I had been wanting to stay at Mirage since my Vegas obsession started. Mirage was the catalyst and now, to me, representation of the Vegas I fell in love with.
My wife and I had three nights booked. I was fortunate enough to snag a two-night comp reward through MyVegas and we purchased a third night later. Checking in was a breeze and they had no problem connecting our room resets actions to ensure we didn’t have to check out and back in on our separate reservations.
It really is a beautiful property. The large atrium and iconic mermaid statue just off the lobby help welcome guests to an open, easily navigable casino. You pay for the nice aesthetic, however. During our stay, all on weekdays, I didn’t find a table game under $10. The cheapest of the tables were the high house edge carnival games. Both blackjack and craps tables never got below $15. I did find the $1 3:2 BJ machine, but that was the only playable game for this low roller. I used a $50 MyVegas freeplay reward at a terrible vp machine- the casino has plenty of those.
Luckily, the Mirage isn’t far from more low roller friendly casinos. I took a couple morning strolls to Casino Royale, of course I practiced my gaming skills on slotsreview.ca before I went. The more modest center Strip casinos don’t require much of a walk either.
The rooms are very nice, though what you’d probably expect from a mid-tier property like the Mirage. The room is quite spacious even with two queen beds. My wife and I both agreed that these beds were the most comfortable we’ve ever slept on in Vegas. It’s actually one of the few times we both agreed on bedding, as we have quite different preferences. The vanity, dressers, and entertainment sectional was clean and showed little to no signs of wear. There are, of course, overpriced mini-fridge options. No need to spend $10 on some nuts. Unless you’re into that sort of thing.
The bathroom was the in-room disappointment. It’s likely the smallest hotel bathroom I’ve ever used. Not much room for activities. Certainly not useful if couples are trying to get ready at the same time.
The property benefits from a very nice pool complex. It features multiple pools, including a top-tional section and a private, adults-only wading pool, The Oasis. My wife and I opted to reserve seats at The Oasis for $30 a piece. The price not only gets you into the private pool, but essentially guarantees an umbrella and expedited drink service, neither of which are a given in the general pool. The $60 was well worth it for our planned pool day.
While going through some changes currently, the Mirage has a decent restaurant lineup. The standouts are Heritage Steak and the Cravings Buffet. We dined at their popular breakfast spot, The Pantry. The place is every prospective HGTV homeowner’s dream. What is it they all say? Yes, it was a very “airy and open space”. Lined with white subway tiles, ship lap, and country chic decor, you won’t feel like you missed your Sunday morning tradition of Fixer Upper. As for the food, it was fine but slightly overpriced for standard breakfast fare. Our bill, after tip, came to almost $60 and that’s without alcohol.
That breakfast is probably a great representation of the Mirage as a whole. It’s a nice resort, but a tad overpriced for what it offers. There are other properties on the Strip and even in the MGM Resorts portfolio where you can get the same or more for less. That being said, I’m happy I was able to check the Mirage off my hotel bucket list.