It’s hard to miss the gigantic black pyramid looking over the Las Vegas Strip, especially at night when its apex beams a beacon of white light into the sky that can probably be seen from neighbouring solar systems. This is the Luxor Hotel Las Vegas, one of the best bargains on the Strip that doesn’t skimp on the goodies. The Eleventy traveler blog has prepared this casino hotel review for you.
The Luxor is a massive resort, with grand Egyptian motifs and a number of fun details. While the pyramid rooms are rather battle weary and drab, they are among the cheapest on the Strip, offering unpretentious comfort and little else. Step up to the newer tower rooms and things get significantly better. Floor to ceiling windows offer excellent views and the larger space allows for a deep soaking tub.
The resort facilities have found a welcome niche somewhere between the extravagance of the Bellagio and the low-end thematic showmanship of Excalibur. The 30-storey pyramid contains the world’s largest atrium, giant pharaoh statues, a Sphinx and the full range of nightlife and dining options you’d expect from a big resort on the Strip.
The location of the Luxor Hotel Las Vegas is another big bonus. Situated right in the midst of the bustling southern-Strip section, it is within walking distance of a dozen other popular resorts. The Luxor is even connected to Excalibur by an indoor walkway and Mandalay Bay by a free tram. Considering the sweltering daytime heat of Las Vegas, this proximity can be a real time and energy saver.
There are four decent, but unremarkable, outdoor swimming pools at Luxor. Only two of them are open on weekdays, however. The hotel’s room rates include a daily resort fee that is lower than most other properties and allows access to the acceptable fitness centre. The hotel’s in-house Nurture Spa covers all the basic but pales in comparison with the facilities at upscale resorts on the Strip.
Covering more than 120,000 square feet, Luxor’s casino is one of the biggest in the world. All of the usual games are here along with plenty of elbow space. The ongoing exhibit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition offers an interesting look at real relics pulled from the wreck as well as a piece of the ship’s hull. It’s a popular attraction, as is Bodies: The Exhibition, an edutainment attraction featuring 13 real human cadavers and 260 specially preserved organs. A bit gory perhaps, but very interesting.
The popular Criss Angel illusion show happens at Luxor as well as a comedy performance by Carrot Top, a topless dance revue and Menopause the Musical. Although check-in seems to take an unpleasantly long time, once you’re settled in, the service at Luxor is quite good. Service is not over-the-top but rather it is attentive, especially considering the number of guests and the price of the rooms.
Families seem to like staying at Luxor thanks to the fun Egyptian theme, the swimming pools and the relatively low costs. In fact, Luxor may well be the best value on the Strip when everything is taken into account. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles of the luxury resorts then Luxor stands up just fine.