This year marked my third visit to The Mirage, Last Vegas. It's done the job perfectly before & its position, price & that killer pool lure me in every time with the perfect combination of practicality, price & fun. I am always one to want to try a different place to stay, despite my love of familiarity, I just think it's my millennial gene kicking in with a lack of commitment but The Mirage seems to still win me over every time.
I go into more detail about why we chose The Mirage in my post from our last visit here, but today I wanted to give a little update on my thoughts now. Firstly, the appeal of The Mirage's location, is unchanging (obviously), along with it's value remaining one of the best on the strip for years, however with this area of the strip now surrounded by new hotels, The Mirage is an old girl around town here now really & as much as I hate to say it, it's starting to show.
The gold exterior of the hotel, while really well looked after, looks a little dated against the glass and chrome of the newer spots such as The Cosmopolitan & The LINQ now & the iconic Beatles 'LOVE' Cirque De Soleil banner across the penthouse levels was actually being taken down on the last day of our trip. I quite liked seeing a little bit of Vegas skyline history changing while we lay be the pool *& having looked at the website the banner as been updated & replaced & actually looks a lot fresher. The Lobby & Casino would be an absolute mammoth task to 're-do' but I do this areas are ready. The marble & huge high ceiling are stunning, but the atrium looked a lot more run down that on our last visit & although the casino floor has has an update, areas are still a little old. Now don't get me know wrong, walking in is still super impressive, if you've also never been to Vegas, the pure size & buzz of this area will be incredible, but being super picky & it being my third stay, despite the updates, it definitely felt the most tired it had ever.
The restaurants. The restaurants however, have been a HUGE improvement. Food is big business in Vegas, you lose all track of time & want good food to be on offer whenever you feel like it, being sickeningly indulgent is one of the many things that passes as ok in Vegas & The Mirage have answered those needs. We sampled Pantry, a 24 hour breakfast restaurant for both room service & an actual sit in meal both with were delicious. We also on the first night, headed straight for STACK which I am going to do a separate post on. but this is the more casual option & the steak was still AMAZING! *insert a ok emoji here*. There is also another new more extravagant option Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak, along with a selection of many more restaurants. I also recommend the new 'Still' it's a bar on the main casino floor new the 'high roller'tables. It's a fun, bar complete with taco food truck & craft beers inside a rustic, 'Portland' vibe & one of the busiest spots in the hotel, in a good way.
The rooms were recently renovated before our last visit, however with the insane traffic they see in Vegas, I think they are probably also ready for a total overhaul. The beds are comfortable, the sheets always crisp & clean & the towels always soft & fresh too, but the general decor & accessories are also falling prey to the more modern competitors. The bathrooms, being marble are timeless but the fittings are now showing their use as well, however also always spotless.
Service. The Mirage has always given us AMAZING service. This is something I think they definitely have an advantage on with the years of experience & established position on the strip. We called the concierge on the first night *brain power was wavering after a long drive from Coachella, for recommendations on where to eat & he made reservations for us at STACK & I was so glad because it was what the kids call fire. We also had a great chat with one of the bar tenders in RhumBar one night & the croupiers are always friendly if you explain you're not quite a pro.
Overall, if you want a GREAT location at an amazing price, want a true Vegas experience & great service but aren't too hung up on huge glamour or aesthetic *it's not a bad aesthetic, just not quite as Instagramable as some others on the strip, then The Mirage is for you. I imagine, like most of the older hotels on the Strip it will soon be completely overhauled as I imagine the new restaurants & casino layout are the beginning & honestly all the new bars & restaurants we tried inside, were completely up to date. If you want to go all out, I would suggest The Cosmo, but you pay for that aesthetic, it's got to be done at least once though right!
Have you been to Vegas before? Where did you stay?