Best Western opens first property in Mecca

Best Western International opened the Best Western PLUS Bakkah Awan Hotel. Located in the cultural center of Makkah (also known as Mecca), just a few minutes’ drive from the Holy Mosque, the property is targeting the millions of travelers visiting the city for the two annual pilgrimages, the Hajj and Umrah.

As a Best Western PLUS property, the hotel has a range of upscale facilities including a restaurant, coffee shop, kid’s club and business center. There is also a shuttle bus service offering transfers to the Holy Mosque.

The hotel’s 152 rooms all come equipped with modern amenities such as cable television, coffee and tea making facilities, safes and refrigerators. Several adjoining rooms are available for larger groups and families, and Internet is free in all areas of the hotel.

The opening of Best Western PLUS Bakkah Awan Hotel marks the latest phase of the company’s expansion in the Middle East. Only last year Best Western launched its first hotels in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Jordan, and this year the company debut in Kuwait. By the end of 2015, Best Western plans to be operating at least 3,600 hotel rooms across 22 properties in eight Middle Eastern countries.

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