The Mirage : The VegasTripping Review 2007

Hotel Rooms Bypassed During Mirage's Recent Revamp

Posted by Chuckmonster

Mirage Las Vegas Hotel Review Room Service


Room Service

As is our custom, we ordered room service breakfast on the day we checked out. It is always a complete hassle to pack, check out, deal with cabs/valet/airport along with the throngs of other losers as we all head back home from a Vegas trip, particularly on an empty stomach. We've found it to be extremely beneficial to do a little 'multitasking' on check out days... peruse the menu before going to bed the night before to get an idea then set the alarm or wake up call for 9am just to make a room service order. When the wake up call arrives, call room service then go back to a light nap or start the waking process organizing your stuff or take a shower. By the time you're done the food will arrive and you'll be clean, somewhat organized and ready to have that coffee jump start to finish check out process.

The room service at Mirage arrived quickly and the server was most courteous and organized. She asked me to double check the order saying "it really stinks when something is missing." Lo and behold, the pancakes had been forgotten and she quickly scampered off to locate them... she was back within 5 minutes with a steaming plate of 'cakes. Excellent!

The food, overall, was quite delicious and mostly hot - cold food is the achilles heel of room service delivery. Miss Monkay ordered the Yogurt Parfait with a croissant and I ordered my standard hang over meal - the American Breakfast. The home style potatoes were a bit on the cool side, the over-easy eggs were warm and gooey.



Conclusion

The Mirage Las Vegas is still a great property and when the sweeping upgrades MGMMirage has made to its dining, casino and other public areas make their way to the Mirage's hotel offerings, the shine will return to the once crown jewel of the Las Vegas strip. Currently the Mirage's standard room offerings suffer from age and a lack of detailed attention. While Mirage's accomodations are somewhat long in the tooth compared to other upgraded offerings at the Flamingo (Go Rooms), Widescreen Rooms at Excalibur and higher end hotels such as Venetian, Wynn Las Vegas and Bellagio we still recommend the Mirage to readers looking for a great resort experience. We are currently unsure when MGMMirage plans on refurbishing the rooms at Mirage, and when they do, we will definitely return.



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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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