Dallah Taibah Hotel Medina
My wife and I had a chance to stay at Dallah Taibah in Medina Munawwarrah. As our bus slithered on the streets of Medina Munawwarrah, my eyes were gazed at the minaret of The Haram Shareef (Masjid al Nabwi). I wanted to know how far we’d be staying from The Haram; wish was to be as close as possible to The Mosque. Bus stopped, we got out and voila! The Dallah Taibah was almost across the gate of The Mosque! After knowing this, all the rest seemed to be meaningless to us. We got a room with four beds but it was meant to be for my wife and me only. A terrible room it was; broken furniture; strange window which seemed to be sealed shut. When I felt suffocated in the room I had to muscle it open anyway. Bathroom was in such despair that it was a real fight to perform wadho. One could get dirty in a jiffy. Taking shower became a chore. Anytime we opened water in the shower, water started seeping into the room. Faucets were broken. Sink had a crack running from top to bottom. Carpet was there for so many years unchanged that it shined from dirt plus oily stuff from spilled food. But the beauty of the location beats all! As I said earlier, everything else seems meaningless. You hear the Adhan (call for Salat) in your room and after doing your Wadho within 10 minutes you’re in The Mosque! What more one can ask for? If all you want is be closer to your Nabi SAW, this is the right place. There are a few more hotels around The Mosque that I have no idea about and chances are they’re also at a stone’s throw from The Haram and yet offer decent facilities, at least better than Taibah. Open Google Earth and click on the hotels around The Mosque, read their reviews. I’m sure you’ll get an upgraded place to stay and yet stay closer to The Mosque.
TIP FOR LUNCH AND DINNER: Right across from the Hotel there’s this restaurant that has a huge BBQ grill. He makes half a chicken with a big loaf of bread. Chicken is marinated in herbs and salt/pepper; it’s without an ounce of fat and tasty to its bones! We stayed there about 5 days and that was all we ate every single day! I don’t have its name with me, they have a big urn of tea in the front and is a narrow/long store; you enter through one door and exit through another. Tip the workers, they’re really overworked and underpaid and they really appreciate any tip.
STAFF: Very polite staff they have. They’ll never say no to you for anything whether they do it or not!
Try to book an executive suite so you don’t face the plumbing and furniture problems in the room. It’s not much expensive than the regular room.
Kindly TIP the staff too. All odd job workers are underpaid. Never complain in a loud and aggressive manner while in Saudi Arabia. Request. Just request and it’ll be done. It’ll be done the other way too but then….I’ll refrain to say. Just be polite. Saudis are very polite people, very sweet.
Try their executives suites. I've heard from other guests that they're much nicer. We were i...
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