So I recently spent some time traveling the world and went back to the United States for Easter or what they call Spring Break. I headed over for the first week in April, 2016. Not the shortest of journey times by any means. While I was there I stayed in Luxor Hotel Las Vegas.
Traveling to Las Vegas in Nevada takes the best part of a days travel when planning a trip from Europe. In my case I was flying out from Gatwick Airport which for those that don’t know is London’s second major airport after Heathrow. It had been some years since I last visited the United States of America and a lot had changed in that time.
Traveling to Las Vegas was a chance to see somewhere fresh and new. For some reason when younger visiting Vegas just ever appealed to me. Fast forward in time and the complete opposite was true and I couldn’t wait to see the city for the first time. You can read about the day spent traveling to Las Vegas in the earlier April article.
Like many people one of the first time most non U.S citizens hear about the city of Las Vegas will be via film, television show or even a song. Only a month or so prior to my visit various car chases from the next Jason Bourne movie were being filmed on the Las Vegas Strip.
Things to Do in the City
The Internet age has resulted in exceptional new ways to explore the city. As with many locations around the world travelers can explore their intended destination virtually and in advance of planning the trip. A good idea is to pick up a reputable guide book of things to do.
Las Vegas Travel Guides
One of the best ways to experience the best parts of the city, see other hotels, sights, casinos and attractions such as ‘Downtown’ is with a reputable guide book to Las Vegas. A few worthy guide books to the city that I picked up are listed below.
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Such was the case with Las Vegas, Nevada. After investing in some guide books and Internet research I soon realized that Vegas is a little like a theme park for adults spread over a very wide area. Yet there is far more than that in this dusty desert city.
The hotels and the infamous Las Vegas Strip are the theme park rides. Just as when in an amusement park it can be difficult to decide where to go first, particular if you also want to see the sight of Nevada.
Where to Stay in Las Vegas
Deciding on a place to stay in Las Vegas embodies that sentiment perfectly. There is no such thing as a normal hotel in central Vegas. Only if you visit the suburbs do the hotels and motels become a little more grounded in reality.
Centrally the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip are huge themed monoliths that pay homage to famous cities and landmarks of the world. Hotels such as the Mandalay Bay, The Bellagio and the New York, New York are actually huge casino resorts that are self contained.
Meaning that if you prefer there is no reason to leave the hotel. All you need is right there. Accommodation, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and of course casino games to gamble the night away. Many of the hotels are actually interconnected, meaning that you can walk from one to the next without actually setting foot outside.
The Luxor Hotel of Las Vegas
For my trip to Las Vegas I chose to spend my trip in the Luxor Hotel which is on the southern end of the Strip. For those that do not know, the Luxor is an Egyptian themed hotel, the main part of which resembles an Egyptian pyramid.
Unlike the weathered pyramids in Egypt though, the Luxor is sparkling, futuristic and seriously huge. There was no sign of any strange Stargate’s though, ( I looked. )
About the Luxor Hotel Las Vegas
As I mentioned the Luxor Hotel is an Egypt themed casino resort situated on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel is housed in a 30-story pyramid topped with a 315,000-watt light beam that can supposedly be seen from space, high above. There are two adjacent tower blocks that sit outside of the central pyramid.
Standard rooms in the Luxor Hotel have traditional room furnishings, room features include flat-screen TVs, and WiFi for networking. The larger suites at the Luxor offer guests soaking tubs and separate lounge rooms; some of the Luxor’s suite rooms have wet bars. Pyramid guest rooms and suites have slanted walls which would make sense given the style of build.
Luxor Hotel Videos
See the Luxor pyramid style hotel of Las Vegas for yourself in these selection of full motion video clips.
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Resort Fees at the Luxor
A residents resort fee is charged at the Luxor which is now $26 USD. Personally I thought that this was a bit much, bearing in mind that you still pay extra for sun beds and smaller items like business center charges. The varied dining and drinking options include a rib, steak and seafood bar, a Mexican cantina, a pizza restaurant, and an Irish pub.
Additional guest perks of staying at the Luxor Hotel Las Vegas include a large casino area with slots and gaming tables (obviously). There is also a fitness center, spa and hair salon at the Luxor Hotel, plus two outdoor swimming pools and a wedding venue. There is also the popular night spot LAX for those that wish to dance the night away.
Again one of the swimming pools is actually reserved for guests that wish to pay a supplementary fee for premium sun beds. So just be aware that there are a few extra expense charges that you might not see listed on the web site or with your travel agent.
Attractions at the Luxor Hotel
Presently the Luxor Hotel Las Vegas is home to a number of popular shows and exhibits. The most notable of which are ‘The Blue Man Group’ and the ‘Titanic Artifact’ exhibit. Performer Criss Angel is also resident at the Luxor with his Mindfreak Live show. There is also a topless show called ‘Fantasy’ if you like that kind of thing.
All of the Las Vegas Strip hotels are generally huge, themed, busy casino resorts. That said the resorts at the southern and northern ends are not as tightly packed as say the Bellagio or the Venetian.
A trip to Las Vegas is not the cheapest holiday on Earth by any measure. I would describe the cost of staying in the Luxor Hotel as moderate. You can certainly finder cheaper accommodation on the outskirts of the city if you would prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle.
Choosing a hotel in Las Vegas is as much a choice about what kind of vacation experience you desire the most. Not just the room rate and location. Atmosphere, ambience and overall experience go a long way and the Luxor Hotel Las Vegas is a very good place to start.