Value Score Great Value!
Good For Families
The Best Hotel in Egypt
This is the best hotel I have been. It was Sultans Palace and it was renovated and started to be hotel for ceremony of opening Suez Channel. A lot of Presidents and Royalties stayed in hotel and some rooms still have those remarks.
Unique Quality: Hotel is just minute away from Keops Pyramid. Dinning open air on the green grass between palms with Pyramid in the background of the palace is life time experience.
luxus hotel infront of the pyramids
location straignt infront of pyramid, many rooms with direct view to the pyramid
luxus hotel with personal note, very friendly service
Unique Quality: This palatial hotel in the shadow of the Great Pyramids in Cairo has enchanted guests since 1869. Located in forty acres of jasmine scented gardens, Mena House Oberoi has played host to kings and emperors, Heads of State and celebrities. Its royal history is reflected in luxurious interiors that are embellished with exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture and rich textiles. A variety of international as well as Egyptian cuisine is on offer at the excellent restaurants and bars in the hotel. This is the perfect place to begin your explorations of Cairo.
Directions: Mena House Oberoi, Cairo,
Pyramids' Road, Giza,
Telephone : +20 2 33 77 3222
+20 2 33 76 6644
Mena House is not a necessity
People may feel like a stay at the Mena House is mandatory, but I would like to say that it could be missed. The hotel is noted for its age and its location to the pyramids. The location is the only reason one should stay at this hotel. I visited at high season and there was nothing going on. They have a disco, but it was not exciting. The pool area was univiting if not creepy. The continental breakfast was lackluster (it abounded with food grown in water like watermelon and rice - why would I want to eat food grown in water when I can't even drink the water?!).
The rooms are okay. The decorative fabrics on the beds seem like they have not been cleaned even though I am sure they have. They just gave me that feeling of uncleanliness.
There are some other great hotels in Cairo that people should try out. They are lighter on the wallet and offer more in my opinion.
Unique Quality: Grat location. The Mena House is the closest hotel (and the closest anything) to the pyramids. While this is a wonderful attribute, I got a brief creepy crawly as I wrote my family a postcard, staring at the pyramids from the bar. Maybe a little too close!!
Experience the faded charm of travels past
The Mena House has a long history - Agatha Christie stayed there, as did many other famous people. It is great for pretending you are playing a part in Death on the Nile.
It is also extremely convenient for the pyramids. You can sit in the gardens drinking tea and gaze at a pyramid.
There are several restaurants - at one, in the gardens, we were able to watch our bread being made before we ate it for lunch.
On the downside, rooms in the annexe are not that luxurious, and when we stayed there over Christmas, the lift muzak was a high-pitched version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", which palled very quickly.
Unique Quality: Great views of the pyramids.
It is a chance to stay in a piece of history.
Mena House Hotel
A good quality hotel in a superb location, just a short 5/10 minute walk from the Pyramids. The public areas and restaurants in the old part of the hotel are very ornate. The rooms in the garden annex are large and well presented, but lacking character. Plus the noise from the road can be a nuisance at times. The buffet breakfast was very good and the food overall was much better than I have had previously in Egyptian hotels. The staff were friendly.
The facilities were good (including the spa) and there is a nice pool area should you have time to take a dip. You can see the pyramids from the hotel grounds (apart from when it is misty).
Unique Quality: Drinking evening cocktails in the bar overlooking the pyramids.
Overrated and overpriced.
Facilities. The view of the pyramids from our palace suite was simultaneously humbling and empowering. The suite per se was pathetic. Severely dated amenities, running water that showcased a myriad of brackish colors, carpet and paint that was beyond worn and a bed that offered a significantly less then spectacular sleeping experience made me question how the Mena House was able to justify their asking price. I prefer to skip the Ritz Carltons and the Four Seasons in favor of hotels that offer an authentic charm or an unique experience. This hotel offered neither.
In contrast, the common areas were nice, and at times, enchanting. Of particular note was the Khan El Khalili restaurant and the Abu Nawas nightclub. Both featured decor that was voluptuous and pleasing.
The location of the hotel worked well for my purposes. Of the four nights I stayed in the hotel, 3 were spent exploring the pyramids or the desert and the hotel's proximity to these sights was appreciated. Travelers who intend to spend more time in the city center of Cairo would do better elsewhere as taxis into the city might take as long as 45 minutes.
(a) Anytime the requested services were under the domain of the actual hotel staff...all worked out well. Last minute flexibility re my stay and the willingness to accommodate my access baggage while camping was much appreciated.
(b) Anytime the requested services were under the domain of the onsite Misr Travel Agency...all worked out poorly or not at all. Certainly any tour booked with Misr was prompt and responsive. However, upon asking them any questions re events, tours or travel for which they did not have prearranged programming, their response ranged from lackluster to hostile. This is highly disappointing as my expectation of any 4/5 star hotel is that their guest relations/concierge desk is resourceful and eager to be of service. By outsourcing this duty to an external vendor, Mena House loses the opportunity to provide Four Seasons level service.
Unique Quality: General. The reason this hotel barely managed a "Satisfied" rating is threefold:
1. Pyramid view.
2. Pyramid view.
3. Pyramid view.
Without it, this hotel wouldn't be able to compete with an American standard Holiday Inn.
As an aside: I also enjoyed the belly dancing performance at the Abu Nawas nightclub. Good fun!
Directions: Across from the Giza pyramids.
Mena House Oberoi
After reading so many positive reviews of the Mena House we were very disappointed on the two occassions we stayed there recently. ,Reserving and prepaying for a 'pyramid view room' is no guarantee that you will actually be given one as we found out. We were assigned to the garden section which is quite a hike from the 'palace' section, on both of our recent visits. This section is unimpressive and other the constant 24hr roar of Cairo traffic coming from the adjacent street, it felt much like any western hotel/motel in need of some refurbishment. The staff were nice enough, other than the rather arrogant and indifferent man who checked us in on our return visit. On that occasion we were taken to three different rooms before settling on a 'satisfactory ' double 'no smoking' garden view ,away from street noise. It turned out that for two days, owing to Cairo smog, the pyramids couldn't be seen from the hotel anyway. Other than the pyramids, good for a couple of hours visit, the location is inconvenient to all other attractions. It's location so far from the airport means that an early flight means a very early start to allow for the 45 min extra travel time needed to reach the airport. We did not try the much touted 'Mogul" restaurant but found the other restaurants to be overpriced with food that can only be described as mediocre. If you want the true 'palacial' Egyptian experience, a hotel that lives up to the hype, the Sofitel 'Old Cataract Hotel' located on the Nile, admist beautiful gardens in Aswan, is worth the expense . It truly lives up to it's reputation as a grand hotel
Unique Quality: Feb is not a good month to use the pool. It looked much like any other hotel pool. No views either because of smog.
Fantastic Hotel for the Jet-lagged!
I highly recommend the hotel!! The location is truly wonderful for those who couldn't sleep due to the jet lag. I had a perfect view of the Great Pyramid from my hotel bed. Do I need to say more? :)
Unique Quality: The hotel has a GREAT Indian restaurant. It is not cheap but it has the best Indian food I ever had in life!!!
The best view in town
The combination of its location and history together with a truly fabulous Indian meal (I do like my curries)in a beautiful restaurant, acres of gorgeous, perfectly manicured gardens and wonderfully OTT decor made a stay at the Mena Palace very special. Sitting on the terrace with a long, cold drink, soaking up the atmosphere is quite an experience and walking in the garden in the cool, early morning is magical. The service is excellent. All in all, a great experience, especially if you make sure you book a room in the old building - which really was a palace - rather than the newer, blander garden rooms.
Unique Quality: If your taste is for gleaming modern glass and marble -give the Mena Palace a miss. But if the Pyramids are the reason you've come to Egypt (and for a lot of people they are - though MrL swears they've been moved, he remembers them as being way, way out of the city when he first saw them), and atmosphere and charm count for more, then you really should book yourself one night at least in the Mena Palace Hotel. Even if it's beyond your budget, do stop by for a drink, or come out for a meal here. For nearly one hundred and fifty years now the hotel has been a Cairo institution, long may that continue.
Spot on Location
The location is fantastic! Pyramids right on your door step. The public rooms in the old building are just beautiful. However you should be aware that the standard of the rooms for an Oberoi & 5* hotel I would have expected better. All clean but more of a 3/4* standard in both wings, we saw rooms in both.
Unique Quality: Smack bang infront of the Pyramids!
Mena House Oberoi
When visiting Cairo, be on the safe side and stay at a first class hotel. Really do. The Mena House Oberoi used to be a palace, and it still is, but converted to hotel. Great gardens and magnificent views of the pyramids right from your room.
A nice hotel with one of the best Indian restaurants in town.
The hotel's casino is not interested in Egyptian Pounds though & wants your foreign currency i.e. US Dollars.
The rooms were a little plain for my liking but the view of the pyramids from the balcony more than made up for it.
What I really enjoyed though was playing golf on the hotel's golf course. It is not the best golf course ever, but playing in the shadow of the pyramids is something of an experience.
OK.. but not worth it.
The hotel is quite interesting; Antiques, nice pool and a wonderful view of the pyramids. For the money though the rooms are desperately outdated. The bathroom and the carpets are shot. We ended up pushing them to relocate us to a better room since the one they initially put us in was trashed. The second one was somewhat better but still very worn.
The staff (front desk team and room staff) were great, the managementhowever was sad and snotty. It is terrible to see such a hotel slowly quietly fall into disrepair. I would strongly suggest skipping the dinner theater. We went and were treated to an incredibly bad belly dancing and campy show. Upside: the food was good.
What else was good: One of the best Indian Resteraunts. Seriously this is very good.
Staff: Radar and Abdula as well as the other desk staff all did a great job of doing the best to be helpful and do the most with what they had to work with,
Unique Quality: No Spa " Under Renovation" Which is nice for we closed it.
No Casino " Under Renovation" See above...
Best Place to Stay while in Cairo
I can not say enough about the Mena House for Quality and service, Ya cant beat the location approximately 1/4 mile from the Pyramids
Located in Giza, Taxis are cheap why stay in Cairo
Unique Quality: Views,Horse back riding,
The Pyramids(Isn't that one of the Reason for going to Eygpt)
An oasis near Cairo
If I return to Cairo one day I will stay here again. It is an oasis away from the bustle of Cairo's hectic city. I am not put off by the necessity to travel 1/2 hour along a traffic choked road. However, it is important to have a room in the palace as the garden rooms are within earshot of a very noisy road - in Egypt this means constant hooting of horns, day and night. Service was superb. I left my shoes outside my room as they were a little dirty. In two minutes there was a knock on the door "Your clean shoes, sir"!
Unique Quality: Beautiful location at the foot of the pyramids, Large gardens, swimming pool, fantastic staff.
Directions: Near entrance to pyramids
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we are travelling to Cairo next week and have read some scary reviews about the Mena House Oberoi where we have already booked to stay.
Can anyone confirm the state of the hotel as reports seem to say it is very tatty?
Also any tips on on getting taxis ad hoc on the street, We are quite far from the centre , I think, so will need to get taxis quite a lot, any safety rules or is that not a problem there?
Finally any tips on a good river day cruise? and evening dinner cruise?
RE: Mena house oberoi
We stayed at Mena House in 2003, so my info not up to date.
However, we really enjoyed our stay there. Room was in the more modern wing next to garden and Pyramid View from room was stunning. Furnishings and bathroom fittings not very new, but the bed was the largest we've every slept in.
Feel you have to accept with these historic hotels that there may be more emphasis on character than modern convenience, and for us that is a good trade off. The main parts of the building are really interesting and we were lucky in that on the Saturday evening there was a wedding party at the hotel.
The sight of all the guests arriving in their finery, the horsemen carrying flaming torches and general atmosphere was fascinating.
Only stayed 2 nights as then on Nile Cruise, but will be visiting Luxor and Aswan for a week in 2 weeks time and staying at Old Winter Palace in Luxor and Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, so you will see that we have not been put off staying in heritage hotels. Just enjoy and atmosphere and don't worry too much if things are not the same as in a modern identikit hotel.
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