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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Las Vegas’ Luxor Hotel

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Updated: 16 October 2017
Out of all the resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, the Luxor stands out. Open since 1993, the 30-story homage to the pyramids of Ancient Egypt is one of the most unique and recognizable structures on the Strip. Here are 10 things you might not know about the Luxor Hotel & Casino and its famous Sphinx.

Luxor Sky Beam is one of the strongest beams of light in the world

The light at the top of the Luxor’s pyramid is hard to miss. Depending on weather conditions, passing aircraft can see the Luxor Sky Beam from approximately 270 miles away. Also, the Department of Aviation had designated the Luxor Sky Beam as a navigational landmark.

Luxor Sky Beam | © Ken Lund/Flickr
Luxor Sky Beam | © Ken Lund/Flickr

The Luxor was the last hotel Tupac stayed at before he died

Before the late rapper was famously gunned down on the Las Vegas Strip, he was seen at the Luxor with his fiancée and entourage, trying his luck at the blackjack tables.

Home of the Blue Man Group

From 2000 to 2005, the Blue Man Group made their home at the Luxor. After a 10-year stint at The Venetian, the show moved back to the Luxor in 2015.

Blue Man Group | © Cliff/Flickr
Blue Man Group | © Cliff/Flickr

The Luxor has appeared in numerous films

The Luxor’s unique look has made it a popular image to include on book covers and in movies. Some of the films the Luxor has appeared in include The Hangover and Mars Attacks! The Luxor even made an appearance in the infamous video game, Grand Theft Auto.

It is difficult to keep clean

Despite the best efforts of the cleaning crew at MGM, the 30-story pyramid is hard to keep pristine, at least on the outside. The dirt and dust build up so quickly on the outside windows that locals have called into local news stations to complain.

The Luxor is the ninth-largest hotel in the world

The Luxor is also the sixth-largest hotel in Las Vegas, coming behind Mandalay Bay, Wynn, City Center, MGM, and The Venetian.

Inside the Luxor Hotel | © Yuya Sekiguchi/WikiCommons
Inside the Luxor Hotel | © Yuya Sekiguchi/WikiCommons

Luxor’s parking garage was bombed in 2007

In May 2007, Omar Rueda-Denvers and Porfirio Duarte-Herrera were accused of planting a pipe bomb inside the parking garage at the Luxor. The explosion killed one person, and both men were sentenced to life without parole.

Luxor is accessible by tram

The Luxor, like the Excalibur and Mandalay Bay, is one of the few properties accessible by tram. The tram is free and available 24 hours a day and runs consistently between the three resorts mentioned above.

The Luxor was owned by the Circus Circus Corporation

Circus Circus Enterprises, also known as Mandalay Resort Group, originally built the Luxor, Excalibur and Mandalay Bay before being bought out by MGM in 2005.

Construction of the Luxor | © Norbert Aepli/WikiCommons
Construction of the Luxor | © Norbert Aepli/WikiCommons

The Luxor’s Sphinx is larger than the original Sphinx

The other big feature of the Luxor is the 110-foot (33.5-meter) replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza. Situated at the front entrance of the Luxor, the Sphinx is a re-imagining of what the original would have looked like in its entirety. The replica stands taller than the original and faces the opposite direction of its namesake.