The Excalibur is much more impressive outside than inside. As you see from the street view it mimics a fairy tale and some of the towers you can enter and look out from their blaconies, pretending to be Prince Charming or some knight is shining armor...But the interior is much less impressive and we quickly tired of it and continued on to other "brighter" places.
Jousting and Dinner!
Features jousting, invading armies, dragons, fire-wizards, and a banquet served in true medieval, pre-silverware fashion. An entertaining evening that transports you back in time. Not that cheap, but it was fun.
There are two shows a night -one at 6 and one at 8:30.
he Excalibur Hotel/Casino is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip at 3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada. It is one of the large casinos owned by the Mandalay Resort Group. As of June 2004, the Mandalay Resort Group was purchased by MGM Mirage adding this hotel to its vast array of properties on the Strip.
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. Restaurants and other areas have Arthurian names, such as the Roundtable Buffet, or reflect a broader "ancient Britain" theme, such as the Sherwood Forest Cafe. A long-running show, the "Tournament of Kings," features simulated medieval jousting. The Excalibur hotel also features a wedding chapel.
The Tropicana - Las Vegas Boulevard intersection, where the property sits, is very busy, so pedestrians are not allowed to cross at street level. Instead,
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.
The Tournament of Kings Dinner Show at the Excalibur is a spectacular entertainment show for the whole family. Similar to the Medieval Times Dinner Show which can be found around the US, you're taken back to the ancient times when knights of different nations compete in a tournament. It's quite fun to watch, although the sounds and pyrotechnics may be a little too loud. You'll be cheering for a nation assigned to your section while eating a rotisserie chicken with your bare hands. Tickets are $55 (Excalibur hotel guests get a discount with coupon). Shows are 6:00pm and 8:30pm nightly.
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.
I suppose this show was developed to entertain the kids that make up such a large part of the Las Vegas visitors. It may be for kids but we enjoyed it very much too. The skill of the performers was truly amazing. These people are much more than actors they are true athletes as well. The crowd participation (cheering etc.) was fun since it allowed us to act like children for a couple of hours.
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!