Lunch At The Best View Of The Great Pyramids Of Giza: The Mena House

Best View Of The Great Pyramids Of Giza: The Mena House

The Mena House is a historic palatial hotel, based in the shadow of the great Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo. The place was originally built as a royal lodge for one of the Ottoman Khedives in the 1800’s, now turned in this beauty that can certainly boasts the best view in Cairo. Some rooms and the garden are facing the Pyramids, which is priceless. At first you can’t really believe that there is such little oasis and then you don’t want to ever leave!


We were left breathless when we entered the hotel compound. The Mena House is based at the doorstep of the Pyramids and has been there since the mid 1800’s and has played host to many of the world’s most famous people and leaders, including Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, Richard Nixon and King George V, Michael Bolton and even recently Will Smith & Messi! We are missing many other big names, but you get the popularity of it!

We grabbed some lunch after a morning visiting the Pyramids and were treated to an amazing view of the complex and of course the ancient pyramids watching over us. The Mena House is to consider for those who want a bit of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Cairo that can have the most terrible traffic you will encounter in your life.

Food wise we had a mix of local Egyptian classics plus tried their Chef’s specialty dishes, all of course were absolutely filling and tasty.

All tables were facing out to the ancient pyramids and I must say that it was simply the best eating view we have ever seen. After a meal, we managed to have a walk around the hallways of Mena and discovering its wonders. It is truly a classic hotel, the interiors are decorated with dramatic antiques, with a lot of gold accents throughout the property.

The Mena House has 2 parts, an older one that is the original palace where there’s an exclusive number of rooms and suites available, or if you want the more modern option, the garden rooms are the extension added after the property was transformed into a hotel.

A funny picture … looks like a field of nuts!
One of their FAMOUS rooms, crazy balcony where many of these people had beautiful receptions and private moments like this!

We also hopped across the road to check out the golf course that was being fixed up. This must be the most scenic place to play golf and I’m coming back to play a round!

Even if you are not staying in this hotel (you should be, we are next time we are in Cairo for the Golf!) make sure you book a lunch here in front of the Great Pyramids. Sure is THE restaurant with the best view of the Pyramids. If you are in Cairo only for a very few days, this place is very convenient for the Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx. Make sure you book prior going and ask them if it is busy because The Mena House is an in-demand venue for weddings (there was a couple taking wedding pictures when we were there actually) and other events.

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  • Shibani

    Oh my god, your pictures after so amazing I can’t keep my eyes off them. I never knew there could be such a hotel with such gorgeous views💙

  • Lois Alter Mark

    Now that is a view! Your photos are amazing, and it must have been such an incredible experience to just eat great food and take in those views.

  • So I have been nagging my husband about visiting the Pyramids and this looks like a fantastic place to have lunch and admire the pyramids. SIMPLY STUNNING!

  • Mel B

    I have always wanted to go to Egypt and see the pyramids and having lunch with them in the background would be an amazing experience. I am definitely going to check this place out when I eventually get to Egypt as I just love it. Did you do any tours while you were out there as well?

  • The Mena House Hotel is definitely a must-stay when in Egypt. I can’t believe that view you guys had. The perfect spot to have lunch in. Also, it looks even more beautiful at night!

  • judy morris

    Absolutely loved this hotel Mena House. In the pictures it looks stunning. How I wish that I could visit this place.

  • I’m a sucker for all heritage and historic hotels and this looks stunning! Seeing the pyramids of Giza with my own eyes is a dream for me! I’d spend an entire day in the hotel, sitting by the pool, just sinking in the feeling of being there!

  • Sandy & Vyjay

    The view of the pyramids cannot get better than this. What a lovely hotel and so strategically located. An ideal and romantic place to relax in with a perfect setting.

  • Tamshuk Saha

    This place is actually a dream location with that view of the pyramids. Definitely worth a visit. Absolutely stunning photos here which is the case with your other posts too.

    • Glad you like our photos, I think this will be our next postcard moment, well until we find another one that beats it!

  • Fabulous. The pictures are awesome. To sit opposite a world wonder and dine! The place looks modern with a touch of Arabic culture. Loved it!

  • christopher mitchell

    I’ve got to be honest, when I saw your title I thought, “but really? The BEST?” Well, I’m sold – I officially believe you.

    • That was exactly our reaction when we sat down for food and looked up!!!

  • I remember having meal watching the leaning tower of Pisa many moons back. This experience of yours sounds so similar. Great pictures.

  • Punita Malhotra

    Wow! Now that’s what you would call a view! I would like to check out this hotel. if nothing else, go there for a meal. How far are those pyramids?

    • Literally across the road from Mena, and only 15mins from the centre of Cairo!

  • Jodie Bickhoff

    I’m jealous! I visited the pyramids last year and didn’t stay or eat anywhere with this great view! Mistake! Looks amazing.

    • Well, they will hopefully be there for a few more thousand years so get back there 🙂

  • oh my gosh! Sign me up to visiting Egypt at this fab hotel! The view! I am so claiming this lush for my future travels. love it.

  • I have never been to Egypt. Your photos are so breathtaking that can easily be used as a promotional tool for the hotel! I dont think I have seen better view regarding restaurants 🙂

    • If you find a better view please let me know, we will be booking flights hehe

  • travelwithtarah

    Egypt has always been a bucket list item for me! At least now I know where to stay and eat when I get there. Loved your photos, kind of felt like I was there with you!

  • I can see why so many big shots have wanted to stay at the Mena House. I’ve never seen views like that of the Pyramids. What a spectacular setting. And if the food is good too, I am there! No need to persuade me further.

    • We had no idea this place existed, I can only imagine how pretty it would be under the stars on a full moon….

  • What a fantastic find. I have seen so many photos of Egypt and the Pyramids, but none in a modern looking location like this, nor with these types of views.

  • Dani Naughton

    This is incredible! i’m always searching for places to eat with the best views all over the world. How did you find egypt? I’m always seeing so many things about it being unsafe

    • Put this on your list! We had heard reports as well, but we found it super safe. There are a few areas we were told not to go, but if you are a ‘smart’ traveler, you should be fine.

  • Ariane Petit

    This venue looks so pristine! Having breakfast while overlooking the pyramids… there’s nothing more romantic I can think of! I also love the reception area, looks so beautiful! 🙂

    • There is something totally awesome about looking at 3000 yr old structures while sipping some wine

  • Wow! Amazing photos! (As always haha!)
    Looks like an amazing spot where to stay! Would definetely keep that in mind for a romantic escape with my partner!

    • We had no idea how nice it was until we got there, will be definitely be making another trip there!