Little Egypt in US!
Written: Jul 24, 2008
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by the Epinions community
Pros:Great Egypt themed decor, exotic souvenir stores, clean room,
Cons:no fridge in hotel room, huge to remember where things were located,
The Bottom Line: can enjoy even without playing casino in LV.
I never thought that I would ever visit Las Vegas for any reason 'cause I am not interested in Casino, and Las Vegas seemed no fun for the people who did not want to play Casino, and now I have a child, a little one, not 18 year old. Looked like I was the person who'd never get involved with Las Vegas.
But one day in 2006, unexpectedly my mom from Japan called me (I am in US) and asked me "How far are you from Las Vegas?" (I'm in CO, 2 states(?) away from NV), I asked her why, then she said "well, I am going to Las Vegas in this week, so if I wonder if you and a baby could come join me". She never had met her granddaughter, so I thought it would be a good idea to meet mom at Las Vegas, so I decided to go, with a 1 year old baby.
The Hotel my mom had reserved was Luxor, she said that it was Egyptian themed hotel, I'd see Pyramid outside the hotel when I was coming to the Hotel frolm the airport.
Like I said earlier, I don't care about playing Casino, but when I heard about the hotel description from mom over the phone, I got little excited about going to Las Vegas 'cause I've been in love with Mid East culture, (Love music from Egypt, like Belly dance staff too), but never traveled to a real Mid East country (as you can imagine, it's been difficult to decide traveling to the area since 2001, after 9-11). I could not wait to get there, so I checked little about the Hotel on the hotel's web site. the photos of the hotel showed lots of statues same as we see in travel book for Egypt, (Sphynx, Pyramid, etc..) says lots of shops inside, swimming pool, restaurants etc.. looked like it was a place I could enjoy without Casino.
Anyway, I got there, and got lost immediately 'cause the hotel is huge as you might know. I could not find the front desk to check in, I had to ask 2 people about how to get the front desk before I safely got there. (it was upstair. Not simple, different than the regular hotels that you just walk straight to see front desk). I've lost confidence already in walking inside the hotel(yes, before I got front desk), really it was huge. My mom took us to the area where fast food restaurants were for lunch, there was McDonald's, Little caeser pizza, Star Bucks etc.. I thought it was convenient and wanted to come back for snack, and guess what, I never remembered how to got there, and never was able to return to the area during my stay (2 nights 3 days), so you better have a map for the hotel if you don't want to be like me.
Even getting in the elevetor was not easy, means security is tight, that's good probably, but everytime I went to my room, I needed a room key to get on the elevator, same as getting into your hotel room, elevetor also required us to slide the room key (which is card), if other people who you are with in the elevator has already slided her/his, you may not need to slide your card key, but if nobody else in the elevator, you need your card key, and until I got used to use the card key to open my hotel room, it took a while. (there was a certan way to slide the card key to open the door, and until you learn how, you can't easily open). the inside the room was very clean, nice decoration (but not exotic at all, I thought it was exotic with Egypyian style design or something), all the exotic thing I saw was few Egyptian art prints in the room, but no more than that. But still okey, the bathroom was very nice and clean (I heard that some rooms had only shower, and from what my mom said, I thought we would stay a room without bath, but there was a shower and bath tub both).
The only problem about the room was that there was no fridge to keep my baby's milk and other drink for adults. my baby needed a cup of milk several hours a day at that time, she always had one before her bed time and when she woke up too, so I really needed fridge for that, there was an ice box and I could get ice anytime, but was difficult to keep milk in it over night, there was even a convenient store in the hotel, but definetely inconvenient to get there everytime baby needed to drink. (with the elevator that required me to slide my room key !!).
But I wouldn't say this hotel was not for people with babies, I liked Luxor to stay with my baby, 'cause more adults there and since it had a egypt-themed decor everywehre, I say this hotel was kind for adults, But I definetely would not like the hotel designed for family stay. (must be too noisy and inconvenient for adults, my baby has a sleep problem that she stayed up very late even 1-2 am was normal for her, so during the hotel stay, I took her for walk inside the hotel and we walked around (she had a stroller) and enjoyed the Egyptian themed decor, and statues inside the hotel at night. that was really nice.
I also enjoyed shopping inside the hotel for souvenier from Egypt (I never expected that I could get souvenir from Egypt without goint the country, but just traveling 2 states away). there were water pipe to music instruments from Africa (*see the world map, Egypt is North Africa) to bally dance jewelry, etc.. I had found something I liked, (and can't believe I could shop for what I wanted all inside the hotel I stayed), I shopped mainly such souvenir stores. Except Exotic souvenir store, there were only the Hotel themed souvenir stores (like .. the store carried T-shirt with Luxor name printed on, or a store who carried kids staff for clothes, swimsuits etc.. for the people who had to do something for their grumpy kids or something for emergency to get their mood happy).
I did not stop by the famous club LA, or musical show(I think "Hairspray" was played, casino area at all, but I liked the hotel stay alot, I definetely would like to visit and stay the hotel again.
So if you're interestied in Egypt staff, you may be able to find something to enjoy without even playing at Casino, bars, clubs. I've walked around the other hotels nearby during my stay, but none I saw (though 4-5 hotels), looked attractive as Luxor. I don't know about the hotel rates etc.. 'cause my mom reserved for us from Japan. (Oh, speaking of Japan, there was a front desk for Japanese travelors in Luxor, so if you speak Japanese and not much comfortable to speak in English, you can ask the special desk for help).
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