Excalibur Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas
Favorite thing: Excalibur was once the biggest hotel and casino in Vegas in terms of number of rooms. But that was more than 10 years ago. Excalibur has distinct archtecture. Its colorful castles can be seen from far away. But I think these castles are just decorations. You cannot really live or gamble there.
Favorite thing: Besides the castles, the Excalibur Hotel and Casino also has a consistent medieval theme inside. For example, you can enjoy their "Roundtable" buffet, or watch their "Tournament of the Kings" show (featuring jousting). To get a taste of their medieval entertainment, several times a day they put out a free "Court Jesters" show on the second floor. But it's a one-man show that lasts for less than 5 min, not as entertaining as some of the street performers.
see the show at Excalibur, if you like midieval times. it takes place in the basement of the entire hotel with a jousting arena and full course meal that you eat with your hands (you can pre-order vegetarian if you like). it is really a lot of fun.
Fondest memory: the lions at MGM Grand. they keep them in a beautiful area where you can watch them in what almost seems to be their natural habitat. there is a glass walkover and now and then you can catch the lions resting on it. if you look up from below it, it is amazing how massive they are!
Favorite thing: .... look for the knights, ladies, magicians, dragons and gnomes inside the Excalibur. This place is great for kids. - The restaurants inside have funny names - Sir Galahad´s Ribs is not exactly what I´d like to eat! But it makes you smile.
Next door to the Luxor, there´s famous EXCALIBUR. I count it among my favourite memories since
a) I actually WON some money there!
b) it can be reached via an air-conditioned bridge from the Luxor. Aaaaaahhhhhhh. Especially in summer.
Visit Excalibur. This is one of the largest hotels in the city with 4,032 rooms! When it was built in 1990, it was the largest in the world. That's Las Vegas for you though. Every new hotel that is built tries to be bigger and better. This mock-up medieval castle was modeled after Neuschwanstein in Bavaria which itself was a playful, romantic fantasy built by Mad King Ludwig in the late 1800's. If you're looking for accommodations on the Strip and don't want to pay a lot, this might be an option for you. This hotel is popular with families and tour groups. I've heard you can get a room for about $40.
For entertainment, there's a large indoor arena which host's King Arthur's Tournament - a twice nightly event of jousting, good humoured joking, and eating. This hotel is located between New York New York and the Luxor.
Favorite thing: The Luxor also an amazing place to visit...You'll feel like if you were in the heart of the pyramids in Egypt