especially at breakfast! We also won't intentionally wake you up unless you ask us to, and we don't employ a maid or cleaner. We like to be in bed by around 10 or 11pm.
If you want to have meals with us, we will charge a little extra (not much).
We are pretty close to the train station and some of the bus stations or departure points for other parts of Bangladesh. There are public buses for getting around Dhaka, but we don't recommend them for foreigners.
But we can help you get rickshaws & CNGs.
To get to us from the airport, you can try to organise your own taxi or CNG when you arrive at the airport (cost **should** be about 600 taka if there are no major traffic jams BUT you will struggle to bargain this price, as foreigners.). Another option is to get us to organise someone to meet you at the airport and do all of this for you, but our nephew or mate who would do this would charge 500 taka for their time, and the cost of the taxi or CNG would be on top of their fee...so this option will cost you more.
We stayed with Pathak and his lovely family for 3 nights. Since our flight was quite late, his friend came to the airport to pick us up!! That was really helpful. It was great since Pathak speaks English fluently, and of course his wife Cathryn speaks English. They were really kind and helpful.
Location wise, it is close to the Central station, and close to both Old Dhaka and the Gulshan area. I felt safe walking around at sunset time too.
The room was spacious, and the fan made the room cool and comfortable. The shower/toilet was right outside the room door, and it was clean.
I will definitely recommend this place to everyone who visits Dhaka. The best place to stay!!!!
Pathok and his wife, Cathryn, and their baby, Agami, are very nice and hospitable people and any guest can be expected to be treated well by them.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.