TRIED AND TESTED HO­TEL

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Mar­riott Mena House Cairo

BACK­GROUND The Mena House is a his­toric gem that dates back to the mid19th cen­tury. Stand­ing in the shadow of the Pyra­mids, and with a guest book that ranges from Win­ston Churchill and King Farouk to Frank Si­na­tra and Char­lie Chap­lin, this ho­tel con­nects to his­tory both an­cient and mod­ern.

To­day this prop­erty is a prize in the Mar­riott port­fo­lio.

Can you be any closer to one of the world’s great won­ders than this ho­tel?

WHERE IS IT? Can you be any closer to one of the world’s great won­ders than this ho­tel? This his­toric ho­tel keeps you front and cen­ter when it comes to vis­it­ing Egypt’s most famed tourist at­trac­tion.

W H AT ’ S IT LIKE? Spread across per­fectly man­i­cured grounds in a se­ries of in­ter­con­nected low-rise build­ings, the prop­erty sprawls with trick­ling foun­tains and a sparkling swim­ming pool. Even when it is full, it hardly feels that way. The retro-style lobby fea­tures re­gional lat­tice­work on the walls and ceil­ing and nu­mer­ous his­toric pho­to­graphs of the ho­tel over the past sev­eral decades.

ROOMS The prop­erty’s 331 rooms and suites show off their re­cent re­design fea­tur­ing col­or­ful fab­rics and re­gional art­work. Mar­riott’s sig­na­ture bed­ding is in each room along with flat-screen ca­ble TVs, cof­fee mak­ers and bot­tled water. Mar­ble bath­rooms stock Acca Kappa toi­letries and ex­cel­lent water pres­sure. Club rooms pro­vide ac­cess to a newly opened lounge with a re­gional break­fast spread and evening snacks and cock­tails. Some of the most prized rooms are the 36 Grand Deluxe rooms or Mena Gar­den Suites with ex­cel­lent views of the Pyra­mids. Many of the gar­den view rooms come with bal­conies fac­ing the serene court­yards.

FOOD AND DRINK

The lobby’s Sultan Lounge is a pop­u­lar spot for cock­tails with views of the Pyra­mids, and there’s room for so­cial func­tions on the out­door lawn. 139 Pav­il­ion of­fers all-day din­ing from an in­ter­na­tional menu with plen­ti­ful Egyp­tian fa­vorites. There are also tasty panAsian and In­dian choices although many trav­el­ers save their ap­petites for tra­di­tional af­ter­noon tea in the lounge. Al­fredo serves tra­di­tional Ital­ian cui­sine for lunch and din­ner. MEET­INGS Ex­ten­sive meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties are a hall­mark of the ho­tel, which hosts groups in spa­cious con­fer­ence rooms and out­door re­cep­tion ar­eas. Al Khal­ifa ball­room is fa­mous for its tra­di­tional dé­cor and mas­sive chan­de­liers.

LEISURE The out­door pool is set in the stun­ning gar­dens. For those who want to ex­er­cise at any hour, the mod­ern fit­ness cen­ter of­fers the lat­est equip­ment plus a ros­ter of spa ser­vices.

VER­DICT Prox­im­ity to the Pyra­mids and mod­ern guest rooms make this a dis­tinc­tive ho­tel op­tion in the Egyp­tian cap­i­tal. Mar­riott’s new in­volve­ment in this leg­endary prop­erty is mea­sur­ably el­e­vat­ing its stature.

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