Mirage Las Vegas : The VegasTripping Review 2009

Two visits 15 months apart, in the same - yet completely different - room

Posted by Chuckmonster

Mirage Las Vegas : 2009 New Rooms Review

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.

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Even though it's dirty, I still like the rooms at Mirage and I'll be staying there in November. For $49 a night it couldn't be beat. LoL We shall see.....

Yikes...The Wife and I are staying at the Mirage in May. I'll have to remember that room number...

Hearing about how Vegas is empty is pretty strange. I guess i'll see next month. Hopefully it warms up enough to swim.

I am so glad you posted this review. After years of waiting to stay at The Mirage -- we wanted to save this 'special' hotel for a special occasion, my entire family booked rooms for my college graduation. Hair in the bathrooms, dirty floors, and my personal favorite -- a roach crawling on the nighstand next to my bed is the special treatment we received. After complaining they credited one night's room back, but it was not enough to make up for the dissapointment we felt after looking forward to staying here for so long. I have never had a dirty room at Treasure Island, and will stay there over The Mirage from now on.

Awesome report. Thanks for putting it up!

Back in the late 90s, my mother had a room at the Mirage. Gambling is an inherited trait. She and a friend checked in and went to their room, only to find that someone else inhabited the same room. Back down to the desk and appologies and a new nicer room was assigned. If the room was not spottlessly clean, my mother would have been out of there in a hurry. These were the days before the buyout by MGM. Times have changed. Maybe that first room was the same one reviewed.

what a lame effort by the mirage. i hope it's not that disappointing at their club Jet, which is where I'm supposed to be partying in a couple weeks...

The housekeeping issues notwithstanding, I hate the decor choices they have made. I can't stand the orangey 1960's modernist look. Maybe I'm just not with it enough but I like the old south seas style any day over this atrocity.

I stayed in a no-smoking, Strip-view, two-bed room and thought it was fine. Though I honestly think this hotel probably works best for young singles considering the bathroom is too small to really deal with the morning needs of more than one resident. The mattress was the most comfortable sleep I've had in Vegas in a long time (then again, since moving here the only other hotels I've stayed at are Wynn, MGM Grand, and Imperial Palace. And I don't like those Wynn beds.)

The orange chair and bizarre bench aren't included in a double bed room, just so ya know.

As for getting a premium view, all I can say is that I asked the friendly registration woman to give me a view of Caesars, Trump, or anything that wasn't the west side of town, since I live on the west side of town and see it all the time. I didn't present any bribery with this request and still landed a volcano view.

thank you for the great review... i will be staying there at the end of april i think i will bring my rubber gloves. incase i have to clean my bathroom.....

I stayed in a Penthouse Suite at the Mirage about 18 months ago and swore I'd never set foot in this dump again. (I lied because of LOVE.) The only thing worse than the rooms at the Mirage are the staff that couldn't care less about you.

A friend from work just stayed there and he didnt complain about the place other than the fact that he and his friends were charged 15 bucks to use the Internet on their computer. I have never stayed at Mirage and from the sounds of this I will continue to stay in other places. I wonder if Ruffin will take the place off of MGM's hands and make it as clean as TI?

Just returned from the Mirage today. Room was okay, staff was so bad I had no choice but to complain to the higher ups. Elevators were broke off and on for a whole day. Can't believe in these times that they would treat you so bad you have no reason to ever go back.

I believe that it was SIX bits more than you wanted to spend. Two bits equals a quarter.

After seeing that red pube, I may never again visit The Mirage - which to this point, had been one of my favorite hotels ever.


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