We have booked an upgraded pyramid-view room in the Garden Wing at the Mena House Hotel for four nights in November this year as we were under the impression that the Palace Wing was being renovated/refurbished from July this year for two years. In a bit of a panic recently we emailed the hotel to enquire as to what parts of the Palace Wing would still be open, if any, during this period as we'd like to mooch around the old parts a bit and certainly wanted to check out the bars and restaurants within the hotel even though we are actually unsure as to which part, old or new, they are all located in. The hotel have replied that the intended refurb is not now going to happen until next year and that all parts of the hotel will be open in November :-)
"Greetings from Oberoi Hotels and Resorts Egypt. Kindly be informed that all facilities will be available during November, 2010. No restoration works are planned in the Palace till next year."
Our thoughts now are whether to transfer our booking to a pyramid-view room in the Palace Wing itself or stick with what we have? It's quite difficult to get a true feel of the different parts of the hotel from the website and brochures and we were wondering whether anyone had first-hand experiences to share? We've read on TA about the difference in the new and old parts architecturally/atmospherically but can't get a grasp on the location of each part and the location of the restaurants and bars etc. Are there any web links that provide an aerial view or floor plan of the hotel maybe that we haven't been able to find?
Also any more general hints/tips for the hotel would be great especially those that we have not already read on the forums - we'd definitely like to try out, for example, an Indian meal at the Moghul Room as that is always mentioned with rave reviews but wondered whether we should sample some Egyptian and Arabic snacks at the Khan El Khalili restaurant and opt for a more formal meal at the Al Rubayyat as a 'must do' too? There appears to be no mention of these on TA. What about the on-site Abu Nawas nightclub?