The Mirage : The VegasTripping Review 2007

Hotel Rooms Bypassed During Mirage's Recent Revamp

Posted by Chuckmonster

Mirage Las Vegas Hotel Review Bed

The Bed

The bed at Mirage Deluxe room was a king and crunched when I sat on it. I could feel the support springs and even though I was drunk as a skunk the first night I slept in it I tossed and turned and got a cramp in my back in the middle of the night. These are definitely old mattresses and not of superior quality. This is, of course, a standard room so I wouldn't expect a pillow top Wynn Dream Bed, but if I had a choice of paying $200/night for this bed versus $250/night for resort room at Wynn or a Flamingo Go Room, i'd opt for the higher grade mattress before the first sheep cleared the fence. If lush comfy bedding is important to you... you may want to opt for a higher ticket room. We can guess that higher priced suites at Mirage do have better quality bedding, but cannot confirm this.

The pillows on the other hand were great. They were soft and crinkly like down but not made of down material (which is fine for me because I am allergic to feathers.) A third pillow was provided in the closet. If you ever need more pillows, call housekeeping and they'll bring them up in a jiffy.

Mirage Las Vegas Hotel Review Desk

The Desk

To stage right of the bed was a night stand / desk combo that held a second phone (nice!) a lamp that was too far away to reach from the bed, had a ton of MGMMirage related advertising spam, the guest services directory, a chair and a concealed internet data port built into the furniture.

The guest services directory had all the room service and resort information, but didn't mention that the Mirage spa was closed. Miss Monkay poured over the spa offerings for a good 1/2 hour only to find that none of them were available at the Treasure Island "Wet" spa.

Inside the drawer for the desk was an ethernet cable to hook your laptop up to the deskternet. We opted to skip internet access this time because we were "on vacation" and I wasn't allowed to "work" or post news to VegasTripping.

Desktop schwag included a directory of Mirage's lounge/bars, a guide to Bare - their european bathing pool/bar thingy, an invitation to come downstairs to check out the CityCenter models on display in the lobby and adverts for Danny Gans and Jay Leno.

Mirage Las Vegas Hotel Review Table

The Table

Set back from the bed area by the window was a table with two chairs and a copy of "M" magazine - MGMMirage 'lifestyle' publication that had all sorts of information about MGMMirage stuff and lots of glossy ads for things you can buy. Pretty basic set up.

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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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