When visiting Mecca for the Hajj, it is important to ensure you have your accommodation sorted out in advance. And with a host of new hotels, each bigger and more brash than the last, opening just yards from the Al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque, it can be difficult to make your choice. Read on for a selection of new and exciting selection hotels for Mecca Haram.
The hotel complex that has been attracting world wide attention has been the Abraj Al Bait Towers, currently under construction just yards from the Mosque. Modelled after London's Big Ben, and featuring the largest clock-face in history, the hotel will soar to the stunning height of 1972 feet when it is fully constructed. This means it will be the planet's second tallest building after the recently completed Burj Khalifa in neighbouring Dubai. Built on the site of an old Ottoman castle, the hotel is perfect for pilgrims visiting Mecca on the Hajj, and caters to their every need.
Part of the Abraj Al Bait Towers complex is given over to the massive and luxurious Hilton Mecca. This hotel houses 1440 air conditioned rooms and offers pleasing water features, traditional Arabic windows and seven on-site restaurants. Prices for the Hilton Mecca start at around £75 per night for a twin or double room.
Elsewhere in the Abraj Al Bait Towers zone and convenient for religious sites such as the Haram is the Raffles Makkah Palace Hotel. Operated by the same people behind the prestigious Raffles Hotel in Singapore, this hotel offers the highest standards of hospitality as their other properties. Prices for the Raffles begin from £175 per night for a single room. Please note that this hotel has a minimum stay of 10 nights during Ramadan and the Hajj.
With 13 million Muslims visiting the city on Pilgrimage each year, it is no wonder that the Mecca hotel construction is booming. Keep checking travel sites to find out about new openings and special offers. It is also advisable to check with hotels about accommodating your religious and cultural needs, including options for female-only hotels.