While Barry’s Restaurant and a few other establishments in Giza contend for the best views over the pyramids, Mena House’s setting and its history as one of the first contemporary hotels in Egypt makes it a prime location to base yourself in while visiting Egypt. It's also a great spot for a day visit and pool session.
The old Mena House (built in 1869) and the outdoor '139 Lounge Bar' have outstanding views over the pyramids, however the pool area (on the eastern side of the hotel) misses out on this unfortunately. Nonetheless, the Mena House Pool is enjoyable for other reasons, including the quiet space, sun lounges, umbrellas, food and drink service, and its reasonably large pool with a cascade of water running down the stairs from the hotel.
If the pool-side meals and drinks don't excite you, there's a variety of options at the Indian, Italian and Chinese restaurants and the 139 Lounge Bar. There aren’t a wide range of other activities to do around Mena House Pool except relax, but a brief history tour through Mena House building is an excellent idea for first-time visitors.
Tip for expats with a resident visa: Mena House sometimes offers some good deals for Egyptians and foreign residents on hotel rooms, so it's worth contacting the hotel to hear more about their deals and discounts before you purchase a day-pass.
Cost per person: 350 LE for non-hotel guests day-pas including lunch and pool towel