The Luxor was mediocre at best.

Monday night, after a long night of driving, we decided to stop in Las Vegas. I was tired, it was pouring rain and the wind was howling. I had already tagged a few tumbleweeds the size of a large dog - and narrowly avoided a few that were about half the size of my car.

So, we stopped in Vegas and headed for Luxor. Now, I read a few reviews on Yahoo Travel, and it was rated #10, so I figured it couldn't be that bad. One thing seemed to be ever present in the reviews - "I had to wait in line for an hour to check in".

The valet was marked "Full", so off we went to the self park. The parking lot is way out back, and is pretty small for the size of the casino. I ended up parking way at the very end of the lot, by the freeway. From there you have to walk across the parking lot, take an elevator up a level, then walk across a long bridge to get into the casino. Then you have to go all the way through the casino in a circular fashion since the center is blocked. When you finally get to the registration desk, you are greeted by a giant line. It looked like the airport terminal on December 23rd. Just awful.

"Is it always like this?" I asked the lady at the check-in desk after a 20 minute wait in line.

"ALWAYS." She said, very flustered. It took her a good 10 minutes to type in all the registration information and direct us to the nearest inclinator.

The inclinator was totally fucked. You have to put in your card and hit a button so you can get to the right floor. It's about as user-friendly as a nuclear reactor control board.

The room was pretty weak. The shower was falling apart, the windows leaked and whistled, the beds were garbage, the TV was tiny. Oh, and it was almost impossible to see out the angled windows. It wasn't worth the $86 I ended up paying for the night. I can't imagine paying the $429 a night for the same room for the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES).