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“It's not rude to wave your cash, and demand what you want”

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Hayatt International Madina
Ranked #31 of 151 Hotels in Medina
Reviewed 30 April 2013

Only about 4 minutes walk to the haram. The hotel was reasonable but definitely not a 5 star. Tis hotel is abut a 3 star in European standards. But it is close to the haram, has aircon, the food is reasonable - but just be aware they serve giant sized helpings of food. There is a food court nearby. If you go out of the main entrance to the hotel, turn right, then take a right at the main road called babas salaam road. Then take a left before the haram. Before you take the left you will see KFC on your right hand side. There are several food places, but please get braced for Arab style service. There is no queuing system, so try to make eye contact with a staff a shout out your order - please do not think this to be rude, it is rude in the UK, but the norm in Arabia. They would class it as assertive. Is not rude to wave your cash at the staff and then ask for what you want here.

If you expect a calmer more civilised way of dealing with people at the KFC, forget it - it's worse. Our human instincts appear to be at its worst when it comes to food. The service is atrocious here as well. The staff behind the counter are scamming customers by automatically largeing meals without being asked or prompted, presumably they are getting commission or bonuses from doing this, they add on an extra few rials to every meal. Oh, by the way, it's unlike the KFC we are used to, as you only have a choice of 4 or five meals... That's it!

But I found the staff reasonably friendly, but cleaning staff only wanted to clean at about 1030, after isha prayers? When you want to sleep!!! Was this a tactic? I don't know? But they missed out on some tips from me. So during our stay our rooms were never cleaned...

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank legalabs
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

Do not stay at this hotel. The hotel staff are rude and incompetent and they lie.
We arrived in the afternoon. Our rooms were not ready.
The manager on the front desk kept saying come back in 10 mins it will be ready.
When we went back the room was not ready.
This happened several times.
Eventually he said the rooms was ready.
We went up and found the rooms were still being cleaned!
Despite being cleaned the rooms were filthy.
The hotel looks like a 5 star hotel in the lobby but the rooms are at most 3 star.
The only plus point is that it is 2 minutes from Masjid Nabwi.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Adil S
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

This hotel is excellent.its about a 2 minute walk to the haram.The setup of the hotel is definately world class and the rooms and modern with aircorn.Well worth the the price.I would definately visit again.The food was also good and the staff were friendly and helpfull.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Yusuf786
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

Service at the Hayatt Hotel in Madinah said to be a 5 Star Hotel was very poor. The Reception Desk primarily serve people who speak Arabic. Even though you stand in front of them and virtually beg for assistance. The room was supposed to hold 4 people in my opinion it would be tight for 2. Housekeeping was pathetic at best. One night they cleaned the room at 22h15 reason being they had too many guests checking out. Request for extra toilet paper was met with irritation and a request for one extra was totally rejected. Breakfast was the only highlight of the day. Maybe a little harsh but 3.5 star at best.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank Kamedien
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Reviewed 22 December 2012

I enjoyed my stay in general at Al Madina special at this hotel, rooms was nice, location is great it was 5 minutes walking distance away from the holly mosque of prophet Mohamed PBUH. Breakfast was good, staff was helpful specially Ayman from reception, I really recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: King room will be fine for a single traveller
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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4  Thank Kiko1980
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

Hayatt international ,-not to be confused with the Hyatt group of hotels-is a convenient place to stay in the holy city of Madina. It;s in the city center within walking distance to the Mosque complex. We - a senior couple with our son-had checked into the hotel from Mecca after the completion of our umrah pilgrimage.It was a family room with 3 beds,the room was just big enough to hold the 3 beds. The room was quite dark even with the lights on, with no space to move about, though the bathroom was big. Maintenance and cleanliness was adequate .We had no occasion to require the room service .The front office staff were helpful and friendly. Breakfast ,included in the booking ,was very good. On the whole, a satisfying experience.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank nilaseventy
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

very very good hotel.
i travelled in november 2011 in haj.
location is good and near from haram.
rooms very clean and luxury.
staff is helpful .
specially in the restaurant .
food very tasty and variety is good.
but the only bad thing is wi fi not working in rooms (only in lobby ).
over all very very good hotel

Room Tip: any room is good because you don't need view in meddina.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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5  Thank heshambek
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Address: North Central Area, Medina, Saudi Arabia
Region: Saudi Arabia > Al Madinah Province > Medina
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Hotel Style:
#22 Luxury Hotel in Medina
Hotel Class:4 star — Hayatt International Madina 4*
Number of rooms: 294
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