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“Luxury, Service and a Pyramid View”
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Mena House Hotel
Ranked #3 of 41 Hotels in Giza
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
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“Luxury, Service and a Pyramid View”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

WE were on a two week tour of Egypt and stayed at this lovely hotel for the first two and last two days. Excellent...my only regret is that I can only award 5 stars!. Originally the hunting lodge of the Khedive Ismael and then expanded to a hotel after its sale in 1869, this hotel is set in a very large, walled estate right next door to the pyramids entrance gate. It is worthwhile having a tour of the hotel (5pm daily) as the older parts ARE a former "palace" and have long halls, banquet rooms and facilities appropriate to that era. The more recent "Garden Block" has been decorated in similar style with much use of polished stone, inlaid timber and brass in the wide corridors, impressive stairwells and rooms. On our return (at 2:30 am due to a late flight) we were given a "welcome home" by a smiling groundsman...and we did feel welcome, after staying in other 5 star hotels which somehow just missed the mark. The Mena House did not!....it covered all the bases for feeling comfortable from the large, well-appointed rooms, comfortable beds, gowns/slippers, toiletries, free bottled water (2), fresh oranges on the table (succulent), extra towels, bathroom scales (important as the food is great) as well as the usual well-stocked minibar and widescreen TV. Staff were excellent in all of the areas - cleaning, room service, dining and reception. The bar was well served, prices fair and a piano-flute-violin trio were excellent. Egyptians are outgoing, friendly and honest (the shops and bank at the hotel are recommended) and one must not see the vendors at all of the archaeological sites as typical. They have their own code which loosely fits into this culture but, in a poor season, are poor, hungry for money and rely on the tourists for their family's care. Most will leave you alone (after a few attempts) if you do NOT give eye contact, show any interest but do walk straight ahead with a dismissive wave and perhaps a short " no thanks" (la..shukran!). There are some very aggressive types that are very persistant however but stoic indifference eventually works. Most items can be purchased for good value in hotel shops or one can play the vendors' game (with experience) and haggle them...eventually getting to a fair price (counter their original price by one that is at least a third....SPECIFICALLY deal in dollars or Egyptian Pounds..."Pounds" asked for may eventually turn out as English Pounds..very expensive..about 5-6 LE to the $US). Also, get small denominations (the vendors give honest change EVENTUALLY after they try to give it to you in more goods or suddenly run off...to get change so wait or follow!). One LE coin is the smallest USEFUL coin good for the occassional tip (many little favours are given unsolicited and tip is expected...ignore most but toilet entry is common) and 5 LE (about a dollar) for most small tips.Security for our trip during Egypt's current political problems was great and we were kept away from the unrest and had good protection from the inconspicuous agents and Tourist Police and a visit to this fantastic country is highly recommended now that the sites are less crowded.

Room Tip: Choose a room in the "Garden Block" facing the garden (and the Pyramids) on the 3rd or 4th...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We arrived in the early hours and so to draw the curtains next morning and see the pyramids rising through the mist on an already warming morning was an amazing start to our holiday! We were taking our 80 year old mother on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and the hotel did everything to make our stay even better, seeming to always appear with a golf buggy when my mother needed to walk the few hundred yards from the garden rooms to the main complex!

The rooms were very comfortable, the staff charming and both the restaurants we used great - recommend going for the Egyptian dishes rather than the 'international cuisine' in the main restaurant since they're better cooked and less bland. The other restaurant we tried was the Indian, and it was as good as my fave London tandooris.

Go to Egypt and help their struggling economy with an amazing holiday, which will be even more special after a stay here!

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a pyramid view!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Just come back from Cairo and spent 3 nights in the Mena Hotel. It is a beautiful hotel and the staff could not be more attentive. We ate at both the restaurants and they were good. Breakfasts were good, even if no ''egg station''.
I didn't realise that you don't stay in the main historic hotel. I guessrooms would be available in that but probably at much higher cost. Everyone seemed to be in the newer addition a couple of minutes away. It was fine if not as attractive.
It is convenient for pyramids but not Cairo. Beware of the drive into Cairo on a weekday (Sunday to Thursday). It takes hours. Go to the bathroom before setting forth

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Minneapolis
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We have stayed in many hotels throughout Egypt and other international loacations and this is BY FAR the best hotel!!! We loved staying here! The staff were incredible; very attentive, polite, helpful, etc. The morning breakfast buffet was TO DIE FOR. We are very big foodies and have traveled a lot and tried many things. The Mena House hotel restaurant and their breakfast was the best we have ever had! The rooms are very nice and some areas are renovated. The pool was awesome - huge and heated infinity pool. They serve you pool side; whatever you want and arrange your chairs and towels. The views of the pyramids are fantastic - you are almost next door to them. This place is like a compound as it used to belong to royalty when it was first built. They even have an official 'bank' in the lobby to exchange money or cash out for smaller bills/coins (which we did daily for tipping). The gym is AWESOME and has built-in TV screens in the cardio equipment. Staff brings you water, towels, and tour of the gyms immediately upon entry. I just can't say enough good things about this hotel - and I have stayed hundreds. LOVE LOVE LOVE. THANK YOU MENA HOUSE :):):) Tip: book through a local Egyptian agency to get 'Egyptian price' rate. Otherwise this will be very expensive!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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52 reviews
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We had an amazing time at Mena House and would definitely stay again. As far as I'm concerned, it's the ONLY place to stay in Cairo.

Firstly, the location. It is unbelievably close to the Pyramids. You can see them constantly. We spent ages just looking - from our room, the bar, and the restaurant.

Secondly, the history. This is no chain hotel - there is a lot of history to the place, and the architecture and decoration are to be admired. There is a tour of the old wing at 5pm which is worth doing (the man who took us has worked there over 30 years).

The service is excellent too. Staff are very friendly and willing to help, and you should tip them for good service. Many of them knew our names on the first day which made us feel right at home.

Our room (3rd floor, pyramid view) was stylish, clean and comfortable. We could see the Great Pyramid clearly (and most of Khafre's Pyramid) from most of the room, and the balcony as a comfortable spot to quietly contemplate it.

Breakfast (included in the room) was buffet-style, with egg dishes available to order. A good selection including cereals, fruit, breads/pastries and hot dishes, and middle eastern dishes.

Cost: 295 EUR per night for 2 people in a pyramid view room - booked through a travel agent.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chelsea, Alabama
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Spent 2 nights. We had adjoining room with our daughter with balconies that overlooked the pyramids :). Breakfast was included and bountiful. We also ate 2 dinners in the Khan el Kahlili Restaurant there. Three full dinners with a total of 4 glasses of wine was about $75 US. The food was excellent and by US standards extremely reasonable.
The hotel, sadly, had very low occupancy.
Staff was very attentive. The grounds are impeccable.
This is no longer part of the Oberoi chain. Our guide advised us it is being taken over by Kempenski.
This was part of our package so do not know what it cost. We requested upgrades for our trip and we were quite please with the quality and the cost of our entire package.

Room Tip: Request a view of the pyramids.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Stayed for 4 nights in March in the Garden Wing with view of the Pyramids. Lovely room with super comfortable beds, gardens give sense of peace and quiet in the middle of a very busy district, my wife who is keen swimmer said the pool was exceptional. Staff excellent and helpful
We ate in the Khan Khalili restaurant, food and service v.good and prices reasonable for a hotel of this quality. Breakfast is epic with all you could possibly want. Only drawback was the drive into central Cairo which took quite a time but traffic levels are horrific all over Cairo. Will stay there again.

Room Tip: Go for 1st or 2nd floor Garden wing overlooking the Pyeamids.
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Property: Mena House Hotel
Address: 6 Pyramids Road, Giza, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Giza Governorate > Giza
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Giza
#2 Luxury Hotel in Giza
#2 Spa Hotel in Giza
#2 Romantic Hotel in Giza
#3 Family Hotel in Giza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Mena House Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 523
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mena House is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, with its own rich and colourful history. Surrounded by 40 acres of verdant green gardens, this palatial hotel is located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. The royal history of the hotel is reflected in luxurious interiors that are embellished with exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture, original work of arts and magnificent antiques that are rarely found in luxury hotels. Mena House has played host to kings and emperors, Heads of State and celebrities. The Mena House located 700 meters from these wonders of the ancient world offers unmatched views of the pyramids. You can gaze upon the magnificence of the pyramids from your rooms at sunrise and sunset. After dinner at one of the many restaurants, you can return to see them lit up for your private viewing pleasure. An ideal location for meetings in Cairo, the hotel's banquets and conference centre offer venues for weddings, receptions and meetings ranging from 50 to 1000 guests. Recreation options at the hotel include a heated swimming pool, a fully equipped Fitness Centre and Spa. Regarded as one of the leading luxury hotels in Cairo, the hotel combines the magical charm of a bygone era with unrivalled service fit for royalty. Your interlude at the hotel promises to be a journey of discovery, exploring Cairo's ancient treasures and unravelling the many mysteries of Egypt's past. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mena House Oberoi Hotel Giza
Oberoi Hotel Giza
Oberoi Hotel Mena
Oberoi Giza
Mena Oberoi
Mena House Giza
Giza Oberoi
Mena House Hotel Egypt/Giza

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