Like Caesars hotel, Luxor, part of the Mandalay Bay Resort Group, has toned down its kitschier, Vegas-style elements in recent years. During its last renovation, management hired Egyptologists to ensure accuracy in its reconstruction of the artefacts, hieroglyphics, carvings and murals that adorn the hotel and the King Tut’s Tomb and Museum. The result is a classy hotel that’s a history lesson as well as a playground. Guests enter through a dramatic porte cochere carved into the Sphinx’s belly, and the lobby is a stunning recreation of the temple of Abu Simbel, built by Ramses II. While the tower rooms are bigger, without question the pyramid rooms are far cooler (though they only have showers-no baths, except for Jacuzzi suites). To get to them, you take ‘inclinators’, which glide up and down the pyramid at a 39-degree angle. At 30-storeys high with a nine-acre footprint, the pyramid is a quarter-scale reproduction of the great pyramid at Giza, albeit one covered in ebony glass with flashing lights illuminating its edges, and that famous space beam shooting up from the top.