The Mirage : The VegasTripping Review 2007

Hotel Rooms Bypassed During Mirage's Recent Revamp

Posted by Chuckmonster

Mirage Las Vegas Review 2007After winding through the casino floor to the resort elevators, we hit 12, got off and made a right down the hall. The room was the third on the right. I stuck the "LOVE" branded key in the slot, waited for the beep, pulled down the handle - nothing. Tried it again... nothing. Miss Monkay snorted at my incompetence, grabbed the key and voila the door swung open to reveal our fancy new room at the PEEEEEE YOOOOOO! Oh my this room stinks. WHOA. A thick stench of cigarettes was barely masked by an even thicker stench of chemical bouquet. I've stayed in a lot of stinky-ass Vegas hotel rooms but this combination of "air freshener" and Parliament Lights takes the cake and the cart that wheeled it across the street from the previous champ - the Imperial Palace. Odor is to be expected when you ask for "Smoking" but... someone open a window! I headed over to the window to see if it had a crank like other rooms at the Mirage have, but it was broken off. Rats. Normally I would've requested some kind of room change, but we review rooms based on a "luck of the draw" philosophy. Our experience should hopefully be as random as any other Vegas visitor - whatever we get is what we review.

After acclimating our olfactory sense to this ashtray bouquet I noticed that the standard deluxe room at the Mirage is a wee bit larger than most other standard rooms in Las Vegas. It could be that there is less "stuff" in the room also. The decor itself was quite bland and had registered a "TWO" on our pizazzometer. There really isn't too much of a difference between a standard room at the Flamingo and this room, in terms of decor and vibe (excluding the Go Rooms, which have more zazzle than Elton John's wardrobe circa 1975.)

The layout of the room is standard. Bathroom by the door, vanity near the bathroom, armoire with tv & mini-bar facing the bed, sitting area by the window. Nothing unexpected in terms of layout, but I kinda expected the rooms to be a little bit more Vegas 2.0 than this standard affair.

Mirage Las Vegas Hotel Review Bathroom

The Bathroom

The bathroom features a single sink, low rider toilet, tub/shower combo done up with tile that is the stone masons corollary to particle board. Scraps of marble milled together, cut and polished for a fine sheen. The sink fixtures all look relatively new and worked perfectly. The ashtray was in an odd place. Note: there is no phone in the bathroom. Regular VT readers know what we think about bathroom phones.

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Comments & Discussion

Nice report. Love the AC/DC background music to the video.

gotta love the fear and loathing reference!

Don't forget that the channels were pen marked in the room binder, so clearly the line up had changed long enough ago for a guest to note them for future guests.

Bon Scott, RIP. The Mirage lost its luster when Steve W. sold out to Kerkorian. And don't even get me started on Danny Gans.

I had been a huge fan of The Mirage and have stayed there three or four times over the years. It was my favorite Vegas hotel, by far. You're actually incorrect (although not by much) about the rooms being dated and in need of updating.

Up until a few years ago, the rooms at The Mirage were much nicer and more lushly decorated. The Mirage always felt very comfortable and upscale to me. The room pictures you show are actually "upgraded" from the previous state. However, the designers have bad taste and the effect is that they are now much worse than before. I'm looking at my own pictures from previous trips and the bedding, the bed frame, the lamp, the chairs, the carpet, and the tv armoire all used to be much nicer.

The commenter above is correct. The new owners of The Mirage just don't get it. The Mirage had tropical theme, which was subtle and tasteful for Las Vegas, and it was built to portray that theme. The shutters behind the bed used to evoke the feeling of window shutters in a Caribbean resort, but now they have been repainted and look out of place. The new owners don't like themes and they're slowly making all of their hotels the same and more boring.

Everything used to fit together, the theme, Siegfried and Roy, the tigers, the pool, the secret garden, the rooms, the restaurants, the bars, the check in desk (you mentioned the covered fish tanks) and the casino. The Mirage had a lot of little features that all worked together to create a great resort.

Now it's all messed up. And it's not going to be "fixed" until the people currently "fixing" it fail and hit bottom. My fantasy is that at this point Steve Wynn will buy the property back and restore it to its previous glory. I give it 10 years.

And don't even get me started on the destruction of Treasure Island. I actually get angry when I see what they've done to that place. What idiots.

Thanks for pointing out all the changes Kody. I guess we can assume that the 2002 "upgrade" was actually a "downgrade" in terms of taste, but that isn't unexpected. MGMMirage has historically been more about acquisitions than development, hence the big deal they are making about CityCenter.

I doubt very much Steve Wynn will buy back the Mirage, and TI - thats just a plain frankenstein mess right now.

I think the mini bars in the rooms at Harrah's have a better selection or items. I think mini bars are for the lazy or completely staggering drunk. You can get some of the same stuff out of the vending machines for a few dollars less (still a rip off though).

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