As it is Umrah time there are a lot of questions about the best hotels to book in Makkah. I have an article here which is still great but there have been a few more additions to the family so I thought I will update it.
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I stayed at the Hyatt in 2015 and I really liked my stay. Since then many others of my readers have stayed there and enjoyed it. Being next to the Kabah and in the new development, it really is a five-star property in Makkah.
The prices are decent as well and if you go off peak you can find some great options for as little as £114 per night.
Check out the TripAdvisor reviews here and to book you can do so here with hotels.com and you will get one night free after every 10.
The new Conrad hotel is the property where I wanted to stay but sadly they had postponed the opening. I have had a few friend bloggers and readers staying there and they have only good things to say. It is next to the Hyatt and about 4minutes from the Haram courtyard but it is as well a five-star property.
During the Hilton sale you can find rooms for about £150 per night; apparently, the executive lounge is great and I can’t wait to check it out.
I haven’t stayed in the Hilton Suites but I have heard great reviews. It is in the same development of Jabal Omar and the closest of all to the Haram in the development. It does offer more space and some rooms overlooking the Haram. Usually, the prices for this property are higher as it offers a kitchenette facility and family rooms but you can find them off peak for about £140 per night. It is a newer property than the Hilton Makkah Towers and their family rooms.
It doesn’t have a lounge access for those Hilton Gold and Diamond however, so keep this in mind if you are booking and looking for a lounge. Which is also one of the reasons why I didn’t book it.
You can book and check prices on the Hilton website especially during a sale.
It is one of the oldest properties in Makkah but yet is has one of the best locations. The Hilton Hotels and Towers share the same building but are different hotels with different check-in receptions.
You can read my review of the Hilton Towers here, as I reviewed it on my previous Umrah trip. The hotel is the equivalent 4 star in Europe or other Middle Eastern countries but still, the executive rooms offer really nice panoramic views of Makkah. They do have a little more space for families but only with young children. If you want big family rooms it will be the Towers option. The hotel also offers an executive lounge which is definitely worth spending on.
The location is great and is only a few minutes from Haram’s courtyard. You can find good prices when booking on a Hilton sale.
Check out the Tripadvisor reviews here, if you are booking on a sale book on the Hilton website directly especially if you have Gold status. If you don’t then you might want to consider Hotels.com as they give you a free night after every 10.
The Hilton Towers Makkah offers great value for money on so many levels. Location, it’s only a few minutes from the Kabah especially Tower 5. Price wise it is also very cheap; one of the cheapest Hiltons in Makkah. It offers large rooms for the family and there is a kitchenette. I know they are renovating currently as it is an older property so don’t expect it to be of a 5-star quality. I would say more like 4 but considering you can have a room for £85 a night it’s a bargain.
The Marriott is a new property, almost 2 years old and it fits my good books although you do need a shuttle to get to the hotel which takes you through the Hyatt property. As a new property, it is of a very good standard, it has nice views and the price is very good.
Soon when the Jabal Omar development is completed it will have direct access to the Haram courtyard and then it will be in my number one books. With the new merge of Starwood and Marriott, I can’t wait to see what happens to the new properties in Makkah.
With the acquisition from Accor hotels Fairmont is now a great brand to consider especially because you can earn points with your stays under the Le Club Accor hotels umbrella.
Prices are decent starting from £140 a night in some off-peak seasons and considering it is in the Clock Tower you can have some amazing views. I know many of my readers especially those in Canada and the US where they had the branded credit card received some crazy upgrades to duplex apartments and stunning views of the Haram.
One reason why I am not keen on the hotels in the Clock Towers is simply due to the long wait on the elevators and the number of people that enter the shopping centre. It can be a long or frustrating wait. I guess it’s a trade between views and wait. 🙂
If money is not an object and you don’t care about anything else but stunning views, good service and beautiful rooms then you should check out the Raffles Hotel in Makkah.
Rooms start from £400 a night but the reviews of the properties so far are great. I am planning on splurging for a night there just so I can review it for myself and see what is so great about the property. 😉
Swisshotel Makkah also ranks in the top 10 hotels in Makkah with good location within the Clock Tower as well as good quality hotel equivalent to a 4 or 5-star European one. I have heard great things about the property but also that the service can be hit and miss sometimes. The prices of the hotels are usually high around £170 plus per night. However, it does offer great views and I know many people stay there for that reason. I don’t think there is anything better than looking outside your window while resting and seeing half the city of Makkah.
To check out the reviews on TripAdvisor and also the offers they have available as sometimes they are cheaper.
There is no doubt there are many hotel options in Makkah, many of which had they been somewhere else would not manage to charge the prices they are. But this being Makkah and one of the most expensive real estates on earth prices can be super high.
When choosing a hotel it’s important to know your budget, needs and priorities. It is very easy to just overspend on a hotel when in most cases you will not be spending too much time there.
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