Excalibur Hotel - Casino, Las Vegas
Excalibur is one of many new, modern Las Vegas hotels that featured children's attractions, such as an arcade. 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 wizardlike figure representing Merlin looking out from a high turret.
It's not only a Hotel it''s a Casino! We had two days and nights in the Excalibur. It was great !
Excalibur Hotel and Casino is in Las Vegas, Nevada and is open daily 24 hours. The 121,544 square foot casino features 1,745 slots and eighty-eight table games. The property has six restaurants and a hotel with 3,991 rooms.
When it opened in 1990 at the corner of The Strip and Tropicana there was no New York-New York, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, or MGM Grand. With more than 4,000 rooms divided into four towers, the Excalibur became one of the largest hotels in the world and set a new direction for Vegas hotels. It spawned a number of theme resorts with the direction to make Vegas Children Friendly and provide a place to bring your entire family.
Ignore the fancier neighbors and from the outside Excalibur is pretty cool - giant colorful turrets, a moat, and even a non-functioning drawbridge. Looks like something you’d find a bit west in Disneyland. The overall atmosphere is meant to transport guests back to the days of King Arthur and gets a lot of help from the remodeled Round Table Buffet and the Tournament of Kings, a spectacular production show featuring jousting knights and a feast. With all the pomp and grandeur of medieval England the Excalibur hotel really knows how to put on a tournament and feast. This million dollar production features wizards, jousts, invading armies, dancing girls, tumbling acrobats, and more. The supper, served up in traditional style, starts with Dragon’s blood soup, then moves to the next course of Cornish game hens, before finishing up with an apple dessert. Seated in the King of Austria’s support section, we cheered our knight to victory!
On the second floor you can find the Medieval Village. This is where Excalibur's restaurants and shops are peppered along winding streets and alleyways, a sort of permanent Renaissance Faire. On the Village's "Jester's Stage," jugglers, puppeteers, and magicians amuse guests with free 20-minute performances throughout the day.
In the past few years, Vegas turned away from the “family” feel and went back to its roots …catering to adults. The fire-breathing dragon out front of the Excalibur is gone and there's a male strip show in one of the theaters so it's not quite the family Camelot it was when it first opened
From the outside, the Excalibur looks a lot like a magic castle, a la Disneyland. We thought, "Yeah, we gotta go inside there..." So we went on in and immediately wanted to turn around and get out.
It is supposed to have a King Arthur times feel, but it really just felt tacky tacky tacky. Yuck. As we quickly walked back to the Luxor, Mark said, "I feel really bad for people that have to stay here!!"
O ye olde crappe casino, the first of the new LV mega-resorts when LV decided to be family friendly...you see what happens when you cater to suburban tastes! This monstrosity!
There already was Circus Circus, why pander to kids more with this junk? It is worth a look for all its Merlin and olde tymes inspired crap though, just don't linger too long.
The Excalibur's theme is Old England. This hotel has a nice shopping arcade of about 20 stores. There is even a McDonald's and Taco Bell in this hotel. This hotel is connected to the Luxor and Mandalay Bay by tram.
If you prefer to return to the Medieval Age,this is your hotel.It is also another huge hotel located in the Strip.
The Excalibur Grand Hotel,is located in sothwest of Las Vegas,just next to Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard.The beautiful building,it looks like a real medieval castle.
Is a very good option specially if you are travelling with children, they will have a lot of fun here with its Tournament of Kings,and Fantasy Faire midway.The hotel has 4,008 rooms,and you can find a room here from $50 per night a very good price comparing with other hotels along the strip.Also has a few restaurants and a very good buffet restaurant,see my restaurant tip for more info.
Picture: Nightview at Excalibur Hotel.
Really now...what isn't a "must see" in Las Vegas?? Here I am across the street between MGM Grand and Tropicana. In the background is Excalibur. This is where we stayed while in Las Vegas. It has the largest amount of casino square footage space in Vegas. Try eating with your hands out of pewter bowls while watching King Arthur's Tournament. This is a really neat jousting show in the lower level of Excalibur.
When this resort was being built, there was a contest for naming it, with the prize being a ridiculously large sum of cash. My entry was "Yet Another Obviously Fake Disney Castle". They picked Excalibur.
If you haven't seen this show, you can forget about it, because the show hasn't been running for two years now, according to an employee for Excalibur whom I asked. I also contacted customer service at Excalibur and I was told that the show stopped running September 11, 2001. I have no idea what 9-11 had anything to do with a dragon and a wizard, but whatever. I have yet to find one web site that actually says the show isn't running anymore. Unfortuanetly, I never did get to see this show. The show was located outside of the Excalibur hotel & casino. If you look over the side as you walk in from Las Vegas Blvd., you will see a little cottage, with a small dock. This dock is where Merlin came out onto. The dragon came through two double doors, which if you look carefully over the side, you can see the doors and the track in which he rolls onto. There was a robotic dragon that was 51 feet tall, which battles with a robotic Merlin the Magician in the moat. This event was free to watch, but I have heard that it is not worth it and that it is for the kids. The show had some fireworks and fire!
Take a peek inside the Excalibur...after the Luxor and Mandalay Bay (they are attached by a monorail) it's not so impressive, but there's plenty to see. It's more kiddie oriented, and it's a lot louder than most of the other hotels I saw. Worth a look.
A different show for every taste. My wife and I saw a show at Excalibur. The show replicated the Middle Ages. We got to eat a whole meal with out hands, then watch jousting and fighting. We had a great laugh with everybody!
Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Gettin' medieval with family-friendly atmosphere.
If we were to pretend for a moment that most themed casinos are architecturally accurate, that would mean that crusaders of the Middle Ages built their castles out of...Legos? So looks the Excalibur, a boxy mass of castles and keeps, drawbridges and dungeons. The medieval-themed casino makes up for the goofy architecture with great prices: cheap drinks, cheap restaurants and generally cheap room prices. The bottom-floor has the standard midway fare, along with a string of shops that feature something rarely found on The Strip: handcrafted ceramics and jewelry. In this age of mass-produced trinketry, that's a medieval concept that's more than welcome.
Excalibur Hotel & Casino, the world's most exciting family resort, is a magical white castle, complete with moat and drawbridge, that transports Las Vegas visitors back to medieval days of King Arthur. This distinctly unique property features 4,008 rooms, two swimming pools, six marvelous restaurants and over 100,000 square feet of gaming excitement.
the Show at Excalibar with the magnificent horse riders.It used to cost for show and dinner $25.ºº per person. Dinner had to be eaten like a knight or lady at King Arthur's round table (with your hands). Chicken is okay to eat with your hands anyway so I've read according to good manners.Even Eisenhower ate chicken with his hands.