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The Mena House Cairo Hotel is a luxurious hotel and resort located just outside of Cairo, Egypt and lies at the foot of the famous Pyramid of Cheops.[1] This five star getaway is owned and operated by EGOTH company.Mena House Cairo Hotel has played an important role in Egypt's history and has played host to numerous influential people such as Winston Churchill, Richard Nixon and Agatha Christie.

 History
The Mena House Cairo Hoteli was initially a hunting lodge; it was a two story hut nicknamed the “Mud Hut”. It was built in 1869 for the Egyptian King Isma'il Pasha. Due to political matters in 1883, Isma'il sold the lodge to couple Frederick and Jessie Head as a private residence. The couple came across the building while on their honeymoon and once it was purchased they expanded it.In 1885, it was then sold to an English couple Ethel and Hugh Locke-King.They immediately began construction on the hotel and opened it to the public in 1886 as The Mena House. The hotel is named after the founding father of the first Egyptian dynasty, Mena or King Menes of Memphis. He founded the city of Memphis and unified Upper and Lower Egypt. In 1890, the hotel opened Egypt’s first swimming pool that same year it was announced that the hotel would remain open year round.During World War I the hotel was requisitioned by Australian troops and occupied again by the Australians in 1939. Toward the end of the war it was then converted to a hospital for wounded Australian troops. In 1971, the hotel was purchased by Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi; his company is the current owners of The Mena House.In December 1977 Egypt and Israel sat down together at Mena House in quest for a peace settlement (also attending were American and United Nations representatives). The results of this Mena House Conference were to lead to the Camp David Agreement, which restored Egypt's sovereignty over the Sinai peninsula.

 Famous visitors
In 1889, Prince Albert Victor of Wales stayed at the hotel. In 1894, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his wife stayed there. In 1909, the future King George V and Queen Mary attended a banquet there. Circa 1914, Winston Churchill stayed at the hotel. In 1939, King Farouk of Egypt frequently visited. In 1974, President Richard Nixon visited.Other notable people such as Agatha Christie, Roger Moore, Cecil B. DeMille, Charlton Heston, Frank Sinatra and Charlie Chaplin have all stayed at Mena House Oberoi.
 

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