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Why does the Luxor get a bad rap?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by EastCoastVegasFan!, Jan 8, 2020.

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  1. mbely1000

    mbely1000 Low-Roller

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    It's one of the older properties on the strip. It has mediocre restaurants. The location is terrible.
     
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  2. bshowell

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    I've stayed in both the pyramid and tower pre-reno. With the reno, I'd definitely go again. We do a lot on that end of the Strip. And it's 15 mins from pretty much anything else near that end. I don't worry about the food options because Mandalay Place and Mandalay are literally right there. Also Public House always has some interesting options and whichever lounge that is in the middle of the casino floor is great for relaxing w/a few drinks and people watching.
     
  3. TableToddyy

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    It's not bad .I just don't like how all of the casinos at the south end of the strip are tied together. Walking or driving.
     
  4. The Rumor

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    I don't like to stay that far at the end of the Strip. It's the same reason the Wynn and Mandalay don't appeal to me all that much.
     
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    At least on message boards, I think it gets the rap it deserves -- it's fine. The pyramid rooms have various engineering problems and often have a weird layout, but the tower rooms are great and it's got one of the best pools among the mid-range properties on the Strip. The restaurants are decent, though nothing much that's destination-worthy (I do hear great things about Tender, though), and the casino floor is pretty decent. I wouldn't put it in the top tier of places, it's certainly not a Wynn, Caesars, Cosmo, Aria, or Bellagio, but it's better than many CET and non-chain places, as well as Excal and Circus-Circus, and within the MGM ecosystem, I honestly prefer it to Mirage. It's a good value as well.

    I think my main knock against Luxor is that it's often not significantly cheaper than Mandalay Bay, and I'd pick MB over Luxor pretty much any day. The location is what it is, but it also has enough variety in restaurants and a nice-enough pool that if you're the sort of person who likes to treat their resort like a cruise ship, you can easily just stay put, plus it's connected to Excal and Mandalay by walkway.
     
  6. SMG

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    Luxor isn't bad, but it's definitely not what it use to be like back in the old days. I've stayed at the Luxor several times, going as far back as the days when it still had its full Egyptian theme. My latest stay was in a premium Pyramid King room for 4 nights during my Halloween trip. The premium Pyramid rooms are the ones that are renovated, unlike the standard rooms, but they are still pretty basic (I have a few 360 degree room photos in my TR) in comparison to an equivalent tower room which are nicer. One of my main gripes was that there were no outlets near the bed stands, so the closest outlet to charge my phone/iPad was near the desk. I sorta like the odd design of the Pyramid rooms with the slanted windows and inclinations., so I often opt for the Pyramid room. LOL Having Mandalay Bay next door is also convenient for additional restaurants, etc. Location wise, I know that's an issue for many being on the far south end of the strip, but I always have a rental car, so that isn't a problem for me. Most of my stays have also been comped (except for resort fees), so I can't complain too much. LOL
     
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  7. waverunner

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    I stayed at Luxor when Ramses was still in power and before that gawd awful Tower was built and back when the river Nile was still flowing.
    However, whenever i hit Vegas i always spend some time there, in fact i had lunch at the Luxor buffet a few months ago.
    Be sure to take pics on the outside of the property, last time i checked the Sphinx and Obelisk haven't gotten demolished yet for a CVS.
     
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    Tried for first time last fall, fun casino, nice pool area, enjoyed the buffet and food court, always been a fan of fantasy and Carrot Top . Even the check in line was short , few things a didnt like was the hike to the pool and the fact that room didnt have an alarm clock
     
  9. YukonSloMo

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    Wave runner that was the funniest description of this resort, period.
    Thanks for the laugh
     
  10. notfromconcentrate

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    I stayed at Luxor for the first time in December, and it was in a regular pyramid room which didn't appear to be recently renovated. I specifically wanted that type of room despite knowing the tower rooms were generally regarded as better because I had an obsession with ancient Egypt as a child and it only took me fourteen trips to Vegas to finally get to stay in a hotel I always wanted to stay in when I learned about its existence, probably only a short time after it was built.

    Based on the impression from that room, I can't say I'd be running back... though my impression was in no way negative.

    By comparison, those tower rooms look amazing and would definitely give me a much more positive impression. Thank you for sharing those detailed photos :) I also know those suites don't tend to be terribly expensive either, so that makes them even more appealing.

    To the main question in this thread, I think the bad rap comes from a combination of...

    1. Many areas of the hotel are showing their age, which makes this feel like less of a luxury hotel, especially in comparison to the newer properties like Aria and Cosmo

    2. There don't seem to be a lot of great dining options. I've got a mile-long list of restaurants in Vegas that I want to try and exactly zero of them are at the Luxor.

    3. Like someone else said, the location isn't the best either. Never mind where the resort itself is compared to other hotels... like many properties on the west side of the strip, it's a crazy long walk just to get to Las Vegas Boulevard.

    Perhaps somewhat oddly, I quite like the spa there and think it's a great value. So overall it's a good property in my book. But then again I say that as someone who is...

    - Always on the move and is generally not inhibited by a lack of dining options
    - Generally indifferent to room decor/niceness compared to others
    - Often taking Uber and Lyft to wherever I'm going, making the long walk to the boulevard a non-issue most of the time

    So the bottom line is the downsides didn't really affect me... though they certainly could affect others.
     
  11. Chuck2009x

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    The suites in the towers are a great value. I've only stayed there once, thought it was fine, have had several reservations since, but ended up canceling and staying somewhere else, mainly because I camp out and Luxor doesn't have room service after lunch and there's no CVS or Walgreens next door to stock up.
     
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    Is this the one bedroom deluxe tower suite??
     
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    Is this the one bedroom deluxe tower suite??
     
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    Luxor was our first ever stay in vegas.
    After just the first day we commented how we didn't like the location. Since we walk the strip a lot as well as make a number of stops to the room we felt a good portion of our stay was wasted traveling to/from the hotel.
    If luxor was more center strip we would stay there again.
     
  15. luridludicloco

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    Luxor does not have a good buffet or nice VP, so once they did away with King Tut's Tomb and Museum, after having taken out the Nile boat ride around the pyramid, and the talking camels, I stopped visiting it.
     
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    Morning! It is the one bedroom premier tower suite! We really loved that room!

    HI Not! We walked over to the pyramid side, as I always wanted to try the inclinator elevator. I was really shocked at the difference. The tower side was soothing and upscale, the pyramid side WE visited was really rough, gouges in walls, elevator box slightly hanging out ot the wall, we would not want to stay there. It's almost like the tower side is a different hotel.

    So, now that you've done the Egypt side, you might try the tower side. MB and Luxor towers are two of the best values of MGM in my book. (I loved Egyptian history as a kid too, so had the Pyramid side looked more on par with the tower side, we would have tried it in the future too!)

    Also side note, last time we were there, Luxor had suites walking around, that looked like the show ticket people. Turns out they were offering free rooms for your next trip.

    We are comped, and not sure they're still doing it but if you ("you" as in anyone reading) pay for rooms and see suits, it might be worth seeing what they say! :)
     
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    Resort-hotel + amenities > access to Walgreens/CVS
     
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    In a vacuum I would agree with this.

    But when choosing between two resort-hotels of similar caliber, I can completely understand why this access would make someone choose a property like the Flamingo over the Luxor based on access to such stores.

    I’d say this is especially so for those who fly on airlines that only allow a personal item, and thus they would rely on the ability to buy things they need on arrival. Likewise for visitors with mobility restrictions, for whom it may not be so easy to go out of their way to get to a Walgreens/CVS, if they suddenly realize they forgot something. If I was confined to a wheelchair, I’d have a far easier time getting to those stores from Flamingo than from the Luxor.

    So I wouldn’t be so fast to dismiss that proximity as a factor, personally.
     
  19. mikeinctown

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    Stayed in one of the pyramid corner suites September 2018. I was completely underwhelmed. The damn AC couldn't keep the room cool enough so we had both going 24/7 just to maintain maybe 80 in the room. The furniture was dated and with the two room split wasn't really well thought out. The television remotes sucked as did the picture quality. Even the fixtures on the big jacuzzi tub were well worn and showing brassing, I have seen photos of the tower and based on those I would have no problem staying in a tower room, but will not stay in the pyramid room again. The other issue is that the elevators are only in one corner so you might have to walk a LONG way just to get to the elevator depending on what floor you are on. Then depending on elevator bank, you may wind up in the very rear corner. So for example, my room was facing the direction of the MGM, but we had to walk to the rear to the elevator, then all the way back through to the front again to get anywhere.
     
  20. Chuck2009x

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    Some days that's true and others it's not. Ever stayed 2 weeks?
     
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