This is my first trip report, and since i go to vegas so often, I don't bother to take pictures anymore unless something out of the ordinary happens. Any suggestions on what should be put into a trip report welcome! Checked into the Mirage on thursday night. Was promptly booted out of the VIP lounge despite being platinum and invited. Checked in at the M life guest line to find out I was also bumped from my suite. Host warned me about this ahead of time, saying there were a lot of high rollers in town so I ended up getting a tower room. No big deal, room was clean and cozy. Also got $250 more in freeplay for being bumped and $100 in f&b. The parking changes at mirage were evident, with valet now scanning your M life card at drop off. Heard a few people infront of us complaining when told about the charge. Ate at Pantry and Carnegies. Both were good. Didn't bother with room service since it comes from Pantry at jacked up prices and take out containers. Friday night was Garth Brooks, the whole reason for the visit. The new T-mobile arena is fantastic with amazing sound. I was surprised at how comfy and roomy the seats were, and how quickly we were able to exit when the show was over. Garth is the man. His show was great, and he is a born entertainer. His stage was simple with not much in terms of pyrotechnics or graphics but he doesn't need any of that. He played all of his old hits and took some audience requests. Slots at the mirage were tight and unkind. Checked into Cosmo on saturday using a welcome offer through this board. Got a 1 bdrm terrace room with a gorgeous view of the fountains. The room was large, clean and modern. The casino was lively with plenty of games, but i found it extremely loud and crowded when the clubgoers came. There was nowhere to escape them since the hotel is built upwards instead of wide, so it was either going back to the room or grin and bear it to stay in the casino. The clientele are not my cup of tea (and i'm in my early 30's) so that ruined the experience. Everything from the lounge to the member desk was full of screaming, obnoxious and inebriated 20 somethings that made any conversations impossible to hear ontop of the very loud club music blasting throughout the hotel. Ate at wicked spoon for dinner. Must say i was disappointed but i am a picky eater. Lots of seafood and asian dishes to choose from, very few italian and american stations. Dessert was mostly fruit flavored tortes or cakes. Holsteins was good burgers and shakes. Room sevice breakfast was your usual. Garth apparently played an impromptu gig at Cosmo but I didn't know about it! Damn. The casino kept me going for a little, before finally taking it all. No jackpots or handpays anywhere. Big loser all weeekend. Went to the spa at Flamingo for a massage using credits from social rewards. The spa was small and lacking in amenities so i don't recommend it. The massage was just ok. Went to Shark Reef at mandalay to kill a few hours before switching hotels again. They had a new, limited time exhibit on sea monsters, but walk through time was around 60 minutes. Shark reef is a very small aquarium when compared to others. Checked into NYNY on Monday until our late flight home. Definetely enjoyed NYNY the best. I was told they had a daily slot tournament Mon-thurs but when i went to get an entry, they said they don't run them in summer. Bummer. The casino is lively with high ceilings so the smoke isn't as bad, and they have the most popular slot machines. Drink service was good, and we had a great dinner at nine fine irishmen. Stsyed in s madison room which was basic but very clean. The a/c wasn't great so the room was hot but managable. Definetely returning to NYNY on my next stay.