Luxor, Las Vegas
Favorite thing: For dinner a very good option is the Luxor Hotel at the one end of the strip. It´s got an all-you-can-eat buffet for about 13$ with a great choice of delicious meals from starters to really good salads, meat, vegetables to ceakes and cookies. It really is worth the money.
See the Luxor! The inside of the pyramid is every bit as dramatic as the outside. To reach the casino you pass through a reconstruction of the temple of Abu Simbel, guarded by two huge seated statues. Luxor employees in gold Egyptian costumes patrol the area and pose for souvenir photos. Around the perimeter you'll find some great ornamental decorations, statues, and hieroglyphic inscriptions. Also, look out for the bare-breasted maidens outside the Ra nightclub.
The most powerful artificial light ever created shines into the sky from the peak. It's said that it can be seen by planes circling over LA, 250 miles away. It's barely noticable though in the general neon glare of the Strip.
Experience the Luxor inside and out. This is the 4th largest pyramid in the world! When it first opened in 1993, it was introduced as the ultimate in-your-face Las Vegas Casino. This forbidding pyramid of black glass and its colossal Sphinx stood guard not only to this casino but to the entire city. It dominated the southern approach to the Strip. Today, Mandalay Bay has been built next door and overshadows it.
The pyramid itself is 350 feet high. In 1997, two huge step-pyramids were built on either side bringing the total rooms here to a staggering 4427. The Sphinx has also obviously had a face lift, if you look carefully at the two postcards (above and below). As the pyramid is hollow, you are in the world's largest atrium, which takes up 29 million cubic feet. If you stay here, you ride up to your room in elevators (known as inclinators) that follow a 39 degree slope. Accommodation here is very affordable, although more than at Excalibur. I believe I spent about $50 per night. As a guest, you'll have access to the attractively landscaped swimming pool around back.
The Pharoah's Feast Buffet is very good. It is located downstairs, under the casino.
Visit the Luxor Hotel and The Mirage. Take a ride to Hoover Dam its worth the short drive. Take a ride from the airport and see the Grand Canyon from above. Some planes even land in the canyon and serve lunch with native Americans.
Fondest memory: Staying up all night, EFX the show at MGM Grand. The Omni theater at the Luxor. The great view I had of New York, New York the casino from my room at the MGM Grand.