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.
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 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.
When to visit
Book a room with a view and enjoy breakfast on your balcony over looking the Pyramids
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.
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.
Alexandria City Tour
One of the most significant cities of the ancient world, Alexandria is known as 'The Pearl of Mediterranean' with charming sights including Catacombs, Royal Jewelry Museum, Citadel of Qaitbay, Pompey's Pillar and The Roman Amphitheatre.
Wander through the streets of Coptic Cairo, visiting key highlights such as The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, and if time permits, Ben Ezra Synagogue.
Today you will visit the Dahshour Pyramids. These lesser-known pyramids provide wonderful opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Egypt with less crowd than usual.
The Egyptian Museum is home to a plethora of ancient treasures exhibiting the very best of Egyptian antiquities.
Gayer Anderson Museum
An insightful visit to Gayer Anderson Museum features impressive Islamic artefacts and Persian-styled decorations into the ancient residences of Beit el-Kiridiliya and Beit Amna Bent Salim.
Discover the romance of Islamic Cairo as you navigate from Citadel of Salah-el-Din, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque to an astounding city view from Ibn Tulun Mosque's minaret.
Khan El Khalili Bazaar
Feel the vibrant Khan-el-Khalili bazaar with its labryinth-like souks.
Visit Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt, as well as the great Colossus of Ramses II.
Pyramids & Sphinx
This trip to Giza brings you to none other than the iconic Great Pyramid and the Sphinx of Giza.
Pyramids Sunrise without the Crowd
An exclusive experience to experience the world's greatest wonder without the crowd. An Egyptologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, Dr. Zahi Hawass, will provide an insightful 1-hour lecture.
Sail Aswan by Felucca
Sail the Nile by felucca passing through sights such as Agha Khan Mausoleum, Kitchener's Island and ending at Elephantine Island.
You will head to Sakkara, the ancient burial ground, as well as the Pyramid of Djoser; the Step Pyramid is the first pyramid ever built. You will go inside the Unas Pyramid, which is among the finest in the area and we will make a visit to a secret tomb.
Sound & Light Show at the Giza Pyramids
The Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza is an hour-long show taking you back to the days of the Pharaohs in one of the most iconic locations in the world.
Temple of Philae
The Temple of Philae is a superb temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis.
Take in the impressively gigantic Unfinished Obelisk.
VIP Saqqara Tomb Visit
Enrich a visit to Saqqara, with an exclusive trip to see the newly discovered 4,400-year-old tomb of Wahtye. Not open to the public, we’ve arranged guided private access, for you to explore the wonders of this atmospheric chamber.