Mena House Hotel

Historic hotel in Giza Pyramids

Built in 1869 as Khedive Ismail’s hunting lodge, Mena House dazzles with intricate gold decoration and air that perpetually smells of jasmine. The grandest palace-wing rooms are borderline-kitschy Arabian Nights style, but the view of the Great Pyramid filling your window is a treat. Rooms in the garden wing are more typically modern. The swimming pool is suitably capacious.

Check online for rooms as there are often generous discounts on the rack rate.