Topped with colorful turrets rising high above the Strip, this castle-themed resort was the world’s largest hotel when it first opened in 1990. Although Excalibur maintains its two towers and drawbridge-covered moat, the 3,980-room resort was extensively renovated from 2006 until 2010 to create a more contemporary interior, with fewer medieval-inspired murals and more 42-inch plasma TVs. The one-of-a-kind Turret Rooms are still available, but visitors often opt for the updated Widescreen Rooms, which offer modernized furnishings and the most convenient access to the spa and pool. The ever-popular Tournament of Kings jousting dinner show continues to be a highlight.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.