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Monte Carlo Vs. Mirage

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Larz, Feb 13, 2014.

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  1. Larz

    Larz Tourist

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    Going to be in Mesquite for my annual golf trip the middle of next month. The way it works out I will be able to spend the weekend in Vegas before heading home. I will be solo without the wife and basically eating,drinking, gambling, going to a few college basketball conference tournament games and maybe hang by a pool if the weather allows. I have narrowed it down to Monte Carlo or the Mirage, I've stayed at both and had great experiences at both. The reason I am looking at these is because don't need anything off the hook for me and they both have amentities and services that I like.

    I am looking for insight and advice to which one is better then the other or which one you prefer and why.
     
  2. jegbomb52

    jegbomb52 Tourist

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    I would say Mirage wins this hands down. One big exception. If you like to bounce around I do like Monte Carlo's location. Hop over to NYNY, Aria, MGM, etc....
     
  3. bluerider

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    I'd say that Mirage edges out MC, for me at least.

    I prefer the casino, book, and poker room over those at Monte Carlo, as all are bigger, nicer and have a better vibe, in my opinion.

    I also don't mind Mirage's location, albeit a bit north. V/P, Caesars and TI are all adjacent, Wynn and Bellagio aren't too far of a walk, so location isn't that bad.

    And I'll take the restaurant selection at Mirage as well. California Pizza Kitchen is basically right in the sports book, BLT burger is a solid place for a burger and beer, and Samba if you are int he mood for a meat coma.

    The only downsides I can see are if any of the following are desired: southern strip location, food court for cheap eats, slightly cheaper gambling mins.

    *Just my $0.02, your results may vary! :beer:
     
  4. wishman35

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    I agree Mirage is definitely a step above. A little more action than Monte Carlo. Mirage rooms are a little nicer minus the tiny bathroom. If only Mirage had some better bar options.
     
  5. vegas_or_bust

    vegas_or_bust High-Roller

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    Mirage in a landslide for me. I can't think of one area that the MC is better than the Miragel
     
  6. UKFanatic

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    Here is my breakdown:

    Room: Neither will be large, but the Mirage rooms were more recently renovated and the MC rooms just feel kind of plain and standard. MIRAGE

    Casino: Both casinos are decent. MC feels a bit less packed and has better lighting. Mirage has more energy. PUSH

    Pool: Again, both are decent, but Mirage has a bigger, more4 spacious pool area and gets more sunlight. The MC pool is squeezed in next to CityCenter. MIRAGE

    Food: Both resorts have a couple places a l like, but not a lot of variety and nothing outstanding. PUSH. Unless you love buffets. The MC buffet is not edible. In that case, MIRAGE

    Sportsbook: Not even close. The Mirage has one of the top books on the Strip and it was recently refurbished. MIRAGE

    My vote, Mirage
     
  7. texas_aggie_girl_93

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    I'm going to go against the grain here. I've stayed at both and Monte Carlo has a slight edge for me. Yes, the rooms at Mirage are a little nicer, but the bathrooms are also very small, unless you get a resort tower or suite. I really like the location and casino in MC. I found more of a variety of the machines I like to play. The cocktail service at Monte Carlo was at least 100 times better and faster than at Mirage. I also loved the proximity to NYNY, Aria, and Bellagio (I also enjoy those casinos more than Mirage, Caesars, & Harrahs). MC also has food court for quick bites, the cafe is decent, and there are a couple other good options as well. It's no Carnegie or BLT, but if I want either of those, I'm good with a walk to get them to help burn off the massive calorie count. MC just felt more comfortable to me, and the rooms are easier to get to from the strip/casino. Maybe I just have an easier time navigating at MC and don't have to maneuver around the crowds like I seem to always have to do at Mirage.

    It just depends what your priorities and preferences are for this trip and where you like to gamble. If a pool and sportsbook is important, I'd go with Mirage. I'm sure you'll have a blast whatever you decide! :thumbsup:
     
  8. bjpcyclone

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    Agree with everything here.

    A few things I'll add:

    1. The location of MC is better but that's about it (this coming from a big MC guy).
    2. If you do like access to a food court, MC has that plus is closer to cheaper eats. When we last stayed at the Mirage, there weren't a lot of places to get a quick, cheap meal.

    MGM and Mlife put Mirage and Mandalay Bay on the same level while they put Monte Carlo on the NYNY level.
     
  9. vegas_or_bust

    vegas_or_bust High-Roller

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    FWIW--there is a food court directly across the street from Mirage. 3 minute walk at most.
     
  10. UKFanatic

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    You know, I wasn't even thinking about the MC food court when I wrote my post. It's not half bad (I am not a big fan of food courts). So that might tip the food balance in MC's favor
     
  11. thecarve

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    I’ll go with the consensus and say Mirage as well for all the reasons mentioned (plus, I actually kind of prefer Mirage’s location…but that’s subjective obviously).

    Texas Aggie Girl brings up a good point about drink service, though. I’ve always thought Mirage had some of the slowest drink service on the strip. And MC’s has always been pretty decent, IMO. So, if getting your drunk on in a timely fashion is of the highest priority, keep that in mind.
     
  12. numeno

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    At the same price, I'd go with Mirage. Mirage is generally more expensive though.

    I would choose Monte Carlo though due to the location and a few places to eat. This is 100% personal preference though. If comps are not involved, I simply prefer all the MLife casinos around Monte Carlo vs the casinos around Mirage. I will take the vibe at NYNY or Luxor anyday over Venetian/Pal or Wynn.
     
  13. Larz

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    Thanks for all your input. After all your thoughts and suggestions I was still undecided. So, Mirage won the coin flip!!
     
  14. Reefer

    Reefer Low-Roller

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    We have stayed at MC four times mainly for this reason over Mirage when pricing things out. We've always enjoyed our stays there. As we grew older though we've now made Bellagio our home when we visit.
     
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