Excalibur Hotel And Casino Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

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In the running for the cheesiest resort on the Strip, the medieval-themed, castle-shaped Excalibur aims for all age groups with a melange of beer pong, inexpensive buffets, jousting, and a Fun Dungeon. Filled with over-the-top goofiness and family-friendly touches, it makes few gestures toward high-end luxury, instead offering decent accommodations and lots of disposable fun.

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 Scene

Cheesy, medieval decor, lots of youngsters and families in T-shirts and flip-flops.

The pool
The pool

The family-welcoming, medieval-themed Excalibur, a fortress-shaped hotel-casino on the southern end of the Strip, epitomizes Vegas' halfhearted transition from sexy, sinful, adults-only playground to kid-friendly tourist destination. The 3,990-room hotel is corny. The arches over the cabstand are outfitted with mock wooden portcullises. Suits of armor, stained-glass windows, and medieval-ish chandeliers adorn the entrances. Posters proclaim, "Thank You for Visiting Excalibur. You Rule."

Yet the Disneyfied-playland feel is somewhat offset by lobby banners advertising "Thunder From Down Under," a show featuring bare-chested Australian studs, and the "Party Pit," which has blackjack tables flanked by bikini-clad pole dancers. That's about as risqué Excalibur gets.

As the castle motif might indicate, Excalibur has its sights set on families. Children hustle around the casino floor and the mezzanine-level food court. At the pool, parents tend to their water-wing-clad children in the shallow end, and kids flock to the waterslide. For all the parenting going on, a healthy contingent of young adults populate the Excalibur too. In the elevator, I encountered a group of young women meeting up for a night on the town, and the pool was dotted with ladies in bikinis sipping tropical drinks. The hotel caters to both crowds with money-saving promotions.

The architecture is themed to the max, but don't expect Renaissance Fair-level costuming. The staff dresses in sports coats and ties, not medieval garb. Only once in my two-night stay did I encounter two women decked out in "damsel" outfits.

 Location

Located at the south end of the Strip, Excalibur is a five-minute walk from several big-name casinos, including the Luxor and New York New York.

Most Las Vegas visitors want to explore all of the big properties along the densely packed 3.5-mile-long stretch of hotel-casinos known as the Strip, and the Excalibur, at the southern end, offers easy access to many of them. An indoor walkway and a tram connect guests to the pyramid-shaped Luxor, whose enormous atrium houses a variety of solid restaurants. Across Tropicana Avenue, New York New York boasts its own roller coaster, and the MGM Grand has an enormous casino.

Cabs are easy to find at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less expensive option is the Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs up and down the strip 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and costs $3 to ride. There's also a monorail system, which stops at Bally's, Caesars Palace, Harrah's, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Hilton, and the Sahara. A single-ride ticket is $5; a one-day pass is $13. If you're traveling along the Strip with at least one other person, a cab is often the least expensive option.

Virtually every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is a 10- to 15-minute cab ride from McCarran International Airport; the ride typically costs about $15.

 Rooms

Both tower rooms embrace the kitschy medieval theme.

  • The hotel's two towers were refurbished between 2009 and 2011, giving rooms a much-need decor update.
  • Rooms rock the medieval theme, with hanging chain lighting fixtures and mirrors straight out of Snow White.
  • Beds feature a Serta Innerspring pillow-top mattress.
  • Flat-screen TVs with pay-per-view Hollywood movies that are still in theaters.
  • Wired Internet is available for a daily fee.
  • Widescreen Rooms in Tower II were renovated in the fall of 2008 and feature 42-inch plasma TVs, pillow-top mattresses, and iPod docks.

 Features

Excalibur has a full-service spa, and a spacious, well-kept fitness center. The Castle Walk is home mainly to discount shops.

The arcade
The arcade
  • A one-day pass for the spa and fitness center, not including services, is available. The hotel provides guests with coupons for free fitness center admission (without spa).
  • Royal Treatment Spa
  • Fitness center is well-maintainted, and has a view of the pool outside. If looking at the hard bodies outside isn't motivation enough, several of the seven TVs are tuned to ESPN.
  • At the hotel's Castle Walk retail center, guests can pick up cheap trinkets at souvenir shops, boutiques, and kids' stores. For higher-end shopping, head to the Shops at Mandalay Bay, reachable via the Luxor next door.
  • 24-hour business center
  • As with all MGM resorts, guests have access to the private Shadow Creek Golf Course, about a 20-minute drive from the Strip. The greens are only open to resort guests, and MGM offers a personal limo from the Strip and caddie service.

 Pools

A notch below the pools at the Mirage or Flamingo, Excalibur's four pools still come through with a child-free area, plentiful shallow areas for toddlers, and a waterslide.

The pool
The pool

Families and the occasional group of 20-something vacationers lounge around Excalibur's four pools. One features a wide, shin-deep ledge where parents splash about with toddlers, while couples flirt on nearby deck chairs. They also offer full-service poolside dining. High-energy youngsters take full advantage of the waterslide at another pool.

The hotel also devotes one pool to adults only. Don't let that designation fool you. It's not a topless pool, and it isn't meaningfully walled off from young children. But the hotel expanded the adults only area, adding a fire pit and new cabanas, and doubling the size of the pool.

Cabanas are available for rent and include 42-inch plasma screens, fridges with water and fruit juice, a pool raft, towel service, and a ceiling fan.

 Casino

The vast 100,000-square-foot casino, typical for the Strip, has all the usual games. One disappointment: The poker tables lack live dealers.

The casino
The casino

The casino at the Excalibur has rows upon rows of slots, from penny machines to $100 games. Live games include blackjack, craps, roulette, Pai Gow poker, and mini-baccarat. A sports book was installed in the spring of 2008. Live entertainment includes Party Pit pole dancers and "Strip Poker."

 Family

With a Fun Dungeon filled with rides and children's games, a kid-friendly medieval dinner show, and an extensive arcade, the Excalibur is as amenable to families as sinful Vegas gets.

Excalibur makes a good case that even a hotel with an enormous casino, sexy shows, beer pong, and pole dancers can deliver wholesome fun that's appropriate for young kids. Parents capable of explaining away the Party Pit and Thunder From Down Under posters can reap the benefits of vacationing in a giant castle with interior battlements and suits of armor. The Tournament of Kings jousting dinner show ("Eat with your fingers!"), and the Fantasy Faire arcade offer kids plenty of diversions to choose from.

Poolside, eight cabanas are designated for those traveling with children , and the waterslide is popular.

The hotel doesn't offer a kids' club or babysitting service. Cribs, however, are available on request.

 Food

You can eat as much as you can stomach in a day at the buffet. Other options are available, but the hotel lacks celebrity chefs or top-notch dining often found in Vegas.

Buffet
Buffet

Like most Vegas hotels, Excalibur has a bevy of dining options on-site, and nearby.

  • The buffet promises an "All You Can Eat Feast," and in terms of sheer calories per dollar, it may be the best deal on the Strip. The buffet is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Steakhouse at Camelot is open for dinner-only
  • There is a food court with a McDonald's, Starbucks, Pizza Hut Express, and other fast food joints.
  • American Burger Works serves American for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Buca di Beppo is Italian and is open for lunch and dinner.
  • Dick’s Last Resort is "deliciously messy" is touristy bar and grill, open for lunch and dinner.
  • Baja Fresh is a Mexican grill open for lunch and dinner.

 Bottom Line

In the running for the cheesiest resort on the Strip, the medieval-themed, castle-shaped Excalibur aims for all age groups with a melange of beer pong, inexpensive buffets, jousting, and a Fun Dungeon. Filled with over-the-top goofiness and family-friendly touches, it makes few gestures toward high-end luxury, instead offering decent accommodations and lots of disposable fun.

Things You Should Know About Excalibur Hotel And Casino

Address

  • 3850 Las Vegas Blvd So, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Excalibur Hotel
  • Excalibur Hotel & Casino
  • Excalibur Hotel Casino
  • Excalibur Hotel Las Vegas
  • Excalibur Las Vegas

Room Types

  • Contemporary Deluxe Room
  • Contemporary Spa Room
  • Contemporary Tower Room
  • Contemporary View Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Spa Room
  • Tower One-Bedroom Suite
  • Tower Room
  • View Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 3990
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
Casino: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: The Strip, Las Vegas
Address: 3850 Las Vegas Blvd So, Las Vegas, NV 89109
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