Wheel deal for pilgrims

The Crowne Plaza Jeddah ... special services for pilgrims.

The 323-room Crowne Plaza Jeddah is offering a "very attractive package" during Ramadan, according to Ashraf Refaat, the hotel's director of sales and marketing.

He says that the package includes room with Iftar, Sohour and rent-a-car facility.

Refaat said the rent-a-car facility has been provided keeping in mind the fact that most of the guests perform Umrah as part of the holy ritual. Hence by incorporating the rent-a-car facility into the room rates it allows guests to hire a vehicle with relative ease. The hotel also plans to run a shuttle bus from to the Holy Mosque (Haram) in Makkah.

The hotel has also begun work on its renovation project, which aims at increasing the number of Club Rooms.

"These rooms have become increasingly popular with the business community," said Refaat.

The Crowne Plaza Club Floor offers two executive apartments, five junior suites and five junior apartments designed for people who demand special comfort, refinement and the best in personal service, he said.

He added that special housekeeping amenities and a fruit basket awaited all Club floor guests.

The Crowne Plaza Club Floor entitles all guests to the facilities of early check-in starting from 6.30 am and late check out until 6 pm. Complimentary Continental breakfast is also on offer from 6.30 am until 10 am at the Club lounge with all-day tea and coffee, canapŽs and soft drinks.

Refaat said that for specific business needs, the Crowne Plaza Club lounge offers complimentary Internet access for one hour per day with a fax machine upon request.