Mirage Las Vegas : The VegasTripping Review 2009
Two visits 15 months apart, in the same - yet completely different - room
Last time we did a review of the Mirage, the room - #12004 - stunk like an ashtray, had ancient furnishings and was riddled with an array of busted stuff. In the 15 months since, The Mirage poured $32 million dollars into its 2,763 rooms (about $12k/room) which we excitedly previewed shortly before they came online. When the need arose to snag a room for one night in advance of Encore Las Vegas media week festivities, the new rooms at The Mirage were at the top of our list.
The room was booked via VT's reservation system, where we found a $74/nt rate. I decided to up the ante to a "Premium View Room" for an extra $15 bucks, with designs on taking birds eye view photos of the new Volcano in action. With tax and tags the room came out to $100.79, three bits more than what we had planned on spending. It should be noted that Bellagio was running a promo at the same time for $129/nt - my attempts to persuade the boss into springing for the extra 30+ bones proved to be fruitless.
We arrived at Mirage shortly past midnight after a lightning fast burn through Berdoo, Baker and Barstow to find the valet entrance, lobby and registration desk completely and utterly empty. In the first ten minutes we were there - in the most trafficked parts of the property - we saw a total of six people : three guests checking out, a valet attendant and two front desk employees. Holy crap, it really is as dead in Las Vegas as people have been saying it is.
Check in was a breeze and we were saddled up with room #12004. Huh, what? We didn't realize it at the time, but the room we were booked into - #12004 - was the exact same room we stayed in previously - #12004. What are the odds of that happening? Slim to none one would think.
We grabbed our crap and did the Mirage Schlep - winding through the atrium, the empty casino, past the empty restaurants and bars and into the empty elevators. During the journey, we encountered four people - two dealers twiddling their thumbs, a woman who could not figure out where to put the money into a bill breaker machine and the elevator landing security guard/key checker.
This place is a ghost town.
The downer of seeing a casino that was quieter than a library, didn't dampen my excitement level, I've been stoked to test drive the Mirage's new rooms since first photographic sighting.