As happens in history, things change. Since opening in 1993, the 30-story architectural wonder has evolved — and it’s still evolving. Renovations have been under way to give the Luxor a more contemporary, less ancient feel.
Although you’ll still see replicas of Cleopatra’s Needle and the giant sphinx outside as well as enjoy the stunning rendition of the Great Temple of Ramesses II upon entering the world’s largest atrium, everywhere else you’ll encounter a hipper, more high-energy vibe.
Overall, the Luxor is an excellent, affordably priced resort sandwiched between Mandalay Bay and Excalibur on the southern end of the Strip. (Note: A free tram provides easy access to both those properties.) Here, guests can do it all. There are numerous entertainment options, good restaurants and fascinating exhibits, along with convenient access to a world-class retail complex — The Shoppes at Mandalay Place — situated on the sky bridge connecting the Luxor to Mandalay Bay.
This hotel is ideal for leisure, business and family travelers. There are 4,400 rooms and suites housed among the pyramid and two 22-story towers. In the pyramid, guests revel in riding the four “inclinators,” which zip up the structure at a 39-degree angle. Slanted glass windows also add to the distinctive décor. The twin towers, on the other hand, offer more traditional accommodations. In both settings, the rooms are air-conditioned, well-appointed, come with 27-inch televisions and have high-speed internet access — so your stay is guaranteed to be comfortable.
In terms of entertainment, the Luxor caters to a wide range of interests. Laugh it up while watching the antics of prop comedian Carrot Top, or be mystified by “Criss Angel Believe.” Cirque du Soleil joined forces with the “Mindfreak” magician to create this haunting show filled with spectacular illusions. Sexy dancers prance around nightly in “Fantasy,” while “Menopause the Musical” gives mature women who are either facing or have lived through “The Change” something to chuckle about. And the hot urban dance crew Jabbawockeez performs in the show “PRiSM.” The production features a state-of-the-art set, cutting-edge technology, inventive costumes and the latest music combined with a specially designed, custom-built theater.
After a show, head over to the Pyramid Café. There’s a display window at the entrance that pays tribute to all four productions while demonstrating the talents of Luxor’s top-notch pastry staff. Quirky desserts including Carrot Top Cake, Believe It’s the Best Tiramisu, Seven-Layer Fantasy Chocolate Cake and Strawberry Cheesecake: The Cure for Menopause have been created. Be sure to have a slice.
Although not a dining powerhouse, there are a few standout restaurants in the Luxor. T&T (Tacos & Tequila) features a combination of traditional and modern Mexican cuisine from celebrated chef Richard Sandoval. Decorative metallic art pieces that hang from the ceiling add to the rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere, as do an array of tequila-based drinks. Rice and Company is another innovative eatery serving healthy twists on traditional Chinese and Japanese cuisines. It also offers tropically influenced variations of sushi, sashimi, hibachi and teriyaki.