Originally Posted by Aleks
The building it's self actually grew onto me a lot. It fascinates me to see such a large structure and so close to each other!
I do agree however that it should be father from the mosque. Maybe a kilometer away with train lines running to-and-from the mosque. This will definitely add more capacity to surrounding hotels though. Or it'll just be a gateway for the rich to come more and more. Although I think the first one is more likely.
In this first image, you see the Masjid al Haram as the large white area, the tower just south of it.
Now, about 5 KM to the east, you see this...
A GIANT tent city that houses many during their pilgrimage. Pretty much all of those tents can be moved into the Abraj Al-Bait. A great space saver, but like you said, it should definitely be further away from the Masjid al Haram.