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Mirage TR Feb 20-23rd, Sixth trip to Vegas

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by desertskies, Mar 8, 2010.

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  1. desertskies

    desertskies Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Me (38) and My husband (43) from VA on our sixth trip to Vegas

    We arrived in Vegas about 11:40 after traveling for about 8 hours. We took our time getting to baggage because we know how LONG the wait usually is. We have never traveled on a Saturday afternoon and were surprised with how outrageously packed the tram was. We missed the first train and had to cram into the next one. All the time we wasted and we still had to wait about 15 minutes for our baggage to show up. We walked about a mile of taxi line to walk about a mile more to our designated taxi stop. I think our taxi driver took us the long way because the cost getting to the Mirage and coming back to the airport was greatly different. That’s ok because we were finally in Vegas.

    Got to the Mirage around 1:00pm and there was no line at the check-in. I threw down my $20 sandwich and told the nice lady that this was our first trip to the Mirage and we were celebrating our 15 wedding anniversary and wanted to see about getting an upgrade. She made a quick call and got us a Tower Deluxe Room on the 25th floor with a great view of the strip and the Volcano. She also said she’d be sending something up to the room later that evening (We got a very nice bottle of champagne).

    We were starved so after a quick luggage drop off at the room we headed to BLT Burger for lunch. First thing I did was order a very lovely cocktail called the Jackpot, which is highly recommended. My husband got a Shiner Boc beer which he was also happy with. We both enjoyed our Burger s and onion rings. Very good start to our Vegas trip!

    After lunch we decided to take a nap. It had been a long day. We were up at 3:30 am eastern and it was now about 3:00 west (6:00 eastern) and without a nap we were not going to make it very late. The beds at the Mirage are very comfortable. My husband thought they were too soft but I thought it was great. Our only complaint was the rooms are kind of stuffy even with the air turned way down. You add the Down comforter to the mix and you end up waking up kind of hot and sweaty (and not in a good way). So we showered and put on some out-on-the-town-wear and checked out what the Mirage had to offer. We played some slots, had some cocktails, and did some shopping. And then we decided we were hungry so we had dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen. I had an Asian salad, hubby had a pizza. We were both happy with our meals, although the service was a little SLOW.

    Decided to take a walk after dinner to TI and explored their casino. It was kind of boring, in my opinion, and we didn’t feel like waiting for the Sirens show so we headed back to the Mirage. Played some more slots (won some but eventually lost it) and drank some more cocktails. It was kind of early for Vegas when we finally headed to our room but even with the nap we were both wore out. Plus I was kind of claustrophobic with the hordes of people walking throughout the Mirage. I think I like the Sun through Thurs crowds so much better than Saturday.

    The next day we decided to try Cravings for Brunch. There was a wide selection of food choices but overall I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I’d be after hearing the reviews. Maybe dinner is better. After brunch we went to the Secret Garden of Siegfried and Roy. We’ve been to the Garden a couple of times before but I just love to see the animals. And there were tiger cubs (about 6 months old and adorable). Then we decided it was time for some serious shopping and we headed to the Forum shops. We walked up and down and all around and spent a good bit of money on some really nice things. Good times were had. Mid-afternoon we decided we were getting hungry so we hit the Cheesecake Factory. After we sat down we realized we really didn’t want anything big so we ordered an appetizer and dessert, much to the dismay of our waiter. He pretty much tuned us out after I told him what we were planning. You could see the dollar signs fade in his eyes and so much for good service. After mediocre service and an actually nasty dessert we decided to continue with our buying expedition. I hit the 2nd Coach store in the Forum shops and bought yet another item and then we went exploring Caesars. We like the Casino but we didn’t gamble there. I was ready to head back to the Mirage and rest my aching feet. We found a spot at the Sports book lounge and decided to watch the USA-Canada hockey match (the first one). We were surprised to find that we were surrounded by rowdy Canadians who were so positive that there was about to be an ass whooping. Happily they were proven wrong as USA defeated Canada. After a few hours in the lounge and numerous Margaritas’ (for me) and beer (for hubby) we were feeling pretty good but also hungry. For dinner we decided to walk across the street and visit the World’s Busiest Outback Steakhouse. I know it was not very original for dinner but we honestly didn’t want to spend $150+ for steak dinner at the hotel. We enjoyed our meals. After watching the Volcano go off we headed back in to play some more slots. We spent a good two hours winning and losing some bucks and after a few more cocktails we decided to call it a night.

    The thing I most liked about the Tower Deluxe Room was the Jet-tub. A good soak in the tub was heavenly for my aches and pains. I do want to note the only big complaint we had with the Mirage. When we came back from shopping at about 4 our room had still not been cleaned. After the hockey game we came back to the room again. The room had been cleaned but housekeeping had taken ALL our hand towels and wash clothes and had not replaced them. I called down to housekeeping and about 20 minutes later they brought some by. Not really a hardship to deal with but still an annoyance.

    The next day we decided we wanted to visit the South end of the strip. We have always stayed down there but on this trip we decided to try center-strip. We do like the action of center-strip but the MGM is still our favorite place to stay. We went to the LUXOR and had lunch at the Pharaoh’s Café. I love their Monte Cristo’s. The LUXOR was dead. I think they are hurting in my opinion. We then walked to the Excalibur. Nothing much had changed there but we did end up buying a couple things. We’ve always wanted one of those 3-D picture cubes and finally took the plunge and got one. It looks nice. Because we ordered the cube we had to kill about 3 hours on that end of the strip before it would be ready. We decided to go over to New York, New York. I had read on the boards how NYNY had made some changes to their casino. It seems more open and less crowded but I still miss the “old†look. We stopped at my favorite little dessert place for a scrumptious tiramisu. Then we walked over to MGM, our home away from home. We love the MGM. It’s big and beautiful and full of so many awesome memories. We stopped to see the adorable lions cuddled up and sleeping. Very cute as always and walked around to see if anything had changed in the past two years. It seemed pretty much the same. Took a break and did some people watching and then played some slots with not much luck. We had killed all but a half an hour before our cube would be ready so we made our way around the circuit and back to the Excalibur. Right before heading up the escalators we found my favorite slots machine. I think it is called Martians but not real sure. I just know it is something alien. I put in $20 and we left with $60 which began the formula for the rest of our gambling.

    After picking up the cube we hopped in a cab and headed back to the Mirage, dropped off our purchases in the room, freshened up a bit, and headed downstairs to BLT Burger for dinner. Another excellent meal and then it was time to play some slots again. For every $20 we put in a machine we would cash out with at least $60. We decided to push our luck and put a $100 in a dollar machine. Three spins later we walked away with $190. And when this winning streak started to turn we walked away. We decided to actually go home with money this time around. It ended up being an early night for us since we were heading home the next day.

    We were sad when we woke on our final day. It is always sad to go. Usually we are sad because we are broke but this time we were sad because we really had a nice, relaxing time and we could have used one more day there. Before checking out I went to the Players Club to see if our play was worth anything. We got almost three meals comped so we can not complain. I am actually surprised we got that much. Honestly we didn’t gamble that much but as my husband pointed out we may not have lost that much “cash†but we did play a lot because we won quite a bit in comparison to what we put in.

    And that is our Trip Report.
     
  2. IowaRyan

    IowaRyan Low-Roller

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    Nice report, sounds like you had fun.
     
  3. tylinsal

    tylinsal Tourist

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    Thanks for the trip report. Sounds like you had fun. My kind of trip.
     
  4. VegasDiva

    VegasDiva VIP Whale

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    Great TR glad you had a relaxing fun time :)
     
  5. Lorraine

    Lorraine Tourist

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    Great report, I hope to have a easy relaxing trip in April. Winning is always nice!
     
  6. desertskies

    desertskies Tourist

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    I have to admit winning some did make the trip that more relaxing and fun. It was a short trip but a good one. :thumbsup:
     
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