The Fairmont Makka Clock Royal Tower Sounds Amazing But Can You Stay There?
We finally got caught up on our New Yorkers last night and found an interesting bit on the The Makkah Clock Royal Tower, a Fairmont Hotel in a captivating piece about one man's hajj to Mecca (also spelled Makkah) in Saudi Arabia.
The author, Basharat Peer, writes:
At the Fairmont Mecca Clock Royal Tower, where the minimum stay during the hajj is fourteen days, the hotel executive's business cards say "The Destination for a Divine Stay."
The rooms are graded in three tiers those with a view of the Kaaba; those overlooking the Grand Mosque: and those looking onto the holy city. They are all fitted with speakers that relay calls to prayer and sermons from the Grand Mosque.
A double room with a view of the Kaaba ranges from eleven hundred dollars to forty-five hundred dollars a night.
Not mentioned in the article are the Fairmont Gold rooms, specialty rooms and suites that come with private check-in and checkout, complimentary access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge, complimentary WiFi and butler service. The hotel also has 76 state-of-the-art elevators for guests to take down to the holy Masjid al Haram for prayers.
Yet even if you can pony up the money to stay here, you might not be allowed. Mecca is only open to Muslims and any non-Muslims will be deported. All visitors needs visas from the Saudi Arabian government or licensed tour operators with proof of their Muslim religion.
Guess that means we'll just have to settle for just photos this time.