Mena House

Cairo, Egypt

Originally built as a royal hunting lodge for Khedive Ismail, ruler of Egypt from 1863 to 1879, the Mena House was bought and converted into a hotel in the 1880s. People love this place for a compelling reason—it’s literally right across from the pyramids—and we always reserve pyramid view rooms. Location aside, the century-old Mena House is a fine hotel in its own right, with a historic wing with an opulent Arabesque interior, several modern wings, restaurants, two tennis courts, a lushly landscaped garden, and a huge swimming pool with views of the Great Pyramids. The Mena House has hosted sultans, pashas, royals, and statesmen during more than a century of service as one of the world’s grand hotels. This is where Roosevelt and Churchill initiated the D-Day plan and where the discussions of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel began.

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