Whether you're arriving in Vegas on an airplane or cruising into town along a desert highway, there's a fixture on the skyline that never escapes the eye: the striking 30-story pyramid of the Luxor casino-resort. At night a powerful beam of light shoots through the roof 10 miles into the sky like something out of an '80s-era sci-fi film. Forget cars and planes, the Luxor's beacon is said to be visible from a spaceship. But despite the high-tech lighting and the exterior grandeur – note the massive stone Sphinx poised at the resort's entrance – the aging Egyptian-themed Luxor is no longer one of the Strip's true hot spots. Seemingly constant renovations have brought contemporary eateries and sexed-up nightlife venues to the place, plus swimming pools and a tranquil spa. Still, today's Luxor has a clamorous and somewhat unrefined vibe that's best suited to party-hearty twenty-somethings.