Excalibur Hotel - Casino, Las Vegas
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!
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!!"
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.
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.
Huzzah! You are invited to the royal palace for dinner and sport!
The Tournament of Kings is a dinner theater show featuring live renaissance era horseback jousts between Kings of various mideval states including Ireland, England and Scotland.
$41.95 per person includes dinner and the show. Offered nightly 6:00p and 8:30p. Call the number below for reservations.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.