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Mena House Hotel, Cairo, Egypt

Location: Mena House Oberoi is located in the
Giza district of Cairo, the capital of Egypt. The hotel is 15 kilometres from the city centre, set in 40 acres of gardens under the shadow of the Great Pyramids. Virtually next to the pyramids, the Mena House Hotel has probably one of the prime locations in the world.  It is an uplifting feeling swimming or laying at the pool and looking at thousands of years of history. The Mena House Hotel is directly accessible by taxi or car from Cairo from a street which was built from Cairo to the pyramids. The city centre is about half an hour's drive and the airport and railway stations are both about one hour by car. In  the 1970s, the Oberoi Group took over the management of The Mena House, adding it to their worldwide chain. The hotel was meticulously renovated and expansions incorporated.

History: The origin of the Mena House was that of a royal hunting lodge for the Khedive Ismail, used as a rest house for himself and his guest when hunting in the desert or visiting the Pyramids at Giza. The main dinning room of today was once the entire lodge, but in 1869, with the opening of the Suez Canal, the lodge was enlarged. However, affairs of the state kept the Khedive himself from using the lodge with any frequency, so in the early 1880s it was sold to Frederick Head as a private residence. Another hugely wealthy English couple, the Locke-Kings purchased the house from Mrs. Head, and it was they who set about turning the estate into a luxurious hotel. With plenty of money to work with and an estate already rich with furnishings and other treasures left by the Khedive and the Heads, the Locke-Kings enlarged the building once again, adding the English touch of great fireplaces that were unusual in Egypt. However, they retained much of the Arabic ambience of the facility, and enhanced this with fine Mashrabia (wooden screens) work, fine blue tiles, mosaics and medieval brass-embossed and carved wood doors. 

Rooms and Suites: Set in 40 acres of jasmine-scented gardens with the Pyramids towering above, The Mena House Oberoi comprises 523 units (rooms, suites and cabanas), which include the Palace section (97 units), the Garden Section (401 units), and the swimming pool (25 units). Presidential Suites, Churchill and Montgomery, have a large
private terrace overlooking the magnificent Pyramids. Beautiful arabesque furniture inlaid with mother of pearl; hand-crafted mosaic tiles; exquisitely carved, brass-bound wood doors; original works of art and magnificent antiques all speak of a degree of care and attention to detail rarely found in a modern hotel. All rooms are air-conditioned, furnished in a rich, opulent Arabesque style, and include balconies, a stocked mini-bar, satellite TV and international direct-dial services. An en-suite marble bathroom is equipped with a full range of personal toiletries, bathrobes and king-size tubs.

Restaurants and Bars: Winston Churchill, Omar Sharif and Agatha Christie have all been enjoying the hospitality of the hotel and its restaurants so far. The restaurant Khan El Khalili, offers light Egyptian and Continental meals 24 hours a day, overlooking the Pyramids. The Moghul Room, specializes in Indian cuisine and is supposed to be the best Indian restaurant in Cairo. Open from 7 pm to 11pm. The Al Rubayyat restaurant  offers a continental menu in majestic surroundings as you can see on the picture. Open daily from 7pm till 11pm. The Oasis poolside restaurant and coffee shop is open during the day so you can have light refreshments and snacks. Open until sunset. In the Sultan Lounge you can enjoy cocktails with a panoramic view of the Pyramids. The Mamlouk Bar offers live entertainment and is open from 5pm to 2am.

Sport and Spa: Recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, the largest in Cairo, an eighteen-hole golf course, outdoor tennis courts, a jogging track, horse and camel riding with experienced instructors, and a casino. Guests at the hotel enjoy 24-hour room service, a personal valet, laundry facilities, 24-hour banking service, car rental, an in-house travel agency, beauty salon, shopping arcade and a parking area.

From Spring 2007 through Spring 2008 the Palace, will be closed for restoration, which will include upgrade of all rooms, redesign of the hotel lobby, a new swimming pool for the exclusive use of the Palace guests and the Spa. Rooms will be enlarged and will have a unique features like bathrooms with view, semi private pool in some of the rooms.

Address Details:
Mena House Oberoi  Hotel & Casino
Pyramids Road, Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Tel.: +20-2-377 3222 or 3763444
Fax: +20-2-376 0518
e-mail: obmhogm@oberoi.com.eg
website: www.oberoimenahouse.com

Room Rates (in US dollars):
Palace Standard Room: Single USD 160 / Double USD 190
Palace Superior Room:  Single USD 210 / Double USD 250
Palace Deluxe Room with pyramid view:  Single USD 250 / Double USD 300
Executive Suites: USD 600
Deluxe Site: USD 990
Royal Suite Churchill or Montgomery: USD 1.450

Room Rate in US dollar excluding 12% service charge and 12% tax.

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