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AAA Editor Notes
Luxor Hotel and Casino is at 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (s. of Tropicana Ave.). Comedian Steve Martin's 1970s novelty song, “King Tut,” lampooned the commercialization of the “boy king.” And the tune's beyond-silly lyrics aptly sum up the spirit of this Vegas monument to all things Egypt. Opened in the early '90s, the sleek black 30-story pyramid upped the theme resort ante with a massive Strip-front sphinx and the gaudiest Egyptian decor this side of the Nile.

In the mid-2000s, Luxor tried to spoil the tacky fun, replacing some of the interior's theme elements with contempo restaurants and hip, after-dark spots. Yet remaining are enough pharaohs, lions and temple guards to please lovers of Sin City cheese.

Outside, at the foot of the sphinx, you can board a free monorail linking Luxor with Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino next door. Inside, a casual crowd shoots dice at tables where the cheapest minimums are $10.

Up the escalators on the Atrium Level, a replica of the Great Temple of Ramses II looms over the entrances to BODIES…The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Here you'll also find a showroom that's home to everyone's favorite redheaded prop-comedian, Carrot Top. Nearby is the recently spruced-up food court.

If staying at the hotel, you're in for a unique setup. Guest rooms are along the pyramid's sides. The four elevators (called “inclinators”) that ascend from the base of each corner to the open-air hallways do so at a precipitous 39-degree incline. If only visiting the casino, it's worth riding to an upper floor to marvel at the view of this cavernous, angled space, which is said could fit nine Boeing 747s stacked atop each other. At night, a 42.3 billion-candlepower beam of light, projected from the pyramid's apex, is said to be visible from outer space.

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