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Strictly Business - 3/15-3/18 - The Mirage

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Blatz, Mar 16, 2015.

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  1. Blatz

    Blatz Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    This report is going to be just some observations from a guy who usually stays downtown for leisure, and my limited free time experiences while I'm in town for meetings. It's not going to be the most exciting read ever, but hopefully I'll be able to include some information that might be helpful to some fellow travellers.

    Sunday 3/15

    Red-eye flight in from AUS lands at LAS 10 minutes ahead of schedule, and I'm out of the airport and in the cab for a quick 15 dollar cab ride, taking Paradise to the strip. Arrived at Mirage about 8:45am, and left my bag with the bell. Bell informs me that they start taking early check ins at 10am, so I settle in for a little shitty pay table video poker while I wait to check in.

    I'm never one to complain about shitty pay tables since I enjoy video poker for entertainment, but this particular session had me rethinking my machine selection. In the 90 minutes played, I hit 15 Full House, and 2 non-premium 4oak on .50 BP. The paytables on a run of FH definitely makes a difference on the bankroll. Oddly, enjoyed the ambience of The Mirage. It was quiet, music wasn't too loud, and in the morning, the floor was relaxing and sparsely populated. Not super cocktail service, but it was there, and I managed to get a bottle of water and a coffee during my session.

    About 10:15a went to go check in. There were about 10 people in line in front of me. I was fully prepared to pay for early check in, but it wasn't even brought up. The whole time from line to room key was less than five minutes. The clerk was super efficient, but if you're looking for warm and fuzzies from your check in rep, this wasn't the lady. Room reservation also included a $70 credit for the buffet. Charge the meal to your room and they will remove up to 70 bucks on check out.

    Room on the 22nd floor overlooking the pool, decent view of Paris at night. I like that the windows open in the room to get in some fresh air. Bed is comfortable and room is clean. It's a nice change of pace to have enough outlets near a desk to charge all of my electronicals. I realize electronicals isn't a word, but y'all know what I mean. two easily accessible outlets on the desk, and two more aside the bureau in the foyer area. A couple outlets near the bed would have been appreciated.

    Bell desk was expeditious and courteous when bringing up my luggage. Call to door: less than 10 minutes. After a quick shower, I had some free time to myself, so I decided to walk the strip up to Ross.

    It's rare I get to visit Las Vegas during March as I'm usually wrapped up in SXSW in Austin during this time, but the weather is great for walking. 70's and 80's all day and cooling off to the 60's at night. The walk to the Ross near MGM took about 25 minutes. I think it could have been a little shorter, but I encountered two escalators out of service on the way there, and two on the way back. This always clogs things up a bit.

    Strip Character Report: Yes, they are there. They are everywhere. It's early, and they're still there. Everywhere. Porn slappers. Everywhere. It's too early for porn slappers, isn't it? I guess not.

    Ross near MGM is quite large. Two floors, and fairly packed. I was able to find a few things that I needed. You see, I'm a horrible planner, and decided that instead of bringing business clothes for my meetings, I'd just pick up shit in town. I'm lazy like that. Anyway, selection is good, and check out waiting time was around 20 minutes. Shit started to get real crazy as I was leaving, and I can only imagine that it gets out of control later in the day.

    Once back at the Mirage, I stop at the Buffet for brunch. I think total cost with tax was around 37 bucks. Brunch comes with unlimited beer and wine(must go to bar) and tableside champagne. Did not partake in beer/wine. Had two glasses of champ. service was acceptable, but this time around the food was a little disappointing compared to my last visit. Although it wasn't busy, they were having difficulty keeping the popular items stocked. I stuck with the Asian station. Serviceable noodles and potstickers. I wouldn't eat here again if it were on my own dime, and I did notice that there was never a line during my travels past the entrance. I wonder if it's starting to gain a bad reputation.

    After brunch, got my work shit situated and I still had a couple hours before I had to hit my first meeting. Decided to play around on a couple machines that you don't see downtown too often. Got stuck on that Sphinx 3-D machine. I must be getting old because I was pretty impressed with the technology. Played that, and a few other machines for a couple hours before doing the following:

    Work shit.

    Okay, work shit over. Decided to go back and change, and walk over to O'sheas where I feel a little more comfortable. If that bar had bartop VP, it would be perfect for a downtown rat stuck on the strip. Got a ton of play out of the VP machines near the White Castle. Drink service was non-existant, but I didn't mind breaking to walk over to the bar to pick up beers and bring them back. Bartenders were great, and service was fast despite the crowd.

    Ended the night with a take back sack of sliders from White Castle. Maybe it was an off night, but my burgers were cold. Not the white castle I know and love. Total wait time about 20 minutes. Back at the room for some more work, and off to sleep.

    Monday 3/16

    Today's Plan:

    Work Shit.

    I'm pretty stacked with meetings today, but I will post any noteworthy happenings as I finish up, but there isn't much free time between now and midnight!

    I'll finish Monday after the festivities. Stay tuned...
     
  2. cardfelon

    cardfelon Low-Roller

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    Didn't know they had a White Castle over at O'sheas. Have to go grab some sliders!
     
  3. TomTWI

    TomTWI High-Roller

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    I never had a work trip in Vegas I don't think I could be effective. I was able to stop in Vegas on way back from Phoenix a couple times. The company would pick up the room if I stayed over a weekend and it saved them $$. Win Win

    TomTWI
     
  4. casinokid68

    casinokid68 Low-Roller

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    The White Castle is in Casino Royale :vomit:
     
  5. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Unless O'Shea's ripped them out in the last 4 weeks...they have VP at their main bar, and Lagunitas IPA on tap. And Mirage bartops are terrible (exception: Lobby Bar at the $2+ level...ugh). it's a real shame as I really like staying there. Stayed there 2 nights last trip via myVegas, but did not play one hand of VP there.
     
  6. Blatz

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    The end of the trip was so anti-climatic I forgot to post the rest of the trip. Let me note that my reference to O'sheas was meant to read Casino Royale. The two have always confused me. I was actually hanging out at Royale, right next to the white castle.

    Now that I've cleared that up, the rest of my trip ended up being all business, and most of my nightlife revolved around Suite parties at the Venetian. I was able to get a glimpse at some very nice accommodations while party hopping, not to mention, drinking some very nice Whisky from Japan. Sadly, there wasn't any gambling aside from a little VP prior to checking out on Wed.

    Although the White Castle experience was sub-par, I managed to go again before leaving, and I had a much more true to life experience, so I'll definately be going back next time I'm in the area. My other meals included Smashburger at Caesars, which was about as close to a mediocre fast food burger as you can get. The food court had a small line at Earl of Sandwich, and a 20 minute line at Smashburger. Nothing else had any business at lunchtime. I should have went for Earl. The truffle fries were decent though, but the burger didn't do it for me. I also did hit the Mirage one additional time, for breakfast. Since it was included with the room, I decided not to waste the credit.

    Also had a BLT from Carnegie Deli, which at 12 bucks was loaded with Bacon...but dare I say too much bacon? Either way, it was pretty damn good. Oddly enough, my best meal of the trip was provided by Pei Wei at the airport as I was leaving.

    Writing a report for a business trip is probably pretty boring to read, but hopefully I've provided some useful info. Let me know if you have any more questions...and we'll be back in town in a little less than two months for PUNK ROCK BOWLING!

    Best of luck on your upcoming trips!
     
  7. zNaturaL

    zNaturaL Low-Roller

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    The BLT at Carnegie is awesome. I don't think you can ever have too much bacon!
     
  8. macwjp

    macwjp Low-Roller

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    Too much bacon is never a thing :evillaugh

    Thanks for the notes on your trip. I have always wanted to try White Castle and it is nice to know that the food is decent, will give it a try in May when we are down.
     
  9. t3hcardshark

    t3hcardshark Tourist

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    Man i had no idea there was a White Castle there, guess I'm adding that to my trip this summer since i've never eaten at one.
     
  10. archie

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    thanks for the report,are there any renovations taking place in the mirage casino?
     
  11. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    It's always good to take care of business. I get my business advice from the McPoyles.

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    Thanks for posting and hope you enjoy your punk rock bowling trip.I always wanted to make it to Vegas to check it out, and hopefully I will over the next few years.

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