Luxor Las Vegas
Most Egyptologists believe it took 20 years to complete the Great Pyramid of Giza,
and yet it took only 18 months for the architects of Luxor Las Vegas to erect the dark
bronze pyramid and brightly colored sphinx on the Strip - one of Vegas' iconic hotel-casinos.
Of course, they had it easy. While the Great Pyramid was constructed of nearly 2 million blocks of
stone, Luxor's pyramid is held in place by 150,000 cubic yards of concrete poured
around a steel skeleton. But the painstaking recreation of such Egyptian icons as the temple at Abu Simbel (the main entrance),
the tomb and museum of King Tutankhamun (inside the Pharaoh's Pavilion) and the feluccas that glide up and down the Nile
(in the food court) were not taken lightly. Well-known Egyptologists served as consultants, including Zahi Hawass,
curator of the Giza Plateau and author of several books on ancient Egypt, and Mahmoud Mabrouk, Egypt's most famous
artisan and sculptor, who created an exact replica of Howard Carter's discovery. All of this to ensure that guests
of Luxor Las Vegas remain totally immersed in the Egyptian experience - Vegas style.
This gaming Mecca in the desert features amenities Pharaohs would've marveled at.
The 4,407 guest rooms and suites have all of the expected accoutrements.
The casino, which sits below the largest open atrium in the world, offers
blackjack, roulette, Pai Gow and craps tables, a poker room, race & sports book,
keno lounge and the latest slots from nickel to $5 pulls. There's even a spa and fitness center for late-night pampering.
Entertainment options run the gamut - from tickets to "Fantasy" (a topless revue),
the IMAX 3D and 2D movie theatres and the "In Search of the Obelisk" motion simulator
ride. Ra The Nightclub features international DJs spinning house and techno music.
The Egyptian motif continues in the Luxor's myriad restaurants, including the Luxor
Steakhouse, Backstage Deli and Pharaoh's Feast Buffet. Chef Damis Irizarry combines
flavors and spices from the Orient with the Caribbean in the new Fusia, a feng shui-friendly dining experience.
Forty seven acres immediately south of the Excalibur hotel-casino,
which is located on the southwest corner of the Las Vegas Strip and Tropicana Avenue