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August 15, 2007

The Luxor

On our recent trip to Las Vegas, we stayed at the Luxor Hotel at the south end of the strip.

We got there on a Wednesday afternoon (around 4 pm) and had to wait 15 or 20 minutes in the line to check in. Before we got in that line, we were approached by what we thought was an employee, who asked us how long we were staying and if we were going to see any shows. As it turns out, to get the “free” show tickets, we only had to sit through a three hour presentation. This proved to be the first of many attempts to get us to see some kind of timeshare or something.

So, we finally registered and were given a room on the 11th floor. You get up to your floor via an “inclinator”, which is basically an elevator that goes at a 39 degree angle up the corner. It takes a little getting used to, since when it starts, you move sideways a little.

The Luxor opened in 1993, and is showing its age.¬† Our room had two queen-size beds that were comfortable enough. The bathroom didn’t have a bath tub, just a shower and commode. The air conditioning unit was similar to the ones you see in the cheap motels that’s installed on the outside wall, except this was on the inside. While we were there, the daytime temperatures reached over 100 degrees each day. The A/C unit wasn’t up to the task of keeping the room cool. But, since we were usually out of the room by 9 or 10 each day and back in the evening, it wasn’t too big a deal. But I couldn’t imagine staying in the room during the day (and that may be the point; the casino floor is very comfortable temperature wise).

On the Atrium level they have several attractions, including a replica of King Tut’s tomb as discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. It’s $15 to get in, and if you spend more than 20 minutes in there, you’re being slower than normal. The admission to us was included in the Power Pack we got, so we saw it at a discount. It’s not worth $15.

We also “rode” their IMAX ride “In Search Of The Obelisk”. This is a motion simulation ride that has a film with actors that couldn’t act their way out of a paper bag. Again, it’s not worth the admission price (but if you get the Power Pass, try it out anyway).

There are several restaurants¬† and shops on the Atrium level as well. Our first night there we went to the Mexican place, and had their big nacho deal. That and three soft drinks was almost $20. Not a good deal. They also have a food court with a McDonalds (which I never got to eat at, due to the long lines), a Lil Caesar’s Pizza, a Quiznos, and maybe one or two more places. The shops run the gamut from high end to tourist stuff.

We went down to where the buffet was, but never ate there. The buffets on the strip are way too expensive ($12 or $14 for lunch).

As far as the casino goes, it’s ok. They’re remodeling the night club that was apparently in the middle of the casino, so everything was a little confusing. I finally figured out the best way to get to the poker room on Saturday. The signage was terrible (but then I found that to be true in most casinos). They had a couple of $30 tournaments a day, which was the cheapest I saw while there. I played in the Saturday tournament, and found out how bad I am at live poker.

Overall, I’d give it maybe 2.5 stars out of 5. Would I stay there again? Probably not. We really only picked the Luxor because of Criss Angel, and never saw him the first time. There was even an empty spot out front where one of his cars was supposed to be. I guess he made it disappear.

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