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Luxor Loyalty?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by hillwood24, Feb 26, 2015.

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  1. hillwood24

    hillwood24 High-Roller

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    My girlfriend and I are going to Vegas on March 9th for 4 nights, yet we still don't know where we want to stay. We have had Encore booked since we planned the trip a couple months ago, but we continually find ourselves saying "let's just stay at Luxor."

    A little background: I first traveled to Vegas at age 21 in 2012 after graduating college. At the time, I was a broke college student and didn't know where to stay. My friend and I ultimately settled on Luxor because it was cheap and we liked the pyramid architecture and theme. Being our first trip, we had a blast and couldn't believe that people generally considered Luxor to be a dump. We thought it was the coolest hotel ever.

    Fast forward 3 years and I have stayed at the Luxor 6 times with no complaints. I've also stayed at Mandalay Bay 2 times in that stretch. For whatever reason, I always enjoy spending time at the Luxor.

    For this trip, my girlfriend and I want to get away from grad school for spring break and we booked the Encore at their casino rate of $129 a night, as I've only ever given them 15 minutes of play. As the trip date nears, we keep trying to convince ourselves to stay at the Luxor for a variety of reasons including nostalgia, location (we love the south end), and thrift.

    So, does anybody else have this problem of sticking with what they know when there are clearly better options? What helps you make the decision? How do I leave the home base?!
     
  2. captainron62

    captainron62 VIP Whale

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    Vegas is different than the rules you follow elsewhere when picking where to stay. I continually choose Bally's over a room at Caesars in the Augustus Tower. I simply prefer Bally's to a fancier joint. I like the location and vibe. I have stayed at Luxor 3x and like it very much. If you like the south strip and the feel of Luxor I think it is an easy decision.
     
  3. kel3420

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    I totally understand. I keep going back to a hotel that I have stayed at 20+ times but that has pissed me off the last several trips. Why? Location, the fact I can get around it with my eyes closed, proximity to other casinos within easy walking distance, cabanas, main VP bar, etc, etc. I am planning a trip for a group to celebrate a big birthday in August. It's my choice where to stay, and it's taking a lot to just not make reservations at my "Home" casino. Right now, I'm leaning towards Rio instead, because I can get everyone in there free or cheap. And everyone will be able to use the cabanas I rent with no issue. But then, I will start getting marketing offers from Rio, and I won't want to stay there when it's just Hubbie and I. Oh lord, first world problems, lol
     
  4. REELmoneySlotFan

    REELmoneySlotFan High-Roller

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    I understand completely where you're coming from. We always used to stay at Tropicana and NYNY. But after my host at NYNY turned out to be an empty suit and Tropicana running up the rates since their partnership with Hilton we kinda started looking at different places. Now we're going to give Monte Carlo, MGM and Mandalay Bay a try. We have also stayed at the Mirage (which we absolutely love) but somehow we also prefer the South side of the Strip. BUT, if things would seriously change at the Trop and NYNY (for the better) we would propably go back there. Good luck figuring this one out!
     
  5. PerryP

    PerryP Tourist

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    I feel the same. I've stayed at the Luxor for about 5 times and for whatever reasons I am drawn back to the Luxor whenever I go. However, this coming trip I've booked at CP to try something different. I dunno, I may switch and go back to Luxor.
     
  6. BellaBlvd

    BellaBlvd Low-Roller

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    All this Luxor love is making me feel a bit better about my upcoming trip. :) Thanks!
     
  7. JeJas

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    If you enjoy Luxor, why not continue staying there.
    Some people say it is a dump. But that depends on which one to compare to.
     
  8. alburtis26

    alburtis26 Tourist

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    I fully understand the "loyalty" aspect. My wife and I first went to Vegas in '89. There was nothing but the "old" hotels on the strip. We stayed at the Dunes (I really miss that golf course). The next yer we got married at the Riviera - in 1990 it was one of the nicer chapels. And we stayed loyal for 25 years! after 1993, we stayed at the Riv. We always had a clean room, easy parking, and it reminded us of those early years (with a car, we cold go play at any casino, see any show, but stayed at the hotel where we were comfortable). This year we were splitting the trip between the Riv and Luxor. We had thought maybe Mandalay Bay, but our 21 year old daughter will be joining us for half the trip and she wanted to stay in the Pyramid. Now our entire stay will be at the Luxor - we are going in June, so no Riv. If it "feels" right and is clean, it will in all likely hood be our new "Vegas home". We wouldn't switch unless there is a problem.
     
  9. DaiLun

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    Encore vs. Luxor????

    1)Stay where you're comfortable
    2)Stay where you like to play
    3)Stay where you feel "lucky"

    All that being said, Encore is a very nice place to stay. I would stay there all the time if the slots weren't so tight.
     
  10. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I always say stay wherever you will be the most happy. On the vegas strip, the comparison between hotels is relative to one another. Luxor is cooler and better than most standard hotels in other cities. But on the Strip, it doesn't hold a candle to Encore. Nevertheless, if it makes you happy, stay there. I still stay at Mandalay Bay a couple times a year because I like it for a variety of reasons, even though I know I can always get comped at a nicer hotel.
     
  11. Bommen

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    As others have mentioned Encore is the superior hotel and worth a lot more then the 129/night you are paying. As far as location it sounds like the south strip is in your comfort zone and you know what you will be getting so its a safe bet. But in so many other things in life you need to get out of that comfort zone to be able to experience new things and locations to find out for yourself.

    I say go with the luxury of Encore and spoil your girl knowing that you are staying at the best resort in Vegas so make sure you take advantage of their amenities. Lots of stuff to do at Wynncore, Venetian/Palazoo, Fashion Show and also pretty convinient walking distance to the Linq and Forum shops. Dont forget to eat breakfast at Peppermill and make sure to hit up Stripburger across the street.
     
  12. parallax

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    Stay where you are comfortable. As you take more trips, you might feel differently. We have evolved over time and have moved up and down the strip dues to ownership changes, change in finances, offers by hosts and other miscellaneous reasons. We started with Paris (3x), Aladdin/ PH (2x), Mirage (1x), Bellagio (4x), Aria (1x) and MB (3x). Honestly, we didn't think we would leave the Bellagio because we had nice offers and we were invited to a bunch of their slot tournaments which my wife loved. However, our host moved to Aria and we tried Aria on his recommendation. We had a bad experience at Aria (stuff was stolen from our room) and eventually ended up at MB where we have been extremely happy.
     
  13. andyg99

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    10 of my 22 Vegas trips have been at Luxor - I love that place.... T&T for great mexican food, $45 Poker tournament in the morning, easy access to Excalibur (favorite craps table) and other casinos nearby - all around great place to spend 3 or 4 mindless days and nights in Vegas...
     
    Luxor Trip #12, Vegas Trip #28!
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    I'm "loyal to a fault". I've stayed almost exclusively at the Hard Rock for most of the past 6 years at 40-50 nights a year (12-16 visits annually). Over many years, I've had the pleasure of staying at most of the major properties in town and I still visit and enjoy them regularly with clients. But I like what I like and I love the familiarity I now enjoy with my "home away from home." I'm not super "demanding" and I pride myself on being a polite and very respectful customer to every level of staff... that works very well in obtaining high caliber service with a smile. It's hard for me to wander from "home base", cause I'm acknowledged by name at the bar, valet or at check-in and the people are so incredibly nice to me at the Hard Rock. I feel like a high-roller, when I'm just really a frequent guest.

    Encore has been my #2 during times when I need to be in that area... SUPER property! You CAN NOT go wrong with a stay there!!! Though I think you'll find yourself wandering thru the shops to Wynn, cause it's more lively over there. Several years ago I went on a Luxor "kick" and stayed in Tower (I've never stayed in the Pyramid). I enjoyed the hell out of myself, though I'm more partial to the north strip than the south. To each his/her own... wherever you land... HAVE A BLAST!
     
  15. heatherlovesvegas

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    I agree.. for some reason, my standards are different in Vegas. Lately, I'm having trouble straying from my favorites. Luckily if you are fairly loyal to a place, they keep inciting you back. MGM keeps sending me GREAT room rates, I can't pass it up. It's cheaper than everyone else. So I'm good with staying there.. But, it's a little annoying that it takes the guess work out of my trip. I can't justify paying double to stay at Mandalay Bay...

    Still though, I mean Luxor over Encore.. I'm not sure, especially if you are comfortable paying Encore's rates. BUT, I get those casino teasers from Encore all the time, but then I add it up.. ok $129, plus tax, plus a $32 resort fee.. Then it's over $200 a night. Then I tend to back off.
     
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    If you are happy at Luxor, you may well not be happy at Encore. Everything is more expensive and upscale. Not saying that is good or bad. Just different.
     
  17. Slotchick

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    We are loyal to the Luxor too, we get more bang for our buck there in terms of comps. The employees are friendly, we've gotten to know quite a few on a personal basis, we enjoy T&T, Rice n Co and there are many other choices with Mandalay and the food courts if you so desired. We stay elsewhere on occasion and always compare it to our "norm" at the Luxor and nothing seems to measure up for what we look for when we are in Vegas.

    I have to agree with others, stay where you are most comfortable and if you want to step outside the box there's no harm in that either.
     
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    I agree with everyone that says 'stay where ever you are comfortable'. Everybody has different tastes and likes so if you both like someplace don't be dissuaded.
     
  19. ThePicksHub

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    I will always have a soft spot for the place. My first trip to Vegas, last January was at the Luxor. Went again in September off a comp. I couldn't understand where the awful reviews were coming from, and I am fairly anal. In May ill be back to Vegas but staying in a comped suite at Excalibur. I had a free room at the Luxor, albeit a pyramid and tower room, but ended up trying something different. Both trips had great drink service while gambling, employees were great, and never had an issue with the food. Surely ill spend some time back there in May.
     
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    Variety is the spice of life. I do understand being comfortable with a hotel and making it your home Casino (my home Casino has changed many times over the years...Luxor was my home Casino for a couple of years when they first opened). I agree with Bommen....Encore is fabulous and you got a great price; spoil your girl. You can always hang out at Luxor if you don't like Encore or Wynn Casinos but you'll have wonderful accommodations at Encore. You won't know if you get in a home casino rut.
     
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