Luxury Hotels of Las Vegas

The Mandalay Bay resort aims to re-create the tropics of the late 19th century. Located at the south end of the Strip, it opened in 1999 and has 3,300 rooms. Tropical plants and white stucco architectural features such as arches and decorative cornices evoke a colonial atmosphere. Even the vast 135,000-sq-ft (12,550-sqm) casino manages to suggest elegant 1890s Singapore. One highlight is the 10-acre (4-ha) lagoon-style swimming pool with its sandy beach and wave machine, plus a water ride around the pool. More restrained than other Strip resorts, the Mandalay Bay includes 15 restaurants, two nightclubs, and a theater which often hosts Broadway musicals. It is also the only resort on the Strip to feature a non-gaming hotel, the Four Seasons, located on the Mandalay’s top four floors.

Address: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd.

Phone: (702) 632-7777; (877) 632-7800.


The Luxor’s Famous 30-story bronze pyramid opened in 1993 and quickly became a Las Vegas icon. Despite the fact that the resort is modeled on the Eygptian city of Luxor, which has no pyramid, there is impressive attention to detail in the range of Ancient Egyptian architectural features.

Painted temple pillars adorn the casino, and a reproduction Cleopatra’s Needle graces the entrance. Visitors enter the pyramid through the legs of a giant sphinx to find themselves inside the casino where the ranks of ringing slot machines are surrounded by walls decorated with copies of paintings and hieroglyphs from the real Luxor’s Karnak temple.

Although today’s Luxor has removed some of the more kitsch elements of its original decor, such as a ride down the “Nile” in Cleopatra’s barge, its animatronic talking camels can still be found near the walkway to the Excalibur hotel, close to the shops of the Giza Galleria. As a tribute to Egypt’s ancient religions, a beam of light is projected from the pyramid’s apex nightly – so powerful that it can be seen from planes cruising above Los Angeles 250 miles (400 km) away.

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