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Hotel The Mena House Hotel 5 star
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Set in the shade of the Pyramids of Giza, we really fell in love with this luxury hotel, which once belonged to former King of Egypt, Khédives Ismail. It is one of the city's most luxurious 5 star establishments. Without a shadow of a doubt, the most impressive feature here is the view of the pyramids. The decor, too, is very tasteful. Moreover, the furniture and works of art you will find all over the place will no doubt take you to another era: a real journey back in time!

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    Location 7.68 /10

    This luxury hotel, which once belonged to former King of Egypt, Khédives Ismail, is one of the city's most luxurious 5 star establishments. What we liked most about it was definitely its impressive views of the pyramids. The Mena House Oberoi stands just 700m from the Pyramid of Cheops: you will feel like you can reach out and touch it from the balcony of your room! Some 12 mi separate the hotel from the city centre and Cairo International Airport is 22 mi away.

    Accommodation 9.70 /10

    The hotel has a total of 532 guest rooms divided among the Mena House Oberoi and the Palace wing.

    The rooms in the Palace wing all look directly out over the pyramids. Referred to as 'historic', they are furnished and decorated to reflect both the classical and the traditional characteristics of Egypt, including light-wood furniture, bedside lamps straight out of 'Aladdin', traditional rugs, and brightly-coloured curtains and bedspreads. Indeed, the decorating has been so well done that you really will feel like you're travelling back in time. The rooms are well orientated and sufficiently lit. The terrace is small but spacious, and what can we say about the spectacular view only those privileged enough to be staying here can enjoy! The bathrooms, like the rest of the building, are old but offer optimum comfort, with slippers and many other amenities provided to make you feel right at home, except with a view of the pyramids!

    The rooms at the Mena House Oberoi reflect the classical style of the hotel but with a slightly smarter, more modern twist. When it comes to the view, you'll have a choice between the pyramids and the garden. Equally wonderful, you can't go wrong whichever you choose. Do bear in mind, though, that this building is a little further away from the pyramids, and while they're still close-by, you won't be directly facing them as you would be in the Palace wing. The extremely welcoming bathrooms feature wooden units and marble floors. Just like the rooms in the Palace wing, the greatest attention is paid to every last detail, so as to ensure you have a comfortable stay.

    Overview 9.70 /10

    The complex consists of 2 buildings, the Mena Garden and the Palace wing. Although the hotel generally boasts a classical style, the Mena Garden part is a little more modern than the older Palace wing. The latter is laden with history and its rooms boast views of the pyramids. The hotel has a total of 532 guest rooms and those that do not look out over the pyramids have views of the hotel's beautiful gardens.

    If you aren't lucky enough to have a view of the pyramids from your room, you can certainly see them from other parts of the hotel, such as the pool, one of the restaurants, and the golf course. Indeed, enjoying a dip in the beautiful swimming pool surrounded by flowers and greenery is a wonderful experience. There is also a small children's pool at the hotel.

    With regards to restaurant services, guests can sample various flavours from around the world, including French, Italian, Indian, and Egyptian cuisine. All of the restaurants are located on the second floor.

    As far as we're concerned, the only letdown is the well-being centre, where you won't find a spa, or even a jacuzzi, but merely a small gym with a few outdated pieces of equipment - not what you would expect of a 5 star hotel of this calibre. If you do want to partake in some sport, though, and you like your golf, you're in luck! The hotel boasts a superb golf course, complete with views of the pyramids, where you can enjoy a few rounds in sheer luxury! This isn't the only green area around the establishment though, as there are also thousands of square metres of wonderful lawns and gardens, bursting with trees and flowers in every colour you could imagine!

    There is also a disco, some shops where you can pick up a few souvenirs of your holiday in Cairo, and a bank that is open 24 hours a day.

    Food and drink 9.59 /10

    The hotel boasts no fewer than 4 restaurants: Indian, Italian, French, and Egyptian.

    The Indian restaurant, The Moghul Room, can accommodate up to 60 diners at a time and features magnificent decor. The serving staff and other employees dress in traditional costume and live music plays in the ambience. We didn't get the opportunity to sample the dishes served here, but they smelled so good we can promise you won't be disappointed! The French restaurant, the Al Rubayyat, can accommodate approximately 250 people and serves traditional French cuisine as well as a few other European dishes. It is open for dinner only and an Egyptian folklore show is put on every night.

    The Khan El Khaalili (named after the famous district of Cairo), meanwhile, looks out over the pyramids and serves a variety of Middle-Eastern specialities in addition to other basic continental dishes. It is open 24 hours a day.

    To know

    The hotel consists of 2 separate buildings: the Mena Garden (the modern part of the hotel) and the Palace wing, which is much older and teeming with history.

    The Mena House Oberoi has played host to many key figures over the years, including emperors and kings, as well as heads of state and celebrities. Indeed, royal figures will really feel at home at this luxury hotel, where the luxurious antique furniture and works of art are sure to make an impression.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, massage, keep fit, wellness, hammam, spa, Turkish bath, sauna

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, sports, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Safe
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Thanks to its strategic location, this hotel offers the best views of the pyramids from anywhere in the city
    • Its vast gardens and swimming pool, overlooking the pyramids
    • Works of art (photographs, furniture, paintings, etc.) adorn the entire hotel

    disadvantages

    • The gym is very small and there is no sauna or jacuzzi here

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10