The Luxor’s guestrooms will be renovated
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.
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
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
Clients looking for something less risque can dine at the
upscale Luxor Steak House or at Company, a fine-dining American
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
“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.