I booked 2 nights here (on points) during our 4 night trip to Makkah. We stayed the first two nights at the Makkah Hilton Towers.
After being upgraded to a junior suite with a Haram view at the Hilton my expectations were high, especially since I'm a gold IHG member. Upon entering the hotel you must take the escalator up to the reception. The chandeliers and stain glass ceilings are stunning. It feels very grand and luxurious. At the check-in desk I was quickly greeted, and at that time I asked if there were any rooms available with a haram view. I was told it would be a 200 (SR) upgrade fee, which I thought was a bit excessive (hilton wanted only 49). After mentioning my experience at the Hilton he went in the back and came back a few minutes later. I was offered a superior city view or a standard twin room haram view. Yay! As much as I did not want the smaller room I was willing to sacrifice comfort for the view. I really appreciated this upgrade, and I prayed for that man when I saw my view (I believe his name was Abdullah)!!
When we got to the elevators to go up to our room I was a little confused about how they work. There were no buttons on the inside?!? The bellhop showed us how to enter our floor on a keypad outside and then it will notify you as to which elevator to enter! How cool is that--your own private elevator every time!
My husband was still doubting my choice about choosing the smaller room over the superior one, but once we opened the door to our room everyone agreed we made the best choice!! Trust me...the haram view is WELL WORTH IT!! Now I see why they wanted 200 riyals! We had a glass wall that overlooked the haram--it was tear inducing!! It put the Hilton's view to shame (and at the time I thought it was great). You are basically dead centre overlooking King Fahd gate. Plus, when you step out of the hotel you are literally right on the marble floors! Fantastic! You can be at the masjid in literally minutes!
Everything here seems to have the latest technologies. The curtains and lights are all operated by the push of a button (even to open and close the curtain), plus there's a main unit on the night table that controls everything. So you could be lying on the bed and opening curtains, lights, even the door! I was very impressed. The room itself was a standard size. Not very big, but it didn't matter after seeing our view. There was a small table with two chairs situated near the window and we turned them around to face the haram like we were seating in a theatre watching a show. The room is tastefully decorated to match the look of the property. Not modern, but it has all the modern conveniences like flat screen tv, and more. I love the fact that the Intercontinental has a lot of little extras that you don't find at similarly classed hotels, such as comfy slippers, shoe horn, extra toiletries (combs, grooming kits, etc) above the typical shampoo and conditioner, plus the welcome fruit bowl and bottles of water. Nice little touches that we appreciate and give them that extra edge over the competition.
Beds were comfortable, and there are several choices for pillows (standard seem to always be very soft -- I prefer firm) so you just have to make a quick call and they'll be there in a jiffy. Room was very clean, and bathroom was spotless. I only wish more hotels in this area had 2 double beds vs the single setup.
We did not eat in the restaurant so can't comment on that (breakfast was 110 riyal which I thought was quite pricey just for breakfast--only 80 at the Hilton). Parking is complimentary for guests, which we used when our friends came from Jeddah to visit with us.
An excellent choice when visiting the Haram. I really can't think of one negative here. Since there's no shopping underneath it you can easily access the shops at the Hilton next door, and across the street is another new shopping centre that has a large food court (there's an Al Baik here) with plenty of food choices. Thanks to everyone at the IC for a perfect stay; highly recommend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- InterContinental Dar Al Tawhid Makkah is located in front of the Holy Haram, giving most guests uninterrupted views of the city s religious centre. A number of holy shrines including the Jannat Al Moaalah Graveyard are a short walk or taxi ride away, as are the Touwah Well and the Central Business District. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Dar Al Tawhid Hotel Mecca
- Intercontinental Hotel Mecca
- Dar Al Tawhid Intercontinental
- InterContinental Dar Al Tawhid Makkah/Mecca