In a follow-up to my South Strip Hotel Options post, some friends are in a similar situation with an annual convention that has higher room rates than it has in the past since it will be at the Mirage this year. I like the Mirage and suggest staying there if possible, but I have a few suggestions if you are looking for more affordable alternatives.
The first option is Harrah’s. Harrah’s is located directly across Las Vegas Blvd from the Mirage. There is also a conveniently located cross walk to help you get across Las Vegas Blvd safely. The basic rooms at Harrah’s are nice, but not fancy. Rates fluctuate, but rooms at Harrah’s tend to be about 1/3 less than rooms at the Mirage. Harrah’s does have a resort fee, but it is only $18 (compared to $25 at the Mirage). That resort fee covers internet access for one device, all local calls, and daily fitness center access for two.
Harrah’s is part of the Total Rewards players club. If you have a Total Rewards card, you may be able to get additional discounts or offers for Harrah’s. Also, the resort fee is waived for Total Rewards Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars members.
The other option is TI (formerly Treasure Island). TI is located next to the Mirage. You can easily walk between the two or take the free tram between TI and the Mirage. I am not a fan of the direction TI has taken over the past few years, but their rooms are still a good value and consistently get 4 star ratings on sites like TripAdvisor and Expedia. TI charges a $25 per night resort fee which covers Internet access, fitness center access, 2-for-1 buffet and cocktail discounts (1 each per stay), free local and toll free calls and a $20 credit towards a future stay.
I like the Petite Suites at TI. They are 630 square feet, much of which is taken by the his and hers bathrooms and a Jacuzzi. They are also located near the elevators. I realize it defeats the purpose of getting a cheaper room, but if you want to get a nicer room for about the same price as a regular room at the Mirage, TI’s Petite Suites are a good value.
TI has been running a TV ad promotion which allows you to waive the resort fee (and not get the benefits) if you so desire. Click here to see the details. You can find additional special offers for TI at http://treasureisland.com/special-offers
These options as well as the Mirage work well if you are looking to an alternative to the Venetian, Palazzo, Wynn or Encore.