Pyramid Scheme

Luxor renovation lights the path to adult fun

By: Ryan Slattery

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The Luxor’s guestrooms will be renovated
in 2009.
Modeled after the legendary pyramids of Giza, the Luxor Las Vegas has, in its own way, become an iconic symbol on the neon-lit Strip. Its top-of-the-pyramid beam of light is so bright it can be seen from space and years ago it had to be dimmed at the request of airline pilots who found night landings at McCarran International too difficult in the blinding spotlight. But aside from the shape there is no comparison between the pyramids of ancient Egypt and the black glass version in Vegas.

And now the Luxor’s parent company, MGM Mirage, is looking to distance itself from its sphinx and King Tut design. The 4,408-room resort is being de-themed as the property seeks to move away from the kitsch child-friendly interior, stripping it of the Egyptian decor in favor of a cutting-edge design and more adult environment with nightclubs, restaurants and entertainment targeted at the young at heart.

“Since its opening, Luxor has been an established landmark on the Las Vegas Strip. Our aim is to be as well known for our outstanding amenities and exemplary service as we are for our iconic exterior,” said Luxor president Felix Rappaport.

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New nightclubs and hip restaurants
target the young at heart.
Built in 1993, the Luxor is ancient in its own right. Well, not exactly, but in the city of implosions it seems that resorts in Las Vegas age like dogs. There is a notion here that anything over a decade is in need of work and MGM Mirage is looking to do with the Luxor what it did with its Treasure Island and Mirage resorts create new buzz and excitement.

In 2009, the pyramid’s guestrooms will be renovated but more immediately entertainment, nightlife and dining will see changes with sleek lounges named Aurora, Flight and Liquidity serving martinis and specialty cocktails. Noir Bar will be an exclusive speakeasy club catering to high-end customers. Only the elite will enter through the secret passageway into the candle-lit bar smothered in rich leathers and gleaming crystals to enjoy tableside bottle service and indulge from an antique-style French dessert cart.

LAX Las Vegas is the resort’s premier nightclub. With celebrity investors that include Christina Aguilera, clients can expect to hobnob with young Hollywood. Things get racy at CatHouse, a restaurant from chef Kerry Simon. The space will resemble a 19th-century French bordello with low-light chandeliers, tufted fabric walls and a cobalt blue color scheme. Dancers dressed in lingerie will perform choreographed routines, while diners pick at tapas-style plates.

Clients looking for something less risque can dine at the upscale Luxor Steak House or at Company, a fine-dining American bistro.

The Luxor’s cherry on the sundae will be a collaboration between illusionist Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil. Angel is this generation’s David Copperfield. His “Mindfreak” show on A&E has gained cult status and variations of his illusions from the television show (walking on water and levitating above the Luxor light) will likely be incorporated into his show when it opens in the summer of 2008. This will be Cirque’s first foray into magic.

“I am confident that this collaboration will culminate in what is destined to become one of the most exciting shows Las Vegas has ever seen and redefine magic in the same way Cirque du Soleil has redefined the circus,” Angel promised.

Angel may have summed it up. Egypt may be gone but the Luxor is adding new marvels for clients to enjoy.


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