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The Mirage vs. Encore

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Beth1976, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. Beth1976

    Beth1976 Tourist

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    I've been waivering between spending more money on a nicer room vs keeping the one we have. We are currently booked in the Mirage (volcano view room) with the first night comped through MyVegas then the next two nights have a free buffet promotion per person per night. I recently found a Resort King Suite at the Encore for $45 more for the two nights total. (however we'd lose the buffets, plus have to check out after the first night and move over to the Encore for the next two nights).

    Is it worth making the change? Or should I stick with what I have.
     
  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Encore is really nice, but not sure if moving the day after you just get checked in. And of course the buffets. And, not sure how much you play, but this would be two different players clubs.

    Just read your post again... if a real suite, then maybe I would move.
     
  3. Jackpot Johnny

    Jackpot Johnny Well-Known Member

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    The Mirage used to be the best place in town when Mr. Wynn built it. Now Encore is the best place in town and the Mirage is not much like it used to be. Only you can decide relative value, but usually most people remember the quality of the vacation experience longer than they would remember having spent the extra money. If you're happy at Mirage, stick with it. If you're curious about new experiences, try Encore.

    We spend about 20 nights a year at Wynn, so it's obvious we're biased towards Wynn/Encore. Years ago we stayed at Mirage-we'd never go back.
     
  4. Dean Martin

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    The Encore Resort Suite is their regular room. It has a wall between the living room and the bedroom with a opening in it and the flat screen swivels to whichever room you want it in. The Encore rooms are beautiful and are so heads and heals above the Mirage rooms that there is no comparison. Really, that holds true for the entire Wynncore resort. I'd definitely do it. If it was me I'd spring for the extra night at Encore but if money's tight, just move first thing in the morning and leave your bags with the Encore Bellman and go explore. It's a gorgeous property with a lot to see and do. Also, they give each person a free buffet when you sign up for the Red Card.
     
  5. Geogran

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    It depends how you feel about moving. I'd do Mirage one night and Encore the other two because I don't mind moving. If late checkout is an option at Mirage, get late checkout (usually an extra hour or two after the 11am checkout), just know your new room might not be ready and you would need to check your luggage at Encore til room is ready. Also, if you don't like shlepping your bags between hotels (it's about a 15 minute walk door to door), you will need a taxi or Uber.

    If you decide to stay at Mirage the entire time and can afford It, definitely upgrade to a Tower King Deluxe - the bathroom is larger with a separate walkin shower and dual sinks (std rooms at Mirage have small bathrooms with tub/shower combo). I would take a Tower King over a volcano view every time.
    (I love Mirage for the gambling and my host, and lucky enough to stay in a tower/penthouse suite each time, if not for that, I'd choose Wynn/Encore over Mirage).

    Encore is lovely and a great hotel experience - be careful - you may never want to stay anywhere else again! :D:D
    Food options at Wynn/Encore are excellent but more expensive; across the street to V/P or across the strip to Fashion Show Mall there are plenty of moderate food options if cost is a factor. Join the players cub, and I think you get a free buffet but not certain - one of the best buffets in Vegas).

    Either way, have a great time and let us know how your trip turns out!
     
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  6. Dean Martin

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    Also, the Mirage volcano view room is really not that good of a room IMO. You'll get tired of hearing that thing go off real quick. Even though I highly recommend the change, if you do stay at the Mirage, go for the tower deluxe room. They have a nicer bathroom and two sinks. Ask for a south facing room on the west wing and you'll be overlooking the pool and looking right down the strip.

    If you change to Encore and your budget is tight, check out Zoozacrackers, Allegro and the Terrace Point cafe for $$ meals.

    Johnny is right, you'll be dreaming of Encore long after you get home.
     
  7. Beth1976

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    Thanks for all the replies! The move actually works without being a huge hassle as we planned to rent a car for the day and do the Grand Canyon. So we can just put our bags in the car and once back from the Grand Canyon it'll be past check in time at the Encore. So no worrying about what to do with the bags.

    As for upgrading the room at the Mirage. It seems to be pretty full for our dates and the room we have booked now is way up in price so any upgrade is that much more. Being that the Encore is only $45 more I think that might be what we switch to!
     
  8. Dean Martin

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    Grest choice Beth! If you're not big on a strip view, ask for a room facing north and you'll eliminate the nightclub noise that bothers some people.
     
  9. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Since you are doing the car thing, the whole bags, checkin will not be a big deal. And don't waste you time going to desk to checkout at Mirage - just leave - saving that time.
     
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    I personally won't step foot into the Mirage anymore. I've been there before and it feels like such a meh property. It's not terrible, but it's not exciting or worthwhile. Save for the Luxor and Excalibur, it's my least favorite property that is managed under the mLife umbrella.

    Accordingly, for $45, I'd make the switch. There's nothing like getting the full Vegas/lavish experience and $45 is a small price to pay for it. At the end of the day, it's a vacation and if you value every second of the experience, then paying for the room is worth it. That's how I look at it, at least.
     
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  12. eksantirik

    eksantirik Low-Roller

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    It's not $45 though. OP will lose 4 buffets I think, so the incremental cost will be like $165.
     
  13. Dean Martin

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    Sign up for the Red Card at Encore/Wynn and you each get to spin the wheel and at a minimum, you'll both get a free Wynn buffet. At a maximum (although the buffet comes up the majority of the time) you can win some pretty good cash....or it might come as FP, I can't remember.
     
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    I just came back from 2 nights at Encore and one at PHo. If you take a north facing room (away from the club noise), you get a view of an empty lot where Riviera used to be. South facing runs the risk of club noise but a view of the pool and golf club.
     
  15. Dean Martin

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    I forgot the Riv was just imploded...that, the Strat and downtown in the distance was all there was to look at. I will say that if you asked for a room on that north side but as far east (I think it would be) you'd get a view of most of the golf course too. Just depends if you're sensitive to noise. We crank up the AC fan and I don't hear a thing but I like some noise to sleep. When I can't sleep is if it's dead quiet.
     
  16. Jackpot Johnny

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    We stay in the Wynn Tower in a Salon-those rooms are only on the Strip side and we have occasional thumping bass at night, even on floors 52 or 55 (which I think are actually the 42nd and 45th stories-is it no 40s floors because of superstition?). Instead of complaining, we just take a small white noise machine and, for all out emergency, some of the pliable orange throwaway earplugs. Usually not an issue. The desk staff will be truthful if you ask about noise and tell them it's a priority. We're gonna have to live with clubs. Just added that in case you get crazy and decide to try the Wynn side.