Luxor Hotel & Casino Review
A couple of months ago I wrote about how I plan to requalify for Hyatt’s Diamond status. Being a Las Vegas local, I have the unique ability to pad my stays with the occasional mattress run to a cheap Mlife hotel like the Luxor or the Excalibur. The other day I did exactly that.
I used to live very close to the airport and early morning flights weren’t much of a problem, but recently I moved further away, so when my son had to be at the airport for a 6am flight to his grandfather’s, I figured a stay at the Luxor couldn’t hurt.
A Great Rate
Using the Mlife website, the rate for my stay was $25 plus tax and resort fee. ($56 total. Ouch!) I booked the lowest category room which was in the older Pyramid tower, but was upgraded to a room in the newer East Tower.
One of the best improvements it seems that Luxor has made is the addition of WiFi throughout the property. As recently as last year, they only had wired internet, but my room had very fast WiFi. As far as I can tell, this has been rolled out property wide. I know a lot of people would try to get out of the resort fee because of the poor internet, but that excuse likely won’t fly anymore.
The room itself was decent. It is a typical 3 star room, but the bathroom was actually nicer than I expected with both a tub and a shower. Overall the room was cleaner than I experienced at the Bellagio and the beds were comfortable enough. Our view of the other two towers wasn’t spectacular, but was actually quite beautiful when the sun was coming up.
The Secret MLife Lounge
Most people don’t know that the Luxor actually has a lounge that is open to all Mlife Platinum and Noir members. The reason I call it “secret” is that I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere on their website or elsewhere. I actually heard about it from a few bloggers last year during BACon. Unfortunately the secret lounge is best kept secret, because it sort of sucks.
The lounge is located downstairs in the old lobby and check-in area. To get to it, you must take an escalator down from the main level. The escalator is located to the left of the walkway that leads to Excalibur. Once downstairs turn left and you will see the lounge up ahead on the right.
Perhaps the only thing this lounge is good for is to get a free water, soda, juice or coffee, because that is all they have. There are no snacks, the seating isn’t too comfortable and the area just outside is used as a group check-in, meaning it is loud. Like incredibly loud. My son and I poked in, took a couple of photos, grabbed a drink and left.
The Luxor has a bad rap in general because of the dated rooms in the Pyramid Tower and previously the lack of amenities such as WiFi. While I am sure the rooms are still somewhat dated, if you can get yourself into one of the newer towers, then you are going to get a room that is just about as good as anything you can expect for around $50 in the United States.
With that said, I’m not impressed with the setup of the Luxor. The pool is basically located in the back towards the parking lot and the bridge towards the parking runs right through it. All of the unique theming has been removed, so what is left is very generic. It is a decent cheap option in Vegas, but don’t be fooled by the 4* ratings on some of the travel agency websites.