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Hotel question from a first time poster

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by NJbadlands, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. NJbadlands

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    Good morning all! Long time reader of the board but first time poster. I am a 33 year old married father of one who is about to make my ninth trip out to Vegas since 2010.

    Wanted opinions and thoughts on my mid July trip that my wife and I are going on.

    For a little background, my prior trips have included Mandalay Bay which we loved, just too far south for our liking. Did a guys trip at THEhotel (ditto). We have stayed at Paris which was a great location but least favorite of the places we have stayed. I did a great guys trip with my three childhood friends in a two bedroom a Tower Suite at Mirage which was great. My last three trips were Bellagio and then Palazzo twice. Loved eveything about Palazzo and as great as Bellagio is, could not compete with Palazzo IMO.

    We booked this trip in part because I had two free united flights but also because Mirage offered us a great deal that was $290 all in (taxes and resort fees included in this) from Saturday to Tuesday. I asked the Cosmo per a prior thread if they can do anything in terms of matching and they gave me a reduced rate that would come out to around $550 all in.

    We like to play slots, roulette, and I plan to spend 8-10 hours playing poker. The pool is a key factor in where we stay and plan to spend 3 hours a day or so drinking at the pool. I loved the Mirage pool on our last trip and prefer the more quiet pool vibe when with my wife (more her preference).

    I thought the deal provided to us was good and a nice room is important to me. When I asked my wife she seemed to want to stay at Mirage as she didn't really "like Cosmo much" when we spent an hour walking through a few years back. I reminded her it was a small sample and much different when staying there. She also has concerns about the pool situation.

    After our last two trips being to Bellagio and Palazzo I am concerned we check into a Tower room at Mirage and she is underwhelmed.

    Any thoughts on the matter? Advice? And is the Cosmo worth an extra $250 over three nights?

    Thanks!
     
  2. bigalbr

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    Your wife says she doesn't like Cosmo. Mirage is cheaper and you're going with her tendency. The last thing you do here is book Cosmo and hope it works out. If you're concerned about Mirage, you need to go back to Bellagio, Palazzo, or maybe Venetian.
     
  3. NJbadlands

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    This makes the most sense I agree. My point to her was she really spent small amount of time there. The Bellagio and the Palazzo are out because she said she wants to say somewhere new this time. Since she herself has never stayed at the garage that would qualify as new for her. Aria was another one I have considered got a very good discount from them as well.

    Can anyone that has stayed at the Cosmo let me know if they had a better second impression than just walking through the casino? Is there a quiet pool there or a quieter section especially on the weekend?
     
  4. breanna61

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    Cosmo is my favourite Vegas hotel; the terrace with Bellagio fountain view puts it above the rest imo. The Bamboo pool is the quieter pool; I prefer it to the Boulevard pool.

    Cosmo has many great dining choices as well.
     
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  5. leo21

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    Stick with Mirage. If the initial impression of Cosmo is lacking, it's going to be harder to impress your wife. If Palazzo is the fave so far, then you would need to look at WynnCore, Aria or maybe Caesars for a match in location and amenities. They are probably all going to be closer to your Cosmo quote in price.
     
  6. smerrian

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    This isn't really a 'hotel' question, it's a 'marriage' question. Your wife said she doesn't care for the Cosmo. If you book it, she will be seeing things through her previously decided eyes and will only see those things that reinforce her thoughts. Only when SHE decides to try the Cosmo, without your input, will it have the chance to whelm her.
    If you want to have a good trip with her, book what she wants. Tell her your concerns about possibly getting an underwhelming room at the Mirage. Ask her if she'd like to try the Palazzo or Venetian or Aria instead or just stay with the Mirage. Let HER pick the room. Then, if she is even slightly underwhelmed, she will not blame you.
    Happy wife, happy life.
     
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  7. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Even the best hotels sometimes have problems. If this stay at Cosmo happens to be one of those bad times - you are screwed - and not in a good way. If she wants Mirage, then do Mirage. Maybe split the trip?
     
  8. BlacklabberMike

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    stick with the Mirage.... happy wife=happy trip
    couldn't ask for a better location mid strip
    good poker room and good sportsbook.
    this looks like a no brainer to me

    ps. ask for the Rusty Griswold suite
     
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  9. Chuck2009x

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    Wife effectively nixed Cosmo.

    If she liked the Mirage pool situation, then you're probably OK. But it really comes down to a money thing. You got a good deal on the Mirage room, but it's not going to complete with a Palazzo room, and I assume the V/P pools are a known quantity to you.
     
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  10. NJbadlands

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    Yea we went through the Dolphin Habitat last summer during our Palazzo trip. She really seemed to like the pool at Mirage. When I went with my buddies we had a great time there. Nice size pool, clean, and drink service was very good.

    The Palazzo pool is incredible, but seeing that she actually made comments about much she liked the one at Mirage, I think I'm safe there.

    After our first few trips we always wanted to stay at Bellagio. After staying there it was very nice, but lacked the "wow" factor of Palazzo. Seems at this point if not going Mirage, Caesars (due to their pool) would be next best option.

    We also have dinner reservations at Portofoni which is convenient being at Mirage, as well as a buy one get one lunch buffet at Craving (through myVegas). Our last night dinner is at Prime, which is close to Mirage at Bellagio.

    Leaning towards staying Mirage at this point. As smerrian said, if there are any issue SHE did choose the room. Haha.
     
  11. Chuck2009x

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    Since you're arriving on a Saturday, if you sense a negative reaction to the room when you walk in, you could surreptitiously hit the front desk and ask how much an upgrade would cost (or do it sotto voce when you're checking in, so you'll know in case you get a bad reaction). It might not be too bad a deal if they have an unsold one going into a Saturday night.
     
  12. God-Speed

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    Stick with the Mirage. Like others have said, it has one of the best pools in Vegas not to mention a great location. Depending on when you were last their, their has been some changes at the Mirage with the new Center Bar and new bar called the Still. Hope you have a good time!!:thumbsup:
     
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    You mentioned tower room for this trip, and also that you previously stayed in a tower suite with friends.
    I'm a Mirage fan, but stay in a tower suite which is much different than a tower room - the king tower room is nice and does have the walk in shower, but is small compared to Palazzo; I'm not sure your wife will be as impressed with a tower room. Portofino is a really good choice at Mirage.

    Since she wants to try something new, Aria would also be a good choice room wise, great restaurants, but can't speak to the pool there.

    I am a convert to Cosmo, was unimpressed with first walk through the casino a few years ago (slot player). But having stayed there for the first time this year, the fountain terrace view blows everything else away! The casino while small is now a favorite, and the restaurants are great. Also like our host there.

    This one is tough - maybe discuss pro's and con's of all options again with wife and go with her choice !
    Y'all will have a great time together.
    Best of luck!
     
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    Before we became Encore snobs, the Mirage Tower Deluxe room was always our favorite. Nicer bathroom and plenty of space IMO...I mean how much time do you really spend in the room anyway? Ask for a high floor w/ a room facing south when you check in, great view of the lit up strip at night and the pool by day. Agree w/ the other poster that you should ask about an upgrade....never hurts and it might not be too expensive. Or.....you could do it up front and surprise the wifey. A move like that could make it a "lucky" trip in more ways than one:wink2:
     
  15. NJbadlands

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    Wifey is trying for kid #2 so even if I don't want luck, it's somehow finding me!

    Likely going to stick with Mirage ask for upgrade. Wondering how much an upgrade to one bedroom suite would be day of check in.
     
  16. Chuck2009x

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    I don't know how much it will be, but, if they have any unsold one on a Saturday night, they have to look at it like you're a bird in the hand vs. maybe, maybe, they'll be able to sell it to someone else at full price.

    Being a bird in the hand also means you at least have a chance to throw out a counter offer if they come in high. They say $150 a night for the 3 nights, you come back with "can I get it for $100?" Don't forget you have two non-peak nights. It's not like 2009-2010, though, where you could throw out crazy low numbers and they'd take it.
     
  17. nostresshere

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    At what point on a Saturday night do folks think it would make a difference? 6pm? 8pm? 10pm?

    Checkins happen pretty much 24/7 in these places.
     
  18. Chuck2009x

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    The later the better. But I'm talking about an unsold room, not a room that's been reserved but not checked into yet. I don't think grabbing a suite on the fly basically as a walk in happens THAT often.

    If you walk up to the front desk at 1:00pm on Saturday and they have a unsold suite and you want to get it as an upgrade, your chances are not as good as compared to it's still unsold at 9:00pm and you try.
     
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    If you can get cosmo with balcony and fountain view, no better room for the price in my opinion!
     
  20. RunningRam

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    Show her the video on the Cosmo website of the rooms. My wife was unimpressed the first time we walked through there due to the rich California kid vibe. Once she saw the rooms and the food options at Cosmo, she loves the place. Our next trip is a split between Cosmo and Mirage.