|Luxor Las Vegas|
|Facts and statistics|
|Address||3900 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
|Opening date||October 15, 1993|
|No. of rooms||4,407|
|Total gaming space||120,000 sq ft (11,000 m2)|
|Permanent shows||Carrot Top
Criss Angel Believe
Menopause the Musical
|Signature attractions||LAX Nightclub
Cathouse Restaurant & Nightclub
|Years renovated||West & East Towers (1,948 rooms) in 2006
Casino Floor in 2008
The Luxor Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. Ground was broken for the Luxor in 1991, that same year construction began on the Treasure Island. It has a new highly modernized and contemporary design and contains a total of 4,407 rooms lining the interior walls of a pyramid style tower and contained within twin ziggurat towers that were built as later additions. The hotel is named after the city of Luxor (ancient Thebes) in Egypt.
In July 2007, owner MGM Mirage announced plans to thoroughly renovate the Luxor, spending $300 million to remodel 80 percent of Luxor's public areas, removing much of the ancient Egyptian theme and replacing it with more adult-oriented and modern lounges, restaurants and clubs. Among the distinctive changes to the exterior occurred in mid-2007. Around May, management covered one of the pyramid's massive black faces with one 15-story sign that advertised Motorola. Not much later, a sign advertising Absolut Vodka. On June 16, 2008 the sign was taken down.
The Luxor is located on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, opposite the McCarran International Airport. The resort is flanked by the Mandalay Bay to the south and by the Excalibur to the north; all three are connected by free express and local trams. All three properties were built by Circus Circus Enterprises, which later became Mandalay Resort Group.
When it opened on October 15, 1993, the pyramid was the tallest building on the strip and took 2 years to build and a total of 968 workers; it cost $375 million to build. A theater and two additional hotel towers totaling 2,000 rooms were added in 1998 for $675 million. In June 2004, the Mandalay Resort Group was purchased by MGM Mirage, adding this hotel to its vast array of properties on the "Strip".
When the resort opened, it featured a river that encircled the casino with a ferry that would carry guests to different parts of the pyramid. After guests complained that the ferry service took too long, it was turned into the Nile River Tour, a river ride that passed by many pieces of ancient artwork. Most of the ancient Egypt theme and the river ride were taken away as part of a campaign to tailor the property towards more upscale tastes in 1995.
The resort has been home to some popular entertainment attractions in the Las Vegas area. The main level featured the nightclub, RA, which closed indefinitely on July 22, 2006. From 2000 to 2005, the Luxor Theatre was the home of the enormously popular performance-art show Blue Man Group, which has since moved to The Venetian. On February 15, 2006, the main theater became the home of the musical Hairspray which ran until 2006.
In 2006, MGM-Mirage began completely remodeling Luxor. Rooms in the East and West Towers have been refurnished. Two upscale restaurants, Isis and Sacred Sea Room, closed. This space became CatHouse and the renowned Company American Bistro. The RA nightclub, which had previously been one of the most successful in the city but had been seeing reduced attendance in recent years, was shuttered. Replacing it is the Las Vegas branch of LAX, a Los Angeles nightclub, which opened on August 31, 2007, in an event hosted by Britney Spears. The Luxor Steakhouse was renovated and reopened as Tender Steak & Seafood. The IMAX is now used to host a human bodies exhibition, and the IMAX theater houses an exhibition on the RMS Titanic.
Illusionist Criss Angel signed a deal in 2006 to tape episodes of his TV series Mindfreak at the hotel. Angel currently has a production office and store in the Luxor. In 2008, Criss Angel starred in a new magic-themed Cirque du Soleil production at Luxor.
On May 7, 2007, the Luxor Hotel parking garage was the site of a vehicle explosion which killed one of its employees. Local authorities believe the victim, who worked in a business inside the hotel, was the target for this killing. The hotel was not evacuated, and the parking structure where the explosion occurred suffered no damage. Investigations into this incident are ongoing. The explosion is believed to be caused by a homemade bomb.
The Luxor is among the most recognizable hotels on the strip because of its striking design. Designed by hotel architect Veldon Simpson, the main portion of the hotel is a 350-foot (110 m)-high, 30-story pyramid of black glass (in comparison, the Great Pyramid of Giza with original capstone topped out at 481 ft). The footprint of the pyramid is a 556-foot square. The hotel is marked by a large obelisk with the name of the property in lighted letters, while the porte-cochere travels underneath a massive recreation of the Great Sphinx of Giza. The pyramid was originally conceived with a tram connecting the north side of the hotel with the neighboring Excalibur Hotel and Casino. This was soon removed for later property changes. A second tram linkage now connects the east-facing porte-cochere with both the Excalibur and Mandalay Hotel and Casino. The pyramid is clad in very dark bronze glass, which appears black on clear days and a dark, golden-bronze on overcast days. There are 30 guest-room floors, six higher service floors (including the SkyBeam penthouses) and a large sublevel. Many of the original aesthetics of the external property have been eliminated. The original front water and laser show was the first to succumb. The laser show was stopped due to complaints of stray beams illuminating aircraft on approach to the very nearby international airport. The fountains themselves were removed and replaced by a parking lot and the new tram station. The tram station and tracks hinder the views of the pyramid tower from the strip. The pyramid tower is also rather lost to view as it has been surrounded by the large East/West Towers, the two Mandalay Bay towers and the large auditorium on the SW side. The pyramid tower has, at times, also been transformed into a four-sided billboard (with three sides in use as of March '09) for advertisements. Additionally, the Starlight Lighting System — a nightly remote-controlled show of lights along the pyramids corners powered by thousands of circuit boards and computer chips — was scaled back tremendously as it was plagued by faulty equipment and power shutdowns.
The tip of the pyramid contains a fixed-position spotlight that points directly upward and is claimed to be the brightest beam in the world at over 42 billion candle power. It is visible from anywhere in the Las Vegas valley at night, and can be seen at flight level from above Los Angeles, California, over 275 miles (440 km) away. At ground level, on clear nights, the beam could also be seen as far south as Laughlin and even as far north as Mesquite or Beatty. The beam is visible straight ahead when driving northbound on US 93 in Arizona, north of Kingman before reaching Hoover Dam. In the spring, the bright light attracts huge numbers of moths into the light beam, creating a phenomenon that has been likened to snow. Light is generated using 45 Xenon arc lamps of 7 kilowatts each. When turned on, the lamps heat up to over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. The hourly cost, including lamps, electricity, and repairs, is US$51 — roughly two weeks' worth of electricity for the average American household. Hotel engineers, as well as the hotel's own website also claim that the light can be observed from space. 
The guest rooms are situated on the outer walls of the pyramid and are reached by riding in so-called "inclinators" that travel along the inner surface of the pyramid at a 39-degree angle. Open hallways overlook the atrium, which is the largest in the world at 29 million cubic feet (820,000 m³).
An IMAX theater (the third such theater in Las Vegas, although in 1979, Caesars Palace opened an Omnimax Theater, the precursor to IMAX) was closed in 2008; but there is also an IMAX motion simulator ride hosting a variety of rides, including "In Search of the Obelisk," which takes participants into a virtual archeological dig and ReBoot, based on the animated series. The newest attraction on the Atrium level is BODIES... The Exhibition, which opened on August 2, 2008. The "Atrium Showroom" is home to multiple shows: "Fantasy" (a topless revue), comedian Carrot Top, and "Menopause the Musical". The attractions level also featured the "King Tut Museum", an authentic replica of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The reproduction was based directly on the descriptions of the tomb recorded by Howard Carter, who discovered it in 1922.
On August 31 2007, LAX Nightclub officially opened for Labor Day weekend. Britney Spears was the host, who appeared alongside Nicky Hilton and others. Around 4000 people attended, some who never even entered the nightclub. Christina Aguilera also hosted an event on September 8, 2007.
A copy of the Luxor, named "The Camel's Toe", appeared in the Las Venturas area of the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas but the hotel it was copied from did not open until 1993, the game is set in 1992.
Criss Angel Mindfreak Seasons Three & Four were filmed at the Luxor, and Criss Angel once lived in a penthouse suite directly beneath the famous light. He also has his own Official Mindfreak production studio. In one well-known episode, he levitated 500 feet (150 m) above the light.
The hotel also appeared in the 1996 film Mars Attacks!.
This hotel was featured in the popular series, Great Hotels.
The hotel can be seen in the background in the 2009 comedy film The Hangover when Ken Jeong's character jumps out of the trunk of a car and beats Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) with a tire iron for locking him in a trunk.
In Up in the Air (film), George Clooney's character, Ryan Bingham, is asked to take a picture in front of the Luxor hotel, and he explains that "the place is a shit hole, nobody stays there."