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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