Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hotel Review - Luxor Las Vegas

Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
3900 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89119

One of the Mega Casinos on the South (and Better) end of the Strip, this hotel has over 4,000 rooms but doesnt seem as overly gigantic like the MGM Grand Hotel with its endless hallways. Parking and access is fairly easy, although I suggest parking on the less crowded upper deck of the garage, which allows same level access to the Hotel skywalk.

Check-in was fairly routine, I arrived on a Tuesday so the tourist crowds were gone and there was no queue for an front desk agent.

The hotel is split into three room areas, the Pyramid and the two towers (East and West). While the towers are starting to show their age and they are a bit of a walk from the main areas -- they are still worth it.

My "deluxe" tower room was 14242 in the West Tower and was a bit of a disappointment. First off I was welcomed as I turned into the hallway by Caution Cones, a tragic looking mini-fridge, and used food trays all outside nearby rooms. Since it was 4pm, it seems odd for these to still be laying out.

After entering the room, it was clear the prior guests had been smoking -- finding a nice pile of ashes by BOTH beds. Bar marks for housecleaning not finding this! They did come by and clean it up -- but still it was a pretty bad "welcome".

The room was very dark -- even during the Vegas sunny afternoon. Even with all the lights on, I had to use my Flash to get usable photos. The bed was the usual hotel stock -- no pillow top. The sheets were even worse, scratchy and worn. I asked for new sheets the next day, but even the new ones were scratchy and past their prime.

The bathrooms are ok at the Luxor, there is a dedicated tub and shower with a full vanity.

The biggest disappointment was the work going on in the room next to me -- even before 8am and after 5pm work continued -- hence the Caution cones I saw in the hallway earlier.

The Luxor has recently opened several new clubs in the casino area, including LAX, Aurora, and Liquidity. Liquidity and Aurora are hard to miss since they are in very public areas. Both looked new and interesting. They have also added a 24-hour Starbucks near the registration area -- sourly needed as the main Starbucks opens sometime around 7am. However the overall layout of the public areas is still cut-up and confusing.

Luxor is an "ok" place to stay on the strip -- its got a good location with easy access to
Mandalay Bay Hotel and other hotels. Plus its offers a nice mid-point above regular hotels and the high-end places like Wynn. One the downside, the rooms need a makeover, beds/sheets could be better and images of Carrot Top (who preforms there) are plastered EVERYWHERE -- still.

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