by Lissa Poirot
Of the Las Vegas luxury hotels, the Mirage is one of the most family-friendly. You’ll find kids running around the pool, through the lobby and mall, and enjoying the Mirage Hotel & Casino’s Secret Garden, a dolphin and animal encounter tucked away within the resort and featuring animals from Siegfried & Roy’s famed shows. The Mirage is not only kid-friendly, but also one of the most popular resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. From its shows to its celebrity-chef led restaurants to its stylish rooms, the Mirage does not disappoint and makes a great home base when touring Vegas with the family.
Our Editor Loves
- Family attractions
- Two- to three-bedroom villas
- Kid-friendly dining
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
The Mirage has a number of room configurations. Requests for Deluxe Rooms can be guaranteed in advance for an additional charge per night. Suite requests cannot be guaranteed. Mini-fridges are available upon request for a fee for guests staying in suites. Rollaway beds are available for $35 per night. Cribs are available for $30 per night.
For traditional hotel rooms, the hotel features rooms with two queen beds or one king bed, each with flat-screen TVs and desk areas.
The most basic of the hotel's suites is the Mirage Suite, with one king bed and a connected living area with a sofa bed. Tower Suites feature higher views and offer separate living and dining areas from the bedroom with a king bed, and two king beds in the two-bedroom layout. The Hospitality Suite features two bedrooms, one with one king bed and the other with two queen beds, as well as a living and dining area.
If you can splurge on a vacation to the Mirage, the hotel also offers villas and lanais that are both luxurious and cater to larger groups and families. Two- and three-bedroom villas range from 7,000 to 8,500 square feet in size with multiple bathrooms, a living room, dining area and wet bar, as well as a private courtyard with a small pool. Lanais are available in one- to three-bedroom configurations, ranging in size from 2,600 to 4,600 square feet. The villas and lanais have a private, gated entrance away from the lobby and casino entrance. Guests of the villas receive airport limo service, a personal butler, free spa access and VIP dining and entertainment.
by Angela O
Stayed here for 5 nights.
Staff were very helpful and polite, rooms spotless and big.
Unfortunately we had a terrible view - rooftop and air conditioner below facing a brick wall but i’m Sure they would have changed us if we asked but as we were only in our room to sleep as we were out sightseeing all day we didn’t worry about it. Would ask for a higher floor if we stayed here again.
All the restaurants have great food but like all food in the USA it is quite expensive. Averaged about $100 AUD to $150 AUD per meal for 2 people.
The fire display out the front of the hotel is on at 8, 9 and 10pm nightly and would recommend seeing it from the street side rather than the hotel side.
Would definitely stay here again.
fourth time stayed at Mirage, rooms always nice. receptionist at check-in was extremely pleasant and gracious, housekeeping outstanding and friendly. had fun in casino, but when there was couple obvious mishaps at black jack table, of course the customer was always wrong, even though asked for Management. So disappointed when the dealer obviously did not deal out cards to all players with chips already placed out (dealer was glancing around and not at table), should of been a misdeal, but made customers without cards, remove their chips to continue with what was played. not feel correct. then when friend hit 20 with dealer's 20, lady again glancing around, grabbed all cards and did not 'match' with friend, but took her money. called her out on that as well with management, but their word from ours. won't play black jack there again due to this 1 woman dealer.
The Beatles LOVE
The music of the Beatles sets the stage for the Mirage's very own Cirque du Soleil show, which is family friendly and provides Sunday matinees for kids to enjoy. Shows are offered Thursday through Monday.
The hotel's 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium is stocked with more than 450 fish and an indoor coral reef. The aquarium is located behind the front desk.
The Mirage catches "oohs" and "aahs" nightly when its volcano erupts in a fiery show of light, smoke and sound. Created with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and the Bellagio fountains design team, the volcano shoots "lava" 100 feet into the air every hour, on the hour, from 5 to 11 p.m.
Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat
Children will love visiting the hotel's Secret Garden, where wildlife and marine life are the main attraction. Open daily, passes are reasonably priced, with special programs that allow children to play and pet the bottlenose dolphins.
The family-friendly pool at the Mirage is filled with waterfalls and lagoons. Cabanas at the pool, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., are in such high demand, the hotel asks guests to reserve one six weeks in advance of the trip. The pool is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and features food and beverages from the Paradise CafÃ©.
For all-day casual dining, BLT Burger is a burger chain launched by Chef Laurent Tourondel. Open daily at 11 a.m., the restaurant serves until 2 a.m. on weekdays and until 4 a.m. on weekends.
Get the kids a yogurt smoothie or fro-yo at this dessert shop. Blizz is open at 9 a.m. daily, closing at 10 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends.
California Pizza Kitchen
The popular pizza chain nicknamed CPK is located on the Mirage premises. Open daily at 11 a.m., diners can eat until midnight on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends.
Just like in New York, guests can enjoy a 24-hour deli with breakfast, sandwiches and other traditional items from the Big Apple at the Las Vegas version of the Carnegie Deli. The deli is open daily.
Every Vegas casino offers a buffet, and for the Mirage, it is Cravings. The restaurant is divided into 11 different international cooking stations and serves practically anything one can think of in a casual setting. Breakfast hours are offered on weekdays, 7 to 11 a.m. On weekends, a Champagne brunch with unlimited bubbly is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch is also offered on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served daily from 3 to 9 p.m.
This artfully decorated Chinese restaurant is only open Thursday through Monday, 5 to 10 p.m., so reservations go quickly and should be made in advance. The restaurant serves family-style dining with classic Chinese dishes and seafood.
This steakhouse features a menu created by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. The large restaurant is directly off the lobby at the entrance of the casino and features a lounge menu from 2 to 5 p.m. and a full dinner menu from 5 p.m. to close, 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 p.m. on weekends.
This evening Japanese restaurant features a Robata Japanese Grill and is open from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly. A late-night lounge menu is also available until 11 p.m. on weekends.
For poolside dining, Paradise CafÃ© provides breakfast, lunch and snack options. The cafÃ© is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
For another 24-hour dining option, Pantry serves breakfast all day, as well as traditional American dishes throughout the day. Pantry is open daily, although it closes from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Tuesday nights.
This Italian restaurant serves dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Guests will find traditional Italian foods created by chef Michael LaPlaca, including handmade pastas and entrees such as Osso Buco and Saltimbocca. Children must be at least 5 years old to enter.
The Roasted Bean
A grab-and-go bistro with coffee, pastries, sandwiches and salads, the Roasted Bean is open daily at 5:30 a.m. It closes at 10 p.m. during the week, and 11 p.m. on weekends. Although this coffee spot is available, the hotel also features a Starbucks, open 5:30 to 1 a.m.
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Rodizio Experience (Brazilian steakhouse) that costs $45, although guests may also order a la carte. The dinner-only restaurant is open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily.
This hotspot is open daily and serves American cuisine and lounge food. The dining room is open daily at 5 p.m., closing at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Sunday; at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday; and 11 p.m. on weekends. A late-night lounge menu is available until midnight on Tuesdays and weekends, and these nights become a party with a live DJ.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
A free tram provides transportation between the Mirage and Treasure Island hotels and casinos.
Free Wi-Fi is offered in all public areas of the Mirage, with an option to purchase and upgrade for better connectivity. Note: Wi-Fi is very spotty without the upgrade. In-room Internet is included with the daily resort fee, which also includes access to the fitness center and daily newspapers, as well as boarding pass printing. The resort fee is $32.48 before tax.
The hotel works with Nanny's and Housekeepers USA for in-room babysitting and childcare services. The company charges a flat rate of $45 per hour for up to three children with a four-hour minimum.
A fitness center is available for adults ages 18 and older from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and until 7 p.m. on weekends.
Special fees abound at the Mirage, so be aware. The hotel's fine dining restaurants charge a $35 corkage fee for wine, while the casual restaurants charge about $25 for the same service.
Parking at the resort is free, including valet parking.
Check-in is at 3 p.m., though the front desk starts courtesy of check-ins after 11 a.m. Check-out is at 11 a.m., and a late check-out time of 3 p.m. can be added to any stay for an additional $30.
The Art of Smart Timing
Las Vegas is a year-round destination, although the summer months can get extremely hot. Spring and fall provide the best temperatures and discounts.
The Mirage is located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, less than 30 minutes from McCarran International Airport. A taxi to the hotel will cost about $30.
If you are planning to stay in Las Vegas for its attractions, you do not need a car, as many of the resorts and attractions are within walking distance or a short cab ride. You may want a car to visit sites outside of the city, such as the Hoover Dam and Red Rocks Canyon. Mirage offers car rentals from its lobby, with shorter lines than the airport.
For Mom and Dad
The Mirage features a Retail Promenade with designer boutiques, dÃ©cor, jewelry, clothing and gifts, as well as a spa and salon for hair and body treatments, not to mention plenty of bars and nightlife. However, if mom and dad want to enjoy a taste of adult Vegas, the hotel's adult-only (21 and older) Bare Pool Lounge features a DJ, bar and fun. It is free to enter the pool before noon, but increases to $20 Sunday through Thursday and $40 on weekends for men, and just $10 for women. Yes; it is the Vegas you imagine, and kids aren't invited.