This hotel looks outdated and old but it's a good place to stay if you want to go to Las Vegas on a budget.
It's location on the South end of the Strip (opposite MGM & New York New York) is pretty good and walkways tie it to other hotels for convenience.
It is a pretty long walk from the center of the Strip but there are shuttles, buses, a monorail system.
The Excalibur Hotel and Casino was modeled after a French Medieval castle and was named after the legendary sword of King Arthur. When it opened in 1990, it was the biggest hotel in the world, but it has now been supplanted by several hotels, including the Las Vegas MGM Grand.
The Excalibur seems to be very popular with families and to be honest, if I were traveling with children, I would much rather stay there than at the slightly outdated Circus Circus hotel. The Excalibur features a pretty big arcade in the basement where kids can waste some money while their parents do the same at the casino upstairs, and there are also some 4D rides featuring characters such as SpongeBog SquarePants. Another very popular family attraction is the "Tournament of Kings", a jousting dinner show (about $60 per person, free for kids under 3). I didn't go but my mother-in-law did and she very much enjoyed both the meal and the atmosphere - the menu features Cornish game hen as the main dish, and you are expected to eat it with your fingers just like people did in ye good olde days!
From a distance, Excalibur Hotel is just like a palace -with its different towers and flags. The structure of the building is fascinating. There are many things to do inside the hotel. There are free magician shows at the lobby of the hotel. The children enjoyed the sorcerer's magics. Also, the children went to the carriage at the side of the hotel to take pictures for remembrance.
At the second floor of the hotel, there are shops where you can buy t-shirts, magicians paraphernalia, clothes,etc. The hotel also has a very good buffet restaurant!
If you're staying in Las Vegas I would strongly recommend a dinner and a show at the medieval themed Excalibur hotel. The Tournament of Kings runs twice nightly (with the exception of one day per week) and consists of a medieval style show with horses, knights, jousting, acrobats and dancing maidens which you watch while eating your dinner.
The show involves a lot of audience participation, cheering and clapping etc. The audience are sat in blocks and you are encouraged to cheer for the knight of your corresponding block, for example if you are in 'Norway' you must cheer for the knight of Norway, if you are in 'Russia' you must cheer for the knight of Russia. We were sat in the Dragon section which meant we were the baddies (fun!) so we were encouraged to boo all the other knights.
The food is served before the show begins, the meal is fairly large (vegetarians beware - they serve you up a whole game hen! Can't remember if there was a veggie option or not). You are expected to eat in authentic medieval style - with your fingers! (the Pepsi, however, is not so authentic haha!). I personally didn't enjoy the food too much but it didn't spoil the whole experience of the event.
One thing they do warn you about is if you have respiratory problems, there are horses in the show and lots of dust/sand. I'm not asthmatic but I did start to feel like I was getting a cold while I was in the arena but that could've been down to the too cold air conditioning!
Don't let the dust or my opinion of the food put you off though, I'm glad I went and I would do it again.
the excalabur is located on the south end of the strip next to the luxor. this medievil themed casino is designed for the budget tourist. the excalabur will have lower table limits than it's more opulent neighbors. at night the turrets of excalabur's "castle" are lit up and it is an interesting sight.
Excalibur Hotel/Casino recreates the medieval world of King Arthur. The exterior of the hotel with its towers, turrets, a drawbridge and Merlin sitting in a balcony makes you believe you are in fact at Disneyland. Inside the hotel the theme continues with suits of armor that line the entrance and with everything that looks medieval being in a way or another part of the spectacle. It's actually so silly that it becomes fun to look at all the details.
The Excalibur Hotel and Casino hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, in the United States. It is owned and operated by MGM Mirage. Excalibur, named for the mythical sword of King Arthur, uses the Arthurian theme in several ways. Its facade is a stylized image of a castle, with a wizard like figure representing Merlin looking out from a high turret.
Excalibur is situated at the Tropicana - Las Vegas Boulevard intersection. The intersection is so busy that pedestrians are not allowed to cross at street level. Instead, Excalibur is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to its neighboring casinos to the north (the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, across Tropicana Avenue) and to the east (the Tropicana Resort & Casino, across the Strip). There is also a free tram that connects Excalibur to its sister MGM Mirage properties to the south, the Luxor and Mandalay Bay hotel and casinos. The three casinos are also connected to each other, so it is possible to walk between the three of them without having to go outside.
When you enter the large lobby, you will encounter the sights that you would expect from the renaissance period. Coats of Arms, and 'antique' decor greet you and submerse you in the festivities from the start. If you arrive before check in, you can visit one of the many floors, one of which includes a faire that will awe and delight you with the bright colors, medieval style music, and performers. Some sections of the hotel have entertainers you can watch for free.
Entertainment at the Excalibur includes the Tournament of Kings (a dinner with a Knight Joust at $50), Merlin's Magic Motion Machines at $4. The International Buffet at Roundtable Buffet Restaurant was A Ok at $22.
If you like the medieval era you must visit Excalibur Hotel and Casino. ESPECIALLY if you have kids. I did not stay here but I toured the hotel. I came in time to see a show put on with puppets and other medieval entertainers. I even got a viking hat! Although I didn't do any gambling I think it's a fun place to see.
Definitely recommend for kids and families!!
This hotel is one of the few in town that specifically tries to attract a family business. The casino is very large but not too difficult to negotiate. What is difficult is finding your way out once you're in the casino. The second floor features a selection of shops, the buffet, and a food court, plus an elevated walkway to the Luxor next door. I've heard mixed stories about staying at the Excalibur. Based on everything I've heard and seen, I'd compare it to a typical Holiday Inn type of experience. The rooms are nothing special; however, some of the rooms, especially those in the north tower facing north have an unbeatable view down the strip.
This is a nice family show, if that's what you're in the market for. I've seen it twice, with different people. It was probably one time to many, as it's not a real thick plot. But for the money, you get a nice enough meal and some lighthearted entertainment. There were very young children in the audience and it's completely appropriate for that age level. It also has audience participation.
Honestly, I was a bit dissapointed by this one. Maybe it's because I love reniassance so was really looking forward to it. I guess I expected more theme. Maybe I was just too tired by time I got here. Maybe I missed the good part.
Fantastic show that is held in the Excalibur hotel/casino.
Ended up sitting in the Irish section by chance, love it :)
Buzzing atmosphere and could be thoroughly enjoyed by all ages. We were two 21 year olds and LOVED it.
Definitly something to do when in Vegas, especially if you've got kids they will love the show.
Wizards, jesters, knights and fair maids. Why would you miss it?!?
Dinner is included, which must be eaten with your hands! Al adds to the experience.
Oh...and ur not supposed to take pictures so ssshhhhhh!
The basement of the Excalibur contains a number of attractions including the Fantasy Fair Midway, which is carnival games and video games, and Merlin's Magical Motion Machines. The Magical Motion Machines are basically a variety of different adventures involving motion simulators and film where seats move in sync with onscreen action. We went on one where we were on a large barge going through an underground canal with lots of twists and turns. It was pretty lame really but the kids would probably have loved it. $4 per ride.
The excalibur hotel and casino is really one of the more unique looking casinos, modelled after a medieval castle. Inside The casino is extremely large and has a knights of the roundtable type of theme. there is a large midway within that those who've come to shop will enjoy and there is both a walkway and motorized tram that connects excalibur to luxor and mandalay bay.
The show begins with great fanfare as the seven kings and one dragon knight (representing evil), are announced. Their royal costumes are rich in color and design, their horses adorned with bright plumage. (The regalia was designed by Michel Fresnay, who was nominated for a best-costume Emmy in 1989 for the television production of "Napoleon and Josephine".) The kings then feast with King Arthur at the Round Table, after which a series of games, including a horse race, a jousting match, sword fighting and gladiator-style battles, commence. Audience members are invited to cheer on the king representing the "country" where they are sitting. Four-rows deep, the arena is divided into seven "country" sections and the "dark knight" section, which represents the evil Mordred's minions. Our seats were in "Russia" - and even though our king played dirty at times, he was very well received. That's because although the show is a display of physical strength and agility, it relies heavily on audience participation. The toasting ritual enlivens the feast. Guttural chants intensify the jousts and fighting segments. Be aware, however, that you may be reprimanded for booing the opponents too loudly! The merriment is interrupted when evil Mordred, the fire wizard, tries to capture King Arthur's kingdom. As the kings come together, one is killed; the others then avenge his death. Each battle is more spectacular than the next, with smoke, fire and pyrotechnics, until the final clash decides a victor.
Dinner is served as the show begins - an appetizer of "dragon's blood" (tomato soup) is followed by a Cornish hen, twice-baked potatoes, broccoli, a roll, soda and dessert. Keeping with the show's medieval theme, no utensils of any kind are given. The meal was cooked to perfection and was quite filling. The "Tournament of Kings" is a no-holds-barred entertainment rampage - the action is non-stop, battles intense and the crowd frenzied - at times it's impossible to hear anything over the sound of fists banging on tables.