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Affordability in the land of the pharaohs

Date Added: January 19, 2012 04:04:14 PM

Luxor hotel las vegasYes, it’s true; you can actually stay in that giant black pyramid that rises from the desert floor of the Las Vegas Strip. With the pyramid’s capstone beaming a light towards space, the Luxor hotel Las Vegas is hard to miss. It’s certainly one of the most iconic structures in Sin City, but what few people realise is that it’s also one of the best budget hotel options on the Strip.

Its Egyptian theme has been toned down significantly in recent years as Las Vegas resorts shift from the gaudy to the subdued and stylish. Luxor doesn’t quite manage to hit the stylish category but its prime south Strip location and reasonable room rates keep it busy year round. Travellers looking to stay within a budget should definitely give the Luxor a look.

The Luxor is firmly anchored in the mid-range accommodation group. Far better than Circus Circus but paling in comparison to the Bellagio, the hotel offers an atmosphere that is quintessential Las Vegas showmanship. Sports cars rotate on display for the weekly raffle draw under the watchful gaze of towering pharaohs and the slots spin ceaselessly in the enormous casino. Kids will find plenty to do here among the large swimming pools and quirky Egyptian décor as well.

The rooms in Luxor are one of its weak points, especially in the pyramid itself, where drab and weathered are adjectives commonly used to describe the amenities. The newer tower rooms, on the other hand, are nice and definitely worth the effort and added expense to book one. The four swimming pools are perfectly fine for playing around and working on your tan. They can get crowded at the height of the day as only two are open on weekdays and two on the weekends.  

As in most resorts on the Strip, there is a spa and fitness centre on site. Neither venue is particularly impressive though they are both certainly up to the task. The fitness centre is included in the resort’s daily fee but you’ll pay extra to use the spa facilities. One area where the Luxor excels in is service. Staff keep the place tidy, both around the pools and in the casino. Long lines to check-in are unavoidable but the front desk organises such procedures well.

Eating in Luxor won’t break the bank, but neither will it blow your socks off. An average buffet and a predictable selection of restaurants serve a range of variations on American fare. But with several other excellent resorts right outside the resort, it’s never difficult to explore new dining horizons in New York New York or Mandalay Bay, the latter of which is connected to Luxor via an indoor walkway and a cool tram.

Perhaps the most interesting attraction in Luxor is its two semi-permanent exhibits. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition features a number of real items recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic along with a piece of the hull and a replica of the ship’s grand ballroom staircase. Even cooler is BODIES: The Exhibition, an edutaining display of 13 real human bodies and 260 organs that have been dissected and preserved ― creepy but unique.

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