There's no need to get out your Indiana Jones costume at the Luxor: the treasure was discovered long ago! On arrival, you will be transported into the mythical world of Cleopatra and the pharaohs. Fans of this period of history (young and old alike) are sure to be swept away by the Luxor's decor, although some might find the kitsch aspect of it a bit too much.
The Luxor hotel is located between the Excalibur and Mandalay Bay hotels on the southern section of the Strip, which is a few minutes away from the airport by car.
The hotel has a service to register luggage directly with the airport, and a monorail links the Luxor with the Excalibur and Mandalay Bay hotels.
You are probably already aware that the theme of the Luxor hotel is ancient Egypt. Indeed, no need to make an archaeological dig, the Luxor can be spotted from miles away - thanks to its large glass pyramid, sphinx, and obelisk. The reception, restaurant, bars, and night club are housed in the pyramid, along with some of the guest rooms, whilst the remaining rooms are housed in the tower next door. If you have never been to Egypt in search of the pharaohs, this hotel will give you an Americanised glimpse of what you are missing out on, with columns, gilding, sphinx heads, and hieroglyphics galore. You are plunged straight into the fabulous world of Cleopatra, and just like the queen of queens, you too can enjoy a rejuvenating soak, albeit in one of the 3 swimming pools rather than a bath of donkey milk. Who knows though, you might find this particular treatment on offer in the Spa, with its hammam, sauna, jacuzzi, massage rooms, and gym, once again all decorated in the ancient Egyptian style. Night owls will be able to strut their stuff on the dance floor of the famous Lax nightclub, which opened in 2007. The other Lax nightclub, in Los Angeles of course, is a well-known celebrity haunt. With no less than 6 bars in the hotel, you can really make the most of the nightlife. Just like all the hotel casinos in Las Vegas, there is a casino and a theatre where a large number of performances are staged (one-man shows, musicals, visual spectacles, etc.).
The hotel has 4,400 guest rooms spread out among the pyramid (which dates back to 1993) and the two towers (built in 2001). The rooms in the pyramid are therefore a lot older and could do with a bit of a facelift, as the decor and furnishings are a little outdated. Ancient Egypt is once more the theme of the decor in the guest rooms, with hieroglyphics decorating the bed covers and wooden furniture, and a stone on the wall with Egyptian patterns. There is a particular way to reach the rooms in the pyramid: you have to take one of the 4 lifts located in each of the oblique corners of the pyramid, making for a strange sensation as you move up the building. The decor in the other more recent rooms, housed in the two towers, is more modern and understated, and less kitsch. All of the rooms have a television (with a flat screen and a sound system for those in the towers), as well as a telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, and air conditioning. The bedding is top quality and much softer in the bedrooms situated in the towers. As for the bathrooms, hospitality products are provided, and some have a jacuzzi and a hair dryer.
There are no less than 9 restaurants serving dishes from all over the world, including the Burger bar, Backstage Deli, Tacos and Tequila, Steakhouse & Seafood, Fusia food (Asian fusion cuisine), American Bistrot and Pyramid Café, open all day long. Of course, you can always tuck in at the impressive buffet, which is served in a very Pharaonic setting. The CatHouse is a more unusual eatery, with its brothel theme, but with a very chic and sexy ambience. Sexy lingerie and live music provide the setting for an intimate evening in the black and red decor of this restaurant. There is also a food court which serves food all day long.
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