Today, October 15th, Luxor Hotel and Casino is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Luxor Las Vegas is a hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
The 30-story hotel, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, has a 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) casino with over 2,000 slot machines and 87 table games.
In the 1998,2007, 2008 to 2009 renovation, it has a new, highly modernized, and contemporary design and contains a total of 4,400 rooms, including 442 suites, lining the interior walls of a pyramid style tower and within twin 22-story ziggurat towers that were built as later additions.
The hotel is named after the city of Luxor (ancient Thebes) in Egypt.
Luxor is the second largest hotel in Las Vegas (the largest being the MGM Grand) and the eighth largest in the world.
Ground was broken for the Luxor in 1992 and officially opened eighteen months later at 4 A.M on October 15, 1993, to a crowd of 10,000 people.
When it opened, the pyramid, which cost $375 million to build, was the tallest building on the strip and contained 2,526 rooms and a 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) casino.
The resort was financed by “petty cash” earned from other Circus Circus Enterprises properties and did not include any outside financial investors.
A theater and two additional hotel towers totaling 2,000 rooms were added in 1998 for $675 million.
When the resort opened, it featured the Nile River Tour which was a river ride that carried guests to different parts of the pyramid and passed by pieces of ancient artwork on a river that encircled the casino.
The casino also featured King Tut’s Tomb and Museum, a duplicate of King Tutankhamen’s tomb as found in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor, Egypt.
In July 2007, owner MGM Resorts International announced plans to thoroughly renovate the Luxor, spending $300 million to remodel 80 percent of Luxor’s public areas, removing much of the ancient Egyptian theme and replacing it with more adult-oriented and modern lounges, restaurants and clubs.
On May 7, 2007, a vehicle exploded in a Luxor Hotel parking garage due to a home-made bomb which left one dead.
Our magazine, Casino Life & Business Magazine, the first Romania gambling magazine, whishes Luxor Hotel and Casino and to its staff, a long life and many happy returns of the day.