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Clifton and the adjoining Defence Housing Authority (DHA) are two of the most posh areas of Karachi. In the early days of Pakistan, Clifton was home to the rich, the elite and high ranking army officials. Today, the middle income families form the majority.
There are countless shops and retailers the many commercial areas of the DHA trading in fashion and swanky, luxury goods. The Dolmen Mall in Clifton is Pakistan’s largest mall for international brands. The restaurants here, also attract people looking for American fast-food and international flavours.
Clifton has many attractions that draw tourists towards Karachi. The magnificent Ibn-e-Qasim park is the largest public space in South Asia. The Bahria Icon Tower, which will become the tallest building in Pakistan is being built next to it. The second tallest flag in Pakistan (after Wagah) is at the Nishan-e-pakistan monument. The Shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi rests in Clifton. He was among the commanders of the army of Muhammad bin Qasim, who liberated Karachi in the 8th century AD.
There are many hotels and guesthouses in Clifton and the DHA Karachi. They are ideal travellers looking to live away from the chaos of central Karachi and yet, not be very far from it. The proximity to consulates of more than 50 countries, and the strict security arrangements of the hotels in the area, with high property walls and armed guards may ease some fears of first time visitors.
In this post, we showcase some of the best hotels in Karachi Clifton and Karachi Defence. These hotels are the best rated and highly reviewed on social media and travel websites.
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A Map of Hotels in Karachi’s Clifton and the Defence Housing Authority
The Orchards Cottage Hotel Karachi is a five minute walk to Dolmen Mall, Clifton Beach and Ibn-e-Qasim park. It is a boutique establishment, located inside a villa, is surrounded by high walls and barbed wire. Armed guards provide extra security 24 hours a day. Guests have praised the staff for being efficient and swift in sorting out any problems.
The hotel has 14 guest rooms, that are of four type: Standard, Deluxe, Executive and VIP. All rooms have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a large wardrobe, a work-desk and a hot water kettle for your tea. Two complimentary small bottles of water are delivered to your room every morning.
The Standard rooms are 225 sq.ft in size and are ideal for solo travellers. The Deluxe rooms are more spacious at 280 sq.ft but quite cozy for a couple. You can choose between a King Size bed or two twin beds upon reservation especially if you are a family with children. Interconnecting rooms may be possible on request.
The hotel also has a Two Bedroom suite which is ideal for Large families and intimate groups. It can sleep up-to 6 guests on three king size beds in a two and one arrangement.
The Executive and VIP rooms at the Karachi Orchards Cottage Hotel are quite spacious with more than 300 sq.ft in area. These rooms have an entertainment area with couches and coffee table as well as space for a dining area.
All rooms have an ensuite washrooms are large, spacious and clean. They have modern fixtures, and a very accessible and spacious glass enclosed shower-stall.
The Orchards Cottage hotel Karachi has a kitchen that provides not only a free breakfast but also dinner for their guests, The dinner consists of a limited menu of Pakistani and western dishes. This is an offer that is quite unique and exceptional in Pakistan.
Ramada is part of the Wyndham Hotels group, which also owns iconic brands such as Howard Johnson, Days Inn, Travelodge and Super 8. Ramada Karachi Creek hotel is is located in the DHA Phase VIII on Zulfiqar Street No. 1 on the banks of the Korangi creek. It is a short walk to the commercial areas of both DHA Phase VI and Phase VIII, where you will find many establishments to shop and eat.
The Korangi industrial park, home to Karachi’s research and manufacturing, is located across the creek. It is reached via the Korangi Crossing bridge, which is a 5 minute drive from the hotel.
- Wyndham also operates the Ramada Plaza Karachi Airport hotel.
The grounds of the Defence Authority Creek and Marina surround the Ramada Karachi Creek Hotel. This facility has several indoor and outdoor amenities for sporting, events, and entertainment.
The Ramada Karachi Creek Hotel is an excellent venue for dining and events. The Sixth Heaven Restaurant offers an a-la-carte continental and Pakistani menu. It has a beautiful decor and ambiance, perfect for intimate and business gatherings.
A 1500 sq.ft banquet hall can accommodate up-to 320 guests at one time. It can be partitioned into 4 separate areas for groups of up-to 25 guests.
The Ramada Karachi Creek Hotel features 45 beautifully decorated and spacious rooms. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and have modern furniture which include a work desk, chairs, and coffee tables.
In-room amenities include WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer mini bar, safe, coffee and tea maker. (As of writing, a lack of carpeting in the rooms is not missed).
The Executive rooms are slightly larger in area but are similarly furnished. The extra space allows for an entertainment area complete with couches and a coffee table.
The Junior and Deluxe suite style rooms at the Ramada Karachi Creek Hotel have partitioned living and sleeping areas. This gives a sense of privacy and coziness. These rooms are around 730 sq.ft and are very ideal for couples and small families.
The ensuite washrooms are spacious and very accessible. They are lined with granite countertops and affixed with a glass enclosed shower stall with a rain shower-head.
All guests at the The Ramada Karachi Creek Hotel are offered a free buffet breakfast of Pakistani and Continental dishes in the morning.
The hotel also offers a 24/7, free airport shuttle to Jinnah International Airport to those requiring it.
The Karachi Beach Luxury Hotel is a subsidiary of the Avari Group of Hotels, which also owns the Avari Towers and the Avari Plaza in Karachi. It was the first hotel to open in independent Pakistan in 1948. It has 80 rooms in a complex that sprawls over a 5 acre property along Chinna Creek.
The hotel is located close to the circular Jinnah Bridge at the terminus of M.A. Jinnah Road. The Native Jetty Bridge, is within eye-sight and next to it is the Port Grand Food and drink and Entertainment Complex. Here you will find several restaurants and food-stalls serving pakistani, western, and asian foods and desserts.
The consulate of Canada in Karachi is located at the Beach Luxury Hotel.
The Beach Luxury Karachi Hotel is a popular venue for hosting events such as weddings and conferences. It has a banquet hall and spacious lawn, which can accommodate up-to 3000 guests. The Seafront Restaurant, a BBQ and Grill, is built on a pier just behind the hotel. It too is a beautiful place to gather with friends and family.
The hotel has rooms facing the sea and those facing the garden and the city. Most guests prefer the sea-facing rooms as they offer a tranquil atmosphere and disconnect from the bustling city. But, these rooms are pricier per square foot due to demand.
All rooms are fully air-conditioned and are equipped with a Flat Screen TV offering several cable and satellite channels. You will find a fully stocked mini-bar (for a fee) and a mini-fridge. An electronic room-safe is also available to stow away any valuables.
Solo travellers may enjoy the sea facing Superior rooms which are 170 sq.ft in area. They are furnished with either a queen size bed or two twin beds depending on your choice on reservation. You will also find a work-desk, a chair, and sofa-chairs for seating.
The large windows in the Superior Rooms look out to the Chinna Creek on which you will see the Native Jetty Bridge and islands of beautiful green mangroves that grow in the middle of the water
The Deluxe and the Executive rooms at are more breathable, with an area 215 sq.ft. Simply put, the Deluxe rooms face the garden while the Executive rooms face the city.
The decor of these rooms are elegant, with beautiful fabrics and contemporary furniture. With a choice of either a queen bed or two twin beds, they are ideal for couples and families.
The windows in the garden facing rooms give a great vantage point of south Karachi. You will be able to see the majestic EFU (Qamar) house, the Karachi Port Trust, and the Habib Bank Plaza
The Beach Luxury Hotel Karachi also has suites which have separate living and sleeping areas partitioned by a wall. These suites are quite ideal for families and groups to gather in one place. The living areas have with a couches, chairs, a coffee table and a desk. The bedrooms are furnished with a king size bed, a wardrobe and extra seating depending on space.
The sea facing Superior and Executive suites are between 320 and 400 sq.ft in area. As with the rooms, the garden facing Deluxe suites are larger, having a floor space of 441 sq.ft.
The Presidential suite is the largest, with an area of 500 sq.ft. It has a full size living room and a bedroom which makes it the most comfortable accommodation at the Beach Luxury Hotel.
All the ensuite washrooms are fully renovated and similar in layout. Tiled in marble, they are clean and have well maintained fixtures and glass enclosed shower-stalls.
All Beach Luxury Hotel guests can enjoy and cool off at the outdoor swimming pool. There is also a gym where you can make use of one of several cardio machines and free weights.
A 24-hour shuttle is available to guests to ferry them to Jinnah International Airport if needed
The Reserve Hotel Karachi is located in the Ittehad Commercial Area of DHA Phase VI. Surrounding the hotel, you will find several businesses and retailers, as well as restaurants that serve western and Pakistani foods. Masjid-e-Ayesha is a 5 minute walk from the here.
The Karachi Reserve is a boutique hotel, that opened its doors in 2018. It has 20 guest-rooms, that are modern, clean and furnished in a contemporary style. Every room is fully air-conditioned. They have wiFi, a flat screen TV with HD channels, and a hot water kettle with complimentary tea and coffee. The furnishings include a vanity, a desk and chair, couches and coffee tables.
The room sizes at the Reserve Hotel Karachi about 225 sq.ft in area on average. You can choose your bed configuration at the time of booking such as: Queen, King or Twin.
The washrooms and spacious clean. The fixtures such as the sink and the toilet are well maintained. The shower stall is enclosed in frosted glass. Additionally you will find complimentary toiletries, towels and slippers for personal use.
As an additional touch, a complimentary plate of fruits and two bottles of water are delivered to your room every morning.
A pick-up and drop-off service to the airport is available to guests on request.
On making your way through the entrance of the Reserve Hotel Karachi, you are greeted with a lobby that is charmingly decorated. Traditional furniture styles with bold colours give a very inviting and a warm first impression.
The Eju cafe at the Karachi Reserve Hotel offers complimentary breakfasts to all guests. You will also find lunch, dinner and takeaway featuring an Italian menu of pizzas, pastas, mochas and frappes.
The Swisstel Cottage Hotel is a beautiful villa in Clifton, on the same street as the Orchards Cottage Hotel. It is a 5 minute walk to the Dolmen Mall and Ibn-e-Qasim park. The surrounding area is a quiet residential neighbourhood. The consulate offices of China, Turkey and Kuwait are close by.
The hotel has 20 beautifully decorated rooms of various sizes arranged on two floors. All rooms have air-conditioning, WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a work-desk and chairs.
The ensuite washrooms are clean and brightly lit. They have beautiful, modern fixtures and a standing shower stall. You will also find a hair-dryer, towels, slippers and toiletries for personal use.
The size of the rooms at the Swisstel Cottage Karachi depends on the bed configuration. Solo travellers can choose either a Standard Single or a Deluxe Single room. These rooms have a single queen size bed and are around 225 sq.ft and 270 sq.ft in area respectively.
The Deluxe Single is also suitable for couples. Depending on their budget they can also opt the King Room, which is a spacious 375 sq.ft.
The King Room is also has couches and a coffee table, giving a sense of an entertainment area.
Families checking into the Karachi Swisstel Cottage will definitely prefer the Superior Room. This room has a Queen Size bed and an additional twin bed. It has an area of 515 sq.ft, which allows for a separate entertainment area as well as a dining area for up-to 4 guests.
The hotel has an on-site kitchen which provides free breakfast to all guests. Guest have given high praise for its wide range of choices such as pasta, scrambled eggs, omelettes, egg curry, cornflakes, cakes, juices, coffee and tea.
Guest Houses in Bath Island
Bath Island is a wealthy residential neighbourhood situated just north west of Clifton. It roughly shares the boundaries of DHA Phase VII. It is predominantly populated by Muhajirs comprising of Memons, Boris and Ismailis. Being a posh area of Karachi, houses here are surrounded by high walls. Some, patrolled by armed private security.
You will find several guest houses in Bath Island operated by individuals and investors.
However, for safety’s sake, ManiaRavings.com only recommends trusted, highly rated, and favourably reviewed properties.
The Teen Talwar monument is located just east of the neighbourhood. Here, you will find several shopping malls, fashion outlets and restaurants on both sides of Khyaban-e-Iqbal Road.
Hotel 7 Island is a 12 room property in a two storey villa, surrounded by a compound wall. You will be greeted by a spacious and brightly lit office and reception area, that feels like an interior of any hotel. An adjacent, similar looking hall serves as a dining and lounging area. Here, guests are served a complimentary breakfast every morning during the course of their stay.
The bedrooms at the Hotel 7island Karachi are on the upper floors are purpose-built to have overnight guests. The highlight of the rooms are the beds and their upholstered head-boards which reach up-to the ceiling and set the mood.
Most bedrooms have just the essentials such as a queen size bed, a night-stand, a vanity with mirror and a coffee table accompanied by a couple of chairs.
The room sizes depend on the bed configuration. The Queen Rooms have a single queen-size bed and are about 180 sq.ft in area. The Twin Rooms are about 230 sq.ft in area and have two twin beds and extra seating.
Families travelling together will prefer the Family Room at the Karachi Hotel 7Island. This room is furnished with a Queen Size Bed as well as a single Twin Bed or an additional Queen Bed.
Every room at the Hotel 7 Island has an ensuite washroom fitted with a sink, toilet and a bath-tub. The washrooms are spacious, and satisfactorily clean but require an upgrade.
As, Bath Island is a residential neighbourhood, guests without their own transport may need to call for a ride or a taxi. The nearest restaurants are a short drive to the Teen Talwar roundabout in Clifton.
Clifton Guest House or New Mashwani Guest House, is a residential home, located just off Bath Island Road. It is a beautiful two storey building, surrounded by compound walls similar to other properties in the area.
All rooms at the Clifton Guesthouse have air-conditioning, wiFi and a Flat screen TV. A complimentary breakfast is served in the mornings.
The kitchen is also open to all guests for their own cooking needs.
The property has basic amenities, and very little in terms of luxury. Most of the rooms don’t have much else besides the bedding and a couple of chairs. There is very little furniture in the common area.
The washrooms at the New Mashwani Guest House are shared with other guests. While they are clean, they are extremely basic with just a toilet and a tap that is used for general washing and bathing. The water is hard quite brackish as it comes from a bore-well.
Clifton Guest House is ideal for a group or a large family that is able to travel with everything they need. Solo world travellers may also like its low price and a hostel-like feel.