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 colorful history is reflected in its ornate interiors and it, without doubt, boasts the best view in Cairo.

Cairo, Egypt
Marriott Mena House
  • At only 700 meters 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 colorful 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 center 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.

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Top tip:

Book a room with a view and enjoy breakfast on your balcony over looking the Pyramids

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Cairo, Egypt

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.

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