Mena House

A stay at the ultra luxurious Mena House is a must when visiting Cairo. This large and palatial hotel is situated in the shadow of the great Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo. The rich and colorful history is reflected in its ornate interiors and it truly offers the best views in Cairo. The Mena House is an oasis in itself on the edge of bustling Cairo. Once a hunting palace of King Farouk, the hotel sits on 40 lush acres of 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 hotel has five restaurants and two bars. You may 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 with Sufi dance performers. The Sultan Lounge is a memorable place to start your evening with cocktails as the sun sets over the Pyramids.

The Mena House has a variety of 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.

Tear yourself away from the hotel to discover all the incredible sights and sounds of Cairo! 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.