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Cairo, Egypt: Oberoi Mena HousePyramids' Road, Giza
Reviewed by: Chiaro di Luna from Canada, review #3079
When: May 2011
Location is a key factor in our choosing the Mena House hotel.
The Mena House hotel lies in the shadow of the Great Pyramids at Giza. We stayed at this hotel for one night on a 2 day stop over on our Egypt/Aegean cruise. The hotel is only 700 meters from the Pyramid of Cheops, of which we had a fantastic view from our room.
The hotel was once a palace, built in 1869 and has been renovated with newer additions and excellent maintenance. It is due for some upcoming renovations in the near future. I was told that the older section where we stayed will have new air conditioning, and I can see a need for that.
The tour company we used for our 2 day private tour, Egypt Private Excursions, booked us a standard room, but when we checked in we asked for a room close to reception and the restaurants. They upgraded us to a pyramid's view room on the 3rd floor, close to the elevators.
The view through the open window was amazing. We could see 2 of the 3 pyramids of Giza outside our window.
Our room had a king size bed, which was a bit hard, but comfortable enough, 2 chairs, a small coffee table, desk set up for computer use, a tv, closet with bolted down safety box and well equipped bathroom. From the tiles in the bathroom you could see the aging of the hotel. This will be another area that will need some renovating soon.
The bathroom was equipped with hairdryers, shower amenities, bug spray, (I did not see any bugs in the rooms), big fluffy towels and wash cloths.
The hotel was very beautiful inside with lounge areas on the different floors, as well as the lobby and bar area.
We had a buffet breakfast included in our rate and it included fruits, scrambled eggs, meats, breads, cereals, and drinks. We had to be careful to not eat any unpeeled fruits or veggies, and to not drink the water. Many people who did not adhere to these guidelines ended up sick when they returned to the ship.
The hotel also has a couple of restaurants for lunch and dinner. We ate dinner at the Khan El Khalili restaurant that offers Egyptian and Continental food. It was very good with excellent service.
The hotel has lovely gardens and a pool for those who have time to enjoy them.
I would stay here again if the opportunity arises and would recommend this hotel over those in Cairo's city center.
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