We booked the hotel through an associate, hence received a reasonable discount and paid only 250 Riyals per night, which I was made to understand was usually 350
Riyals including breakfast. Our stay was from 29th March 14 to 1st April 14 (3 days 4 nights) Tthe hotel had a reasonably sized room with all amenities, including
safes, mini bar (empty) bathrobes, towels, hair dryer, soaps, shower gel, shampoo, etc. It even had a TV with a handfull of channels which we never used. Our room was located on the 10th floor and windows faced the road leading to the Haram.
Clean. Excellent room and comfortable beds. Good size, could easily accomodate upto 4 people/kids. All amenities provided. Wifi in the lobby. Plenty of shops around to
eat food if you desire (there is one right outside the entrance too). Doors are card controlled and electrically locked.
No iron or ironing board. We didnt request for one either (you could try). Distance to the Haram is approximately 13 minutes walk (i timed it), which for a young
couple like us was alright, but might not be suitable for all. Breakfast is nothing to write home about (if you are not an arab/local/or from the region). All three
days which we stayed, the same menue was served (boiled egg, boiled sausages with mushroom, rotti, bread, cheese, soup, beans, hash browns and some other things). We
only had breakfast in the hotel on the 1st day as it was not really appetizing for us (being asian). The service can be a little slow, but i assume thats a given in
the region. Language also maybe a barrier. The room isnt sound proof, so you can hear all the vehicle sounds as well as construction noises even in the middle of the night, as well as kids and adults alike talking and running around in the corridor can be heard.
Well honestly, I didnt experience any ugly situations except upon our check in, where the battery on the electric lock of the door seems to need a replacement as the card was not reading it. It took us over 40 minutes to get the matter sorted with two trips to the registration desk. Apart from that, we faced no other ugly situations.
Our Experience and Tips
By our experience, the hotel was worth the money at 250 riyals a night. The distance to the haram would be the only drawback. But overall, we enjoyed our stay at the hotel. We spent most of our time in the Haram. Best time to get real close to the Ka'ba is early morning, like 2 AM.
Tips : Book ahead, as the hotels get filled up on a regular basis.
If you need an invoice you will have to ask them for one, if not its all cash based. card MAYBE accepted, but check ahead.
Would not recommend the breakfast at the hotel. For food, venture into one of the many shops in the clock tower or al safwa malls, plenty of options for very cheap prices (my favourite was the kabsa rice and the cocktail juices, cost under 10 riyals)
Wifi available in the lobby, the best times are late night when there are hardly anyone around.
IF you are wondering where to buy zam zam water, you can either purchase them at Al SAFWA Mall, 1st floor, islamic bookshop for 25 riyals for 10 liter bottles (air travel approved) and for another 30 riyals or less you can get someone to deliver it to your hotel. Cheaper alternative is to head to the zam zam botteling factory about 5 minutes drive from the haram area where each 10 liter bottle will be 5 riyals.
Verdict - I give a 4 star rating since it met our needs, and was excellent for resting and comfort as well as being cheap
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Agoda so you can book your Ramada Dar Al Faazin Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Ramada Dar Al Faazin Hotel Makkah/Mecca