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Mena House Hotel
Why we like it
- Rooms are located in both the Palace wing, with its belle époque style and the more modern Mena Garden wing, which has recently been refurbished
- Five restaurants and two cocktail bars offer world cuisine including Continental, Oriental, Italian and Indian
- The huge swimming pool is heated during winter
- For an evening to remember, book a table at Abu Nawas restaurant where, from 7pm, you will be entertained by belly dancers
- Ideal for those wanting the space and pyramid views of a resort style property
We recommend a Mena Garden Wing room with a Pyramids view. The view at sunset and sunrise from the large balcony is simply breathtaking.
Your people in Egypt deserve every accolade of excellence that it is possible to give. Azee in Cairo and Alaa on the boat were extremely well informed, articulate, good-humoured and friendly; they were just great fun to be with! The staff on the Sunboat III were equally friendly and efficient. The Sunboat chef is clearly a genius.
- HW, Gloucestershire
The Mena House Hotel is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, with its own rich and colourful history. Originally a hunting lodge, the hotel has played host to Kings, Emperors and Heads of State. Such illustrious history is reflected in luxurious interiors embellished with handcrafted furniture, original work of arts and magnificent antiques.
Regarded as one of the leading luxury hotels in Cairo, the Mena House Hotel is surrounded by lush gardens and, standing just 700 metres from the Great Pyramids of Giza, provides unrivalled views.
Best time to be there
Winter (October to April) for cultural trips, although May to September is great for the Red Sea. Ramadan is a particularly exciting time to be in Egypt - it is celebrated here with more exuberance than anywhere else in the world.
Cairo, Luxor (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (British from Sep 2015, Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)
4 hours 50 minutes direct
GMT +2 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations
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