The Mirage : The VegasTripping Review 2007
Hotel Rooms Bypassed During Mirage's Recent Revamp
Las Vegas changed forever after Steve Wynn opened The Mirage in November 1989. Gone were the days of the $2.99 steaks and cheapo floor shows to be replaced by four star dining, blockbuster shows, family attractions and anything else that could generate profit. In the years that followed, themed family resorts with similar business models replaced the older resorts. As the skyline of Las Vegas added a number of new shapes, the quality of offerings increased and so did the price. Between the mid-1970's and the opening of Mirage in 1989 no new resorts were built on the Las Vegas Strip. Suddenly, much like today, construction cranes were everywhere.
Fast forward nearly 20 years and The Mirage is now one of the middle-tier resorts skimming along with periodic upgrades that hope to keep it from slipping into the ether or - best case scenario - to propel it back to its 1990's glory years. The Mirage still has retained its cache as a luxury resort, mostly due to its history and partly due to the continual upgrades to Mirage's public areas and entertainment offerings. In the last two years Mirage has completely redone most of its restaurants, upgraded it's entertainment (except Danny Gans) redesigned public areas and hammered out some of the dents and dings that two decades of use have made apparent. The last major upgrade of the rooms at the Mirage were completed in 2002. Do all of these upgrades carry enough weight to vault the Mirage back into the highest echelon of Las Vegas resorts? Probably not, but they certainly will keep the resort competitive for years to come.
A video walkthrough is posted on the last page
I visit the Mirage nearly every trip to Las Vegas, more in recent years to keep tabs on the upgrades, but I last stayed in a Mirage hotel room in 1994, when the resort was only 5 years old. The rooms back then were fantastic and the excitement on the property was unparalleled. It's a damn shame that it took a "Summer of Love" casino comp offer to spark a reunion with the Mirage, but if it takes blowing a bunch of dough at Bellagio to shoot cupid's arrow, who am I to complain. Booking though a casino host was just too easy... one call, no hold music, 4 minutes and done. The host promised a great room on a high floor overlooking the strip - blowing smoke up my ass never felt so good. :)
We arrived at the Mirage at 3pm after a quick burn through Barstow, Baker and Berdoo, valet parked the car at the front entrance and walked up to the 'invited guests' check in desk. Miss Monkay noticed that the monstrous aquarium behind the check in desk is covered by black drapes - I hope they don't remove the aquarium, it's the greatest thing to stare at when you're super-smashed at 3am. Back to the business at hand, the desk clerk shuffled around our room after noticing that the casino host botched our smoking preferences. She set us up with a room on the 12th floor facing the pool. I've had strip facing rooms tons of times and never tire of it, the consolation prize is we get a view into Caesars Palace's Rain Man suite by using the telephoto on the digital camera. Interesting tid-bit: there is an abandoned blackjack table sitting quietly on a balcony that overlooks the Caesars Palace loading dock.
Walking through the casino to get to your room is tired. Nothing sucks more than lugging a bag or two through high traffic areas after driving for four hours. Note to self: give bags to the bell hop next time we stay at the Mirage. The inside of the Mirage's casino has undergone a major facelift. New restaurants have sprung up around the freshly weeded atrium - 1/2 the jungle has been removed and sunlight pours into the casino now. The addition of the Revolution Lounge, the new high limit areas and some funky art work stuff on the ceilings have changed the vibes of the casino floor dramatically - its still a little dungeony and loud in there for my tastes but it's much more comfortable than it was even a year ago. I had minor luck at the slot machines in the beginning, but overall they just gobbled up money and didn't play nice.