Mena House Hotel
What We Love
- Mena House Hotel is nine miles but a world away from noisy, traffic-filled Cairo
- The food at the hotel’s three restaurants is varied and is some of the best in the Cairo area
- The hotel can book you a car and bilingual guide so you can get around faster and learn more than you would with just a guidebook
- Get to the pyramids early in the day, because they get very crowded, no matter the time of year
What To Know
- Dress appropriately when visiting Islamic monuments – no shorts or vest tops, and women should cover their heads in mosques
- The hotel is just nine miles from downtown, but it can take 40 minutes to get there
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Mena House Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in Giza, convenient to Pyramids at Giza and Great Sphinx of Giza. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Dream Park and Cairo University.
Make yourself at home in one of the 350 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. High-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find a health club and an outdoor pool. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 4 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and express check-out. Planning an event in Giza? This hotel has facilities measuring 20000 square feet (1858 square meters), including a conference center. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
How to Get There
We arrived at this hotel without our tour greeter, which was probably a mistake in retrospect. Since it's an hour from the Cairo airport, it's unreasonable to expect them to join the driver, however this was the only glitch in an otherwise great experience with Memphis Tours. When checking in, we were told we did not have a Pyramid view (the only reason to book this hotel), and that a wedding would keep us up anyway. We said ok, just give us a nice view and a quiet room, though I kept saying I wanted a room with a view of the Pyramids. The front desk staff also lied to us and said part of the hotel where we wanted to stay was closed - hmm, we saw folks in those rooms. We were taken to 3 totally unacceptable rooms (overlooking a city parking lot, looking at a stadium huge jumbo-tron). Two hours later, with assistance from the bellman, we were taken to a room overlooking the main garden (still no pyramid view which we offered to pay for). The hotel itself was nice with a decent restaurant offering a large selection. Except for the front desk staff, all staff were very pleasant and helpful. The wedding which went on for many hours did not keep us up, and was enjoyable to watch. Upon check-out, we asked to speak to the manager or assistant manager, and no one ever came. Unacceptable, especially for a Marriott operation. We didn't want this experience to spoil a wonderful time in Egypt, so we let it go, but just be aware.
Didn't actually stay at Mena house, but had a conference / meal, so this will be a limited review
Rather overwhelming presence of security personnel with barricades, but was quite the norm with most hotels in Cairo
Decent service and great food, but some of the waiters could only communicate in arabic which made it difficult communicating
From what I saw, still a very decent hotel
Many rooms have a balcony view of the Great Pyramids of Giza,
Beautiful location,45 minutes from Cairo. Very nice facility with beautiful gardens and swimming pools. Swedish massage at the spa was wonderful!
Fitness center and golf course also.
Breakfast buffet and Dinner buffet were good with many choices.
Got into Cairo from a week in Israel on February 10 for a 1 night 1 full day visit to the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum. I decided on Mena House because of its historical significance and proximity to the Giza antiquities..:my Pyramid view room was exactly that...about a half mile away dominating the landscape day and night from my terrace. Once my driver got through the hotel gate (with requisite bomb-sniffing dog and under the car mirror inspection for security), the hotel staff could not have been more warm and welcoming. The public facilities from the lobby and bar to the grounds, restaurants and pool are nothing short of magnificent. The rooms and baths obviously went through a significant upgrade s few years ago but even with that the rooms could use a freshening up; but, even as is, were perfectly acceptable, spotless and spacious. I had a lovely buffet dinner in the beautiful restaurant overlooking a reflecting pool and the Great a Pyramid (as everything at this hotel does! :)
A portion of the hotel closest to the Great Pyramid is closed undergoing renovation and, when completed, no doubt the rooms will be the best in the house. All in all, I was very pleased with my stay and there were no surprises, good or bad. It’s THE most amazing location in Giza and, if your primary focus is the millennia-old antiquities in the area, it’s a great place to stay and overall wonderful experience. I highly recommend Mena House and give it 4.5 stars.
As of my January 2019 visit this hotel was going through renovations. It very badly needs it. The hotel and the sleeping rooms do not fit into the deluxe category at this point in time. Sleeping rooms are old style with tub showers, torn linens, etc. The only thing this hotel has going for it is “partial” views of the pyramids and if you are sightseeing you really do not need this. Everyone wants a tip. The bank has the rudest staff. A drink of vodka starts at $250.00US...no kidding. Breakfast has good selection but mediocre food. Front desk was helpful. Security seems goods. My advise would be to definitely skip this place if you are looking for a deluxe hotel.