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Mirage - Tell me the good, bad and ugly.

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by LV_Bound, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. LV_Bound

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    Stayed at Luxor, NYNY, MGM and ParkMGM but never Mirage and looking to do another 4 night stay (2 MLife and 2 CET) and thinking about Mirage.

    This past trip was 2 nights at ParkMGM and 2 nights at PH. This worked wonderfully as they both were different locations on the strip.

    Thought about Aria and PH but that puts us covering essentially the same area for the 4 nights.

    Doing 2 nights at Mirage and 2 at PH would give another nice variety but we don't know enough about Mirage.

    Reading a few threads and there are people who only stay at Mirage and people who no longer stay there due to seeming rundown and needing to be remodeled.

    We would love to hear what you find to be the good, bad and ugly for this property.
    What is the main reason for choosing to stay or for staying away?

    On a side note, the bathroom needs to have a water closet or be large enough where one can not sit on the bowl and touch the shower and sink. :p Checking the Mirage web site and it seems only the suites may have this.
     
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  2. Nevyn

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    For your bathroom question, The end of this video will show you the basic bathroom. You can search on youtube for suite walkthroughs too and other room types.



    As for notes, I don't find the rooms to be in bad condition (but its been 3ish years since I stayed) and the location is pretty good. On the downside, if you're not a big walker ask for a room near the elevator as the hallways are looooooooooong.
     
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  3. KellyLovesVegas

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    The standard rooms (as shown on the video) have bathrooms the size of a Best Western or other low end motel. We stayed at Mirage only once in the mid-1990s. Considering that Mirage opened in 1989, I would guess it was the norm back in the day.

    If you want a nice mid-range hotel with spacious bathrooms with water closets, Mandalay Bay (which opened in March 1999) fits the bill. Even the MB standard resort room (550 square feet) at Mandalay Bay has a spacious bathroom (separate tub and shower) with water closet. Or Delano, an all-suite hotel on the MB property, which offers 750 square feet suites which have a separate bedroom and living room (with door), a powder room, and a full bathroom (separate tub and shower) with water closet.
     
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  4. tmoney25

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    The standard rooms (Resort King or Resort Queen) do indeed have a small bathroom. Fine for me on my solo trip.

    I haven't seen them in person but the Resort Tower King rooms have larger bathrooms. The regular resort rooms have a toilet that you can touch the sink and the shower/tub combo. The Resort Tower King rooms have a separate shower and tub.

    You can find room reviews on Youtube for the Resort Tower King room to give you an idea of what you're looking at.

    As for reasons that I stay at Mirage. Mostly due to my conference being hosted at Mirage. However it is a nice location and fairly central to other resorts and many restaurants. My preference is the NYNY/MGM corner but I certainly didn't hate being at Mirage. I liked the overall layout of Mirage, it was easy to get around and find things. Previously as a mere passerby I couldn't always figure out where to go, but I didn't spend much time within the building before. After a couple trips to/from the room it was easy. I found the room itself to be nice. I didn't think it was rundown. It was in better condition than the rooms at NYNY, and while NYNY wasn't in pristine condition, I didn't find NYNY to be horrible (could use some lipstick but it was fine).

    I'm not a big pool user but from all accounts I've heard, the pool is pretty good at Mirage.

    I'm looking forward to staying at Mirage again. It isn't my home base, but it is still pretty good.
     
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    Based on this above criteria alone, your only options at Mirage would be the ‘Mirage Suite’ which has two bathrooms, and while it’s a good size, the living room / bedroom are one large room, it does have a nice wet bar/fridge etc.
    Other options are a Tower or Penthouse suite which is spacious with separate wet bar area, living room, dining area, separate bedroom, bathroom is large with a separate toilet/bidet room, walkin closet, and dressing area.
    The standard king and queen rooms and the Tower King rooms have the toilet close enough to touch both the tub and sink while sitting on the throne. (The Tower King does have a separate walk in shower, so it’s a little roomier).

    A disclaimer, I am a regular at Mirage, it is usually my home base, I love it here, but I try not to show bias :cool:
    My main reasons for staying here are the slots, my host, the suites, and it feels homey, just the right size casino.

    The Mirage is by no means rundown but it is older and while they are frequently renovating and updating, some of the rooms show a little wear. IMO this is a well run resort - cleanliness is very important to me and the housekeeping staff is very good here or I wouldn’t stay.

    The good:
    great pool (often crowded)
    comfortable bed and pillows
    good location with easy access to many other casinos and eating options nearby
    as a slot player, I win here more than any other casino, but ymmv.
    New restaurant Osteria Costa is very good
    Cravings buffet is decent for breakfast or lunch (includes free wine/beer)

    The not so good:
    not a huge selection of places to eat
    I understand from VMB that VP tables are not great at Mirage

    I really can’t think of anythng ‘ugly’
     
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    good - pool & location
    bad - vp & not too keen on the food selections
    ugly - the tram to TI doesn't work & small bathrooms in standard rooms.
     
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    We’ve stayed at mirage 3 times and going again in about a month. We’ve always had tower king and washroom is big enough for us, separate shower from tub and 2 sinks which is nice because one stays full of ice and beer.
    We like mirage because at nights it’s never too busy. We can basically always play the machine we want, and rarely wait long for a CW. Only time it’s ever crowded is when one of the shows finish up.
    TI is 5 min walk so a tram seems unnecessary, but I do agree dining options are limited.
     
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    Mirage is probably one of the tiniest bathrooms ive stayed in in Vegas. So you probably wouldn't want the standard room. I like the rest of the room and its location though. Bartop VP is something left to be desired too. So I'm often staying there (via myVegas) and playing elsewhere.
     
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    Serious questions here, free wine/beer even for breakfast? I've only done buffet at supper and I assumed free/beer and wine at lunch too, but Breakfast too? This could seriously change and improve my planning! I've got one day in Vegas where I'm not at my conference, that could be breakfast buffet day! How is the breakfast buffet?


    Also, I can vouch for the comfortable bed and pillows. I slept great last year!
     
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    @tmoney25 I haven't been there for breakfast personally, but the website mentions "Unlimited Beer & Wine with your buffet experience" with no stipulations except "for guests 21 and over" and, during weekend brunch, "unlimited champagne available for additional charge".
     
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  11. BarelyHangingOn

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    Oh it's included with Breakfast. And a much as the foodies rag on the Mirage buffet it's a decent breakfast/lunch with choices.....

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    Stayed at the Mirage a month ago.l I think it's really solid. The room is fine. I don't know if others do gymnastics in the bathroom, but it was clean and totally functional. Solid hot water pressure, lots of towels.

    The pool is great (I've been in July). I think the buffet is really solid compared to others. I think it's a shade better than the MB buffet, and miles better than MGM's which I think is terrible. Location is good. If you walk a lot then it has advantages over MB, Lux, Excal or MGM. I didn't find I got lost on the floor like I do at MGM.

    Overall I thought it was good. Granted, I'm usually solo. If I'm with my wife we stay at Wynn.
     
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    I don’t mean to hijack the thread but I finally have to ask. I’ve been wondering for a long time that what is the thing with small bathrooms?

    Besides the obvious, what is that people do in there that require more space? I just can’t figure it out, this has been bothering me for quite some time.
     
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  14. Paul K

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    A large bathroom allows for a larger shower and bigger/nicer tub. Also a dual sink, room to move around with your partner, etc. I just like space and scale!

    With regards to Mirage, the good is that it is still a pretty resort. I like the bars there, and LVB Burger is good. The Villas are fantastic as are their Tower Suites and Penthouses. The pool is nice, though it can get crowded and the water is very cold.

    The regular rooms are vastly overpriced for an inferior product. This includes the Resort Tower King. I have found the resort isn't as well maintained as it once was. Cost cutting is evident.

    For the money, Mandalay Bay and Delano offers a much better deal.
     
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    LOL. Preference.

    The Mirage was built in 1989, so designed even a couple years before that. Big bathrooms just weren't a common thing yet. So many of the newer buildings have much larger bathrooms, especially higher rated hotels. Some people just may have experienced larger bathrooms in other resorts and feel a bit ripped off when they go to Mirage. I certainly wouldn't have noticed had I not heard the complaints. I did notice though but it didn't bother me. Having a shower separate from the tub would be nice but not a huge must for me. It does help for couples to have dual sinks in the bathrooms. At least couples who are several years past their honeymoon!
     
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    One bonus:

    You can bring your own drinks into the pool area.
    If they sell it there you can bring it in.
    I went back to the room and grabbed cold beers all day or went in and gambled a bit and got compd drinks and brought them in (they have cups to pour into).

    This is the Tower King with the larger bathroom from our last trip. This room was recently made over. The Tower King we had in 2017 which was about 8 doors down from this one needed a make over badly in comparison.

    Long hallways.

     
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    Ha ha:kill:fair enough question.
    When my wife and I go to Vegas we pack 3 suitcases.
    Mine, hers and the 3rd is bathroom stuff.
    Plus, it is nice to not have someone walk in as you are making faces pushing out yesterday's buffet.
     
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    I stayed in Mirage on my comp trips from 2010 to 2014. Very first trip I asked about an upgrade and paid $75/night for a penthouse suite. Spectacular. Received similar upgrades at every check in. No matter when I arrived, they always seemed to have them available. I think the most I paid was $100/night. One trip I I thought I'd get a regular room and saw they didn't have floor to ceiling windows. Deal breaker for me. I switched to Bellagio and have been there ever since with one "try it" Aria stay. Can't say what the upgrade would be today but they do have a HUGE bathroom with separate room for the comode in addition to the living room, dining room, wet bar etc. Very handy for left overs from the deli - those sandwiches are obscenely huge.



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    From what I saw, the extra $75 would be well worth it.
     
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    I have stayed at Mirage 5 times -- 3 of those the air conditioning unit was basically inoperable and couldn't cool down the room. It seems to be a common problem. The three times I have called them to fix it they sent someone up and magically it began working. Makes you wonder...
     
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