If I could live, sleep, and breathe Vegas I would. Well, at least for four days – after that I need a little Vegas respite before I am ready to go again. I used to vacation there as a child in the 90′s when it was “family friendly”, I went there for my 21st birthday (and hit a Royal Flush on video poker that night), and I even got married there a few years ago. You either love or hate Vegas, and I am all about the “Vegas Love”. This summer I had the chance to visit Vegas twice. Once for several days in June with my whole family, and once for one night in July to meet up with some girlfriends who were also in Vegas. Both were different, yet fantastic trips, and I stayed at the Mirage both times. Throughout the two trips I was able to see or stay in three different Mirage suites, so I thought it might be helpful for others to see a side-by-side comparison of the three different options.

I am a huge fan of suites when traveling with my family since they just provide so much more room. It can get a little bit claustrophobic to be right on top of each other and each others’ stuff for several days, so having that extra space to spread out is almost essential for us. Since we do have a young child, I strongly prefer having a suite that has two actually separate rooms. The rooms that call themselves suites, but are really just one large room, are better than nothing, but they don’t allow you to put your kiddo to sleep in one room while you head to the other room. Everyone has to play the “quiet game” when a kid is sleeping and all you have is one room.  It’s not a very fun game.

Mirage Hotel:

Before I get into the nitty-gritty about the actual suites, I want to share why we selected the Mirage for both trips this summer when there are tons of great hotel choices in Vegas. I have stayed at many different Vegas hotels, but the Mirage is actually one of my favorites due in large part to its location and price point. It is in a prime mid-Strip spot where you can actually comfortably walk to several other hotels that you would likely want to visit. Even with a toddler we walked to The Venetian, Treasure Island, and the Bellagio. Many other hotels were also within walking distance, but that is all we did on this trip. When we went to the South end of the strip to MGM, Mandalay Bay, etc we just took a 5-10 minute cab ride.

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While the Mirage is certainly a modern and up-to-date hotel, the prices to stay there are often extremely reasonable, even for suites. I also really like the Player’s Club system, now called MLife, that all of the MGM casinos utilize. A couple years ago we were getting free rooms, free limos, etc. for my husband’s “level of play” (i.e., how much he gambled). However, as the economy has come back some, and MGM has tweaked their comp system some, those free offers have tightened up a bit. We have now gone back to primarily just booking and paying for our own rooms and then having some food/drinks taken off the bill at the end due to the “level of play” using “Express Comps”. With the reasonable Mirage prices, it is just easier to select the room we want and pay for it ourselves without feeling like he has to spend a certain amount of time gambling (as we all know who comes out ahead in the end at the tables!).

We also enjoy some of the attractions at the Mirage like the Siegfried and Roy tigers and dolphins, the Love Cirque du Soleil show, the adult pools, the large aquarium in the lobby, and the regular pool with the big waterfalls. I don’t like that the Mirage doesn’t have a food court where we can grab a quick and inexpensive snack or meal, but otherwise it meets our needs very well. I’ll go into more details on the Mirage amenities in a separate post, but I wanted to give some context as to why we decided to stay there.

The Mirage Suite:

On our “family trip” to Las Vegas in June the three of us stayed in the Mirage Suite. It is just over 800 square feet, has a large entryway, a “sitting area”, and two bathrooms. It is the smallest (and least expensive) available suite, so it is not the one I would have normally selected for a trip with Little C.  However, it is what was included in the package I bought via the Daily Getaways, so we made it work. I tried to pay for an upgrade to a larger suite, but they were totally full that week, so no dice on the upgrade.

What I did love about the suite is that it had two bathrooms.  That really helped a bunch!  Both had showers, and one of them had a deep tub that our daughter thought was great for “swimming”. The large entry-way also provided for a great place to store some of our stuff, like the big stroller. All of the suites are located on high private floors that you need a keycard to access, so it is a little bit calmer than some of the floors with regular rooms. That said, suites are also likely locations for large gatherings and parties, so there was a night or two where a room down the hall was a bit rowdy.

All in all this suite is perfectly fine, and is much better than a regular room, but it would not be my first choice if we returned with our kiddo simply due to the lack of a true second room.

Tower One-Bedroom Suite:

The Tower One-Bedroom Suites are located on the 26th, 27th or 28th floor, and are just over 1,250 square feet. They include a wet bar, a living area, a dining table, a separate king bedroom, and a ridiculously large bathroom. This is typically the second cheapest available suite, behind the Mirage Suite. I absolutely loved this suite, but felt ridiculous having all this space just for me. It really has that Vegas “wow factor” when you walk in. I booked it for one night for my “girls’ trip” thinking we might want to hang out in there, but in the end my friends also had been upgraded to the same suite so we didn’t really use mine.

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The bedroom has a TV that comes up from the dresser in front of the bed. Again, even just looking back at these pictures I feel silly with all the space I had for just me. It was a great deal though, I think I paid less than $200 for the night in this huge suite!

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The bathroom had four separate areas including: one big closet, a separate room for the toilets, an area with a seat where you could do your make-up, and then the main area with the shower and huge bathtub. The bathroom even has its own TV!  The bathroom area alone was several times the size of the apartment in which I lived in Brooklyn!

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This was by far my favorite of the three suites I visited. It is often a reasonable additional charge from the regular room, it is huge, and it just makes you feel like a rock star when you are in the room. There are also two-bedroom Tower Suites available that would provide an additional bedroom, if needed. I would return to this suite in a heartbeat.

Penthouse Suite:

During our big family Vegas trip, my parents spent one night at the Mirage and we paid to have them upgraded to the Penthouse Suite. I love to surprise family members with stuff like that, plus they were watching our daughter some for us so I thought it would be nice for them to have the extra room. I believe I paid $100 extra to upgrade from a regular room to the penthouse suite for the night. I have found that Vegas is great about reasonable up-charges if they have suites that are available.  Always inquire at check-in.  Of course, if you want to avoid the full up-charge you can always use the “$20 dollar trick”: wait patiently in line if there is one, smile genuinely, and hand your ID and credit card to the host with a twenty folded neatly and sandwiched in between.  No guarantees, but at worst, you’ve made someone’s day.  ;)

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The name of the suite makes it sound the most impressive, but the decor of the suite felt a little bit dated for me. It may just be personal preference, but I liked the Tower Suite a bit better. However, this suite was nothing to sneeze at. The Penthouse Suites are located on the top two floors of the resort, and are the same size as the Tower Suites at just over 1,250 square feet. The only real distinguishing difference I could identify was the decor. My parents loved the room, which was the point. My mom even said she didn’t want to close her eyes at night because she wanted to just keep staring out the window at the Strip.

Vegas suites are just so fun, and are often relatively affordable to obtain.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on these or other Vegas suites you have stayed in!

Posted by Mommy Points | 20 Comments

20 Responses to “Vegas, Vegas, Vegas: Review of Three Mirage Suites”

  1. Askia says:

    Thanks for the review MP,I love Vegas as well although we usually stay at the Bellagio. We choose suites for the same reason though, you really need the space to spread out, especially with family. We’ve debated trying the Mandalay Bay with the young one, since they have great pools and the shark reef.

  2. We got upgraded once gratis at New York New York on a $59 room rate that included $20 casino credit. We gaped at the corner suite that had to be 1,500 Sq ft, but the highlight was that the jacuzzi tub had a floor to ceiling window overlooking the strip! I felt like one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends…but Deal Dad is much better looking;)

  3. CD says:

    So you’ve used the $20 trick successfully at check-in recently in Vegas? Did you simply hand it and they knew what to do or did you have to mention seeing if anything better was available?

  4. mommypoints says:

    @Askia, MB is a great choice with kids. I actually got married in their Vista Suite – it was very nice.
    @The Deal Mommy, ha ha. Very nice!
    @CD, I used it last about a year ago. I put it between the ID and the credit card and told the it was our anniversary (it was) and asked if they could check if there were any upgrades available. They knew what I was doing. We did get an upgrade – it wasn’t an earth shattering upgrade, but it was better than nothing. Also some passes, coupons, vouchers, etc. We got our money’s worth.

  5. Laura S. says:

    Great post! I haven’t been to Vegas in a few years, and now you have me wanting to..maybe I’ll see Prince Harry and the family jewels! Sorry, couldn’t resist! ;)

  6. MCB says:

    Mirage is next up on my stay list in Vegas. I was able to do the $20 sandwich at Paris. It got me a corner ‘P’ room with views of the Bellagio fountain and the strip. The front desk was even nice enough to print out my boarding passes!
    MP: Where did you get married in Vegas? I was having a hard time planning a reception that isn’t too cheesy. Any advice or suggestions?

  7. AlohaDaveKennedy says:

    A nice place to visit if you don’t gamble and aren’t an English prince.

  8. Michael says:

    Or a former football player.

  9. Jimgotkp says:

    So when will we get a review of Mirage’s villas? :D

  10. Andy says:

    Stop the press, hold the plane! Bare?!? Why, Mommypoints, I thought this was a family friendly blog. ;^)

  11. m.e. says:

    Actually @Andy – I agree with you – with all due respect, I have always loved your blog, Mommypoints, but clicked on the Bare link and was quite surprised by what it was. Not a family-friendly place for sure…

  12. Mommy Points says:

    Sorry about the Bare link. We do like Bare as it is a break from the kiddos, has great food and drinks, and great service…..and most people actually are not topless there (not that there is anything wrong with that). However, I think my editor/husband who really likes Bare snuck that link in on me! All gone now. No need for a link. Anyone who wants to find it can. ;)

  13. Bill @ CCT says:

    What are your thoughts on Treasure Island as a family destination? It’s quite centrally located making walking excursions on the Strip a little easier…

  14. DaninSTL says:

    I assume you’ve been able to take advantage of the free mlife points via Topguest ? Vegas is cool but I can only take it in short doses. Thanks for the review.

  15. Kathy says:

    We love Vegas too. We go atleast once a year, sometimes sneaking in a second trip if we are lucky. We have usef the $20 trick and had success every time but I have never had a room like the ones you have posted. We haven’t stayed at the Mirage but after seeing these awesome pics, this may be my next choice. We have stayed at NYNY, TI, Wynn, but usually the Palazzo. Thanks for your review. I am ready to go again!

  16. Rob P says:

    TI is great. The Strip is not for children unless you are staying at Circus Circus.

  17. Bill H says:

    Just back from Vegas where my wife and I had three nights at the Paris casino in a jaccuzi suite, a fabulous $300.00 dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s new steakhouse, dinner at Mon Ami Gabi – their French resturant – two buffett breakfasts, a nice surprise birthday cake and bottle of champaigne, $750.00 in slot play and top shelf drinks in their Diamond members’ club for $168.00 total. Like the Mlife program, the Harrahs Total Rewards program is another great points and perks program thats just as fun to immerse one’s self in as the points and miles game. Of course we used miles for the plane tickets. Oh, we came home up two grand. (Believe me, that doesn’t happen every time!) love your blog – and we aren’t even parents!

  18. [...] never would have thought to ask about paid upgrades, however after just reading MommyPoint’s post on the topic, I gave it a shot.  To my surprise, we were offered an Imperial Suite for $50 a night.  Split [...]

  19. Ali says:

    Great Post. Very informative. I was wondering which of the suites would be best for 4 children, oldest 8 and youngest 3. Me and Hubby. Kids bed share anyway. The one bedroom seems spacious. Are there additional rollaway beds ect. ? I live in Australia so hence I will save calling until I have some idea!! Thank you. :)

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