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Have a look at booking.com They have a good selection of hotels just minutes walk away.
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But, I want your opinion. I have reviewed booking.com but, I feel they just doing marketing of the hotels. I want truth about hotels which give proper facilities because I am traveling with my grandparents.

Please help me. If you know something.
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There are reviews on the booking websites that may help with your decision in the meantime.
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I think that you might have better luck finding out more detailed information via the Mecca/Makkah forum on Tripadvisor because that has a much bigger, international membership - unlike HT whose membership is much smaller and more concerned with travel to the popular holiday destinations favoured by UK tourists. Tripadvisor list 2 'destination experts' who can probably offer you a lot of detailed advice.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowForum-g293993-i4536-Mecca_Makkah_Province.html

Also, they have reviews for loads of hotels in the city too that you can read.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotels-g293993-Mecca_Makkah_Province-Hotels.html

I frequently travel with my elderly mother and find that it is helpful to contact the hotels in my shortlist direct in order to checkout the details or any specific questions that I have re suitability for her because she has limited mobility eg a walk-in shower rather than one over the bath is an essential so it would be worth your while doing this once you have whittled down the options to a shortlist of hotels in your price range. I would suggest that this is often best done by email because you can then take a printout of the conversation with you as back-up just in case of any discrepancies between what was said and what you find when you get there. I've never had any need to produce it but perhaps that is because reception staff know that unlike phonecalls they cannot later deny that they promised you a specific facility if they have committed themselves in an email?

I have never been to Mecca/Makkah but I understand from a number of friends who have done Hajj that there are a number of specialist travel agents that could perhaps put together a package for you that would give you the added security of your trip being ATOL/ABTA bonded.
  • Edited by SMa 2018-01-17 10:37:15
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Some people are saying Booking.com and some are saying TripAdvisor.com. Both of them which one is reliable more.????
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I personally would book through booking.com as they usually offer free cancellation.
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TripAdvisor is a forum like this which is best used for researching a destination/potential hotels and where you can ask for and find out information and recmmendations about a destination and also where people can leave reviews of hotels, whereas booking.com is a site which is best used for actually booking the hotel. In other words, use TripAdvisor to help you do your research and draw up a shortlist of potential hotels that meet your needs, then use booking.com to search out the good deals for those hotels and book the one that ticks all the boxes and you can get at a good price for within your budget. In other words - use both but for different purposes - one mainly for information and the other for making the booking.
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@SMa,

Yes I visit tripAdvisor, it kind of questions answers type platform. People ask about their problems and they share their experiences.

But, how can I find that which hotel is best??? because, everyone share own experience and everyone told different hotels. Still confuse how to find best hotel??/
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@Glynis HT Admin

Ya I know, but I'm here to find best hotel, booking is next process. booking .com give the info about which is best 4 Star hotel???
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There is no such things as the universally 'best' hotel because not everybody judges hotels by the same criteria. My 'best' hotel is never going to be a big AI resort hotel complex but such hotels suit other people, especially those with young families, down to the ground. The very thing that some people will see as a positive can be exactly the thing that others will see as a huge negative.

So while this might seem harsh, there really is no alternative to you deciding what are the things that are most important to you eg distance from the Great Mosque, an accessible room for your grandparents, being within a specific price range etc and then doing the slog through the various review sites and seeing which hotels consistently tick the boxes for your priorities. Nobody else can do this legwork for you or even help you with it because you haven't told us what those priorities are or even what facilities are most important to you.
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Fine, thank you for helping me.
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