The MENA HOUSE in Cairo has from its start, in 1886, accommodated royalties such as the Crown Prince of Japan, Prince of Wales, Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi; politicians – Bill Clinton, Barbara Bush; artists – Frank Sinatra Charlton Heston, Sarah Bernhardt; writers – Arthur Conan Doyle and many other rich and famous people from all over the world. It is also the place where the wealthiest Egyptian families hold their weddings, sometimes attended by more than 1000 guests. And since its beginning it has often served as a place where political history was made
In November of 1943 Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Chiang Kai-Shek met for the Cairo Conference, outlining the Allied position against Japan during World War II.
Today it is included in the list of THE MOST FAMOUS HOTELS IN THE WORLD. But its secret is not only its splendid décor, its excellent service and elegant suits; it is the Seventh Wonder of the World, the Pyramids at Giza which are looking down on their guest while they sleep.
Every time somebody mentions the Mena House, or I see a picture of it somewhere, my heart stops a little – why? Because two years ago I spent 5 nights there. No, I am not famous or rich, but when I booked my second tour to Egypt in 2012, staying at the MENA HOUSE had been one of my requests. And I was lucky. Maybe my luck was due to the drop in tourism, the result of the revolution in 2011 and the continues unrest. Maybe having fewer guests made them welcome mere mortal like me. From the balcony of my room – there – very close by, stood the Pyramids – I saw them in the morning mist, in bright sunlight, and at dusk, before they disappeared for the night.
That is why I think the magic of the MENA HOUSE will always be the PYRAMIDS!
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P.S. If you have ever seen the film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ you have seen a some of the hotel – it was partially shot at the Mena House