We arrived and checked in at this hotel at about 3:30 am after a gruelling journey KUL-JED-MED. My wife, son and I were part of a group of 20 performing the Umrah and visits to Madinah and Jerusalem. We were pre-checked in by our Group Leader, so straight we went to to our allocated room; in our case it was a room with 3 single beds. The room was meant for a double occupancy, but the third bed still allowed adequate room to manoeuvre, so no problem there. We had to rush to the Prophet's Mosque at 4.00 am. for our Fajr prayer. Because of the hotel's superb location, it took us only 7 minutes walking time to reach the mosque. Only after returning from the mosque did I realise the unusual interior architectural design of the hotel. There was this tubular dome all the way up creating a hollow at the centre of the building; it beautifully complements its magnificent exterior architecture. It was beautiful; it was awesome. But think of the waste of space as the rooms on each floor were laid in a circular formation, not along straight corridors. The lifts at the centre of the building were adjacent to one another but followed the curved geometry, resulting in our inability to see all the lift status lights at any one time. So we do not know which lift has arrived, unless we run from lift to another to check. It is, of course, not possible to redo the lift arrangement, but if there is a system of LED lights conspicuously mounted together on the wall opposite the lifts, it would help guests at a glance to identify which lift has arrived. Also, the sound of the bell from the lift could be made louder. Breakfast was a good spread of western food, with the usual cornflakes, breads, coffee and tea and also Middle East dishes, including various breads and yogurts and dips. What I like was the the “egg corner” where we can order your egg prepared fresh in the way you like it – omellete, scrambled, etc. For lunch our group was served a buffet menu inclined towards the eastern taste, basically Indonesian. After a couple times the standard menu became quite monotonous; they should rotate the menu. I would also like to thank the hotel for installing at the lobby area, a big LED light display of the prayer times. It helps to identify the time so that we are not late, but also identify the time in between which prayers can sneak out for our shopping adventures. The Al Muna Kareem Radisson Blu Hotel, Al Madinah is a hotel worth a revisit.
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- Also Known As:
- Al Muna Kareem Radisson Blu Hotel Medina
- Leader Al Muna Kareem Hotel Al Madinah/Medina