The Mena House Oberoi Hotel

, Cairo, Egypt
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The Mena House Oberoi Hotel

, Cairo
5 star

Rooms: 486

Pyramids Road - Cairo - 12556 - Egypt Hotel Website | | 20-23773222
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Magical Mena House
Submitted by: renee davis in 02/03/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
The Mena House is a magical place. When we walked in I felt like Howard Carter when he opened up King Tut's tomb - everywhere I looked was gold! Obviously Ishmail spared no expense when he built this palace with its breathtaking golden ceilings and embelishments. You will not find another hotel like it. It is unique. So close to the pyramids with fabulous views. So lovely to relax on a sun lounger in the pristine gardens and gaze at the pyramids. Service is top-notch to make you feel pampered. Food very good to excellent with surprisingly low prices.

All in all, like a dream. Can't wait to return.
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Historical Traveller Reviews of The Mena House Oberoi Hotel

Hurrah for the Mena House!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having read some earlier reviews of the Mena House before embarking on our holiday, I had some reservations about our choice of hotel. Would I have the decent pyramid view I requested? Would the service be efficent or slow? We couldn't have been happier with our choice. The pyramids not only dominated the view from our room ( we were lucky enough to be in the palace wing) but also from the swimming pool. They were awe-inspiring and gave so much to the ambience of the hotel. The service? Superb. Roses on the pillows - and not just on arrival. Biscuits and flowers on the table. Needless to say the biscuits disappeared very quickly but they were replaced every day. Should I admit to being a book and cocoa person at bedtime, room service was very efficient. Cocoa the first night, with biscuits the second, and with biscuits and flowers on the third..... it made you feel very special. Everyone was very attentive and courteous and I'd just like everyone to know what a wonderful time we had!

Found an Oasis

from simplylovely
The Mena House Oberoi in Giza Egypt is like finding an Oasis in the desert. The hotel sits on 40 acres of palm trees, beautiful flowers, and immaculate landscaping. The pyramids are right across from the hotel so every time you leave your hotel room, you see the pyramds. The pool is a mini lake, and as you are swimming, you are looking at the largest pyramid in Egypt. Service and food is excellent. Hotel staff is very accommodating and friendly and helpful. Rooms are large, clean and spacious. We stayed in the Gardenview part of the hotel which was very lovely. This hotel is truly a 5 star luxury hotel. I would definitely recommend it to anyone travelling to Cairo. Its far away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo. There is even a golf course across the street and several shops and restaurants in walking distance.

Fantastic Location, Great Hotel

from zippy100
Just returned from a 3 night stay in Cairo and 4 nights in Luxor. I was not expecting much for Egpyt. But this hotel was outstanding. The rooms were huge, American standard, clean and nicely set out. They had left a plate of handmade biscuits and fruit for us, And a well stocked mini bar. They returned in the evening to turn the bed, switch the tv on and put the slippers by the bed. Nice little touches. The view of the back of the garden wasn't great though. And I can't think why there was no table and chairs for you to sit on for such a large balcony.The pool area was great with a wonderful view of two of the pyramids whilst you go for a swim. The pool wasn't heated but very refreshing in the heat. There are 40 acres of gardens, which we explored.
The location was great for the pyramids, it is a five minute walk from the hotel. But expect to be hassled from taxi drivers and local traders as soon as you step out. Don't stay in central Cairo if your main purpose is to see the pyramids, this is the place to be and I would recommend it to anyone. Apart from the pyramids and the mueseum there is nothing really in Cairo and it isn't for the faint hearted. Three nights were more than enough, maybe two would be plenty.
However I can not rate this hotel more highly. It has resturants although we did not eat in there or have any breakfasts. The water you can buy at the bar for £1.30. I recommend you buy this outside as this can cost 25p for the same thing.

All in all, if your going to see the pyramids, stay here!!!

Opulent Mena House

from mightywease
The Mena House Hotel was originally built, in the mid-19th Century, as a lodge for the Khedive Ismail who used it during hunting expeditions or visits to the Pyramids at Giza. It entered private ownership in the 1880’s and was converted into a hotel a few years later. Over the years it has played host to a number of distinguished visitors including royalty, politicians - during World War II President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met there to discuss strategy – and film stars (Charlie Chaplin, Omar Shariff and Cecil B. de Mille have all stayed there).

We'd heard that this was a fabulous hotel and we weren't disappointed! Firstly the location is amazing, a leisurely stroll to the Great Pyramid will take all of 5 or 6 minutes. Indeed the proximity to the pyramids can dominate your stay here. Whether at breakfast, lounging in the swimming pool or enjoying a pre-dinner drink in the bar you may find yourself glancing over at the top of the Great Pyramid in a kind of “just making sure it’s still there” way! Even at night when obscured by the darkness you are aware of the pyramids almost sentient presence nearby.

The decoration in the public rooms is quite opulent, particularly the gold and white of the reception area, and the hotel has retained much of it’s original Oriental/Arabic style décor including beautiful woodwork screens, brass fittings, tile and mirror work. The room we stayed, while retaining that oriental feel, was less highly decorated but comfortable, spacious, high ceilinged and with a lovely, cool bathroom. Depending on the price you can get rooms, or even suites (we were lucky enough to be allowed a look into one - amazing, the size of a small flat!) overlooking the pyramids and there is also a newer garden annexe with balconied rooms, though these do not look over the pyramids.

The hotel has a number of restaurants including The Moghul Room, superb Indian cuisine, the Khan el Khalili Restaurant (a kind of a western style brasserie) and the Oasis BBQ Grill, by the pool, which at night serves Lebanese and Egyptian starters then a mixture of freshly grilled meat and fish dishes. However, though the food was excellent the menus didn't really include a lot of Egyptian cuisine, though you could have fuul beans, falafal and tahini for breakfast.

On the negative side the hotel is quite far from the centre of Cairo so you are rather reliant on taxis to get around. You can book these through the hotel reception, however this does increase the cost, or flag one down on the road outside. It cost us between 30 and 45LE (about £2.70 to £4.00) to travel between the hotel and central Cairo and the journey took between 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic.

It is an expensive place to stay, both in terms of room cost and food/drink prices, particularly by Cairo standards - a three course meal in any of the restaurants will cost about £20.00 to £25.00 each. However overall I would say that the service and ambience makes it worthwhile. The hotel is luxurious with a relaxing atmosphere, excellent amenities and extremely friendly, helpful staff. If you want to treat yourself I would definitely recommend it.

Fantastic - a pyramid view from every location!

from geordiekl
I have just returned form a visit to Cairo. I travelled with my partner and seven year old little girl and had a fantastic time from start to finish. When we arrived at the hotel to our surprise we had been upgraded to a room in the palace section of the hotel, but this had three single beds and we wanted a double and a single and so we asked if we could change. The second room offered was in the garden section with no pyramid view. It was larger than the first room and was excellent. The decor was the same as the palace room, and although the bathroom was a little tired it was still more than acceptable. We had breakfast in the Greenery every morning and this was great with an excellent selction of everything from fruit, cereal, meats and cheeses, freshly cooked omlettes etc etc. We ate at all of the restaurant bar one and found all of them to be great. The poolside restaurant with pyramid view - with it's freshly baked bread and tandoori platters were fabulous. The Al Rubyat was really nice with a floor show at 9.30 every night - food excellent again. Sorry if I keep saying "excellent" but everything was! I would recommend this hotel to you without hesitation - obviously it's location being the first thing to rave about, but closely followed by service, firendliness, food, room, pool etc etc.

ask for room 1010 in the palace

from zeusy
we had a lovely view of the pyramids on twin balconies in the palace wing after we asked to be transferred from the garden wing which was not what we expected . breakfast in the palace dining room was completely different from what we had on the first day in the greenery.
dinner in the indian restaurant was a first class experience brilliant food and service and the most amazing polished tables.
we will return but in the palace wing only.

Would go again

from A TripAdvisor Member
Myself and my partner stayed at Mena house last week and found the hotel fantastic. We had a Pyramid view room in the Garden Wing and we were very happy with the room. We found the Staff to be very helpful in general, although the service in the main resturant could be improved. The buffet breakfast was good as was the quality of the meals in the main resturant.

Great place for a night or 2

from tsai423
My girlfriend and I stayed at the main building at the Mena House. The room is pretty big but it does needs some work. I did get the see the rooms at the garden and they are definitely very small. Make sure you book a room in the main building. I would recommend 1st time travelers to Cairo to spend a night or two here and then move to the city. There are many places better than the Mena house and cheaper. But it is amazing when you wake up and see the pyramid right next to you. If you are there during Xmas like we were you will need to pay mandatory US$100 per person for the Xmas gala party.

s egg. Good in parts !!

from A TripAdvisor Member
In February we wanted a memorable holiday visiting Cairo and the pyramids for a special occasion and I gave the Agent a brief in which cost was not a consideration. When he suggested the Mena House I checked the internet, including TripAdvisor reviews and was alarmed by the criticisms of some of your subscribers [...15Oct04."cannot express how disappointing it has been"...22Nov04."seems not to have been refurbished since 1970"...and 7Jan05."room worn and tired" "a disappointing experience"] As a consequence, I twice questioned the choice by my agent of a "pyramid view room in the garden wing". I also Emailed him copies of your reviews, but he remained confident that all would be well. I can now confirm that my agent was wrong and your critical reviews are accurate. I strongly advise readers to carefully consider the contents of the three reviews referred to above. They are fair and realistic. It is difficult to relate some of the other complimentary Mena House reviews to our experience. The garden wing is very tired and battered and it was not possible to see any pyramids from within the room. By looking to the right from the balcony it was possible to see part of a pyramid above the roof of the main hotel. We were very disappointed. On the credit side, the old Palace part of the hotel is excellent. The staff are exceptionally polite and accommodating. The pool and gardens are first class. Food in the Greenery and the Oasis[poolside] is reasonable and inexpensive. We took breakfast each day in the Khan Khalili [in the Palace] which is excellent and I suggest visitors use it in preference to the Greenery or elsewhere. The staff will query the room number but will not restrict entry. Our overall impression was that the Mena House has abandoned it's standards in the Garden Wing. It desperately needs upgrading but it seems that the hotel continues to trade on it's history and reputation.


from carolew
After reading some mixed reviews about this hotel, my sister, son and I were somewhat worried about what we might encounter!

To our absolute delight we were given lovely rooms, which had been newly decorated and refurbished. There are nice touches, such as slippers and dressing gowns being provided and roses being placed on the pillows.

The old part of the the hotel is magnificent and it was fantastic having breakfast with the pyramids in full view. The food, service and atmosphere was excellent

This is a must stay hotel and we would definitely recommend it.

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  • Address: Pyramids Road - Cairo - 12556 - Egypt
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