Shahbagh Hotel Dhaka
Following the same Ayub Avenue we arrive at Shahbagh Hotel, which is so far the only first class hotel in Dhaka. [Now the Hotel Building forms a part of the Banga Bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical University, which goes by its earlier nomenclature of the Institute of Post-Graduate Medicine, or commonly PG Hospital. Actually the hotel building is the one just to the right, if one enters through the southern entrance on the Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue.]
It was built in 1953-54 by the Government, but the hotel is run on private management. It has air—conditioned dining halls and open terraces, and with its four-storeyed structure it commands a wide view. The visitors can have a glance of the verdant green of East Pakistan from their rooms. In front of the hotel is now built around fountain over the traffic circle. [The fountain no longer exists.] The fountain is completely alien in taste and has an umbrella cap on the top supported on eight scissor-like bifurcated round pillars.