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Mirage 11/24 – 27 … trip notes

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by chitownjohn, Dec 1, 2013.

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  1. chitownjohn

    chitownjohn High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    My wife and I started our Vegas trip with a one-day stopover in St. Louis to visit friends and family and watch the Bears take on the Rams. Meeting with friends and family went well, but the game did not go so well as the Bears took it on the chin and lost to the Rams.:cry:

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    Enough of St. Louis,:wave: we headed to the airport immediately after the game to catch our standby flight to Vegas. We have family in the airline industry so we get to fly free, but the downside is that we have to fly standby so we don’t have any guarantees of getting on a flight. In this case everything worked out as planned and we headed to Vegas with a stopover in Houston. We got to Houston on time but the flight from Houston to Vegas was delayed an hour. No worries as it gave us a chance to grab a bite to eat and watch the Broncos and Pats battle it out. Finally boarded the flight to Houston in economy plus and an empty middle seat between us for extra space. We landed in Vegas around 11:30 PM. :banana:

    Cabbie tunneled us on the trip to Mirage :grrr: but I wasn’t going to let that ruin the trip. I paid the $27 fare with no tip.

    Got a pleasant surprise during check-in when were given a complementary upgrade to a petite suite on the 29th floor. :thumbsup: We’re at the lowest mlife tier so any upgrade like this is a nice bonus. We thoroughly enjoyed the suite and spent more time relaxing in the room than we normally would have.
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    Day 1: We slept in until noon, I guess we were tired. We wanted to take advantage of the "balmy" 60+ degree weather so we decided to walk down to Paris and eat at the Le Café. Good eats and good coffee to get our day started now that it’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon. I started my day with a $170 win at the roulette table, it was a 90 minute session with lots of friendly folks dropping in and very friendly dealers as well. Played some craps after that and lost $100 of my roulette winnings.

    After Paris we hustled over to the Walgreens in the Venetian to pick up some water and granola bars for breakfast. Then we hurried back to the Mirage to pickup our tickets for the early LOVE show. After LOVE we decided to grab some a pizza and salad at the CPK, paid for with express comps.

    We spend most of the night low-rolling at the Casino Royale and Mirage playing roulette, craps, and slots. My wife won $100 at CR in a free play promo slot machine but that was the about the only thing we won. On the positive side we were killing them on the drinks.:beer:

    Day 2: Same routine as yesterday, sleep in and started our day of with a walk, this time going North. Grabbed coffee at the TI Starbucks and we walked to the Stratosphere , which is about 2.5 miles according to my smartphone app. We played at the Strat for about 2 hours mixing up some slots, roulette and craps. On the way back we stopped at the Riviera to give their slots a try. I managed to win $200 on the sex and city machine, but gave up half of that on other slots. After the Riv we stopped at the Grand Lux for early diner / late lunch. The menu is quite extensive but we settled on a spinach artichoke and lettuce wrap appetizers and we shared the 3-way Salmon entree. Good stuff!!!

    We spend the night drinking like fish and gambling at Harrah’s, Flamingo, Bellagio and the Mirage. Another losing night but we were happy drunks. :drunk:

    Day 3: Started the day at Cosmo with lunch at Holsteins, we both had burgers of course.:thumbsup: The main purpose of the trip to Cosmo was to sign up for Identity rewards and redeem our $25 free play coupons. I won $30 on the free play but gave that back (and more) to a Top Dollar machine that was calling for me. We don't fit the Cosmo demographic but I like the vibe there.

    My wife hadn’t been to Aria, so walked through Crystals to Aria so she could check it out. Played in Aria for a little bit then we headed back to the Mirage via the tram to Bellagio.

    Off to the airport we go, it was a $17.50 cab fare back to the airport. I gave him $25 and told him to keep the change. Another nice surprise awaited for us at the gate when they gave us a first class upgrade.

    Overall it was a losing trip but we enjoyed some R&R with a good amount of drinking and gambling. :thumbsup:


    Casinos visited:
    Paris , Bellagio, Cosmo, Casino Royale, Harrah’s, Strat, Riveria, Pallazzo, Flamingo, Aria

    Food …
    Le Cafe , CPK , Grand Lux, Holsteins

    Shows:
    LOVE … used the $50 off promotion to grab some tics for the show, good seats half way up in section 204. We absolutely loved the show!!!

    Notes:
    The Mirage VP bar by the sportsbook was under construction. They had 4-5 VP stations open but the rest were covered by a black tarp. I was disappointed as this is a usually a good place to enjoy a few cocktails and people watch.

    Craps tables were ice cold, all 5 sessions were losers. This is a bummer because I will usually get 1 winner and 1 break even out of 5 sessions but not this time.

    Cosmo has a promotion going with United Airlines. Just before we landed the flight attendants handed out a package from Cosmo. At first I thought it was a deck of cards, but it was actually a bunch of 2-1 offers (Wicked Spoon, drinks) , a $25 free play offer, and a little box of mints. I think it's a good promotion and should get more people into their property.

    We walked through the Quad and we both though the casino was very disjointed. Rather than one big open space it’s broken up into various rooms with slot machines tucked into corners. I didn’t like the vibe or the layout.

    Vegas is starting to get in the Christmas spirit.
    venetian tree.jpg grinch.jpg venetian ice rink.jpg

    ... but the Bellagio conservatory was celebrating Thanksgiving.
    pumkin_patch.jpg

    Thanks for reading! :peace:
     
  2. floridavegas

    floridavegas Low-Roller

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    thanks for posting! great read and always love pics. :peace:

    I am very tempted to book Mirage for upcoming trip, people seem to really like it.
     
  3. sybgal

    sybgal VIP Whale

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    Nice report, thanks for taking the time to post. The way we look at it.....even a loosing trip is better than no trip.....win or lose.....we have fun either way... :)
     
  4. sunny123

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    Nicely done - short but concise - enjoyed the read. Thanks.
    Especially appreciated the review of LOVE. :beer:
     
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