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At the Excalibur in Las Vegas, guests will find contemporary rooms, a busy casino, party-like dining experiences, a knightly show and more, all housed in a gigantic castle.

Set majestically between the skyline of New York-New York and the Egyptian pyramid of Luxor at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard on the Strip, guests at the Excalibur can discover much more than knights and armor in this hotel.

At the heart of the property, escalators and elevators provide easy access to the upper levels. Upstairs, you’ll come across The Steakhouse at Camelot and The Buffet at Excalibur (which features an interactive dessert station as well as six food stations serving an array of cultural cuisines including American, Asian, Italian and Latin), a variety of shops selling everything from jewelry to souvenirs and the Castle Walk Food Court, which is expansive at 25,000 square feet and includes Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon, Hot Dog on a Stick, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Pick Up Stix, Tropical Smoothie Café, Auntie Anne’s Soft Rolled Pretzels and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Also located upstairs is the motorcycle-themed Octane Lounge. Start your evening there with drinks and then stop by the showroom shared by knights sans shining armor — the Thunder from Down Under dance troupe — and a Bee Gees tribute band. This floor is also home to the Canterbury Wedding Chapel.

On the casino level, guests’ cups will most certainly runneth over at Dick’s Last Resort, where food and drinks are delivered with a side of irreverence. Buca di Beppo is also known for making plates runneth over with its delicious, family-style Italian food, and Johnny Rockets serves up yummy burgers, fries and ice cream shakes. The Lounge offers live entertainment with a variety of music from pop to punk.

Near the front of the resort you can access stairs and escalators to the downstairs Fun Dungeon, where a midway offers carnival-style games with plush prizes and an arcade full of all the latest video games, designed for kids and kids-at-heart. You can also enjoy a feast and a show at the arena-style “Tournament of Kings.”

After a long night of rabble rousing and general good cheer, those looking for a little relaxation or to burn some calories will want to visit The Spa at Excalibur. It houses a sauna, steam room and fitness center, as well as offers a full menu of pampering body treatments.

The sprawling casino has plenty of slot and video poker machines as well as a wide variety of table games. Original stained glass panels depicting scenes from medieval times colorfully decorate the roof above the gaming floor. For more excitement, check out The Party Pit. Here you can play blackjack, roulette and three-card poker games while a sultry dancer performs on a stage behind the dealers.

The 2,000 widescreen rooms at the Excalibur boast modern décor, upgraded amenities (including 42-inch flat-screen TVs and alarm clocks with iPod connectivity) and large bathrooms with granite countertops, while the standard rooms continue to offer comfort with touches of the classic castle-theme at an affordable price. Keep in mind there is a $300 smoking fee for guests who smoke in non-smoking rooms.

Rounding out the kingdom is the pool area, which is much more than just a moat. This includes the Drenched pool café, a separate adults-only pool with cabanas, a fire pit and sun decks perfect for the king and queen of the castle. There is also a family pool with a thrilling water slide.

For those looking for easy access to other hotels, an indoor walkway connects the Excalibur to the Luxor. There is also a pedestrian bridge from the Excalibur to the New York-New York and the Tropicana. Finally, there is a free tram that goes from the Excalibur to the Luxor and then to Mandalay Bay.

Guests will be charged for parking.

Self-parking fees are: Free for less than one hour; $5 for 1 to 2 hours, $8 for 2 to 4 hours, $10 for 4 to 24 hours. Valet fees: $10 for 0 to 4 hours; $15 for 4 to 24 hours. Parking fees repeat for each 24-hour period. The parking fee for registered hotel guests includes in-out privileges within the same parking type (self or valet) across all MGM Resorts hotels (subject to availability).

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