REVIEW: The Mirage, Las Vegas NV
February 28 – March 4, 2016
Room 21-097 – resort queen room
Despite its ideal location, I cannot recommend The Mirage because of the price and the additional $33.60 daily resort fee. The hotel will also start charging parking fee in June 6, 2016. There are other hotels on the Strip that are sufficient and cost less.
Casino was not too big compared to the other hotels on the Strip, so it was easier to navigate
Unreliable mini bar system, was charged for something I didn’t take.
- If you have trouble walking, take note that the guest room elevators are not close to the hotel entrance or lobby.
- If you are taking your laptop with you and do not want it laying around the room unsecured, you might want to take a security tether with you so you can tether your laptop to something. I do not recommend using the safe because of its weird positioning (see photo).
- If you want to go straight to the self parking garage, do not go to the main hotel entrance. You can get to the garage from Spring Mountain Rd (exit 39 from I-15) or Siren’s Cove Blvd from the Strip.
- There’s a Walgreens right across the hotel. So if you get thirsty or need some munchies, you can save by heading to Walgreens instead of the room’s mini bar (see photo for mini-bar prices).
I went to Las Vegas for the HIMSS conference. I booked The Mirage via the conference site for $1036 for 5 nights, and got the resort fee waived.
The hotel’s location was ideal. It was also convenient for my purpose, as it was right across Sands Convention Center in The Venetian hotel.
One can get to the hotel without getting into the Strip from I-15 via Spring Mountain Rd.
As it was on the Strip, hotels and restaurants were all around. We didn’t need to drive to catch a meal or a show.
HOTEL & GROUNDS
The hotel was not as big and confusing as the other hotels on the Strip. The little garden in the lobby was beautiful. The volcano in the front of the hotel was a tourist attraction.
One must walk through the casino to get to the guest room elevators. It made for a long walk from the self parking garage to the elevators.
Self parking was free, though the hotel will start charging on June 6, 2016. The bridge from the self parking garage to the hotel was on level 4, but it was not covered and one had to take an escalator back down to level 1 to get anywhere in the hotel. We usually drive up to level 6 where we always find parking spots and use the elevator or stairs to go down to the first level. From the first level, you could get to the hotel under the bridge where you will be sheltered in case of rain.
We only interacted with the front desk staff and they were friendly. Housekeeping did an okay job. I left tip in the room everyday, but housekeeping never took it. However, they charged me for chocolate-covered almonds that I never took. The front desk staff removed the charge from my bill without hesitation.
Room 21-097 was pretty clean and nicely decorated. It was an adjoining room and we could hear and understand our neighbor’s conversation pretty well on our last day. Thank goodness we had no neighbor the first days of our stay.
Our room was located in the west wing, and we had a view of the southern strip and The Mirage pool which was still nice. Based on what I see of the layout of the hotel, most rooms have a view of at least part of the strip.
The bed was very comfortable.
The bathroom was small. If I sat on the toilet and opened the door, the door would hit my legs and I am only 5’3″.
For a higher-priced Vegas hotel, no additional amenities like bathrobes were provided.
The safe was weird. I couldn’t lay my laptop or tablet flat in the safe (see photo). I had to put my laptop and tablet sideways and risk them falling when I open the safe. Needless to say, I never used it. Thankfully, I didn’t lose any of my things.
FEATURES & AMENITIES
I got an average speed of 9.5 Mbps download and 1.5 Mbps upload. It was too slow tho for VPN and it got frustrating.
The offerings were pretty good including prime rib for lunch. I didn’t think dinner was worth it though. Dinner had pretty much the same selections as lunch, but more expensive. Price included beer and wine. Non-alcoholic drinks were self-served. To get a discount, visit a Tix4Tonight booth. There was one right across The Mirage.
Visit Tix4Tonight for discounts on shows, attractions and meals. We used it a lot and thought it was worth it. For $2 per person, we saved 30% on Cravings restaurant at The Mirage, among other things.
If you want to escape the glitz of the Strip for a day and go somewhere not too far, go to Valley of Fire. It was beautiful and just a little more than an hour from The Mirage.