Karbala RayhaanRRRRR
“Superb stay near holy shrines”
Reviewed by Naveed H
a TripAdvisor traveler.
17th April 2019

Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana is the first 5 star hotel located in Karbala, which is one of the world's largest pilgrimage destinations. The hotel offers 185 rooms and suites, modernly designed with up-to-date technology and facilities.

Spacious and comfortable rooms are decked with grandeur and luxury for your utmost benefit. Our 185 rooms and suites are well equipped with high speed internet connection, in-room entertainment with multi-channel satellite television, complimentary coffee and tea facilities and IDD telephone with voice mail.

Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana offers 3 outstanding dining outlets where guests can find everything they are looking for during their stay without the need to leave the hotel. From Al Fardous All Day Dining that offers international buffet over breakfast, lunch and dinner, to Al Noor Cafe where guests can indulge in a light meal and unique beverages, or just spend the evening at Al Nakheel restaurant with it's spacious terrace overlooking the City of Karbala. Not to mention the state of the art fully equipped meeting rooms.

There are many wellness diversions within the hotel, to keep guests active and entertained. Among them are our massage rooms, Turkish bath, Sauna, Steam and Jacuzzi room.

Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana
Bab Baghdad Main Road, Holy
T: +964 77 1800 1800
F: +964 77 1800 1700

The holy city of Karbala, is amongst the holiest cities for Muslims after Mecca and Medina. It is home to the Imam Hussein Shrine and his brother Al Abbas. Karbala is famous as the site of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein Ibn Ali, and commemorations are held by millions annually to remember it.

At the centre of the old city is the tomb of Hussein Ibn Ali, grandson of Prophet Muhammad. Hussein's tomb is a place of pilgrimage for many Muslims, especially on the anniversary of the battle, the Day of Ashura and more other religious events such as Imam Hussain Arbaeen (40 days after the Day of Ashura), the birthday of Imam Mahdi (15 of Shaban), Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

Another focal point of pilgrimage to Karbala is al-Makhayam, traditionally believed to be the location of Hussein's camp, where the death of Hussein and his followers is publicly commemorated. 

To the west of Karbala is the Lake Milh (lake of salt), also known as Lake Razazah. An hour car drive south takes you to Najaf, where the holy shrine of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib is located. A one hour and half car drive to the north-east takes you to Baghdad, where the holy shrine of Imam Musa Al-Kadhim is located. Karbala is also well known city in producing dates. 

Current Date & Time
Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 - 23:00 (GMT +3)
Current Weather Conditions
Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 @ 22:00 AST
23°C (73°F) Humidity: 43%
Wind: North West 2.28kph
Currency Information
Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 @ 22:00 AST
IQD ~ Iraqi Dinar
1 USD = IQD 1190   |   1 EUR = IQD 1309.54
*Above rates are interbank/median. Cash and credit card transactions may be subject to local surcharges.

At Rotana, your comfort comes first.

Rayhaan offers an uncompromising alternative that upholds the world-class standards synonymous with the Rotana name.

  • 185 well-appointed rooms and suites
  • 3 food & beverage outlets
  • Business Centre
  • Two fully equipped meeting rooms
  • Wireless high speed internet (Complimentary internet access is available when booking directly on rotana.com)
  • Car & limousine rental service
  • Limited parking space available
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Currency exchange
  • Doctor on call
  • Gift shop and newsstand
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning service 
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Gent saloon
  • Pets are not allowed

Special Needs

At Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana, we anticipate your needs and place utmost importance in ensuring the safety and comfort of every guest. Our hotel has been thoughtfully laid out to ensure easy reach and several members of our team have undergone training to take care of the requirements of our special needs guests.

General Hotel Features

  • Valet parking provided
  • Accessible route from hotel entrance to accessible guest rooms
  • Evacuation wheel chairs
  • Accessible Toilets

Accessible Areas

  • Restaurants
  • Meeting room and ballroom

Accessible Room Features

  • Wheelchair accessible doors
  • Lowered peepholes on guest room doors
  • Lowered access for room amenities and mini bar items
  • Lowered wash basin
  • Roll in shower and foldable chair in the shower
  • Emergency pull cord in toilets
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