I’m “live-blogging” my spontaneous road trip to Las Vegas.
I have to admit, the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas at $23/night (about $25 including tax) was far better than I thought it would be. I’m not about to start shifting to budget hotels for family vacations or business trips, but this property was actually just fine and proved to be an easy way to rack up cheap World of Hyatt (soon to be Marriott Bonvoy) points.
Excalibur Hotel In Las Vegas…The Best $23 I Ever Spent?
I arrived at 2:45 am so there was no line to check-in, however the following afternoon I noticed a very large line to check-in. I can only imagine it is far, far worse on weekends. There is a MGM elite check-in line on the far right side, which did not have a long line.
The rooms are very bare-bones in the sense that there is not even water bottles or a refrigerator. But the beds were comfortable (enough) and the sheets appeared clean (I did look, though I did not bring a back light along).
I actually really liked the bathroom because the shower had a steam bath feature that worked really well. The hotel spa has no sauna or steam room (not that you really need it during summer in Las Vegas…) and there were also individual toiletries rather than large bottles subject to tampering (through I brought my own anyway).
There is no Globalist breakfast benefit at this hotel, but the hotel has a daily buffet from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm (I love the late hour it extends to) for $29.
The property has four pools, one of which were closed, but Augustine greatly enjoyed swimming in the (relative) cool of the morning (and dragged me in with him).
While the gym equipment is not brand new, it is serviceable.
There are also shows and of course the casino, but I was not interested….
I’ll write up a formal review tomorrow, but the takeaway is that this hotel (even if you throw in the $35/night resort fee) is one of the few “good deals” left in Vegas. When I was kid, you went to Vegas for cheap food and cheap hotels. Not anymore, in most cases. But I thought this hotel would simply be a place to lay my head and it was actually more than that.
That’s $23 very well spent.