Flashman's Hotel

Coordinates: 33°35′31″N 73°03′13″E / 33.591937°N 73.053631°E / 33.591937; 73.053631
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Flashman's Hotel
General information
LocationRawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
AddressThe Mall, Rawalpindi
Coordinates33°35′31″N 73°03′13″E / 33.591937°N 73.053631°E / 33.591937; 73.053631
OwnerAssociated Hotels of India (1917–1965)
West Pakistan Enemy Property Board
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (1976–present)
ManagementPakistan Tourism Development Corporation
Design and construction
DeveloperCharles Thomas Flashman

Flashman's Hotel is a historic hotel situated on The Mall in Rawalpindi.


Flashman's Hotel was founded in 1888 by Charles Thomas Flashman.[1][2]

In 1917, the ownership of the property was transferred to the Associated Hotels of India, led by Mohan Singh Oberoi.[1]

By 1961, after the partition, it was managed by the Associated Hotels of Pakistan.[1] This venture also included Faletti's Hotel, Cecil Hotel, and Deans Hotel and involved stakeholders such as Associated Hotels of India and Oberoi Hotels.[1]

Following the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, the Pakistani government designated properties of the Associated Hotels of Pakistan as enemy assets.[1] These properties were subsequently overseen by the West Pakistan Enemy Property Board.[1]

In 1976, the governance of Flashman's, along with Faletti's, Cecil, and Deans, was transferred to the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC).[1]

As of 1999, Flashman's remained under PTDC, while the other hotels were privatized.[1]


Historically, the hotel was frequented by personnel from the British Army's Northern Command.[1] It also hosted several notable leaders, including Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.[1][3] It was also the location for cabinet meetings during President Ayub Khan's term.[1]


Flashman's Hotel occupies a 9.34-acre plot designated as Khasra No. 17 to 22.[1] The hotel's building reflects a British barracks-style design, evident in its interior woodwork.[1]

The single-story building is divided into a main hall section and another section with 73 family suites and executive lodges.[1] The design incorporates elements from both Indian and English architectural traditions, and there is a pool area adjacent to the family suites.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Yasin, Aamir (June 10, 2018). "The history of Rawalpindi's first luxury hotel". DAWN.COM.
  2. ^ "Historical Flashman's Hotel to get makeover". The Express Tribune. June 22, 2021.
  3. ^ "راولپنڈی میں قائد اعظم کی قیام گاہ فلیش مینز ہوٹل خطرے میں". Independent Urdu. June 18, 2021.