CAIRO’S MENA HOUSE – WHERE HISTORY WAS MADE

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

An Afternoon at the Mena House

An Afternoon at the Mena House

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.

Reception Hall at the Mena House

Reception Hall at the Mena House

Even while having lunch the Pyramids beckon

Even while having lunch the Pyramids beckon

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.

In the Morning Mist

In the Morning Mist

In the sunshine

In the sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Dusk

At Dusk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is why  I think the magic of the MENA HOUSE will always be the PYRAMIDS!

More from Egypt soon

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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

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About Brigitte Nioche

Author of Living Longer, Living Well - How to Embrace the Challenges of a Long Life. Other titles - Dress to Impress, The Sensual Dresser, What Turns Men On.
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4 Responses to CAIRO’S MENA HOUSE – WHERE HISTORY WAS MADE

  1. westiedad says:

    I feel like watching “The Spy Who Loved Me” now…will have to wait until after work I guess.

    Like

  2. Peggy Anne Lyman says:

    Your adventures are so wonderful. Thank You for sharing them with us.

    Like

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