(You can read Part One of our Vegas Hotel experiences HERE.)
After walking and walking and walking and then walking some more down Las Vegas Boulevard, we decided that we hadn’t actually walked quite enough and we needed to check out a couple more hotels. First, we needed a sustenance infusion, so we found a nearby food court, mulled over our the myriad of interesting food choices and then we had McDonald’s for lunch. We had already eaten so much rich food that we were a little overwhelmed and those chicken nuggets tasted darn good.
Then we were ready to continue with our exploration of the Vegas hotels. Or at least as many as we could fit in before we collapsed like exhausted ragdolls. Ragdolls with blisters on their feet.
As huge fans of anything King Arthur, we were pretty excited to head to the Excalibur Hotel which is right next to New York, New York. We could see the spires and castle-like appearance and it looked really fascinating.
We are huge fans of castles – my husband mostly – and have actually stayed in a castle in Ireland and visited several castles in Germany, so we were hugely interested to see the inside of this hotel. And it did not disappoint.
From stained glass windows…
…to what resembled the outside of a castle…
…we really enjoyed strolling around and taking in all the sights in this incredible castle-shaped hotel. But we were in a little bit of a hurry. We had a limited amount of time and we had seen what looked like the ultimate Las Vegas hotel next door.
It was time to visit Ancient Egypt in the form of the Luxor Hotel.
Did you know that when they made mummies in ancient Egypt, they had a hooked implement that they inserted up the nose, scrambled up the brain and then drew the resulting mess out through the nose? Let’s all have an EEEWWWW here. The ancient Egyptians thought the heart was the important part of the body and the brain was just a rather worthless organ. It’s absolutely true and just a bit of the useless trivia I know about ancient Egypt because I find it completely fascinating.
So I was truly amazed to see this unique and fabulous hotel. When you walk a little closer, you can see that it is actually in the shape of a pyramid. The rooms even have slanted ceilings!
But it’s when you go inside that you really feel that you have stepped back in time. It is just amazing that they have spent so much time and effort to make this hotel really look like a scene from ancient Egypt.
There’s incredible statues.
Truly amazing paintings and hieroglyphics.
But it was not until we went outside to catch the monorail that we saw the sphinx. A sphinx. Seriously, this has to be the coolest thing in Vegas.
Vegas has got to be, without a doubt, the most…interesting…place we have ever visited. Where else can you visit that walking around hotels is actually considered a form of entertainment? New York? Nah. Paris. Nah. San Francisco. Nah. Only in Vegas.
And where else can you go to see one of the most incredible man-made wonders of the world and one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world, both very near?
I’ll be telling you all about those adventures.
Full disclosure: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority helped to arrange our stay and we were provided with a variety of hosted accommodations and experiences, but as always, I will share my honest opinion about any travel experiences I have.