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Aria vs Mirage

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by rhubba78, Mar 15, 2015.

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  1. rhubba78

    rhubba78 Tourist

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    I received an Mlife offer from The Aria for the first time. We have only stayed at The Mirage before. I was wondering everybody's opinion on these two. Rooms? Casino?
     
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    eksantirik Low-Roller

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    Stayed twice at each hotel. Aria is swankier, but Mirage is quite nice too. So, you can't go wrong. If they're equally priced, I'd pick Aria. If Mirage is priced 20% or more lower, then I'd pick Mirage. I did a comparison throughout, but I'm sure you know very well about the things I wrote on Mirage, since you stayed there.

    Rooms - Mirage got remodeled around 2010, and Aria was opened a little before then, so they're the same in oldness. However, Aria rooms are larger and they have floor-ceiling windows. Aria also has automatic control for drapes and lights. Mirage windows are a little bit old-school (downtown like). Upside is you can partially open Mirage windows for some desert air. Mirage's desks are nicer to work at (if this involves a business trip). Both have smallish bathrooms and Aria has some awkward shower-tub combo with weak water pressure. Mirage's bathrooms are nothing to write home about either.

    Casino - Both seem fun with Aria having higher minimums. Mirage's casino atmosphere has been going down lately though. But, I see that Aria has been gaining more traction as it is one of the few high-end casino resorts in Vegas, still focusing on the gamblers. When it first opened, people found Aria to be business-plaza like, however I noticed it started to change with probably more people with fun-attitude started giving it a shot. Due to the minimums enforced, I never played a table game at Aria, while I enjoyed many table games at Mirage (though most BJ is 6:5 now). Slot-wise, again you will see more forced-amounts on Aria's slots (i.e. penny slot machine, but the lowest limit is 80 cents). The ceiling is higher in Aria's casino, so much better ventilated.

    Pools - Both are nice, Mirage's seem larger as it's one large piece, while Aria has 3-4 separate pools.

    Service - Aria has some attitude, while Mirage is friendlier. I guess that attitude comes with being a high-end resort.

    Food - Lots of options for both, with Aria being on the pricier side. Lemongrass, Javier's at Aria are great mid-high end restaurants. They also have 3 coffee spots, so very convenient, but almost $4 for a regular filter coffee. Mirage has Carnegie, Pantry, CPK etc. I think both are nice from a food-option standpoint. Buffets for both places are OK, but I wouldn't pay for them. I only ate at both buffets via comps or MyVegas.

    Shopping - Aria beats hands down with the Crystals mall attached to it if you have no problem paying for retail price on high-end goods. But you can always walk to Forum Shops from Mirage too. Purchasing a bottle of water at a reasonable price around Aria is a challenge, while it's easier around Mirage.

    Location - Although City Center & Aria is a long-walk from Las Vegas Blvd, the tram and walkway to Bellagio and Monte Carlo help a lot. But still, Mirage's entrance from the south side (Rhumbar side) is much more convenient for walking to many other hotels, retail shops and fast food eateries. This is kind of a wash, but I remember walking much less when staying at Mirage, compared to Aria.
     
  3. dannyocean

    dannyocean High-Roller

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    Aria has become my favorite spot on the Strip. The casino is great. The energy is great. Fantastic restaurant options. The pool is awesome. Even the basic rooms are just fantastic. Great Strip location, easy up and down to the Bellagio or other places, even the V/P or Wynncore. Highly recommend trying it!
     
  4. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Mirage is fine, but aria is better and its not even close. Aria has the better, roomier casino, much better standard rooms, better food options, better spa, and probably equal on the pools
     
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    parti_73 Low-Roller

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    whats your price point? Aria is more upscale but yet Mirage is better than average.
     
  6. Knucklehead69

    Knucklehead69 Low-Roller

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    Here is my take after staying at both...

    Casino - Aria - Bigger (Mirage too compact and always fells like a cattle call)
    Pool - Mirage - Like the waterfall
    Restaurants - Aria - More options
    Location - Aria - I just prefer the south side of the strip
    Energy - Aria
    Rooms - Aria - More modern, better amenities
    Beds - Mirage - One of the most comfortable beds I've ever been in.
     
  7. rhubba78

    rhubba78 Tourist

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    Thanks for your review.
     
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  8. smartone

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    OUTSTANDING comparison!!!
     
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