A Coffee Sommelier Helps You Pilgrimage In (Expensive) Style At Raffles Makkah Palace
Yes, that’s the hotel, dwarfing the holy city
Ever wanted to make a pilgrimage but been put off by the lack of decent accommodation in the area? Yes? Why, then you might be interested in the news that Raffles has just opened a hotel in the holiest city on earth for Muslims: Mecca. And they’ve done it just in time for Ramadam, which ends on 9 September.
The Raffles Makkah Palace is built in the humungous, seven tower Abraj Al Bait complex that dwarfs the entire city – including the Masjid Al Haram (the Grand Mosque), which is directly beside it.
Not only is it in a prime position, but it’s the first Raffles hotel in Saudi Arabia. The hotel is dubbing itself a “residential sanctuary”, whose 213 suites all have views of the Grand Mosque and the Kaaba, and come complete with butlers providing “heartfelt service” 24/7. There’s even a coffee sommelier. Yes, you read that correctly.
Foodwise, there’s a Middle Eastern restaurant, a tea salon, a modern cuisine restanrant and even an ice cream bar on a terrace overlooking the Haram. Because, of course, the best way to contemplate the holiest place on earth is in a luxury hotel with an ice cream in hand.
And when we say luxury, we mean it. Because a night in this palace next week will set you back 7000SAR, or $1866.59 to be precise. Um, yeah. Just the spirit for a humble religious pilgrimage.