I have never written a trip report before, but I do enjoy reading other reports, so I thought for the first time I would do my own report.
I first went to Vegas in 1997 and stayed at the MGM Grand, I was 24 years old and over awed by the place and completely hooked.My next visit was some four years later and I have been fortunate enough to visit at least once or twice a year ever since.
This year I decided that enough was enough, there are other places in the world to go and visit. So, along comes April and nothing was booked and guess what....! I couldn't resist the urge, I booked a flight to Vegas for my wife and I departing 20th August.
United are my airline of choice, I always seem to get a great price and always seem to get great service from them.
We flew LHR/Newark then to Vegas. Man, that last leg was long! We did it a couple of years previous and said we would never do it again, but the price was pretty good, with a reasonable layover time.
We touched down in Vegas at around 5.30pm and got a cab to the Aria. I was fortunate enough to get two nights through myvegas. We arrived at the Aria and the check in line was very long, but I must say, it was very organised. We were checked in by a very pleasant and helpful guy who linked our two reservations and he gave us our keys to room 27-158. I really liked the room, nice sized bathroom, a practical size safe and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in.
After a beer from the mini bar, shower and change, we went downstairs and hit the slots.
As we have been going to Vegas for so long, we seem to have a set routine. The first night is usually dinner at Strip burger, but as we were close to the Cosmopolitan, we decided that we would go to Holsteins. The food was great, they have a nice craft beer selection and I would definitely recommend it.
Tiredness was really starting to kick in as we had been going for about 25 hours, so we decided to go to bed about midnight and as normal, 4am we are wide awake. We managed to hold on until 6am and went to get coffee and have a wander. After deciding that we would go to the pool, we head there at 7.45 to join the queue (we normally stay at the mirage),but there wasn't one. I liked the pool, it was very peaceful and the water was nice and warm.
After a few hours by the pool, we went wandering and had dinner that night at Lemongrass. The food and service was good, the cost including a bottle of wine and tip was $190.
We were checking out today and were heading to the Mirage, which is our usual place of stay.
I was awake super early again and decided to head down to the fitness centre shortly after 5.30am. I was really impressed with the fitness centre, a great range of machines and weights to use. After a good work out, we headed over to Mon Ami Gabi for breakfast about 7.30.
I am ashamed to say that this is the first time that I have eaten there and it certainly won't be the last time. We both loved it and it is certainly very interesting watching some of the characters that are out at that time of the morning!
We headed back to the Aria and checked out, but before we did, we headed to the Mlife desk to see if we had earned anything. We had earned $20 in express comps and they comped us an additional $70, so I was pretty pleased with that.
I loved the Aria and will definitely stay there again, although I couldn't win a cent there.
We left the Aria and headed to the Mirage for the next seven nights.
I had got an offer from Mlife for two comped nights,plus the additional nights at $52, plus resort fee and tax.
We were able to check in at 11.30am and the room was ready straight away. Our room was 16-045 and we had a nice view over looking TI, Wynn/Encore and the Venetian.
I won't do a day by day review, but will list some of the highlights and some other random things.
Japonais at the Mirage. Our first time eating at a Japanese restaurant, we had some great sushi, but some not so great Robata. I had the skirt steak Robata which was very tasteless and I also had the scallop and king prawn Robata. For me, the scallop was seriously under cooked and the king prawn was over cooked.
Mirage brunch buffet. They seem to have cut back on the amount of staff in here since the self service drinks have come in. We waited ages to get a mimosa and only got served after getting up and asking someone for a drink, after that the service was pretty good and we were always topped up. The food choice and quality was pretty good and I always like it.
Roasted bean at the Mirage.
Great subs and cakes.
Grand Luxe at the Palazzo, always great food and at a good price too, I think their menu has something for everyone.
El Segundo Sol, fantastic guacamole, rest of the food was just ok.
Joes at the forum shops.
Great food and great service as usual, always a favourite of mine.
I quite like what they have done with this. We went on the high roller and enjoyed it, had the pod to ourselves and had some amazing views. I wish I had tried it at night. Cost for the high roller was about $20 plus tax each.
Ghirardelli, great ice cream sundaes, but not many seats/ tables inside.
Yardhouse, I am so pleased that they have opened one close to the strip. Great appetisers and even better beer!
Didn't like it, lifeless and boring in my opinion, bring back Bill's.
SLS, as this had just opened whilst we were there, we decided to take the monorail there and see what it was like.
It was very nice, the only problem I think it will have, is the location. Hopefully other things will start to open up around it and it will bring more interest to that end of the Strip.
I always knew it was there, but it was our first time visiting it. It was lovely, there are some amazing Koi carp there.
Parasol Down bar at the Wynn.
This was our first time there and we loved it. Great cocktails in a nice tranquil location, we will definitely go back. We missed the light show at 8 o'clock but still a lovely peaceful place.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere bar.
A nice spot on the strip for people watching.
Nine Fine Irishmen
Another great place to people watch as there is now an outside bar on the Strip.
Next door is also a Starbucks with seating open on the strip should you prefer a coffee to a beer!
Saturday is always our strip walking day and it involves us starting at New York New York and then drinking and gambling down the strip until we get back to the Mirage. It is usually pretty messy and this day was no exception.
After many drinks, we got as far as Carnival Court. It's always good fun there and we met some great people, things start to get a bit blurry after this, but we did get as far as the piano bar in Harrah's.
I would like to apologise to anyone who was in there on Saturday 23rd. I was extremely intoxicated and sincerely apologise for my very poor dancing amongst other things.
I don't remember leaving there and don't remember going to bed, but I did wake up with a stinking hangover and Tito for Casino Royale.
We went to the south premium outlets, this is our preferred choice out of the two. We bought far too much, so much so, that we filled an additional case.
We also shopped at Dillards at the Fashion Mall, if anyone is after men's big/tall clothing, I would certainly recommend it.
I had no luck at the Aria, but fortunately that seemed to change at the Mirage, where I had two $600 hits and at least three $500 hits, but still the elusive hand pay beckons.
After a disastrous spell at blackjack, I decided to stick with the slots, as it seemed to be working for me.
August 29th was our day to check out of the Mirage and head home.
I rang the front desk in the morning to see if I could get a midday check out and it was no problem.
We headed to the Mlife desk to see what they could do for us and we had earned $66 in express comps and they comped an additional $272 off our room bill.
Midday arrived and we were leaving the hotel and heading to the airport.
We managed to maintain gold at Mlife accumulating 140,000 tier credits during our 9 night stay, although I would have liked to have got to platinum again, as we had a couple of years ago.
I still love the Mirage, we always have a great time there and we love the pool. For us, it is in a great location and easy to visit the other properties that we like.
Time to start planning the next visit.
Thanks for reading, if anyone has any questions, please ask.