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Note: one of the senior staff members did inform us that the tower rooms are a bit bigger, so if you are asked if you'd prefer a tower room or a pyramid room it's worth remembering. We stayed in the East Tower, in one of the basic double rooms:
There was the main room with two double beds, a dresser between them, and a round table with two chairs in front of the rear wall - and that wall is basically one huge floor-to-ceiling window. For storing clothes and bags there were two large wardrobes, with a large plasma TV on top of an extra set of drawers in between the wardrobes.
Our room had wheelchair access, which basically sums up to sturdy railing around the toilet and a roll-in shower. The bathroom itself was the largest I've encountered in eight trips to the US. It had a sink with vanity style mirrors over it and a separate vanity top to place toiletries and cosmetics [strangely, there were no mirrors there through]. The bathroom had good lighting, a hairdryer and everyday we would receive a fresh stock of towels and face cloths.
Now - a few words of warning for disabled guests; wherever I go I have a issue with the beds being too high and these were the worst. The mattresses were so thick, that they literally reached my waist [I'm short as well]. The bathroom had rails, but the bedroom didn't, do the people who design these rooms think that we levitate onto the beds or something? Long story short, I had been ill before I travelled, hadn't slept for over 30 hours and had been seated with a drunken stag party on the plane, so couldn't face calling reception and trying to sort something out. I just kicked the monstrous mattress of the bed and slept on the wooden base [I now have a lovely collection of bruises to prove it].
Problem number two; the roll-in shower is big, big enough for half a dozen people. So the bench at the end of the stall is a considerable distance from the actual wall-mounted shower head. Actually showering was, bluntly, exhausting, not to mention that I was stretching and bending dangerously in a wet stall. Not fun.
If you need disabled facilities I'd advise clarifying the access with your travel agent before booking. If I'd got round to asking, I'm sure that they'd have provided a camp bed or changed the mattress on the bed. I'm not sure about the shower, maybe it just seemed so bad because I was sick, dizzy and constantly shaking for the duration of my stay?
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We didn't do any gambling, so my impressions are from a quick nosey around, and from passing through as we tried to find the walkway to take us to Mandalay Bay's arena. The actual pit floor is huge - the size is hard to picture unless you've been there, but trust me when I say we're talking square miles. We got lost a few times and that was just passing through.
The casino is spaced out on a tier level, where there are hundreds of tables set up for individual games of poker, roulette, craps, Texas H old 'em, Black Jack and similar card games. They have literally thousands of slot machines spread out over the entire casino level and several bars, for refreshments. The bigger money games are in a separate section, to stop you from accidentally wondering over into the wrong game.
There is an 'arena' area for placing bets on sporting events, and apparently LUXOR has a separate room for holding poker tournaments too.
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LUXOR boasts four shows:
Criss Angel's Believe - Criss is a well-known illusionist and Believe is a 90 minute show featuring both old and new illusions.
Fantasy - Dancing. Topless dancing, to be exact. Must be at least 18.
Carrot Topp - A stand up comedian. Not suitable for children. If you book tickets for the show online, you get a voucher for a free DVD.
Menopause: The Musical - "Set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage!". The show is 90 minutes long and includes parodies from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
We were only in Vegas for three nights, and as we had tickets to see Katy Perry at the Mandalay Bay hotel, we sadly didn't find the time to see any of the shows on offer in our own hotel. We spoke with numerous guests and all of their feedback was positive, especially for Menopause: The Musical.
As well as the shows, there are two exhibitions housed in the hotel:
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition - The title says it all. The exhibit is made from actual artifacts, recovered from two and one half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic, telling the real -life story behind the legendary Titanic's short journey from construction and destruction to eventual recovery.
BODIES... The Exhibition - has both models and real bodies and organs on show. It promises to provide a detailed, three-dimensional vision of the human form rarely seen outside of an anatomy lab. I really, really wanted to see this, but it was impossible to drag my mate out of the outlets before they closed. If I ever go to Vegas again, this will be at the top of my list of things to do/see.
However, the the main reason that the Luxor appeals to the under 30 crowd is that the hotel boosts EIGHT different clubs. These are LAX, CatHouse, Savile Row, Aurora, Liquidity, Flight, High Bar and Playbar.
There are four outdoor swimming pools [one of which is heated during winter months] and LUXOR guests also have access to the indoor pool at the Excalibur hotel (I never saw the pool when I stayed at Excalibur, but I believe it is on the forth floor).
If you want to take it easy, LUXOR also has a luxory spa and hair salon.
I only saw a small selection of the various stores inside LUXOR. They include LX Fashions, LX Fight Shop, LX Logo, Luxor Pool Store Bazaar, The Marketplace at Luxor, Essentials and 24/7 Criss Angel MINDFREAK - The Official Store and the Everything's $10 Boutique.
If you head towards the walkway that connects LUXOR with the Mandalay Bay hotel, there are lots more shops, clubs and Bars. It took us almost twenty minutes to cross over!
In addition to all of this, the LUXOR also has it's very own wedding chapel. You can have your wedding, commitment ceremony or vow renewal at the hotel. You can pick between an intimate ceremony or a more extravagant event.
Go to www.luxor.com/amenities/amenities_weddings.aspx for more information.
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There are six restaurants to choose from:
Tender steak & seafood - fine dining. The restaurant has a huge selection of wines available.
T&T - Mexican/American fare.
Rice & Company - Chinese food. Also has a sushi bar.
Pryamid Cafe - is on the casino level. Light bites.
Backstage Deli - New York-style deli goods [sandwiches, melts].
More: The Buffet - boasts a 30-foot salad bar, pizzas, desserts, two omelet stations and a carving station.
There is also a food court with a Starbucks, LA Subs, Bonanno's Pizzeria, Nathan's (re-opening in December), McDonald's, Blizz and Original Chicken Tender Company (Opening in December) .
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LUXOR is the 2nd to last hotel on the southern end of the strip [it is between Excalibur and Mandalay Bay]. This is ideal for those wanting a quieter stay as the traffic noise is much quieter - in fact most nights I didn't notice any noise at all.
If you want to shop and/or experience the nightlife along the strip, ignore the travel agents trying to push car rental services on you. There is a 24/7 double decker bus route that goes up and down the hotels and main shopping areas along the strip AND both the North and South premium outlet villages.
The first time that we went to Vegas we didn't try it, as it was a daunting prospect, but this time we did, and, yeah, it is great. So easy and cheap to do - I really recommend it. There are screens on the bus showing the route and you are told where you are at each stop, plus the buses have access for wheelchairs. The drivers were all helpful, helping me get to my 'parking' space and strapping the chair down securely. Why can't our buses be like that?
The buses on the Strip express route are known as 'The Deuce' and prices are only $5 for a 2 hour ride, $7 for a 24 hour ticket and $20 for a three day pass. I highly recommend buying a three day pass, as it doesn't matter how many times you ride during this time.
LUXOR doesn't have any bus stops, but both Excalibur and Mandalay Bay do.
Whilst I'm talking about travel agents taking extra money; DO NOT PAY FOR TRANSFERS TO YOUR HOTEL FROM THE AIRPORT with them. On our first Vegas trip we didn't know any better, so paid around £80 for a wheelchair accessible transfer, but now we now that there is a wheelchair accessible shuttle service that goes around all of the hotels.
You get on the Bell Trans shuttle at McCarran airport [ask staff and they'll point you to the pick-up point]. They are share-a-ride, so travel time depends on the number of people on board; our journey only took fifteen to twenty minutes, with four stops before ours.
The shuttles travel between the hotels, in loops of round half an hour. I think the price was $14.
Even if you want to book a taxi, if you ask at reception they'll book at reliable taxi for you. We did this on the way back and it came to $14.10, minus tips.
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Looking at pictures of LUXOR in brochures and on the internet, the hotel/casino looks small, plain and boring, as well as being in a unsuitable location. However, once you are there it is like walking through the wardrobe into Narnia. The interior is enormous, with a Egyptian theme featuring various statues, water features and marble throughout. Don't judge a book by its cover, is my point.
For most people I'd fully recommend LUXOR; I did encounter a few problems, but I'm well aware that I'm not a average traveler. If you do use a wheelchair but can stand for short periods, then I doubt the issues I've already mentioned will apply to you either.
The only people who I definitely wouldn't recommend looking into the LUXOR for their holiday is people with younger families. There is a staggering amount of stuff going on, but none of the entertainment that we encountered is developed with children in mind. Also, from that I could see, most of the people staying here are under 40 and stayed to sample the nightlife, so we were woken up by people walking/staggering up and down the corridors in the small hours of the morning.
I've previously stayed at Excalibur and found that hotel more family orientated, so you could try looking into there if you are planning a family trip.
If I did manage to clarify room accessibility, I still don't honestly know if I would stay at LUXOR again, but this is because I'd like to explore the other hotels, and has nothing negative to do with my stay here. If I ever returned to Vegas, I WOULD visit LUXOR again, to sample the entertainment on offer.
I stayed here for 6 nights back in May 2007, but visit the casino whenever I visit Vegas...
The hotel/casino isn't far from the airport so its not a long taxi ride to get there.
Its located close to the end of the strip next door to Mandalay Bay and Excalibur. The Sphinx looks out onto the airport on the other side of the road. From memory airport related noise was minimal and barely noticeable.
Check in always seems to be well staffed for the size of the queue whenever I've drifted past there.
After checking in and making my way to the designated elevator/inclinator area for my floor, (I think the towers are accessed separately from the pyramid hotel rooms) the first thing to get me was the inclinator, that's strange and a bit fun too (well for me at least) I've never been in anything like those before. They're like lifts only they travel in a sideways/diagonally up and down motion in line with the pyramid structure.
From the inclinators you'll walk around the edges of the floor to get to your room (due to the massive atrium in the middle, which is cool to look down/across/up). The walk to/from your room varies dependent on its location relative to the inclinator, just hope your not diagonally opposite.
I stayed in one of the deluxe rooms which is one of the standard pyramid rooms with the sloping side to the window side of the room. The room itself was comfortable enough as a base to explore from, though it is a little on the basic side also I didn't realise until I got there that the room didn't have a safe, though there was the option to use their safety deposit boxes instead near to the check in area.
The room had a decent bathroom with a combo bath/shower and the usual Vegas complimentary shampoos, conditioners and body lotions from their in house spa.
Since I've stayed there some of the other room types have undergone a renovation though from the hotel's website the deluxe rooms don't appear to have changed much.
One criticism I would have is that around 8am when the internal video advertising boards started up the sound carried quite well up to the rooms, though this may have changed since.
The casino itself has undergone some restyling and additions since I last stayed there, though I have been through more than a few times since to see them.
Most noticeably is the toning down/removal of some of the Egyptian themes such as the carpet and clubs and has been replaced by a more modern flavour such as the arrival of LAX nightclub. Don't worry the place still has the sphinx, is shaped like a pyramid and still has the big display through the main entrance.
Entertainment: The IMAX theatre has gone from when I stayed and has been replaced currently by Bodies and the Titanic exhibitions.
The ground floor theatre is now occupied by the Cris Angel & Cirque du Soleil production "Believe". OK, believe hasn't had great reviews but people still flock to see it, I will be seeing it again sometime in the future because it is currently undergoing a revamp to remove some elements and add in more illusions.
The other theatre is located on the atrium level and currently hosts the relatively long time (for Vegas) Luxor show Fantasy which is a topless revue with comedy elements, the prop comedian Carrot Top and also the relatively recent arrival of Menopause the musical. If I had a hat on I'd take it off to the Luxor for the range of entertainment options available.
For the most part I usually get my tickets from the tickets 4 tonight places around the strip if they have them on offer for the show(s) I want to see.
In the hot weather I'm glad that the Luxor is linked to its neighbouring hotel/casinos by both internal walkways and a tram that runs back and forth from the Excalibur to Mandalay Bay with a stop at the Luxor.
Food options: Well there is the obligatory Starbucks, deli, buffet and food courts which are decent along with other establishments which I can't comment on because I've not been in them yet. But with the links to the next door hotel/casinos there is a wider range to choose from a few minutes walk away.
Spa and Pool, during my stay I didn't use either of these so am not sure what they are like.
Lastly a few cool things in/on the Luxor even if you're not staying there:
The internal atrium, go to the atrium level and look upwards, its huge.
The beam at the peak of the hotel shining a beacon into the night sky making the luxor easier to find and acts a kind of Vegas bat signal calling you over to gamble.
So value for money, whenever I've searched for deals on hotel + flight to Vegas the luxor comes out slightly cheaper than most of the 4 star hotels but often not by enough to make me consider returning yet, I'd rather spend that little extra on a different hotel or go for one of the 3 star hotels on the strip such as the Tropicana now they have been renovating the rooms there.
That said I always try to drop by there on my visits for a show or grabbing something to eat at the food court and capturing a photo of the hotel at night with the beam shining into the sky is still on my to do list of Vegas.
The hotel is listed on some travel sites as being between 3.5 to 4 stars this may be based on the hotel and all room types averaged out, but overall based on my experience of the hotel I'd give it 3 stars maybe 3.5 at a push, though this doesn't necessarily make it an average hotel, just that the bar for the standard room in this class of hotel has been raised by newer and older renovated hotels.
Entertainment wise I'd give 4 stars because of the range of options available.
The Luxor hotel located in Las Vegas is located on the South end of the famous strip, between the Mandalay Bay and Excalibur.
I had the displeasure of staying there about two years ago for the Joe Calzaghe boxing match that took place at the Thomas and Mack Center.
Walking inside, you will see the Luxor has an Egyptian pyramid and mummy theme to it and the registration desk is located near by and easy to find.
The signs, like in other hotels, can be difficult to follow, you will find a sign to follow and then they just....stop.
Also, as in other hotels, there are hundreds of slot machines with waitresses going back and forth taking drink orders from drunk gamblers.
The Luxor has a floor called the Atrium, located a floor or two above, and this is where you can go for your main entertainment and watch a show and take part in other kinds of entertainment.
It used to have an IMAX cinema but that got closed down.
My recommendation would be to do the Titanic Exhibition if you like historical things.
The exhibition has artifacts that have been bought back from the famous under sea wreck and you walk through sets that have been replicated to look like corridors and rooms from the ship.
Before you begin, you are given a "ticket" to board the ship and at the end, you check the Living and Died board to see if the name of the person on your ticket did, in fact, survive or not, but I appreciate it if some people may find this part a little bit morbid since the name on the ticket is a name of a real person that was on the Titanic.
I have done the show three times so I definetely encourage people to try it.
It can cost around $40, although, when I was in Vegas a couple of weeks ago, I got in for $25. Good deal!
The famous Vegas comedian, Carrot Top, also performs there.
While I have seen his show, I wouldn't bother watching him again. His type of comedy is definetely for adults so leave your children with someone else if you want to see this guy but he just didn't come across as funny to me. Perhaps it was the difference between culture's, I don't know.
I'm sure the rooms are what you will be interested to find out about the most.
I have two gripes about my room when I stayed at this hotel.
The first thing is that the beds felt like I was sleeping on the floor and it didn't do my back any good at all. I still got a reasonable sleep but it was nowhere near as comfortable as, say, MGM or New York, New York.
The second thing is, the room was badly decorated. Why have a picture on the wall if a lamp was just going to cover it?
Since you will only spend about 10% of your Vegas holiday in your room, a good sleep is important and the beds just didn't cut it for me.
By the way, if you plan to visit this hotel having already downed a lot of alcohol, a word of warning: The lifts go up and down, sideways.
The whole shape of the hotel is a pyramid so it's only natural the lifts were designed to do this.
Some people have complained of throwing up but I actually never even noticed and it didn't feel any different!
If you look at the hotel from the outside, you will notice that it has a huge spotlight on top, pointing out into the night sky. Apparently it's the brightest beam light in the world!
Overall, I wouldn't stay here again as my stay wasn't that particularly pleasant but it is worth a look if you are staying somewhere else and you want to catch a show here as that's all it's good for.
The Luxor Hotel and Casino is probably the one that everybody has noticed on TV or in films as a Vegas place to go to. This is because of its Egyptian pyramid appearance and it looks spectacular which is why I think it is used everywhere. We were in Vegas and taking looks around all of the places and the Luxor was one we wanted to go to. We were a tiny bit disappointed but I will tell you why in a moment but overall we loved the Luxor.
The Luxor is located on the Vegas Strip. It is towards the end of the strip but is definitely is within walking distance if you make a day out of going to all of the hotels. We were staying at the Treasure Island which is classed as the centre of the strip and it took us about 5 hours to walk to the Luxor but that was stopping at every hotel and having lunch.
The good thing is that the Luxor is by other high profile and exciting hotels such as New York New York and Excalibur so if you are not staying that side of the strip, it is worth the walk / drive down.
When you go by the Luxor, the first thing you will notice is that it is a huge pyramid and it looks amazing. They change the appearance of the pyramid as when we were there it had a silvery look and had a Transformers advertisement over it. In fact it boasts the title of the only pyramid shaped building in the world apparently so you are seeing something very special indeed.
Outside the Luxor and you have a massive Sphinx which is amazing to see. We walked quite away from the hotel to get a decent picture of it as it is that big. Also from the outside the car parking area is huge and has Egyptian dogs as statues and looks amazing. This is just where you drop off cars and it is ace!
Inside and the whole building keeps the Egyptian feel with posts with drawings on them and as you can imagine the building is a huge pyramid so the ceiling is very high and goes up to a point at the very top. There are Egyptian statues everywhere and you can see all of the rooms going up the walls of the pyramid as there are lights everywhere.
Also inside there are buildings inside the Luxor which looks amazing and again has a very desert feel to it as you can expect from an Egyptian style hotel. In short the hotel looks big from the outside and then the inside actually looks bigger.
Things to Do
Ok so in the Luxor and obviously if you are staying here you will have massive choice of rooms. We didn't get to see one but you can choose from deluxe rooms which are right at the top of the pyramid and I can imagine are amazing.
In the Luxor you have the customary theatre which when we were there was playing Criss Angel Cirque du Soleil and to be honest it looked really good and the theatre looked amazing. We were only here forone more day and didn't fancy travelling all the way down the strip again as we had organised a trip for the morning but if we had time I would have come back to see it. I believe as well as this theatre, there is an adult only show, a comedian show and also a musical called Menopause so as you can imagine to house all of these is brilliant.
The Luxor Casino is huge and looks great as out of all of the casinos we had been to this one had the most cars and motorbikes displayed to win. They were everywhere. I think the casino had a great feel to it and I think a lot of the serious gamblers would be happy here as there was tournaments going on and several private playing rooms which looked scary to me but good I'm sure if you know what you are doing.
We didn't eat at the Luxor but there was a huge choice of places. I was intrigued by the burger bar as you could custom your burger which looked interesting. Then they had a steak house, a cafe, a buffet and a food court which sold some lighter snacks. See all of this in a hotel is just madness but hey thats Vegas for you.
While in the Luxor it was the first hotel we had been to which had actual massive exhibitions inside. The Luxor had a titanic exhibition going and also a Bodies exhibition. We really fancied going to one but at $35 each to go we couldn't afford it. They had a massive opening to the doors to them both so they looked like they do a great job with anything they put on here.
The final thing is the atrium in the Luxor which is where all of the shopping area is. It has the pearl factory which was interesting as you actually picked your own pearl fresh which was pretty cool. Then there was Egyptian style goodies which are from the Luxor so even theatre merchandise you can find here. We didn't buy anything however.
So What's Bad?
SO I mentioned a thing annoyed us at the Luxor and this was the amount of hassle we got. It was the first hotel we had been into that had so many sales people in there trying to sell you tickets. We got collared by 3 and then the fourth we listened to what he had to say but we didn't have time to do anything as we would not be in Vegas long enough. Then the next person we told we had already been spoken to and they started to interrogate us abot well have you got a card and so on. It was quite annoying !
The total number of sales people that got us was 6 which in the space of 1 hour was too much!
The Luxor is amazing and is worth going to see. I thought it was by far the best looking hotel and I would not have a hesitation in staying there is I ever go back to Vegas. I think it was the biggest I had initially noticed for things to do so if we had had time we could have quite happily spent another few hours here.
The only thing with Vegas though is you need a bit of money so if I had some I would spend a lot in the Luxor. I can guarantee that the Luxor hotel and casino is brilliant and that you should go and see it as you will stand there in awe staring at it. I am only going to give it 4 stars though purely because we got hassled by sales people.
Thanks for reading.
Having seen various pictures on the internet of the hotel, I knew straight away that I was going to be blown away by the sheer stature of the hotel, however seeing it for the first time at night is a truely amazing experience. There are lights flickering up and down the side of the pyramid and a beam of light from the top - which can be seen 10 miles into space!
Once you enter the hotel the Egyptian theme carries on with Sphynx and hyprolyphics and for a few seconds you think you are in Egypt. The lobby is massive and can hold up to 9 747's!
The lifts are certainly an experience - they go sideways and one in particular rattles!
The rooms are very spacious, clean and well maintained - ours was a twin pyramid suite, which had a view of the pool. The only downside is that it didn't have a bath, but the shower was very spacious.
In true Vegas style the rooms carried on the Egyptian theme - the bedspread and the wardrobe.
The only downside to this hotel is the 'time share bandets' - who are everywhere you look trying to intice you to attend a presentation!
I would highly recommend the Luxor to anyone - it's clean, ideally located and has a great selection of casino games¬!
This next review is about my experience at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. I went to Las Vegas once before, which I think most people would no if they had read some of my previous reviews, however the excitement and thrill of Vegas once again attracted me to the Sin City. My previous review focused more about the whole experience of what can be done in Vegas, the next set of reviews will focus more on the two hotels I stayed at whilst on my trip, the first being the Luxor which I stayed in for 3 nights, followed by the Bellagio, which I stayed in for two nights. Now most people will probably ask how the hell he goes to so many places, well it does have a strain on the wallet, but I work dam hard so I don't see why I can't indulge in the nice life. Hopefully this review will be informative for anyone thinking of staying at the Luxor hotel and casino, so enjoy.
Ok so let's give some background information about the hotel, the Luxor hotel is located in Paradise, Nevada, along the main Las Vegas Strip, which has the famous casinos and hotels. Construction began on the Luxor in 1991, with the idea of creating the first fully themed hotel resort in Las Vegas; the idea was to create an Egyptian theme, which revolved around creating a pyramid design for the main building to incorporate the name. As noted the hotel is named after the famous city of Luxor in Egypt. The Luxor was fully opened in 1993, and at the time the building was the tallest on the strip, with a total estimated cost of $375 million, however in 1998, two extra hotel towers were added along with a theatre, with an additional cost of $675million.
What most people may not know is that the Luxor has a bright beam of light that is magnified in the night time. The beam has over 7 million candle power, making it one of the brightest beams in the world. It has been said that the beam can be seen as far as California, some hundred of miles away.
I was excited about coming back to Vegas, I has such a brilliant time the first time round, I was imagining this trip being bigger and better than the previous one. Once we had landed at the main international airport you soon realise that you're in Vegas, the bright lights, the music, the entertainment, and not to forget the hundreds and hundreds of casinos. So I and a few friends make are way into one of the million cabs that you instantly see when leaving the airport. Most cab drivers are very friendly, and I actually found them to be very cheap, it took us about 20 minutes from the airport to our hotel, and it only cost us about $20, which between 3 or 4 people is not that much at all. Upon arriving, we left the cab and found ourselves looking at this mammoth black pyramid that overpowers the Vegas skyline. We arrived in the night, and the full powered beam was lit at the bas of the pyramid, it sort of reminded me of the batman signal, I guess the hotel owners had other ideas. It really does give you the impression that you're in Luxor Egypt rather than in Vegas, the pyramid, the Sphinx statue located outside the hotel, the palm trees, everything precisely situated around the outskirts to give you this impression.
Upon making your way inside the hotel you soon arrive in a dream fantasy, I have seen the normal conventional hotels, which are normally shaped, but when you enter the Luxor your standing in amazement, if the exterior looks amazing the interior is ten times more magnificent. The main lobby is shined with bright lights, palm trees, restaurants, small casinos and everything else you would expect. What really hits you in the face is that the rooms and levels get smaller and smaller as you go up and up, as you would expect with the design and shape of the building. We checked ourselves in and found our way making ourselves into our suite. We were staying in the QUEEN DELUXE ROOM, which is one of the standard rooms that you get at the hotel; it was located in the middle of the pyramid. We made are way from the reception area to the elevators. Now let me tell you, these elevators are like something out of a sci-fi movie, due to the shape of the hotel, the elevators climb up at an angle of 39 degrees. When you're in the elevator, you get the experience of not only travelling upwards, but also at an angle, which really gives you the goose bumps and the butterflies. After about 45 seconds in the lift, we got to the floor we were suppose to be in. The corridor consisted of freshly laid flowers, nice yellow/ gold wallpaper, elegant red lavish carpets, and painting on the wall. The concierge opened our room door, put our belonging into our room, and we proceeded to just soak in our room. Info about the room;
TOWER DELUXE ROOM:
The room itself is 449 square feet long, which is actually quite a big room for three people to stay in it. You have the option of having either a large king size bed, or the option of two queen size beds. As there were three of us we opted for the two beds, and worked out the sleeping arrangements afterwards. What is also a bonus is that regardless of if you only have two beds; you are allowed to bring up to four additional guests into your room, which can be a bonus if you meet a nice lady friend. Anyway the room had the following features;
* 27" colour television
* AM/FM radio with alarm
* Separate tub and shower
* Lighted make-up mirror
* Spacious armoire
* Internet access available at an
A Daily Resort Fee of $10.95 plus the current Clark County Room Tax will be charged to your stay which includes newspaper delivery, 2 bottles of water, Nurture Fitness Centre Admission, and unlimited local, toll free and domestic long distance telephone calls
Now the hotel comes with everything you really need I guess, you have a television if you wish to watch some films, however you have to pay for the pay per view events. They have both a shower and a tub, which is good because it allows you to do one or the other, or even both. To be honest, if you're in Vegas, you don't really care what type of room you have because you will spend the least amount of time inside it. The cost of the room set us back $145 per night, which for a total of 3 nights set us back $435, which between 3 of us worked out to $145, which isn't bad at all, depending on the exchange rate at the time of your visit.
The room is spacious, and you can bring guests into it, the interior is pleasant, warm and welcoming, we were staying in one of the cheaper rooms, but it still looked like a brilliant place. As noted they do charge you an extra $10.95 everyday for resort fees but they change your sheets, ring up a daily newspaper and bottles of water, so it isn't a big financial strain.
The other Hotel rooms The Luxor has to offer are listed below, I am not to sure about the total costs for these room per night, however I believe their website can help with those prices, Rooms are as followed;
PYRAMID DELUXE ROOM
* 27" colour television
* AM/FM radio with alarm
* Oversized showers
* Internet access available at an
A Daily Resort Fee of $10.95 plus the current Clark County Room Tax will be charged to your stay which includes newspaper delivery, 2 bottles of water, Nurture Fitness Centre Admission, and unlimited local, toll free and domestic long distance telephone calls.
PYRAMID SPA SUITE
* 27" colour television
* AM/FM radio with alarm
* Spa tub
* Separate sitting room
* Internet access available at an
A Daily Resort Fee of $10.95 plus the current Clark County Room Tax will be charged to your stay which includes newspaper delivery, 2 bottles of water, Nurture Fitness Centre Admission, and unlimited local, toll free and domestic long distance telephone calls.
The rooms generally come with bigger sizes, and a greater service, but this will obviously depend upon how much you have paid for the room.
Now what I really found great about the Luxor was that it had so much to see and do inside, you soon find yourself wanting to stay exclusive just in the hotel, all that you could ask for is inside, anything ranging from spa and health centres, casinos, restaurants and nightclubs and live shows, all of which will be detailed below. It can be pricey, but for me you can never really go to Vegas on a budget, you are always bound to spend more than you desired to in the first place.
The Luxor has a number of different restaurants, cafes and snack bars that you can visit whilst inside the hotel, and it caters for people with different pallets, you could find anything from pizza, burgers to fine dining cuisine.
The TENDER steak & seafood, was one of the restaurants that I found myself visiting once, I'm a huge fan of steak and thus I heard this was one of the best steak house restaurants in the whole of Vegas, so I thought what the heck lets give it a try.
The restaurant is open from 17:00 till 23:00 daily, however they have a bar lounge which is open slightly earlier. I would recommend you ring up or go down to make a reservation, as the seating tends to pack out daily, so it's a worth while tip ringing from your room in the morning and asking the concierge to book you x amount of spaces.
The restaurant has a happy hour policy, much like all the bars in Vegas, and happy hour drinks cane range from anywhere from $4 to $6, but this is always subject to whatever they have on their drinks menu on that particular day. We opted for their $39 Prix Fixe Menu, which is available from Sunday through Thursday. The menu can varies depending on the time of month you go, but it usually includes a stake dish as well as a seafood dish, starter and a pick or ice cream, etc.
The food in this place is absolutely divine, the steak is really well cooked, it's moist juicy, whilst at the same time chewy and mouth-watering. The service is fast paced as there is a lot of people they try and cater for, so you will probably expect you food to roll out like a production line, but that's not to say that the cooking was rushed or slack, they done it very well. The waiters and waitresses and great hosts, they are very talkative and welcoming, if your from another country they go out of their way to get to no you, a bit about your country and lifestyle, it's a nice feeling and a great service.
Hours of Operation
* Nightly 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
* Sunday - Thursday, 4:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
* Friday - Saturday, 4:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
If you don't fancy eating out in one of the post restaurants, or simply don't want to waste time then the hotel also offers a food court, much like the ones you get in most shopping centres anywhere in the world. They offer a variety of different food styles, flavours catering for ones needs and tastes.
Conveniently located on the Atrium Level, the Luxor Food Court has the ultimate fast food on the Las Vegas Strip. For a quick snack or beverage, the Food Court offers a wide selection of Luxor restaurants:
* Quiznos Sub
* Little Caesars Pizza
* Swenson's Ice Cream
* Starbucks Coffee
It seems that anywhere you go you cant escape the Starbucks brand, there were countless number of people going in their day and night to get a quick fix for their hangover, I would no as I went their on a number of occasions. The prices are reasonable within the food court, and is what you would expect to pay anywhere in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of America, well in my opinion anyway, there is so much to both see and so whilst your there, and becomes really hard to decide what you want to do. If you're primarily looking for entertainment within the Luxor then you will be happy to no that they have a variety of things to see in terms of entertainment.
A Haunting Journey inside the Mind of Criss Angel
This is one of the main entertainment attractions the Luxor offered whilst we were their, this is a Cirque du Soleil production and as I had never had the opportunity to see one of these shows, I felt the need to go once, if only once at all.
$59, $79, $99, $125, $160, the prices obviously depend upon were your sitting, the closer you are the more you inevitably pay, but regardless of where you sit, you have a huge screen that shows you up close of what is going on at the stage. The show was amazing; the mixture of lighting, acting, acrobatics, music and storytelling really makes you go through a journey with the cast.
CRISS ANGEL Believe is a haunting exploration deep inside the inventive mind of mystifier Criss Angel as he hovers between the land of the living and a surreal world uniquely woven together by the distinctive imaginations of Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil.
The nightlife in the Hotel is amazing, I actually didn't want to leave and found myself hopping from one club/ bar to the next. One of the most famous hotspots to go to is the LAX, which is a huge nightclub, which plays a variety of different music, ranging from techno and house, to r n b and hip hop. The complex is about 26,000 square feet long, which is huge, and consists of two main floors, along with a special VIP section. The clubs open from about 10: pm till the early hours, however do remember that the dress code is smart, so shirts and trousers, no shorts, and if your young make sure you have either your ID or your passport, because they have some really strict over 21 policies, and believe me they will have no hesitation in chucking you out.
Drinks were reasonably cheap, I remember paying about $4 for a bottle of corona, which isn't that expensive, but cocktails and shots varies in price, and depending on the special promotion night, you could be lucky.
Cathouse combines a world-class restaurant, orchestrated by Chef Kerry Simon, with an upscale lounge, creating a seductive nightlife venue. With luxe design inspired by the look and feel of a 19th century European bordello, Cathouse is a glamorous dining and nightlife destination made up of two adjoining rooms - a restaurant by celebrity chef Kerry Simon, and an intimate ultra-lounge.
Wednesday, Friday - Monday:
10:30 pm - 4 am
The hotel also has several attractions within itself, as I stated you could happily just stay in the hotel without having a care of the outside world.
This is one of the main attractions the Luxor offers to its guests, and this specific attraction has had a lot of great reviews from both tourists and experts. The exhibition is open from 10 in the morning till about 10 in the evening, and general admission is in the region of $30, but this may have changed since I went. BODIES...The Exhibition, which showcases real full-bodies and organs, provides a detailed, three-dimensional vision of the human form rarely seen outside of an anatomy lab or a morgue.
The Exhibition showcases 13 whole-body specimens and more than 260 organs and partial body specimens. These real human bodies have been meticulously dissected, preserved through an innovative process and respectfully presented. It's actually quiet an insightful tour, and something strange, weird and unique, its education in Las Vegas, something I never thought could be done, well in a hotel anyway. It's like the human flesh tour they had in London when the famous artist used human flesh and muscles to do an exhibition.
Like most hotels, the Luxor comes fully equipped with a swimming pool, and for those hot Nevada summer days you really do need a place to come and unwind, have a dip, make some friends and even do a bit of bird watching.
Mon - Thurs 9am - 7pm
Fri, Sat & Sun 9am - 8pm
Hours vary by season
There are also a number of shops within the hotel, some of which I have got a list off their website, just in case people find it useful, however I never really found myself doing shopping. But everyone is different.
* LX Fashions
* Luxor Kid's
* LX Logo
* Luxor Pool Store
* Pyramid Shop
* Essentials and 24/7
* Criss Angel MINDFREAK - The Official Store @ Luxor
* CRISS ANGEL Believe
How can I leave the main Casino out, its one of the major attractions to the Luxor, I am right in suggesting that although people do use the casino, they don't always go here, this is because there are so many other casinos in and around Vegas, the MGM and Bellagio has the better ones, but the Luxor one is also nicely done. With a large selection of card tables, slots located around the hotel, and a live sports room, were you can bet on horse racing, soccer, tennis and anything else.
Overall it's a great hotel to stay in, for me it was less about the gambling and casino aspect and more about the features, the food, the nightlife, the entertainment and the things to do, whereas other hotels namely the big two focus more on giving the casino wow factor. Be prepared to take some extra cash with you as you could soon find yourself on the blackjack table.
I stayed at the Luxor in May 08, and had an absolutely fanastic time. When we arrived after a long 11 hour direct flight, there was about a 30 minute queue just to check in, which was the last thing we wanted at the time. Eventually after checking in, and being given our room key and number, it then took us another 20 minutes, to figure out how to use the inclanators (lifts), which we didnt realise we needed to insert our room card into a slot on the inclanator entrance in order to get it to work. The Luxor Hotel is based on the egytian theme, and comprises of 1 pyramid sgaped hotel, and 2 large tower hotels. We stayed in the pyramid, and the room was ok, it was fitted out in keeping with the egyptian theme, but did look a little dated, apparently the towers are newer though. There is a great choice of pools, although one was out of action when we were there due to maintenance. The restuarants are also very good, and if you walk through to the adjoining Mandalay Bay hotel, there are also some very good restaurants. There is soo much to see in Vegas, that a week was not long enough really. Hoping to get back there soon again, its an awesome place.
This hotel is at the end of the strip making it one of the more affordable hotels on the strip. I
stayed here in 2005 for a friends wedding, and visited again in 2008 - although I didn't stay over.
The wedding chapel is beautiful inside and the staff worked really hard to make sure everything ran smoothly in the short but lovely service. I stayed in one of the towers, not in the pyramid, and found the room to be spacious with not one, but two king sized beds! The bathroom was OK, nothing too luxurious, but not to be sniffed at either.
Because we went as part of a group I had the advantage of seeing some of the Pyramid rooms but found them to be a little bit dark, due to the pyramid shape of them, and they were also quite a bit smaller than the Tower rooms. I also saw one of the Luxury rooms where the bride and groom stayed, and it had a HUGE jacuzzi bath on a platform in front of the window!
There are a variety of restaurants and bars within the hotel, and of course a huge casino floor - and it is true, you do get free drinks if you are playing on the slots or at any of the gaming tables in the casino.
When I went back in 2008 the hotel was going through a huge refurbishment and it looked very swanky indeed.
I would recommend this hotel, it is reasonably priced, well located - just out of the hustle and bustle of the main part of the strip, and the rooms and facilities are good.
Stayed here as 16 year old with parents and on arrival to las vegas airport you could instantly see the hotels beam of light shining from its roof. This light is supposed to be noticeable from the moon.
The hotel is based on an egyptian pyramid and throughout the hotel this theme is kept to, with egyptian wall markings being everywhere as well as the curtains and everything.
The main pyramid is supported by two tower blocks and with rooms starting at $69.99 with a $10 online booking discount this is one of Vegas' cheaper hotels however dont let this put you off as it lacks no where in class.
Huge outdoor swimming pools let you take in the heat during the day, If spending the day by the pool isnt your thing, then you can shop till you drop in Vegas' many shopping malls, with the one at Caesars Palace being superb.
Food wise, is also great with a large selection of food on offer at every hotel and with the Luxor around a 5 minutes walk to the next hotel you do not have to eat in the hotel itself, you can eat in any. New York New York hotel had very good range of food if i remember correctly.
Casino wise, every hotel as their own in hotel casino, with each one being as spectactualr as your own, but if anyone under the age of 21 is travelling remember they will not be able to gamble or drink, and they also can not stop anywhere in the gambling section but can walk through.
When we were there I was actually asked to move along from the gambling section when waiting to watch a blackjack hand.
In the hotel we stayed in a tower room, a faimly sized room, and the room was superb. Everything you could ask for was in it, and the cleanliness of the room was superb, especially for a hotel with over 4000 rooms in it.
The hotel is linked by a monorail to the Excaliber and Mandalay Bay. These hotels are partners and dominate the end of the strip. Each hotel has its special theme and each is brilliant in its own way.
If you are looking for a holiday to Vegas, the luxor should be considered, as its cheap and provded everything you could ever want on a trip to here. las vegas is the city which has everything.
Stayed here on my first visit to Vegas and have to say it was like no other hotel I had ever seen. The hotel is totally Egyptian themed inside and out, and has some huge public areas. The light on top of the pyramid can be seen from space.
The strip (where the majority of hotels are) is only a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport, so before you know it you are at your hotel, which when you have been flying for hours is a real bonus.
Vegas hotels are all resorts unto themselves and as you will be told frequently when you are there - there is no where else like Vegas! The foyer, which is Egyptian themed complete with animated camel is very impressive and massive. We had no problem checking in, although I had read many reviews on Vegas hotels where this seemed to be a problem, I guess it depends how many flights have come in - though they are constant and you will see planes stacking up in the sky.
We stayed in a tower room and had a family room as we were 2 adults 2 children. The room was a good size and we had plenty of space, it was also clean and comfortable. We had a mountain veiw which was lovely, we could also see a motorway which was busy 24 hours a day. The ensuite was well equiped with a large bath and large separate shower. Considering the size of the hotel (when we stayed I think there was around 4000 bedrooms) the housekeeping was excellent.
The tendancy in Vegas hotel rooms is not to provide you with anything in the way of drinks, snacks etc as they want you in the casinos, restaurants and shops spending all your money. There were several vending machines for soft drinks and water near the elevators on each floor and these were reasonably priced. You also only stay on a room only basis as you have a huge choice of restaurants, shops and entertainment in the hotel. You can also eat in any hotel as you are paying as you go and this is a great way to go visiting all the hotels. They are more than happy to have you in as it is all about parting you from that hard earned cash.
The hotel is linked by a monorail to the Excaliber and Mandalay Bay. The Excaliber looks like a Lego castle and is themed around Arthur and Camelot, they even have jousting. Mandalay Bay is a bit more upmarket and not so aimed at families but is lovely, it is also linked by a shopping centre which has lots of restaurants also. Both hotels also have theatres with various shows.
The pools were lovely, though it is pretty hot outside they do provide a lovely area to catch some sun. There is also a spa in the hotel if you fancy being pampered.
The breakfasts here were good value with the typical Vegas massive choice - you can eat until you drop! We did not eat any other meals here as there is just so much choice and you should really try as many places as possible. The Stratosphere does a very reasonable Champagne Sunday brunch and the MGM a really good evening buffet.
This is a great hotel for families and offers good value. We really enjoyed our stay here and the only negative thing we could have said was the walls were rather thin, especially if you have enthusiatic neighbours as we had!!!!!
If you are looking for a mid range hotel, this is great. If you are on a special trip and want to go a bit more upmarket try the Wynn, it was fabulous but a lot more expensive (I hope to review it if they will put it on the site). If you want to test it out go there for a meal, they do a lovely more upmarket breakfast buffet. However if you are travelling as a family or want to keep your cash for spending this hotel should be just fine.
We visited the Luxor several years ago and it was literally the most amazing place we have ever stayed. It was the first lobby we had been in where one could feel agrophobic. It was vast! It felt weird ascending to our room in the 'inclinator' (a lift that rises at a 45 degree angle).
Our room had a sloping window filling the whole of one side of the room with spectacular views over the city. The linen quality and décor were of a very high standard and had a bed comfortable enough for a pharaoh. We particularly liked the crested dressing gowns.
Watch out for the automatic window washes that patrol the acres of glass that cover the pyramid shaped hotel. Made us jump on more than one occasion !
The virtual rollercoaster is really worth a visit and keeps you clinging on for dear life - even though you are going nowhere and the animated camels in the lobby were really funny. And then there is the massive laser beam shining in the night sky and visible from space!
We found the special offers during the week made the hotel a very reasonable place to stay - in fact we paid only$35 per night. Weekends tended to be more expensive but if you are flexible when you can stay you certainly will pick up a bargain.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
In anticipation of our first trip to Vegas in 2007, we decided we wanted a hotel on the Strip and did a lot of research on the internet. After reading lots of reviews we finally settled on a hotel which appeared good value and had plenty of attractions, this hotel was the Luxor.
Just a few minutes taxi ride from the airport, the hotel stands out with it's Pyramid shape and Egyptian theme. We had paid a small amount (around $10 a night if I recall correctly) to upgrade to a tower room as we read these were of a better standard than the pyramid rooms, this meant that on arrival we had a separate check in area and had the key to our room within 10 minutes of arrival at the hotel. In fact it took us longer to get up to our room, owing to the fact there were only lifts per tower, each ones over 20 floors high with someone pressing the button at each floor it seemed!
Our room was of a large size, with 2 queen size beds, wall length wardrobes which also housed a decent sized TV and a huge window overlooking the pool. The bathroom had a large vanity sink with a large mirror, plus a very deep bath and large walk in shower. There were a range of shampoos etc and a hairdryer (albeit the standard annoying ones you have to hold the button down on!).
The hotel itself was of similar calibre to all the other major hotels on the strip, with a couple of general stores, Starbucks, several restaurants including a fantastic buffet and a deli that did the biggest sandwiches you will ever see in your life! The casino was large, with a variety of gaming area to suit all budgets. the casino area also housed the entrance to the LAX nightclub, of which Paris Hilton has regularly been known to fall out of, however we chose not to go there during our visit as the prices appeared rather ridiculous! The main check in desk for the pyramid rooms (which overlook the casino area in a bizarre pyramid fashion) is situated near the casino - it was at this point seeing the hundreds of people queuing to check in/out we were very pleased to have paid that little extra for an upgrade.
There is a small shopping area just before the casino with a large sweet shop, corona stall (they are obsessed with this stuff here - corona y-fronts anybody) and a Criss Angel Mindfreak store when you can occasionally see the man himself gazing adoringly at his own reflection in the mirror! Next to this area there are 2 walking escalators to take you across to the Excalibur hotel, if for nothing else go these to get your daily Krispy Kreme donut fix!
After wandering round the confusing casino layout for a while (something we ended up being a daily occurrence - we just couldn't seem to get to grip with our bearings here) we finally stumbled across an elevator to take us up onto the next level. This houses an imax cinema (there was only a choice of 2 wildlife films at around $20 per person so we decided against it), an arcade area that has seen better days (in fact Cleethorpes seafront is classier and that's saying something!) and a food court with such delicacies as McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Starbucks. There are also an array of tacky gift shops selling all manner of Luxor branded paraphernalia.
From this area there is access via a walkway to the Mandalay Bay Hotel, via a fabulous shopping area that includes my personal favourite Urban Outfitters along with several designer shops and the best burger bar on earth - I highly recommend you pay this a visit and try one of the Kobe beef burgers - melt in the mouth delicious.
All in all the hotel ticked most of the boxes, there was plenty to do although being at the far end of the strip (which is a lot longer and scruffier than I imagined) you did feel like going elsewhere was a bit of a trek. Next visit however I will be staying at the New York New York hotel, amazing party atmosphere and an easily navigable layout!
The Luxor Hotel proved to be a cracking choice for our honeymoon! I am very glad we choose to go to this cleverly themed hotel / casino which proved to be excellent value for money. However I would aid there are a couple of points that need consideration if you choose this as our venue of choice in Las Vegas.
Upon arrival we got a taxi from the airport to the hotel, which is situated at the bottom of the main strip. This was very well organised by support staff at the airport and made our arrival feel painless. The ride took under ten minutes and was reasonably priced. When we reached the hotel however there was a lack of guidance as at 15.00 check in was manic. On joining a massive queue we were approached by a hotel employee who tried to sell us a time share meeting with the incentive of free show tickets. This was laid on quite thick and felt intrusive. Finally we shook her off and made it to the check in desk. The whole process took about 30 minutes.
Our room was great, very spacious with amazing views. Our room had two double beds, with excellent air con and felt very spacious. The decoration was Egyptian themed, with nice touches all around the room.
The casino is massive! We stayed there for five nights and only be the end did I feel like I knew my way around. The rooms are on the far side from the casino entrance and it takes a good 10 minutes to walk across the floor to the lifts. You won't believe the scale of this place until you go. The decoration of the main casino floor is impressive with giant statues everywhere. All the usual games, machines and table are available for you to win or lose a fortune.
The hotel has a cracking pool. Warning though. Unsurprisingly for a city in the desert. It's hot! Hot! Hot!
The hotel buffet was good value, with an amazing spread of international food for every taste.
The casino looks amazing as a whole. From the outside the hotel is famously pyramid shaped, with the bright light shooting out of the top into the sky. It is linked by monorail to other casinos and is adjoined to the Excalibur.
In summary, we loved our stay in the Luxor. It was fun, theme and we had a brilliant time. But - don't expect to be treated as anything else but a walking dollar sign by your casino / hotel. They will try and sell you stuff (time share etc) and due to the scale you are another number. Saying that, I would expect all the casinos to be like this.
The luxor Hotel is right at the end of the strip opposite the airport. The theme of the hotel is obviously Egyptian and the main building is in the shape of a pyramid with a powerful light beam that is supposedly be able to be seen from the flight level in Los Angeles. Where ever you are in Las Vegas you can usually spot the beam shooting up into the sky.
In total there are over 4000 rooms in the hotel. There are two wings to the side of the pyramid which have slightly larger rooms and is a bit of a walkaway from the casino. As with all the hotels in Las Vegas they are absolutely massive and involve a lot of walking.
The hotel was opened in 1993 and has recently become quite dated and worn. However it is being revamped and is now beginnng to look quite tasteful again. You wont be spending that much time in your room anyway so it doesnt really make that much difference what your room is like. As long as its clean and comfortable and somewhere to crash. There are amoures to store your personal itemsm wardrobes, built in safe, good bathroom and a couple of chairs and sofas.
I have stayed in a suite in the pyramid and also in one of the wings with a jacuzzi near the window. Both were good and comfortable but the pyramid rooms were a bit tatty and worn but are being upgraded. To reach the rooms in the Pyramid you have to go into a lift which transports you to your floor at an angle. They are called inclinators because they go up at an inclined angle. Your room key card operates the lift. Quite unusual. Security is pretty good in the Luxor.
You wont find any clocks anywhere in the hotel as they want you to spend spend spend and in fact you could stay your whole visit in the hotel without the need to step outside at all. They dont want you to leave the hotel they want you to spend your $$ in there and will try any means to lighten your load....whether it be gambling or tacky souveniers.
The reception area and check in desks are massive and check in can take quite some time especially at weekends. The size of the hotel is quite overwhelming. Beware of time share touts offering you free show trips and other dubious gifts. They wont hastle you as long as you dont make eye contact with them. Dont be rude just say no thanks.
There are a couple of decent restaurants in the hotel and a food court. The pyramid cafe, smack bang in the middle of the hotel offers good value food for your $$'s and there is the buffet which is ok but certainly not haute cuisine. Pile it high but the quaility of the food in the buffets is not that good. REMEMBER portions of food in America are massive compared to the UK. Also tipping is expected even demanded by some of the waiting staff. I believe the staff especially in the restaurants are quite poorly paid and rely on their tips to subsidise the poor wages.
There are a number of shows and a couple of bars in the Luxor and a great swimming pool complex. There is a fake museum and an imax cinema. The neighbouring hotels are served by a tram which will take you to the Mandalay bay hotel or the Excalibar in seconds. It takes approximately 10 minutes to walk to each one from the centre of the Luxor.
What ever you do you should join the players club because everytime you gamble you are awarded points which can mean you are able to reduce your bills at the end of your stay. You can be comped money off your food or off the room depening how much you spend of course. The Luxor is now part of the MGM group so if you intend gambling in other hotels such as Mandalay bay, MGM, the Mirage, Monte carlo. excaliber use your player card to earn more points.
The hotel did seem to have become a little down market the last time I stayed there but now with the upgrade of facilities it seems a little better.
Its a great fun place to stay and despite it being at the end of the strip there are plenty of taxi's to take you onto the main strip although its not that difficult to walk there.
If you dont stay here at least make a trip to see and experience how unique it is. The inner pyramid is vast and im sure it is something you wont forget in a hurry.
If you're planning a trip to Las Vegas it can be confusing trying to decide which resort hotel to go as the choice is so fantastic. For a start, these are not like the hotels you might find in Spain or Greece, with a couple of restaurants, a bar, and maybe a spa and outdoor pool. These really are resorts! Many of them have a massive shopping mall, a range of restaurants to suit every wallet, a spa, pool, theatre, imax and so on.
We stayed in the Luxor Hotel a couple of years ago and can honestly say it was a fantastic experience and we'd go there again. The Luxor is probably the first hotel you'll see when your plane lands, as it's at the end of the strip near the airport. I don't remember any problems with airport noise though, so don't let that put you off.
On check- in we were given a choice of staying in a tall black glass tower, or a fantastic black pyramid with a sphinx at the entrance. I'd already read up about the options online and decided to go for the tower. The reason for this is that the lifts go diagonally in the pyramid and can apparently take a while to get you to your room. Also the pyramid rooms overlook the nightclub and casino areas in the centre of the pyramid, so we were worried about being disturbed by noise at night. Anyway, we had no regrets about the tower. The lifts were quick, and the room was pleasant and spacious with a lovely Egyptian theme. It was also fairly quiet at night.
There's a wide range of restaurants in the Luxor, so if you want fine dining, you can have that. But to be honest we were very happy with the buffet restaurant, which is also Egyptian themed, and although fairly casual, is worth getting your nice clothes out for (some of the buffets in Vegas are a bit canteenish in atmosphere). I can't remember the exact price for a meal, but for around £7 you could eat as much as you like. The only rule in these places, is don't pile your plate up then waste food, as they don't like it. But don't worry, you can go back for a fresh plate of food as often as you like! The tacos in there were great. Another good thing is they serve diabetic cakes and pies in all these American buffet restaurants, a great bonus if you're travelling with a diabetic, like me! On the downside, the non-diabetic cakes were a bit tasteless and never as good as they looked. Apple pies, pecan pies and key lime pies are something they do better in America so I tend to go for those if I can.
Another place that's worth eating is the food court, where you can get a really cheap breakfast of toast, fruit, muffins, pancakes, bagels, coffee, juice tea etc. They also have things like pizza if you want a snack in the evening. Every time they served us they gave us complimentary vouchers which would be enough to buy toast the next morning. Las Vegas hotels often give out freebies like that. Bear in mind that you don't get half board in American hotels, so you're buying all your meals and refreshments, and it can get very expensive! We've found from experience it's not worth buying a big buffet breakfast, as your money just vanishes. On the other hand, Las Vegas is one of the cheapest places to eat out as everything is subsidised by gambling taxes.
For entertainment, the Luxor has numerous Egyptian themed shops, an Egyptian museum, an Imax cinema, a disco, a nightclub, and of course a huge casino. There's also a spa, and two outdoor pools with palm trees and a drinks bar where you can get great iced cappuccinos. Brilliant on a hot day! Towels are provided at the pool for hotel guests.
An advantage of the Luxor is it's just across the road from Mandalay Bay on one side and Excalibur on the other. They all offer very different kinds of entertainment and dining experience. The three hotels are connected by passageways with moving walkways, so if the weather's poor or you are heading back late at night, you don't even have to set foot outside. There was one really blustery wet day we found this really useful!
Overall, we had no complaints about the Luxor. It's clean, beautiful inside and out, and it's a truly unusual experience. And if you get lost on the strip, you can spot the huge beam from the top of the pyramid whereever you are!
Even if you don't stay at the Luxor it's worth a visit to see the fantastic public areas with it's fountains and huge Egyptian statues.