The Mirage : The VegasTripping Review 2007

Hotel Rooms Bypassed During Mirage's Recent Revamp

Posted by Chuckmonster

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The toiletries at the Mirage are "AquaLime" by Gilchrist and Soames, the same folks who do the stuff at Mandalay Bay and the Flamingo Go Rooms among others. Included in the array is a "Nourishing Hair masque" "Body Butter" "Clarifying Hair Cleanser" "Facial Bar" "Body Bar" and a shower cap. Miss Monkay used up all the butter and shampoo before I got to use them and she says the conditioner did nothing to de-tangle her hair after a visit to the Mirage's pool. I did use the green bar of oatmeal encrusted soap and the scratchy oatmeal actually felt great during a scrub up. Miss Monkay normally packs all the leftovers in our bag when we leave but she didn't this time - I guess she didn't like em.

Mirage Las Vegas Toilet

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The toilet in the Mirage Deluxe room is a super low-rider throne that tall guys like me just plain hate. I made the mistake of getting one of those pastrami sandwiches from the Carnegie deli late one night and escorting it out of my personal building the next day wasn't the most comfortable affair. Nobody likes doing battle with last nights pastrami with their knees up at their ears. You get the picture? The toilet itself flushed with force and gusto and did not clog.

One oddity was the tray on the tank top. Inside was a hair dryer, face cloth and a roll of Quilted Northern. Yes, Quilted Northern is soft and feels great down there, but why is it in a quilted northern wrapper? Most other "high end" resorts either have "Emergency Roll" covers (Wynn) or have another, more classy way of keeping the extra roll of TP close at hand. This just seems a little low-rent. Also note in the photo that the TP wasn't folded all fancy, nor did it have a 'fresh' sticker on it... it was 1/2 torn and hanging on there. Housekeeping?

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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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