We have stayed at the Mirage numerous times as it is our preferred hotel in Las Vegas. The location just can’t be beat. It is in the very center of the Strip which makes getting around easy. Check in is always quick and simple and even though the casino is older, they do an excellent job of keeping it clean and smelling decent by filtering the air so the cigarette smell isn’t overwhelming.
The very comfortable hotel rooms have recently been redone in a modern and colorful style. We have stayed on several different floors in a basic guest room. These basic rooms do not have a strip view (this costs extra) and have plenty of space for two people. We have always found the bed to be comfortable and like the overhead reading lights. The closet is spacious and includes a safe. Although the bathroom is small, it has high end touches and the lighted, magnifying mirror is a nice touch which I like using as a night light. There’s a standard shower and only one sink in the bathroom.
Once, we were given an upgraded room with a fantastic view of the strip. The layout of the room and the furnishings were exactly the same as the less expensive room but the only difference was that the bathroom was larger with a separate shower and bathtub and two sinks.
There is a fridge in the room that is stocked with alcohol and snacks. If you remove any of it you’ll be charged automatically and the prices are so unreasonable that it’s better to go to the first floor shop for drinks and snacks.
The Mirage is right in the center of the strip. When facing the street, to the right of the hotel, you are steps away from the Forum Shops of Caesar’s Palace which houses more high fashion designers under one roof than anywhere in the world.
To the left of the hotel, you are fairly close to Treasure Island. In fact, in front of The Mirage near the taxi line and baggage check, you’ll find a little tram that will take you to Treasure Island for free. When you get off the tram, go down the escalator to the main floor of the casino. If you walk across the casino all the way to the left and go up the escalators, you’ll come across a walkway that goes over the street to the Fashion Show Mall. It is not as upscale as the Forum shops, but what it does have are department stores that the Forum Shops lack like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Dillard’s, and Macy’s.
If you go out the front doors of The Mirage, cross the street and then turn left, you are within walking distance to the Palazzo and the Venetian Shops.
Or, if you exit the front doors of the Mirage and walk directly across the street into Harrah’s, you’ll find the monorail which will take you anywhere on the strip that is too far to walk. I always use the monorail to get to the MGM which is near the end of the strip.
As you can see, the Mirage location is ideal. You can get everywhere with ease.
The Mirage has an excellent buffet with tons of food options. During lunch and dinner, the line to get in can be lengthy, but if you sign up for an Mlife card and are a Pearl member or higher, you can get into the short line that usually has no wait. To join, go up to the Mlife desk and sign up for a free card that tracks your spending on dining, gambling, merchandise, hotel rooms, and shows at all Mlife properties. You earn points for comps such as food and free play on slot machines, not to mention cutting in line at the buffet.
The buffet has a wide variety of food options that are fresh and tasty and a fun Coca-Cola drink machine where you can make any kind of drink you want. For a more detailed review of the buffet, click here.
There are no upscale shopping choices in the Mirage but that’s okay because as previously stated, the Forum Shops and the Fashion Show Mall are next door!
You’ll need your room key to gain entrance to the pool. The main pool is usually crowded with college aged people and is not the most relaxing scene. All the pool chairs are shoved together so you are basically hip to hip with the stranger beside you. I much prefer the Private Oasis Pool. Tickets can be purchased at Concierge for $35 per person and this buys you a luxurious lounge chair all day at a pool that is hidden and tucked away to the side of the main pool. It is worth every penny if you are someone who loves to relax in a peaceful setting. For a more detailed review of the Private Oasis Pool and the Private Cabanas, click here.
Inside the building by the doors to the pool, there is a yogurt shop called Blizz. You select your yogurt flavors and toppings and the price is based on the weight of your creation. I love the strawberry yogurt with brownie bits sprinkled on top. Across from Blizz is a lovely little coffee shop and bakery called The Roasted Bean. We’ve also eaten at the steak restaurant called Stack that has wonderful food but an odd and disruptive atmosphere. For a more detailed review of Stack, click here.
For a quick bite, give BLT Burger a try. We enjoyed our meal of mozzarella sticks and a side of waffle fries to go with our two burgers. The mozzarella sticks came with a spicy marinara and the waffle fries were lightly seasoned. We both went with the standard burger and I got blue cheese on mine that came with just the right amount. The food was tasty and worth the price (given the standard Vegas premium).
My favorite Las Vegas show is found here inside The Mirage. The Beatles Love by Cirque Du Soleil is a feast for the eyes and an unforgettable experience for any Beatles fan. For a detailed review of the show, click here. Occasionally, we have found 2 for 1 tickets at MyVegas rewards. MyVegas is an online game where you play free slot machines to collect loyalty points. These points can purchase actual rewards such as free food, drinks, or desserts at a bar or restaurant in Vegas, free companion ticket to a Vegas show, a percentage off a Royal Caribbean cruise, and so on.
Even though we’ve stayed at some other really nice hotels on the strip, we always come back to the Mirage. You can’t beat the combination of location, nice room, Oasis Pool, and good food options.