on August 24, 2005
The Mena House Oberoi Hotel is literally across the street from the Pyramids of Giza. The hotel was originally built for the royal Mena family as a royal palace. Originally, it was within the limits of the Nile River flooding. Each year, the first floor of the palace would be flooded with the Nile River waters. Since the building of the Aswan dams, the Nile no longer floods and has changed its course.
Our room was on the second floor, near the rear of the grounds, but our view was towards the pyramids. Our room had a nice-sized porch where we could see the two tallest pyramids. At night, we could actually see part of the pyramid’s light show, which we never got the chance to go to.
The hotel had a large circular pool that was very refreshing to relax in after a day of touring in the humid heat of Cairo. There was also a giant chessboard by the pool to play with. I had fun playing with my dad and beating him as usual. At night, you could have dinner on the lawn by the pool and have a great view of the Great Pyramid lit up. At the restaurant, we had wonderful grilled meat and seafood.
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