Sunday, January 12, 2014

Two Bedroom Penthouse Suite @ The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV

The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV

This trip to Vegas was slightly different from our previous trips; namely, getting to the destination was quite different. We had left on Thursday, hoping to beat the weekend traffic rush. Instead, we hit three major traffic jams, caused by interesting asphalt machines that were a cool sight when switching to the 15 freeway, one minor traffic accident, and one to stare at Nevada's "No Tolerance" signs at Primm (meaning, no driving over 70 miles per hour). Only to soothe us during our first traffic jam was a call from the Mirage-- a worried VIP concierge wondering about our transportation plans to Vegas, for the Mirage offers complimentary limousine rides from the Las Vegas McCarran Airport as part of the Suite Life Package. But we said no, and she ended the call stating: we'll see you here soon!

Soon was three hours later than we had anticipated (making for a seven hour drive, including a one hour lunch break). After all the driving, difficulty in finding a spot in the self-parking garage, and a stop at the VIP Lounge, it was finally time to see the suite.

The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV
Penthouse Suite @ The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV
(A-E = 26-30th floors respectively)

With the black colored "The Suite Life" keys, we were able to access our elevator to go up to our rooms. This key also serves as VIP passes to different dining establishments at the Mirage, so it holds quite some value!

Penthouse Suite @ The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV
Penthouse Suite @ The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV
Penthouse Suite @ The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV

Down the blue themed hallway (matching one of the Penthouse Suite themes featured on the Mirage website), we finally reached our suite. There were two entries: a main double door entry to the living room, and a secondary entry to the second bedroom. Our keys allowed us to gain entry to both entrances.

Monday, January 6, 2014

VIP Lounge (The Mirage Hotel and Casino)- Las Vegas, NV

VIP Lounge @ The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV: Exterior

In a a wall of frosted glass and an exterior from the Mirage's French Polynesian theme (now being transformed to a simple, modern feel with dark colors and pinks) sits the Mirage's VIP lounge, situated between the check in area and the main port cochere's entrance into the hotel.

Like the Bellagio's VIP lounge, it sits unadorned with any signage outside, but unlike the Bellagio, is marked on the hotel maps with VIP. And after closing time (approximately 9pm), there is a sign stating that the VIP lounge is closed.

VIP Lounge @ The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV: Interior Panorama

The inside of the Mirage VIP lounge is small and intimate. The check in area, encased in white marble and topped with chandeliers, dominates as one walks inside to the lounge. This aspect--brought due to the smaller square footage of the lounge--however, detriments people from actually staying inside the lounge during their stay, for throughout the day, the check in area is busy with people checking in, only to be a small distance away from the rest of the lounge. Furthermore, after the first visit, one is frequently asked to present their special room keys before sitting down in the lounge.

For those checking in/out, this sitting area provides a sense of arrival-- a convenience to sit down and enjoy a few beverages before heading elsewhere. For us, we were able to check-in through the Mirage's Suite Life package, but those with adequate MLife (MGM Resort International's players card) ranking can also access the lounge. We overheard quite a number of people who had their rooms complimentary!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV: Public Spaces

The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV
The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, 
NV
Exterior: New LOVE Banners

The Mirage Hotel and Casino recently celebrated its 24th anniversary, and with its anniversary came additional tinkering to the hotel's public spaces. Here's a look at changes we noticed on our last visit to the Mirage.

The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV
The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV
The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV


Outside, many of the elements that were with the hotel when it opened have stayed, like the Mirage Volcano and the many water and landscaping elements. A people mover to Las Vegas Boulevard, however, has been removed, and replaced with just a modern walkway with simple railings. Also, the LOVE banner has been updated to feature the Beatles more so. Ironically, a 3D rendering of the Mirage for advertising doesn't feature this banner, however.

The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV: Check In

Inside, check-in and check-out has finally been changed to a single line queue, which is much more efficient than the previous system. It's quite surprising though, how big this line was during check-out (mornings)--it was filled to the queue entrance!

Also note the holiday decorations (white flowers, apparently are in), as well as new carpet, which was also recently installed.

The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV

Sigfried and Roy still maintains a small presence at the Mirage. The free white tiger exhibit has been replaced with BLT Burger, while the Sigfried and Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat remains.

The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV
The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV

The casino also sports the new carpet, creating a modern floral feel that is furthered by the existing modern lighting fixtures atop. Now what's left to completely change the look are the ceiling tiles!

The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV: Atrium Dome
The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV
The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV: Holiday Decorations
The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV
The Mirage Hotel and Casino- Las Vegas, NV

The Mirage had some nice floral arrangements and holiday decorations during December. Every floral sculpture--like the dolphins--presented popular photography opportunities for travellers. However, all of these holiday decorations were taken down by the time we left--it wasn't even New Year's Eve yet!