We stayed in this hotel for four days, one of the most annoying things about pictures is that they do not describe the sounds. When looking at the picture of this hotel it sure looked very fancy, and it was, but the hotel is surrounded by construction work which make noises 24/7.
When we arrived at this hotel they didn't find our booking which was very frustrating and it took 2 hours to sort it out. Kind of a nightmare after being awake for more than 24 hours. While waiting for things to sort out we noticed one grasshopper on the lower half of a table, so even if things are fancy and cleaned all the time things can sneak in :)
The hotel interior was nice and they had some art pieces, the entrance was however a bit confusing because there was some sort of cafe and a restaurant but it was hard to tell when and if they were open or closed.
After receiving four room cards, we got to the room which was a two bed room, with four beds - which seems to be the standard. And it was a bit cramped. They had a TV which worked, but I think the welcome screen could be improved because it was hard to read the prayer times - but one good thing is that you could hear the entire prayer and call to prayer from Haram.
The bath was quite nice, it was an enclosed shower but the water flow could be improved. Water flowed out slower than it flowed in meaning a pool would be generated after a few minutes.
There were plenty of elevators and they talked to each other, meaning that when you called an elevator you didn't call a specific elevator, but any one which was nearest, and you would know which one would come - which was a very nice thing especially considering people go at the same time to prayer.
The breakfast had a huge variety, all kind of pastries, soups, salad, eggs (overcooked), breads and it was quite tastly.
The location is okay from Haram, it's a 10 minute walk from the Haram-edge but there's traffic and intersections in between and usually the car has priority over the pedestrian in this country.
One of the things i didn't understand was what the house cleaning did to the beds, there was a sheet, a duvet, and another sheet over that, and it was all tigthly wrapper around the mattress. Being used to having a duet OVER myself I had to struggle to get it out when going to sleep. The pillows were small and only one was provided on each bed and being used to slightly higher pillows things weren't ideal sleepwise.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Al Shohada Makkah/Mecca