First Marriott opens in Makkah

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Marriott International, a luxury global hotel chain, has launched its first flagship brand in Saudi Arabia’s holy city with the opening of the Makkah Marriott Hotel.

The arabesque themed 426-room property sits on the hill top of Makkah, providing guests with exquisite views of the Holy City and Haram.

The property boasts spacious rooms, with its regular rooms larger than other hotels in the Holy City. All are adequately furnished with modern conveniences and serviced by some of the most professionally-trained hotel staff. From the hotel, guests can comfortably travel to Haram via a shuttle service that runs several times during the day.

The Makkah Marriott Hotel also lives up to the brand’s goal of reimagining the future of travel for the next generation of travellers, who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology to stay connected. Signature features at the newly opened property include the Greatroom lobby and mobile check-in and check-out facility.

The reimagined Greatroom is part of Marriott Hotels brand initiative to transform lobbies from a formal living room into a local destination where guests spend time, by themselves or with people that matter, to relax and socialise. With the Marriott Mobile App, guests can also easily check-in before their arrival and will receive an automatic notification when their room is ready, making it a seamless experience when they have come for the most sacred trips of their lifetime in Makkah.

The company’s commitment to the kingdom is deep-rooted with its 35-year old legacy in the region.  Marriott International began its first operations in the Middle East region with the opening of the 411-room Riyadh Marriott Hotel in Saudi Arabia in 1980. In addition to help boosting religious tourism in the country with this milestone opening, Marriott International has set its sights on further strengthening its presence in the country with 19 new Saudi properties in the project pipeline.