Now in its 25th year, Luxor is far down on the south side of Las Vegas Blvd. It sits right in between Mandalay Bay and Excalibur. You can walk to any of these three properties without going outside, but tram service is also available. Just like Excalibur and Mandalay Bay, Luxor is also owned by MGM Resorts International, and is one of their most economical properties in that you can gamble, eat, and sleep for less.
Its theme is of ancient Egypt, and in the evening, Luxor is arguably the most identifiable casino from afar. Its bright beam of light shoots high into the sky from the top of its pyramid. Despite the Egyptian theme which starts out strong with the large sphinx that sits outside the casino, there isn’t too much going on inside (in terms of capturing the Egypt theme). We’ve never been to Egypt, but we’re confident it doesn’t look exactly like America.
If you are driving, Luxor’s valet and parking can also be accessed using Frank Sinatra Drive. Both used to be free, but like most other casinos on the strip, this is not the case anymore. Parking rates are determined by how long you’re staying and your current tier status within their player rewards program. Status can be accumulated numerous ways. They prefer you do it by gambling, but you may also apply for the M Life credit card and if approved, your status is upgraded to free self-parking only.
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Within the casino’s sizable 120,000 square foot gaming space are 87 table games, spread out in numerous parts of the floor. Its game variety was nothing special, but for what we were expecting we were satisfied. Luxor has dim lighting and is rather smoky, but the energy is good. We were surprised to see $10 was the minimum bet for each game. Not to put down the Luxor, but $5 is usually the going rate for the middle of the pack casinos.
During our last visit, there was not much to choose from in terms of baccarat games. There was one only table of mini-baccarat for $10 a hand, and no tables were around in the high limit section.
Blackjack is the mainstay of any casino floor, and there were plenty of tables here. The dealer must hit on soft 17, and to receive 3-2 odds for being dealt blackjack you must play the $25 tables. The minimums go down to $10, but anything less than the $25 table only pays 6-5. It doesn’t always say that on the table even though it’s supposed to, so check with the dealer before you’re dealt in.
In the last number of years, other variations of blackjack with different sets of rules have been crafted. Of these new variations, Luxor only offers Free Bet Blackjack. Also, out by the slot machines is a virtual blackjack game with a live dealer and a $5 minimum.
Craps games started at $10 with standard rules. The odds weren’t posted, but 3-4-5 is the way it goes on the strip. Virtual crap games are also offered in the slots area with a $2 minimum.
All standard roulette games with two zeros had a $10 minimum. Two other virtual roulette options are in the slots area. One is for $3, and the other is $5 because it has a live wheel.
– Fortune Pai Gow ($10 min.)
– Three Card Poker ($10 min.)
– Ultimate Texas Hold’em ($10 min.)
– Face Up Pai Gow ($10 min.)
– Let It Ride ($10 min.)
Between these and the other main games, nine options isn’t bad. Given how many total tables there are, you’ll never have a problem getting a seat.
The most notable section in Luxor’s casino was not a table game, but its eSports Arena. If you are unfamiliar with eSports, they equate to betting on the outcome of professional video game tournaments. This may sound a bit silly, but there is plenty of demand for it. It is located in one of the casino’s corners, and you check in with the clerk at its front desk for details.
A look at the eSports Arena from our visit:
The high limit section for table games is combined with the slots and didn’t have much going for it. It has its own entrance, so it provides some seclusion, but otherwise it was a whole lot of nothing. We don’t gather that many people come in here. There were just two tables of blackjack with $100 minimums that had the same rules on the main floor.
There are more than 1,100 slots are spread around the whole casino. There are still some old school machines around, but most of them were new. There’s a daily slot tournament section right by the sportsbook, and some of its notable games are Willy Wonka, Wheel of Fortune, Ski Pinball, The Flintstones, Anchorman, and several varieties of Buffalo. Wager amounts are pretty standard here, starting at a penny and increasing in increments of $0.05, $0.10, $0.25, $0.50, and $1.
Combined with the table games, the high limit slots section and its lifeless vibe didn’t have much video poker to go with it. Nevertheless, the wagers available were for $1, $2, $5, $10, $25, and $50. Cleopatra was the most notable video poker game with limits of $0.25, $1, $2, and $5.
A look at the high limit room from our visit:
Apart from high limit, the video poker game selection was also nothing to write home about. Machines were few and far between with only four different types of games. Limits started at just a penny, but also went up to $0.25, $1, and $2. Paybacks were as high as 99.17% for Bonus Poker, but as low as 98.45% for Jacks or Better. You’ll also consistently find video poker at the bars spread all throughout the casino. The screens are tabletops at each seat, and you can play them for comped drinks.
We were pleasantly surprised that the sportsbook was totally decent. There were plenty of large TVs and everything including the betting board was easy to see. Given that Luxor is smoky, it was nice that the sportsbook prohibits it. Its location is tucked away from the rest of the action, but its one drawback is its right by the daily slot tournament section which could get annoying.
There is ample seating with dozens of spacious leather chairs to go with some sofas. The racebook seating also accommodates many and they each have their own TV and desk space. Since Luxor mainly attracts tourists, it should never too crowded in here except for the busiest times of year.
You can also download the PlayMGM sports betting app, which allows you access to all the same lines as well as live betting for every game. Live betting is betting on games that have already started. It’s a recently new popular choice and is expected to be offered in sportsbooks in the near future.
Unfortunately, drinking in the sportsbook at any Las Vegas property is not easy anymore. Drink tickets are given out per bet. For sports the bet requirement is $100, and $10 for the horses. They both sound high and they are but believe it or not this is relatively inexpensive. Cheap drink tickets are only offered at off strip local casinos.
The Luxor hotel has over 4,400 rooms. The average nightly rate for its standard rooms is under $100, but there are occasional promotions for rates starting at $45. The normal room sizes begin at a modest 420 square feet, but the remodeled tower rooms are 449 square feet. If you are an AAA member, you qualify for a 10% discount and two free buffets per day. All military members, active or retired also receive discounts as do their spouses.
Luxor also offers a variety of suites. They start at 590 square feet with Pyramid Corner Suite and go up to 3,600 if you take the Tower Two Bedroom Penthouse. Considering the Penthouse averages under $700 per night, that’s not a bad deal as suites like these are usually well upwards of $1,000 or more.
In between the Pyramid Corner and Penthouse are:
– Tower One Bedroom Suite (780 square feet)
– Tower Premier Suite (1,050 square feet)
– Tower Premier Deluxe Suite (1,200 square feet)
– Tower Premier 2 Bedroom Suite (1,650 square feet)
Considering the luxury and the fact you are on the Las Vegas strip, the average nightly rates staying between less than $100 and $250 seems like a bargain. However, one thing that isn’t a bargain is the irritating $39.68 mandatory nightly resort fee. That includes the tax, and for it you only get Internet, pool, and fitness center access, along with a few other mild conveniences that we figure either nobody cares about or uses.
Entrance to the Nurture Spa for hotel guests is $25 and $40 for non. It is open from 6 AM – 7 PM but treatments don’t start until 8 AM. The Nurture Salon is open 10 AM – 6 PM.
The spa offers an expansive variety of massages, body treatments, and facials, and there are various types of packages you can purchase as well. The salon also does massages and face treatment to go with hair services, nail services, and waxing.
The fitness center is also open 6 AM – 7 PM, and it is worth noting Luxor’s pool section covers 19,000 square feet featuring four sections of pools.
Not including the food court, there are over a dozen restaurants, some of which are in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place which is connected nearby. Starbucks and Backstage Deli are open 24 hours, and Some of its other noteworthy options are T & T (Tacos and Tequila), Rice and Company (Asian), and the Public House sports bar. With one exception, all these eateries are modestly priced.
The one place for fine dining is Tender Steak & Seafood. They’ve got a wide selection of seafood, sides, and wet and dry-aged steaks, none of which are aged for less than 21 days.
Luxor no longer has a nightclub, but it has not given up on partying. Luxor has gone a unique route and rather successfully as Temptation Sundays is the longest running gay pool party in Las Vegas. Entrance is $10 for hotel guests and $20 for everyone else.
If you don’t want to party with mostly gay men in bathing suits, Luxor also brings a strong selection of five different bars although none of them feature live music. Flight only requires a casual dress code and offers modern cocktails and specialty beer. Aurora, known for its unique lighting effects based off the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
Playbar is open 24 hours and right by the sportsbook. High Bar is near the high limit section and is as much a lounge as a bar with its intimate seating availability. And lastly is Centra, also open 24 hours. It is in the center of the casino and has plenty of video poker and other video slot games.