Excalibur Widescreen Rooms : Photo Review By TIavEN

Photo Review of the New Widescreen Rooms at Excalibur

Posted by TIavEN

As a perfect bookend to our review of the new rooms at Circus Circus, reader TIavEN sent us a review of his stay in the new Widescreen Rooms at Excalibur. Big thanks to TIavEN for sharing the goods! Take it away...

When you think about the rooms at Excalibur, all you can think of is old, wooden and dark decor, small bathrooms, cheap beds, and tacky everything. Oddly, the Excalibur is one of MGM Mirage's most profitable hotels, mainly because it appeals to families and everything is just cheap. I was really surprised to see an offer come in the mail for two complimentary nights in a newly remodeled room at a hotel that I rarely play at. I hadn't stayed at the Excalibur since the 90's, and was somewhat curious about how the widescreen rooms turned out. I picked up the phone, dialed 1-877-750-5464, and booked my complimentary widescreen room.

I arrived at the Excalibur at 3:00 on a Sunday afternoon, only to find that there was no bellhop in sight. I ended up waiting fifteen minutes for someone to park my car and take my luggage. That was only the start of the poor customer service. I headed over to VIP check-in, and smoothly checked in. The guy who checked me in was incredibly snobby, and he must have forgotten that he was only working at the Excalibur. The hosts at the Bellagio aren't half as stuck-up as he was. I walked to the newly redesigned elevator lobby, got on the elevator, and hit floor 24.

Excalibur Widescreen Rooms Review

Upon entering the hallway, the first thing I noticed was the darkness. I don't know if they're trying to make it look like THEhotel, but they're miserably failing. I slid my "YOU RULE" key into the door, and walked into my freshly redone room.

Excalibur Widescreen Rooms Review

I was surprised to see that they had installed brand new doors. Most hotels just repaint the doors, but Excalibur installed new bedroom, bathroom and closet doors. To the immediate right was the bathroom and closet, which contained the standard hangers and iron.

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Comments & Discussion

That horrible hanging lamp has got to be a leftover from the old rooms with a new shade on it. And you're right, that dresser the flat screen is "on" looks beat up.
But this is definitely a step up for Excalibur. I used to stay there when I was a teenager with my family and we always had the old crappy rooms.

I've stayed at Excalibur many times over many years and can't argue with some of the reviewer's comments, but I feel that the reviewer is a bit too critical of this hotel. For someone who in not interested in "Five-diamond luxuries" and the price that goes with them, I feel the Excalibur's new rooms make for a nice hotel. As for the bathrooms, I've always liked the extra large shower and the tile has never been an issue.

Last month, I had another opportunity to stay at Luxor (tower room), which I do occasionally, and I always feel the Excalibur's rooms have the edge on Luxor's even though the general ratings show the Excalibur below the Luxor.

Excalibur is by no means perfect, but if you are looking for a comfortable, reasonably priced place to stay, give it a try.

I agree, I was a bit too critical on Excalibur, but then again, I'm too accustomed to the Wynn's amenities. But for the price, the rooms are great, and as I said, they beat most of the non-renovated rooms in the older hotels.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, pick on them all you want, I'll take it for $27 a night. I will even put up with the snob at the desk.

Other than time at the pool or at the (generally friendly) bars, I will be spending my time ($) elsewhere.

Gotta save for those fried twinkies. :

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