The Mirage Overview

updated June 2015

When Steve Wynn opened the Mirage in 1989, it was the most expensive hotel-casino in history and it started the mega-resort era of Las Vegas. The Mirage Poker Room was home to some of the biggest poker games before they moved to the Bellagio. MGM acquired the Mirage in a merger in 2000 which created the MGM/Mirage company which has since become MGM Resorts International.

The iconic volcano in front of the Mirage was redesigned in 2008 and now features a more intensive fire-show as well as music by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. It erupts every hour on the hour from 5pm until 11pm.

The Mirage is still one of the most iconic Las Vegas resorts.  It has been parodied in video games like Grand Theft Auto. The short-lived, animated series “Father of the Pride”    featured Siegfried & Roy’s white lions and was placed almost entirely at the Mirage. It was also the setting for much of Vegas Vacation.  Rusty’s high roller suite was a Lanai Suite.

The basic Resort Rooms are 400 square feet and available with either one King or two Queen beds. You can upgrade to a Strip View or Pool View for a small fee. If you are looking for an upgrade, though, I think the best value is to upgrade to a Resort Tower King room. It is the same size as the basic Resort Room, but has a slightly larger bathroom with dual vanities, a bathtub and separate shower.  They are on the 24th and 25th floors and have their own set of elevators. My list of Top 5 Rooms in Las Vegas includes the Mirage’s Resort Tower King and the Penthouse Suite. You can find discounts and special offers on the Mirage promotions page.

The Mirage charges a $30 per night resort fee. That ends up being $33.60 with tax. It covers In-room wired and wireless high-speed Internet access as well as property-wide WiFi, fitness center access, a daily newspaper, unlimited local and toll-free calls, boarding pass printing, notary services and up to 10 copies and faxes at the Business Services Center.

Check in time is 3pm. Check out time is 11am.

The dining lineup at the Mirage is undergoing some revamping right now, but a few good options are Cravings Buffet, Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak, BLT Burger and the 24-hour Carnegie Deli.

While the Mirage no longer has the White Tiger Habitat (it was replaced by BLT Burger), you can still see Siegfried & Roy’s white tigers and lions as well as trained dolphins at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is located next to the wonderful pool complex.

The resident shows at the Mirage are LOVE, Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles themed show, Terry Fator and Boyz II Men.  The Mirage has also embraced standup comedians with its Aces of Comedy series.

The Mirage is part of the Mlife players club family. You can charge meals, show tickets, spa services and some retail purchases at Aria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, New York – New York, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, and Monte Carlo to your room at the Mirage.

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