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April 8, 2008

Luxor Hotel Remodel 1996

Filed under: Lodging,Nevada,Places To Visit,Tourist Attractions — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

We made reservations to stay at the Luxor Hotel, but when we arrived, I was heartbroken. They were tearing out everything I loved in the hotel and it was all blocked off by big walls. It was 1996.

Luxor Hotel Remodel 1996 from Flickr

They had already removed the Nile River Ride on the lower level and were constructing a huge registration desk right at the front of the pyramid (where it should have been in the first place). I had been looking forward to riding the Nile River Ride again, but it wasn’t going to be. If I had known, I would have taken a bunch of pictures the previous time.

Luxor Hotel Remodel 1996 from Flickr

Large portions of the attractions level were quartered off. The Manhattan Buffet was gone and a transformation was overtaking the big city skyline. I’m so glad I took this photo with my beloved 110 camera. It was the last time I was going to see that little King Kong on the top of the Empire State Building in the Luxor. Sure, the “building” is still there, but it is painted to look like a building from Egypt instead of New York.

Luxor Hotel Remodel 1996 from Flickr

The Millennium Cafe was intact. Little did I know that it was going to become a La Salsa. I like the foot long margaritas and the Mexican food, but I still miss the “Cafe Eighties” feel of the Millennium Cafe.

Luxor Hotel Remodel 1996 from Flickr

They didn’t ruin everything. The view from my hotel room on the twentieth floor was still spectacular. The pool looked inviting as ever. It is the one facet of the Luxor Hotel that has changed little over the years.

You can see more photos from my 1996 stay at the Luxor Hotel here:

The Luxor Hotel has gone through yet ANOTHER renovation this year and I talk about it here:

What used to be my favorite hotel in Las Vegas has dwindled down to just another casino. It makes me sad and I wish for its glory days of the Nineties.


  1. We just returned from a week stay in Las Vegas, eagerly anticipating a visit to Luxor. One of the main reasons we go to Vegas is to absorb the atmosphere of the recreation of Egypt. Imagine our dismay when we found them dismantling the statues that greet you at the front door, the ridiculous advertising banners covering up the murals, the insulting “Cathouse” nightclub, the themed gifts and giftshops boarded up, a stupid motorcycle from “Criss Angel” sitting on top of one of the fountains, and much more (or less). If they completely eradicate the Egyptian theme by erasing all of the hieroglyphs, the statues, the decor and everything else that echoes the Nile, there’s a good chance we might not return, not only to Luxor but to Vegas. If every resort on the Strip looks like every other resort, by erasing the themes, what’s the point of visiting one over the other? If gambling is the point, visit one of the outlying resorts, where the slots are looser and you have a better chance of winning. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to state my dismay with the direction Vegas is going.

    Comment by Linda-Ann — July 28, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

  2. Just when you didn’t think it could get worse, we had a HORRIBLE* experience there last year. Just made me want to cry. Everything I loved about the place is pretty much gone. We won’t go back unless we HAVE to.

    • said experience being a power outage that mucked up many of the hotel’s systems, and completely knocked the casino off line for hours, then the fire alarm going off for like 15 floors, with no notice paid to it by the staff AT ALL. Scary. Lots of angry guests that weekend – July 4th, to be exact. WOW.

    Comment by Kim S. — August 3, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

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