Umrah and Hajj rites occur every year, inviting millions of pilgrims from around the world to the city of Makkah; however, with blessings, come double the responsibilities, especially for the elderly.

During the Umrah and Hajj season, it’s preferable for people who’re travelling with the elderly to stay in the hotels that are close to Masjid al-Haram. Usually, it takes at least 7 minutes to walk from the borders of the mosque to its heart, Kaaba ; and if you’re accompanied by an elderly individual, it makes the rituals quite difficult.

The best course of action in such a situation is to look for the hotels close to the holy mosque, and provide assistance to the elderly. There are very few hotels near the vicinity of the mosque; they’re generally considered luxury hotels that provide good services to the pilgrims.

The rooms in these hotels are priced according to their location in relation to the Kaaba: the rooms that face it are more expensive than others; some of these rooms also provide live audio-feed directly from Haram.

These are a few hotels that provide good services in this regard:

Jabal Omar Marriott Hotel

This five-star hotel’s located at a few minutes’ walk to Haram, Kaaba. It’s close to many holy sites in Makkah. It offers 426 spacious guest rooms including 52 suites, an opulent, and inviting lobby and reception area.

It features restaurants that have views of the city and Haram; in addition to that, it also has Atrium Café that serves pastries and soft drinks, modern business center, and medium size meeting rooms with a large pre-function area. There are facilities to pray privately in the air-conditioned prayer-hall that overlooks the Haram whilst listening to Haram Imam through a good sound-system. Free shuttle services are offered to the elderly and guests with special needs.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel

Located in the Makkah Clock Tower building, known as Abraj al-Bait, it’s a 5-star hotel that’s one of the closest hotels near Kaaba. It takes a 5-minute walk from the Kaaba.

The hotel offers rooms with view of the Kaaba and city; the rooms with the Kaaba view, however, are more expensive. It also has a fitness center, gym, hot tub, sauna, and a steam room. 24-hour room service and concierge services are also available.

Al Safwah Royale Orchid Hotel

Another hotel that’s located in the Makkah clock-tower building. The building faces Abdul Aziz gate, and it’s not more than a 6-minute walk from Kaaba. It offers rooms with Kaaba view and 24-hour room service.

Makkah Millennium Hotel

The five-star hotel’s located at a 6-minute walking distance from Kaaba. It offers good, spacious rooms with a Kaaba view and a 24-hour room-service. Special features include baby-sitting services at an extra cost, indoor children’s play area, and airport and city shuttles (additional charges).

Al Marwa Rayhaan

This hotel’s located very close to Majid al-Haram; it takes a 6-minute walk from Kaaba and a 2-minute walk from King Abdul Aziz gate.

It’s got various spacious suits, including ones with the Kaaba view. Additional services include children’s channels in the room and airport and city shuttles (additional charges).

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