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The Incredible Hotels of Vegas:Part Two

Posted by on June 2, 2011

(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.

Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas

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.

Entranceway to 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?

Oh, yeah.

I’ll be telling you all about those adventures.

Stay tuned.

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.

10 Responses to The Incredible Hotels of Vegas:Part Two

  1. Lucy's Mom

    I’m a bit jaded about Las Vegas after so many trips over so many years, but as I see it through your eyes it looks pretty cool. I had forgotten how exciting and special some of these themed hotels are, especially the Luxor. I definitely need to put down the cards, pack up the dice and wander around and see the sights again. Thanks for a new perspective.
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  2. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista

    You can certainly travel the world along the strip in Vegas! Glad you enjoyed the hotels so much.
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  3. Jeremy Branham

    Seems like you could do a sight seeing tour just of hotels!!
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  4. jamie - cloud people adventures

    i think your word : interesting, is a perfect description no matter whether you love, hate or are indifferent to vegas. most of my knowledge of vegas comes from hunter s thompson. i think he definitely found the place interesting.

  5. Mark Wiens

    Just walking from hotel to hotel in Vegas can take some serious walking. The hotels look so close, but are actually so spread apart! I always enjoy checking out interesting hotels around the world.
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  6. ayngelina

    I haven’t been to Vegas yet but it keeps looking better and better.
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  7. The Travel Chica

    Interesting to learn that the rooms in the Luxor actually have slanted ceilings. Sounds like they wanted every detail to be right.
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  8. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy

    I walked through a few of those Vegas hotels, and they’re so ridiculous and larger than life. Which I like!
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  9. Jozef @ Where Now

    Wow that is awesome, I love all of that themed kinda stuff. Thats what makes disney land so awesome as well!
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  10. David @ MalaysiaAsia

    Wow, so many new hotels there. My last visit to sin city was back in 2003/4 and the only hotels I visited were MGM, Luxor, New York, New York and the old strip. I have plans to re-visit Vegas but maybe next year.
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