Las Vegas Mirage Hotel Review

Smack dab in the middle of the Las Vegas strip is the Mirage Hotel and Casino, an old timer by Vegas standards. Built in 1989 the hotel will be celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout 2009. At its conception the Mirage was a new idea, a destination in itself with its famed volcano, lobby aquarium, and entertainment provided by Siegfried & Roy. Other hotels soon adopted the same philosophy and the face of the Las Vegas Strip changed.

Staying at the Mirage

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Mirage Hotel Room

Rooms at the Mirage have recently undergone a facelift and are once again fresh and inviting. Most rooms feature a view of either the pool, the Las Vegas Strip or the mountains behind. The rooms are fairly standard with newer amenities than some other hotels on the strip but it’s the extras at this hotel that make it really appealing.

Attractions at the Mirage

While gaming is the highlight of most hotels in Las Vegas it’s probably the additional facilities that draw people to this hotel over the others. The erupting volcano is one of the most visible attractions at the Mirage with free shows every night. The aquarium spans the entire length of the front desk and is vibrant and alive with sea life making it a must see on your trip. The atrium is similarly throbbing with life and energy with more than 100 different types of plants, 300 fresh orchids and 1000 bromeliads. But probably the most exciting attraction at the Mirage is the Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat with its white tigers, white lions, panthers and leopards and the dolphin experience. You can even get more involved with a trainer for a day package.

Gaming at the Mirage

The Mirage claims that its casino is a lush tropical paradise, but that’s just such an oxymoron it’s impossible. But we’ll give them a few points for trying. The Mirage has all your standard games and tables but for the true slots lover the High Limit Slot area is a rush.

Shopping at the Mirage

There are a lot of options for shoppers at the Mirage with the Men’s Shop and Paradiso supplying the high end designer clothing, Terry Fator show for those fans who want a souvenir, the Sugar Factory for your sweet tooth, The Art of Music with autographed memorabilia and more than a handful of specialty shops to fill your every whim.

Dining at the Mirage

Las Vegas used to be all about $1 buffets but that has totally changed and the city now hosts some of the best restaurants in the world, the Mirage was on the cutting edge of that trend. Their fine dining options include Japonais, Stack, Fin, Kokomo’s, Onda Ristorante, and the Samba Brazilian Steakhouse. If you’re looking for a casual dining experience there is BLT Burger, Caribe Café, California Pizza Kitchen, Cravings, Carnegie Delicatessen, Paradise Café, Coconuts Ice Cream Shop, The Roasted Bean, the Dolphin Snack Bar and as always, you can order room service.

Entertainment at the Mirage

The Mirage’s signature nightclub is JET which strives to provide the most opulent experience around. There are three distinct rooms in JET and each features its own motif and dance floor complete with DJ. The Mirage also brings in a variety of headliner comedians so the show is always fresh and changing. For reliable entertainment there is LOVE, which brings the music of the Beatles together with a Cirque du Soleil act and there are the unique stylings of Terry Fator, singer, comedian, impressionist and ventriloquist.


Mirage Hotel
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702 791-7111