Marriott Mena House
At a Glance
At only 700 metres from the pyramids, you really cannot find a more exceptional location than here
Built in 1869, Mena House has played host to some world-famous names including Winston Churchill, Richard Nixon and King George V
Where else in the world can you open your curtains to the view of the Pyramids of Giza - its close proximity means you won't have such an early start when you go and look around
Mena House is a good option for those who want a bit of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Cairo
The Palace wing is one of the most opulent hotels in Cairo and has a good choice of restaurants including a fantastic Indian - The Moghul Room
Best time to Visit
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Egypt enjoys a mild climate, making it a good year round destination. However, temperatures increase as you travel due south. Cairo can be chilly between December and February, and very hot between June and September. But the heat in Egypt is made bearable by the northerly breeze that leads to a drop in temperature at night. Peak temperatures in Upper Egypt occur between May and October, and are accompanied by extremely low humidity. The best time to visit Cairo is in the cooler months between November and March
Cairo has long-standing populations of major religious groups and past colonial powers, so it’s possible to find celebrations for most every major holiday. Islam, however, is the prevailing force here, and the month of Ramadan is one of the most pronounced Islamic holidays. It happens in July or August, and during this time, some shops and restaurants may stay closed during the daytime fast.
To start planning your holiday to Marriott Mena House
The Mena House is a large and palatial hotel, situated in the shadow of the great Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo. Its own rich and colourful history is reflected in its ornate interiors and it, without doubt, boasts the best view in Cairo.
The Mena House, once the hunting palace of King Farouk, is set in 40 acres of verdant jasmine-scented gardens with the Pyramids literally towering above. Opened in 1869, the hotel’s distinguished atmosphere is full of character and style and over the years has played host to Kings and Emperors, Heads of State and celebrities.
The Mena House has 523 rooms and suites split between two sections; the original Palace wing and the newer Garden wing. Rooms are lavishly appointed, spacious and comfortable and the whole property is furnished with traditional arabesque furniture, exquisite antiques, hand-crafted mosaic tiles and carved brass-bound wooden doors. The Mena House embraces its rich history and colourful traditions in every sense and a stay here feels like true emergence into a palatial Egyptian past.
The hotel has five restaurants and two bars - choose from relaxed poolside homemade Italian cuisine at Alfredo, exotic Indian fine dining at the celebrated Moghul Room and Egyptian, Oriental and Continental fare at Khan el Khalili can be accompanied by the trance like effect of Sufi dance performers. The Sultan Lounge is a memorable place to start your evening - cocktails as the sun sets over the Pyramids has got to be one of life's great indulgences. A new restaurant, Le Jardin, is opening in time for Ramadan 2013 which starts on 09 July 2013 and the restaurant will provide international cuisine.
Cairo's attractions include the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian museum, the maze-like streets of Islamic Cairo and the Coptic quarter of Old Cairo, and all are within easy reach. The shops, restaurants and nightlife of Cairo's more cosmopolitan quarters are also accessible from Mena House. In addition, there is a wide range of recreational facilities at Mena House including an outdoor swimming pool (the largest in Cairo), outdoor tennis courts, a fitness centre and horse and camel riding with experienced instructors - what better way to see the Great Pyramid of Cheops, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
After a day's sightseeing indulge yourself at the Mena Garden Spa where some of Egypt's top spa therapists offer a wide range of treatments to alleviate the mind and body of the stresses of modern life.
All of Mena House's 523 Rooms and Suites are located in the Palace and Garden wings and are lavishly appointed with traditionally inspired furnishings and rich carpets. In the older Palace wing, the Palace Deluxe Rooms have high ceilings and breathtaking views of the pyramids - some have private balconies. The Mena Garden Rooms (Garden wing) overlook the lush gardens or the pyramids and have wooden floors, dining tables and large balconies. The Executive Suites offer guests a separate living room, the Deluxe Suites have the addition of a dining room and are adorned with original artworks and stunning detailing. In fact, all of the Suites in the older Palace wing enjoy beautiful traditional detailing, gilding, panels and murals and all suites have the added benefit of a private butler service. The regally appointed Presidential Suites have large private terraces overlooking the pyramids and the Mena Garden Suite (in the Garden wing) has abundant space and the same spellbinding view. Interconnecting rooms are available in the Garden wing.
Children are very welcome to come and stay at the Mena House and will be stunned by its location just 700 metres from the Pyramids. It is a malaria-free zone and there is a children's pool for them to enjoy. Children's meals and babysitting can also easily be arranged on request.
With seven restaurants and bars there is a huge choice of dining options from relaxed pizzas to fine dining in historical settings and with delicious oriental, continental and Indian cuisine, the Mena House has something for everyone. Enjoy cocktails overlooking the pyramids and performances from traditional belly dancers. The hotel has a newly opened 9-hole golf course where players can tee off in the shadow of the pyramids. There is also a 33-metre swimming pool which is heated in winter, a children's pool, a fitness centre with small gym and tennis courts. The Mena Garden Spa is an oasis where trained therapists offer aromatherapy treatments to heal the body and mind in six private spa rooms.
Within the hotel's 40 acres of lush verdant gardens guests can enjoy the two swimming pools (one for children), fitness facilities, golf course and an indulgent spa. Sightseeing tours and horse and camel riding to the pyramids can be arranged by Scott Dunn and the hotel is just 15 minutes from Cairo's city centre should you wish to enjoy the sights of old Cairo and the restaurants, nightlife, culture and shops the city has to offer.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Mena House is fabulously ornate - go for the Palace rather than the Garden Wing (unless you want interconnecting rooms). Having a Pyramid-view room is so unique, so go for that if you can. The Garden Wing rooms feel rather soulless while the Palace rooms are full of character and history.
Kerry Willmer (Staff)
This is one of the oldest most established hotels in Cairo where Winston Churchill used to frequent and many black and white pictures of hotel in years gone by adorn the walls. It is such a wonderful experience to open your bedroom curtains and be faced with such a spectacular view of the mystical Pyramids.
A former hunting lodge built in 1869, the Mena House Oberoi is just 700 metres from the Pyramid of Cheops. The 420 rooms are decorated in an opulent, Moorish style and facilities within the hotel's 40-acre grounds include a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre; the 18-hole golf course will reopen this spring following a renovation. The five restaurants include The Moghul Room for outstanding Indian cuisine, Alfredo for contemporary Italian food, Le Jardin for pan-Asian, Mediterranean and European dishes, and 24-hour dining at Khan El Khalili.
X-factor The rooms and suites in the original hunting lodge have the best pyramid views. Guests are advised to book well in advance.
Mena House Oberoi is located on the shadows of the Pyramids, literally few minutes walking distance away. The hotel has two parts to it , the original old part built in the late 1860's and a new wing much more recent. We stayed here for one night. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to fully explore the hotel. The hotel has retained the original features and is ornately and lavishly decorated. We were given the Aga Khan Suite, situated in the old wing, which had a large lounge and large bedroom with very high ceilings. It had two marbled bathrooms with gold furnishings. It certainly had a Wow factor ! Sheer luxury. It is a Heritage hotel and each part of the hotel is furnished with hand-crafted antique furniture and fittings. It is a place where many World famous people stayed. On arrival we were given cool refreshing glass of Hisbicus drink. The rooms also have welcome chocolates and fruit basket. We had dinner at the Indian Restaurant. The food and service was to the standard we expect. The hotel is well maintained and the the beds were huge fitted with soft white Egyptian cotton linen. Huge soft pillows too but unfortunately the sleep quality was not too good as this old suite had kind of a soiled, aged smell and made us feel kind of uncomfortable although the room was clean. Perhaps, I felt it more as I do suffer from Asthma. It was indeed like a historic palace and almost gave us a feeling that the pharaohs were still living there! The rooms and corridors were ornated with beautiful old classic black and white photos reflecting the history of the hotel. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Cairo. It's a beautiful classic hotel. The hotel arranged the Sound and Light Show of the Pyramids for us and it is definitely worth it. They have two programs every evening. We will definitely be back at this hotel for a more longer stay. Room Tip: Select rooms in the old wing for a unique experience or stay in the new wing for a much fresher mode...
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Location & directions
Mena House is located in the Giza district of Cairo, the capital of Egypt. The hotel is 15 kilometers from the city center, set in 40 acres of gardens under the shadow of the Great Pyramids.
How to get there
5-hour direct flight to Cairo International airport. The airport is a 45-minute drive from the hotel, which is well connected by international flights from a host of destinations worldwide.
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