Hotel Review: Movenpick Hotel & Residences, Hajjar Tower Makkah

I stayed in Moevenpick Hotel Makkah for two nights with husband during Hajj in November 2012.

We booked a ‘partial Haram view’; a deluxe room with a partial view of Masjidil Haram for 850SR (~RM688) per night. It is a 5 star hotel with a price range of RM582 to RM1508, and awarded the Fourth Luxury Hotel in Makkah by Tripadvisor. The primary selling point for this hotel is its superb location. The hotel is in the Hajar Tower of the clock tower building, situated above the Abraj Al Bait shopping complex, at the prestigious area of Makkah. It takes literally 5 to 10 minutes to reach the King Abdul Aziz (Gate #1) of the mosque (depends on the time taken to ride down the tower elevator, mall escalator and the crowd).

Not many occupants in the hotel during our stay, as it was right after the peak hajj season. So, we received all the attention we need from the hotel staffs.

The hotel room was clean, with standard amenities of a 3 to 4 star hotel elsewhere in the world. It has a small bathroom with no bathtub. A kitchenette was available in the room. But, we did not have the chance to use it.

All rooms were equipped with speakers where you can hear live Azan sound from Al-Haram. If you are not able to go the mosque, you can still follow the congregational prayer from your room, but of course you will miss the huge reward of praying in the Masjid.

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Breakfast spread variety was not that great. But, having eaten mostly Middle Eastern food throughout our stay, I was delighted to finally found healthier food choice. This hotel served wide arrays of cereal, muesli and fruits. And, there were bread counter, delicious hummus, cakes, muffins, and various types of cheese.

We found no omelette counter, but the chef was ready to take any additional order from us. Alternatively, you can go down a few floors to the Abraaj Al Bait food court which has more food variety (Middle Eastern, Turkish, Pakistani, Indonesian, Western, fast food, coffee shops and ice cream).

Free wi-fi was accessible at hotel lobby and common area such as the hotel restaurants.

Overall, this hotel is great. However, I realized that other hotels located in the near vicinity of Masjidil Haram have better value for your money (bear in mind the price of hotel room increases when a hotel gets nearer to Masjidil Haram). Personally, I would try other nearby hotels next time. But, if you choose to stay with Movenpick it is still a good choice.

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