Originally a hunting lodge built in 1869 for King Isma ‘il Pasha, the fabulous historic building we see today, was known fondly as the ‘Mud Hut’.
The Mena House, full of character and charm, is one of Cairo’s most prestigious hotels with its own unique past, which stands today in the shadow of the Great Pyramids of Giza. Sold to an Englishman and his wife in 1883, the reconstruction of the hotel was completed with the renovated hotel opened to the public in 1886.
Named after the first king of the first dynasty, King Menes, the Mena House has played host to all walks of life from kings and emperors including Prince Albert of Queen Victoria fame, King George V and Queen Mary, Egypt’s own King Farouk who was a frequent visitor, to dignitaries and celebrities including Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Charlie Chaplin and Frank Sinatra to name but a few.
Luxurious and exquisite interior design, fine paneling, beautiful mosaics, bespoke furniture, beautifully carved doors, magnificent antiques and vivid blue tiles, all original and most standing the test of time are still in use today.