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Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel£76
Le Meridien Towers Makkah£41
Hilton Suites Makkah£82
Raffles Makkah Palace£182
Located in the heart of Mecca, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of King Fahad Gate, Great Mosque of Mecca, and Kaaba. Abraj Al Bait Towers and Well ...
Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah£92
This family-friendly Mecca hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of King Fahad Gate, Great Mosque of Mecca and Kaaba. Abraj Al ...
Intercontinental Dar Al Tawhid Makkah£161
Situated in Mecca, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Al-Rajhi Mosque and within 6 miles (10 km) of Makkah Mall and King Abdullah Medical City. Great ...
Four Points by Sheraton Makkah Al Naseem£31
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Mecca is a valley desert city in Saudi Arabia. It is the most important site of the Islamic religion as it’s the birthplace of both the faith itself and the Prophet Muhammad. Every year, more than 15 million Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca to perform the ritual of the Hajj in the Great Mosque of Mecca (also known as Al-Masjid al-Haram and the Grand Mosque). The mosque dates back to the 7th century, is the largest in the world and can accommodate up to 820,000 worshippers. The rest of Mecca is also rich in sites of religious significance and this sun-baked city is home to over a million people in total. Due to the vast numbers of visitors it receives from around the world, it’s also known for being one of the most cosmopolitan Islamic cities and offers a rich variety of cuisines. Mecca is closed to non-Muslims.
Mecca offers every type of accommodation, from opulent hotels to simple tents. Many pilgrims choose to stay in the Tent City in the neighbourhood of Mina, the site of the symbolic Stoning of the Devil, and it is traditional for visitors to spend at least their first night there. Mina has around 100,000 tents and can accommodate up to three million pilgrims. The Tent City is three miles from the centre of Mecca, on the road to the Hill of Arafat. Because the tents are so closely clustered together, there is a real spirit of solidarity among the many pilgrims there. However, if you would prefer to stay in a hotel, you may want to consider the Old City area. This is the site of most of the key religious and historical landmarks, plus it is also near to a variety of shops, restaurants and bazaars. The area around the Makkah Clock Royal Tower is also popular with visitors as it has undergone massive redevelopment and is very close to the Great Mosque of Mecca. If you do not stay in a centrally based hotel in Mecca you may find it challenging to get around the city, especially during the Hajj, as the roads are very congested and sometimes it is necessary to travel from A to B on foot in very hot weather. When deciding which of the various hotels in Mecca to stay in, location is a big consideration alongside budget.
Hotels in Mecca offer accommodation to suit a range of budgets. There are many good Mecca hotels so you are spoiled for choice, it’s just a question of deciding which area and facilities are right for you. For luxury, choose the 5 star Grand Makkah Hotel. Situated within convenient distance of the Great Mosque, the hotel has three restaurants, a fitness centre and a free buffet breakfast. The 4 star Reefaf Al Mashaer Hotel is a mid-price option with a restaurant, fitness centre and business centre. You can also find cheap hotels in Mecca, for instance, the Jewar Al Mashaer Hotel is a budget choice that has free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk and free parking.
The Great Mosque of Mecca is of course the key site for any pilgrim, whether they are visiting during the Hajj or not. The mosque is the largest in the world and its location is said to have been a holy site of worship from the time of Ibrahim (Abraham), around 4,000 years ago. It includes important artefacts such as the cuboid-shaped building of the Kabba, the Black Stone, the Maqam Ibrahim (a rock which is said to have an imprint of Ibrahim‘s foot), and the sacred waters of the Zamzam well, which pilgrims still drink from to this day.
Other Mecca highlights include the Jannat Al Moaalah Graveyard, the Museum of the Two Harams and Masjid e Taneem mosque (where pilgrims put on their special white garments). A sight to behold is the jaw-dropping Abraj Al Bait Towers, a $2 billion complex of seven soaring hotels. The central hotel includes the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, which is the biggest clock face in the world. It is also the world’s third tallest building.
Mecca is also a wonderful place to shop and offers everything from bustling bazaars to elegant boutiques to air-conditioned shopping malls. The city also has a vibrant cafe culture where you can escape from the heat and drink tea or coffee while chatting to other pilgrims. Due to the city’s multiculturalism there are a wealth of dining options on offer, including American fast food outlets. Be sure to sample some deliciously sweet Arabian desserts while you are there.
Sites to visit outside of the city include the Mountain of Light (Jabal Al Noor), location of the grotto where Muhammad is said to have had the Quran revealed to him, and Mount Arafat, east of Mecca on the plain of Arafat, which is said to be the place where Muhammad delivered his farewell sermon.
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