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Mena House

Mena House is the place to stay if you are in Cairo ostensibly to see the pyramids; mainly because you can, from your balcony.
Luxurious, comfortable, quiet, and convenient, Mena House also has a hint of its history to create an atmosphere to allay too many ‘Big Impersonal Hotel’ feelings, and although it is no longer run by the Oberoi, we very much hope that nothing will change.

(It is also worth mentioning their memorably wonderful Egyptian breakfast... think figs, fresh honeycomb, melon and dates, all enjoyed in a sun-dappled dining room with old lattice wood shutters).  
Originally built in 1869 as a hunting lodge for the Egyptian King Isma'il Pasha. It changed hands before being sold to an English couple who immediately began to remodel it as Mena House hotel, and opened it to the public in 1886… It has undoubtedly enjoyed the custom of many celebrated and fascinating pyramid-visiting guests over the years!

Mena House is now a five star hotel with some good suites and family rooms, and a huge modern wing suitable for larger groups. The gardens and pool provide welcome respite from the heat and dust of the desert and city of Cairo, and yet it is close enough to both to get out and back easily. It maintains something of the old-world atmosphere, and service is generally okay, although please note that this hotel is no longer an Oberoi hotel, as of December 2012.

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Mena House Rates:
$150 per person


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