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TR - 10/26 to 10/31 Mirage

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TR - 10/26 to 10/31 Mirage

I am not much into creative writing nor do I remember all the miniscule details of my trip let alone the order they happened in. Instead, I will just breakdown my trip report by the following...

1 - Hotel

2 - Dining

3 - Shows/Entertainment

4 - Gambling

5 - Miscellaneous

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1. Re: TR - 10/26 to 10/31 Mirage

#1 HOTEL

Emailing someone from customer relations about a month ago informing them of our anniversary was helpful, as we were given a complimentary upgrade to the 24 floor(tower deluxe room). Even though we checked in on a Saturday night at 6PM, there was only 1 person ahead of us at the registration counter. We were on our way to our room in a matter of minutes. Having elevator service that only went to two floors(24 and 25) was GREAT.

The room itself was facing the strip where we could see everything from the Palazzo looking to our left, and looking to the right, all the resorts on the other side of the strip including Harrahs, Quad, Paris, PH, etc... Also had great view of the surrounding mountains, and right below us the volcano even though being down at street level to watch the volcano is much more impressive.

The room itself was in good shape, and my wife loved the double sinks in the large bathroom. The only issue with the room was the temperature. I googled how to override the thermostat motion sensor, but for some odd reason the thermostat was placed right next to the duct(versus at the other end of the room). I was able to get the temp down to about 69 according to the thermostat, but sleeping at night was still warmer than I liked. My guess is at the other end of the room, temp was still around 72. Not enough to be a major annoyance, Instead, just slept with the sheet on, and no blankets.

Housekeeping was good. I normally don't tip housekeeping, but having to clean the glass enclosed shower, and enormous bathroom vanity, caused me to change my ways for at least one vacation. Plus, they provided everything we asked for including having the sheets changed mid-stay.

No problem with TV or remote. Did not use the mini-bar. Bed/pillows were really comfortable. Express checkout via TV was great. Reviewed bill and out the door at 6AM on departure day.

I thought the smaller size of the Mirage was great. From the 1st floor of the tower elevators, it was a quick walk to the pool, the strip, and any other hotel amenities on the main level.

One last note, it was very nice of them to leave a small box of assorted nuts in our room acknowledging our anniversary.

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2. Re: TR - 10/26 to 10/31 Mirage

Good job so far! I love Mirage. Looking forward to your gambling report :)

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#2 DINING

Cravings(Mirage Buffet) - Ate here for Sunday Champagne Brunch and also for breakfast on another morning. Omelette station was great, and all other food was of good quality. We don't eat seafood, so I don't know if the crab, shrimp, sushsi, etc(during the Sunday Brunch)... was up to par or not. Service was adequate. Keep my dirty plates cleared, and beverages filled, and I am a happy camper. I thought some cushioned chairs would have been nice. The hard chairs almost gave it a cafeteria feel. Breakfast for $16.99(including all beverages) seemed to be a much better deal than $31.99 for brunch.

El Segundo Sol(Fashion Show Mall) - Good Mexican(we had chicken and steak tacos) and an unbelievably strong 32 oz. margarita which tasted like it was half tequila. Free chips and 3 different salsas. Had certificate from restaurant.com

Joes(Forum Shops) - Wanted to go for a nice steak dinner at least one night, and Joe's hit the spot. Food and service was above average. We both had filet mignon. Wife's filet was a little red for her liking, and they were glad to slice it into 4 pieces, and put it back in for a minute or two. Came back perfect. Meal including a caesar salad for two, potatoes and asparagus to share, glass of wine, tea, tax and tip came to $150.

BLT Burger(Mirage) - Okay. Nothing to rave about. Better than your average chain burger, but it is still a hamburger after all. As long as I didn't get seated at one of the side by side tables(which are 6" apart) where you feel like toy are eating with the people next to you, I was happy. Service was so-so. Very slow to first come over, and equally slow to get our drinks to us, along with the check at the end of the meal.

Maggiano's(Fashion Show Mall) - I know this is a chain, but we had never been before, and it wasn't that far of a walk from Mirage(10-15 minutes?) Main room has a high ceiling and is VERY loud if crowded. If I would have know, I would have asked to be seated in area where the main entrance/bar is instead. Service was good, and the food hit the spot(spaghetti and meatballs and chicken and spinach cannelloni). Fresh bread with olive oil was great. If you are going, sign up for their email list and get a $10 off coupon when spending $30 or more.

Spice Market Buffet(PH) - Went for breakfast buffet. Had groupon(two buffets including two glasses of champagne for $26+tax). Thought food quality was better at Mirage buffet , but nothing really bad here. Normal breakfast fare. Very attentive server. We had a nice table, but I noticed some of the tables where you sat back to back where so tight that one person in your group had to get up in order for the person on the inside to get out.

Mon Ami Gabi(Paris) - Went for breakfast on our last full day. Sat inside, but in the glass atrium area adjacent to the patio. Meal was good. Thought the food would be better. Both had an eggs benedict special with regular bacon on it and asparagus served with lukewarm hash browns. Server for lack of a better term was very robotic. No personality at all. Hard to put in words. Split a blueberry muffin and both had tea as we enjoyed the surroundings on a beautiful sunny morning with nothing but blue skies above. Total bill with tax and tip $60.

Toby Keiths Bar and Grill(Harrahs) - DInner. Had $40 groupon. Just had sandwiches, and a couple of drinks. Country band was playing(Cash-Presley??). They did a mix of originals and covers. We were at the back of the restaurant so they weren't super loud. Lot of fun if you like country music(which I do). This restaurant is all the way at the back of Harrahs up one level from the casino.

We had a restaurant.com certificate for stripburger, but never made it there. All in all, good dining experiences that I would not mind going back to on a future trip except for BLT Burger. Enough other trendy burger joints in town that I wouldn't mind giving a try to. Also wanted to go to California Pizza Kitchen in Mirage, but never made it. Not the reason we didn't go, but it always seemed to be fairly crowded form lunch time through late night.

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4. Re: TR - 10/26 to 10/31 Mirage

Love how detailed your report is. Looking forward to your other topics.

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#3 ENTERTAINMENT

I had purchased discounted tickets to all 3 shows prior to trip.

Jersey Boys - Fantastic! Great show and story. Had seats in the first row of the mezzanine. No need to worry about anyone in front of you obstructing your view. Would pay full price to go see it again.

Human Nature(Motown Tribute) - Four white guys from Australia singing Motown? WOW! What a show! High Energy. Amazing vocals. Great band backing them up. Unless you cannot stand Motown music, I cannot imagine anyone walking out of this show without a smile on their face. Sat 3 rows from the back, but theater is really small, and all seats are close.

Vegas! The Show! - Sat first row. Dead center. Amazing cast chronicling the entertainment industry in Vegas over the years. Another high energy show with a couple of comedic acts in between. Fantastic tributes to the who's who of vegas entertainers over the years.

Other entertainment...

- Bellagio fountains never get old. Could stand there all night.

-Atlantis show in the Forum Shops was still under renovation(scheduled to open in October). Was told it was going to be at least a few more weeks.

- Mirage Volcano is great especially on a cool night when the heat from the flames warms you up!

- Vocal Quartet inside the Venetian Canal Shops doing Italian songs were very good. Don't know what their regular schedule is.

- Funny story about the simulated rainstorm at PH. We happened to stumble upon this while walking through the PH Miracle Mile Shops. It is really nothing you ever want to go out of your way to see, but after the show ended(it is all of 90 seconds), the woman standing next to me says.."what is everyone looking at" LOL!

- TI Sirens was under renovation, and from what I have read, I didn't miss anything. The only aggravating thing was that the outside walkway in front of the show was closed forcing you through TI casino if you were heading north on the strip.

- Walked by the dueling piano bar at Harrahs. Stopped by the entrance to listen to a couple of songs, but decided to keep going as we were kind of tired.

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6. Re: TR - 10/26 to 10/31 Mirage

Thanks for the TR! We are staying at the Mirage in a couple weeks again and will try the breakfast buffet too.

Emailing them is the way to go. We got a great rate on a tower suite since it's our honeymoon and those private elevators are the best! :)

Definitely try CPK next time, always looks busy but the line moves very fast and the food is great. They have a thai crunch salad (I think that's the name) that I'm obsessed with and the pizza/service is good too.

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#4 GAMBLING

We are not big gamblers and did not spend much time doing this, so this section will be short. Mainly we played in the late evening for an hour or so on our way back to the room. Made a few $25 bets(football, hockey, baseball) at the sports book just to say I did it. Ended up $100 ahead. :) The sports books have to be crazy during the Super Bowl or March Madness.

Played JoB video poker a little bit every day using basic strategy. Lost $50 or so at the Mirage bar in one shot over a couple of hours, and another $50 or so at other VP machines.

We had no luck with slots. .01, .05, .25 didn't matter.

Probably ended up losing $100-$150 over the course of the trip on the slots. Didn't expect to win nor went in with a big gambling budget. We laughed and moved on.

We had no luck playing slots

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#5 MISCELLANEOUS

- Went up the Eiffel Tower just after sunset, but while it was still light. It was a calm night, and it was just beautiful. Watched the Bellagio fountains, stayed until it got darker and all the lights came on, and took a ton of pics. No wait at the time we went. One of the staff said if you go up later in the evening, the wait can be an hour or more.

- Weather on Sat(we got in around 6PM) and Sunday was in the low 80's. Sat by the pool for a few hours on Sun. Mon was really windy during the day to the point we spent little time outside. Tue and Wed was sunny but temps around 65 and the winds had died down. I was surprised by how warm it felt by the pool, and we still ended up spending a few hours each of those afternoons by the pool. Of course keep in mind we are coming from the Northeast and 65 is going to feel good. There were people swimming, people enjoying the sun like us, and then people bundled up like it was 40 out. LOL

- Bellagio Conservatory decorated for Halloween. Went twice(once during the day, once at night). Thought it was better and the colors more vibrant during the day. Great either way. I bet it's something to see at Xmas time.

- After eating dinner one night, gave the leftovers to a homeless person on one of the walkways. Really seemed to appreciate it. Made us feel good as we had no use for leftovers in our room with no fridge or moicrowave.

- Was surprised to see how many sales folks(don't necessarily know what they were selling...timeshares?) inside the resorts including the Venetian and Caesars. Did not encounter any inside the Mirage.

- Only came across one person hawking CD's, but none of the "peddlers"(slappers, tours, beggars, etc...) were obnoxious. A simple no thanks or just ignoring them did the trick. The only person that gave you a headache was the guy playing the bongos with drumsticks between Caesar's and the Bellagio. You could actually hear him from the top of the Eiffel Tower. LOL.

- Walgreens in front of Palazzo is amazing. One stop shopping. Liquor, beer, wine, pop, souvenirs, snacks, and anything else you can possible want. Long line at the registers but it moves quickly as they must have had 15 registers open.

- When we got to Vegas, I think the cabbie wanted to tunnel us. I stated before I left for my trip, that this was going to be a trip where nothing would bother me. We got in and he mumbled something about going to take the way locals go. I said no tunnel. He starts talking about the fastest way to Mirage. I still say no tunnel. He then gets on the radio talking in his native tongue, and I'm sure the conversation was about me, and I probably don't want to know what he was saying. LOL. Anyways, he goes down Tropicana, crosses the strip, gets on the freeway, and gets off exit just after the Mirage. Fare came to $22+. Gave him $2 for a tip. Don't know if the freeway was the long way around. Don't care.

- Cabbie on way back to the airport was an American. Talked about the Red Sox winning the WS. He was a fan growing up. $14.50 fare. Gave him a $20 and told him to keep the change.

- Porn slapper story to end trip. On our way out of Harrah's crossing to Mirage, I had a few drinks in me. I had taken a stack of napkins from Toby Keith's restaurant(they had the name of the bar on them). As I walked by a slapper, I did my own version of slapping using the napkins, but did it with the napkins right in front of me. The slapper who was female says to me as I walk by doing this "F*** You". I turned around and said jokingly "have a good night" which she then replied by giving me the finger. My wife and I laughed and just kept walking. LOL

- One last gambling story after the porn slapper incident. It is 1230AM, and we need to get to the room and pack. I had a $60 slot ticket. I cashed it in, gave my wife 30 to play the slots, and I was going to take the other 30 and bet red at roulette. I don't play the tables at all. I walk up to the table, no one is playing, and I ask for $30 in chips. He gives me 6 $5 chips. I don't even sit down. I bet $10 on red. WIN. I then bet $20 on red. WIN. I bet $20 again on RED. WIN. Being extremely pleased with my $50 profit, I take the chips, give the dealer a $5 chip and say thanks. The dealer says to me "Hey...don't spend that all in one place!". LOL!!!

Went to the room, packed, finished up the liquor we had in our room, and on a few hours sleep headed to the airport the next morning.

GREAT TRIP, and look forward to going back in a couple of years.

>>>>> Thanks to all who provided advice on this forum to me over the last few months. It was a great help!!!!

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9. Re: TR - 10/26 to 10/31 Mirage

excellent trip report. staying at the Mirage next weekend. Going to try to upgrade to one of those Resort Tower Kings if I can.

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10. Re: TR - 10/26 to 10/31 Mirage

Very good TR glad you had a great Vegas vacation.