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Mena House Oberoi

At a Glance

    Pros

  • proximity to the Pyramids cannot be beaten
  • the main building oozes period charm

    Cons

  • it's at least 45 minutes from Downtown Cairo, so you might consider a one-night stay only for the day you visit the Pyramids
  • some rooms need to be renovated
  • only the suites in the main building have period furniture

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Mena House Oberoi Review

This is the great colonial-era hotel in Cairo and has hosted almost every politician, celebrity, and member of royalty to visit Egypt, and it's both comfortable and convenient for the pyramids. It began life in the mid-19th century as a khedivial hunting lodge, but there have been a number of expansions over the years. Of course, it is the view of the Pyramids—they are so close you can almost touch them—that will leave you gasping, and rooms with a view are in high demand. The old section is a thousandfold more atmospheric than the newer garden wing. There is a clear hierarchy of rooms here, and the best of them go fast, so book six months or more in advance. In truth, group bookings keep the hotel sold-out virtually year-round, so it's easier to book through a connected travel agent if you are traveling independently.

    Hotel Details

  • 498 rooms, 25 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.

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    Mena House Oberoi Review

    This is a beautiful hotel with colonial ambience and middle eastern charm. I loved the service - perhaps the best I've ever experienced at a hotel. Our room was lovely and the Pyramid View was, well, spectacular. The only problem was that the location, so far from town, wasn't really perfect for me. For those who don't want to be in Cairo, it might be perfect all together.

    by jahlie, 4/22/11
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    In the shadow of the pyramids

    This is a superb property - literally next door to the pyramids (which means, incidentally, as far from the airport as you can get). Service is wonderful, the grounds are lovely, and the on-site Indian restaurant is wonderful. We were there on a tour, so I can't comment on value.

    by Rhardy5554, 2/2/09

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