Luxor Hotel & Casino Review
The skyline of the Las Vegas strip is home to many impressive structures, but perhaps none as impressive as the Luxor pyramid. The 30 story high structure was the tallest building on the strip when it was completed in 1993, and whole it has been well surpassed since in height, it is still pretty imposing.
The Luxor was named after the Egyptian city by the same name, most famous for its Luxor Temple. So the Luxor Las Vegas certainly has a strong Egyptian theme, starting with its main structure, a to scale pyramid that would not be out of place in Egypt other than the fact it is made of glass and steel rather than stone.
It’s exterior also features a huge statue of the Great Spynx of Giza, a large obelisk, and other ancient Egyptian style artifacts.
Approaching the building, there is no question that the idea here is to capture the feel of ancient Egypt, although the inside of the complex has shed its Egyptian theme pretty much in its seeking to substitute the once popular gimmicky themes with one that is geared more towards luxury, as has been the case with several other large venues on the strip of late.
The Luxor was built by Circus Circus Enterprises, and is right up there in size with the largest pyramids in Egypt, and would be the third largest had it been built there. It originally cost $375 million to build and had 2,526 rooms and 100,000 of gaming space.
A further $675 million was spent expanding it in 1998, adding two towers and 2000 more rooms. Current owner MGM resorts spent an additional $300 million in 2008, modernizing the public areas to bring it up to the high standards of its biggest competitors.
The Luxor now sits as the fifth biggest hotel in Las Vegas and the seventh largest in the world, with a total of 4,407 rooms and suites. Perhaps the most famous part of the Luxor is the beam on the top of its pyramid, pointing skyward, the strongest beam of light in the world. It is so powerful that it is visible by aircraft as far away as Los Angeles.
The Luxor Las Vegas Experience
There’s no question that this is certainly one of the prime destinations on the strip, and while hotels and casinos constantly try to outdo themselves in seeking to attract visitors, the Luxor remains a strong contender.
Aside from its very imposing exterior, this is a complex that continues to impress once inside, as one might expect when over a billion dollars is spent on a hotel casino.
There isn’t the variety of selection as far as different room classes that you see at some big Las Vegas hotels, but these rooms are larger than average and do provide good value for the money as well.
The suites aren’t anywhere near as big as you see at some other hotels either, starting at 590 square feet, and this hotel appeals more to the average hotel guest, although the Tower Premiere Suite with its 1050 square feet of luxuriously appointed space and its premium sound system will delight just about everyone.
When it comes time to dine, guests will also delight in the many different selections available here. There’s a 7000 square foot Public House which serves great American food. There’s also a steak and seafood restaurant, an Asian restaurant, an Irish pub, the Pyramid Café, an Italian restaurant, a buffet house, a Mexican restaurant, a deli, a yogurt shop, Hussong’s Cantina, a burger bar, a food court, a Starbucks, and in room dining.
The Luxor also has a vibrant nightlife scene, starting with their two level, 26,000 square foot LAX Nightclub. There are 5 other bars and lounges to entertain you, including some that are open 24 hours a day and also feature bar top gaming to provide you with additional action.
The Luxor also offers quite a bit of live entertainment, featuring such regular acts as the Blue Man Group and comedian Carrot Top, as well as illusionist Chriss Angel, in addition to a variety of other entertainers.
The other amenities include a spa, a salon, four pool areas totaling 19,000 square feet, as well as shopping. The concierge here will also assist you in enjoying everything else the strip has to offer.
The Casino At The Luxor Las Vegas
The casino at the Luxor is one of the largest on the strip at 120,000 square feet. Since this is an MGM property, guests enjoy access to their M Life rewards program, considered to be among the very best in the business. Players can earn and redeem M rewards at any of MGM Resort’s properties as well.
The Luxor casino features 1100 slot and video machines, with hundreds of different ones to enjoy. They have everything from the traditional three reel machines to the most modern and innovative, with stakes ranging from a penny to a hundred dollars.
There are also a lot of progressive jackpot slots, with single machine progressives all the way up to ones paying several million dollars. They also have plenty of video poker and multi game machines to play.
The table games area here features 62 tables and 7 different games, and while the number of games here is less than at some casinos, they do offer the most popular ones, and casino table game players will find plenty to experience here.
The lineup of table games at the Luxor includes Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Let It Ride, 3 Card Poker, and 2 different forms of progressive Texas Holdem.
No Las Vegas casino would be complete without a race and sports book and the one that they have here is completely state of the art, including monitors at every seat.
The Luxor also has a poker room which features cash games as well as daily tournaments with $45 buy ins, as well as on demand tournaments. Poker players are well taken care of here as far as comps and special room rates go.
The Luxor Las Vegas is much more than a beautiful pyramid, what’s inside the pyramid is pretty impressive as well.