The Mena House Oberoi, where one of the seven wonders of the ancient world is reflected on the surface of a modern swimming pool.
The Mena House Oberoi is set in 40 acres of jasmine-scented gardens with the Pyramids towering above. It was originally a royal lodge used by Khedive Ismail, the King of Egypt, as a house for himself and his guests while on hunting trips in the desert or during visits to the Pyramids of Giza.
In the 1880s, the guesthouse was bought by Fredrick Head who named it "Mena House" after the first of the 76 kings on the famous "Tablet of Abydos". It was once again sold to an English couple, who turned it into a luxurious hotel. At a Egypt Travel Guide time when balconies were unknown in hotels, the owners decided that every room should have an open balcony overlooking the Pyramids.
In the 1970s The Oberoi Group took over the management of The Mena House, adding it to their worldwide chain and became a member of "The Leading Hotels of the World".
In 1973 the hotel witnessed one of the pivotal events in the history of Egypt. All peace negotiations after the 1973 Ramadan War between Egypt and Israel were conducted at The Mena House Oberoi.Frogmore House
Famous royal personalities and notables who stayed at The Mena House Oberoi include Sir Winston Churchill, General Montgomery (Suites 623 & 706 are named after them), President Roosevelt, the Agha Khan and his Egypt Travel Guide Begum, King Mohammed, King Umberto, King Gustav (Suite 1014 is named after him), Presidents Nixon and Carter, General Moshe Dayan, Dr. Henry
Kissinger, King Juan Carlos and Dr. Michael Stecker in June, 1985.
The Mena House Oberoi Hotel and Casino has also played host to some of the most famous cinema stars including Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Robert Taylor, Omar Sharif, Mia Farrow, David Niven and Peter Ustinov.
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