Built to accommodate the ever-increasing influx of visitors to Makkah (or Mecca), the DoubleTree Makkah is one of six new properties overlooking the Grand Mosque, Masjid al-Harem, located in the center of Makkah. LEO A DALY’s design for the DoubleTree Makkah illustrates respect for the Muslim faith and culture.
Designers were challenged to create hotel amenities that allowed for guests to use all facilities on the same schedule. Given visitors’ prayer schedules, the hotel restaurants must be able to accommodate one large meal, rather than several small ones. The design team provided large spaces, totaling more than 700 seats, in a sophisticated, contemporary style that also incorporated stylized traditional motifs.
The design team implemented traditional Arabic patterns throughout the hotel. Sized-to-scale, these patterns create dramatic statements in backlit screens, etched floor patterns and an enveloping trellis that greets the guests upon entry. The hotel’s grand-scale lobbies can house large numbers of guests traveling through at one time. These large, open spaces provide seating areas, a coffee lounge and additional amenities for travelers.
Central to the design is the ability of each guest room to face the Mosque of al-Haram, with special care taken to prevent the foot of the bed and bathrooms from facing the Mosque. Connecting rooms, as well as double and twin bed layouts, provide maximum efficiency for families and social groups traveling together.
Equinox Hospitality Group, LLC
At a glance
700-seat dining facility