An October 2003 trip
to Las Vegas by shaunandtrish
Quote: We were married here three years ago and stopped over a couple of days on our trip to the states in 2003. Some things change, some don't.
Hotel | "Luxor"
Our deal gave us a free admission into the spa. This was a nice bonus. The areas are single sex so being a bit repressed I had to put up with flabby types wandering about in the nip without a care in the world, but there you go. Other than that great sauna, steam room, and spa, free coffee, snacks, cold drinks, and a TV to watch the Cubs game on when you're done. There are also shaving materials there for you to use when you're there, which is a nice touch.
All in all I would stay here again, but with so many other options available, I think next time we'll try somewhere nearer the middle of the strip. Maybe a front facing view from Paris or Aladdin for a view of the Bellagio fountains.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2003
Luxor Las Vegas
3900 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119-1000
Restaurant | "Luxor Pharoah's Pheast. - Phairly ordinary ..."
I'd have to say that the quality and choice, compared to other (sometimes cheaper) options on the Strip, was not great. You did not, for example, get the rib/shrimp that the Excalibur offered, and the choice of beverages was not as wide as the Excalibur's either. The "Italian" options were the ropiest. The pizza was dull and dry and the pasta sticky and soggy.
I can say that, bar the pickiest of eaters, you will find something tasty to fill up on. There are meat and fish dishes (mostly in sauces and gravys to keep them moist, obviously) and salad, fresh fruit, a couple of soups, and a dessert counter. The desserts were things like apple pie and cheesecake - they were OK.
I'd say that at about $19 a head, you can do better without much searching. OK if you're in the Luxor and can't be bothered to walk - not worth the walk if you're not.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 18, 2003
Pharoah's Pheast Buffet
Luxor Hotel - 3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Restaurant | "Excalibur defeats the Pharaoh on value and choice"
There are a few things that it does better than the Luxor:
1. It's a couple of bucks cheaper.
2. It has better salads and fresh stuff.
3. It has better meats and fish (for example, you can get ribs and shrimp here).
4. Its beverages are better, with hot drinks also included.
5. It has a Chinese and Mexican counter, and the dishes on here taste more or less like they should (you know when buffet Chinese food doesn't taste quite right?).
6. Another diner asked me if they really say "gadzooks" in England - this didn't happen at the Luxor.
7. The table service was more efficient.
8. They have multiple counters so you don't have to wait (or push) to get the food you want.
Putting this in context, it's still a bit of a free-for-all and not the place for an anniversary dinner or anything (the plates are about 20" across), but it is good value and much better than the Luxor's effort along the walkway.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2003
Roundtable Buffet at the Excalibar
3850 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
The first thing we noticed was that there was more construction work happening than last visit. Two new hotels were under construction, one more or less opposite "TI" and the other between Luxor and Manalay Bay. Both of the structures were up and were being fitted with bronze reflective windows. I hear the one next to Luxor may be called "London" - don't quote me.
Caesar's Palace had some severe construction and renovation happening out front. This, however, was better than the view inside (Celine Dion !!!). The Desert Inn is now an art gallery. I'm sorry, but this does not sound like it's going to work. There was also extensive renovation work underway at "TI" - no pirate show till about October 25, when a new routine will begin.
Some things NEVER change. Acts still performing were Wayne Newton, Danny Gans, Siegfried & Roy (although Roy had an altercation with a co-star the day we left, putting that one in jeopardy), Blue Man Group. The worst thing about that was that the billboards and advertising was exactly the same as it was 3 years ago. Someone tell the Luxor that BMG is NOT an act new to Vegas - they've been there 3 years at least. They must be doing OK too, at $100 a ticket, two shows daily. The volcano show outside the Mirage is now looking a bit lame, especially so close to the Bellagio Fountain show, which continues to take your breath away.
The Westward Ho Casino (between Circus Circus and Stardust Hotels) still pulls in gamblers despite a total absence of showy attractions and a pretty dingy interior. The secret? Sixteen-inch mega-dogs for under $1.50, Heineken for $1 a bottle, and 16-ounce frozen margaritas for 99 cents. Don't expect high sophistication here, but if it's bang (or calories) for your buck you're after...
I'm not a big gambler, so second time around, I found 3 days enough for me. It's still a great place, pretty good value for money, and with 100-degree temperatures in October, just what we needed after 3 good but cool days in Chicago. But I was ready to move on by then.
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