Luxor

LuxorBased on an ancient Egyptian theme, Luxor is one of the original hotel-casino megaresorts built in Las Vegas. It opened in 1993 and the total construction cost was a whopping $375 million.

Designed by Veldon Simpson, the hotel and casino is made up of a magnificent black glass pyramid, two Ziggurat Towers, an obelisk bearing the name of the hotel and an awesome replica of the Sphinx, jealously guarding the entrance to the complex.

Currently owned by MGM Mirage, the pyramid defined the landscape of the Strip for many years, and up until recently it was the tallest and most imposing building in Las Vegas. It stands at a height of 350 feet, and houses 4408 rooms which line the interior walls of the hollow pyramid. The real deal, the Great Pyramid of Giza tops the bill in both height and size!

Guests are transported to their rooms by the ‘inclinator’, in effect an elevator which operates at a 39 degree angle, and all rooms overlook the largest atrium known to man, a staggering 29 million cubic feet of open space!

In 2007 there was a total refurbishment of the Luxor, at a cost of $300 million, and much of the ancient Egyptian theme was replaced with more modern amenities.

Entertainment

In an effort to entice the millions of visitors who descend upon Las Vegas each year, the Luxor is constantly re-inventing itself. New nightclubs, restaurants and shows open regularly and one of the highlights of the 2007 season was the opening of a new LA type nightclub called LAX. None other the celebrated Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera hosted the opening night!

The Blue Man Group, Hairspray and the Cirque du Soleil (hosted by popular illusionist Criss Angel in 2008)  are a few of the shows hosted by the Luxor over the years. Las Vegas would not be the same without topless girls, and the Luxor is currently running a topless revue called Fantasy.

There is a large selection of restaurants to choose from – steakhouses, Asian cuisine, pizza joints and buffets come highly recommended and cater for even the smallest budget.

Gambling

The prime reason for a visit to Las Vegas is to gamble and the Luxor offers a range of venues and activities which include:

  • High Limit – an exclusive venue for the high rollers, certainly not for the faint-hearted!
  • Casino slots – a variety of slots are available for the less intense, including reel slots and video machines
  • Race and Sports Book – an exclusive betting arena which includes plasma TVs and 110 individual seats with monitors so that prospective punters can watch their sport of choice live.
  • Poker rooms – rated the best in Las Vegas in 2004 by the Review Journal, and offering a variety of poker games including Texas Hold’em.
  • Table Games – situated on a 120 000 ft casino floor with over 87 games to choose from. Some of the more popular are craps, roulette, Pai Gow Poker, Mini-Baccarat and Black Jack.