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.
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- Family attractions
- Two- to three-bedroom villas
- Kid-friendly dining
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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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.
We love going and staying at the Mirage at least 3 or 4 times each year. We usually go twice a year for business, and twice a year for vacation. Some of the rooms are starting to date a little bit, but they are still kept very clean and nice. We love seeing the Beatles Love show each time we stay, and also think the Pantry is the best place to eat.
Have stayed at the Mirage before, but not in about 10 years. Was a little worried leading up to trip after reading some negative reviews about the quality of the Mirage. Read many reviews starting the hotel was dirty, unkempt, smelly rooms and poor customer service. And I’m officially hear to say: don’t buy into the negative reviews.
If you are looking for ultra swanky, new Las Vegas sophistication, the mirage isn’t for you. Being an older hotel, it doesn’t compare to the style of places like Aria, Cosmopolitan or the Wynn. But neither does the price to stay. The Mirage is a super affordable experience and have me and my wife everything we needed.
We stayed in a Tower King Room (upgraded for a small fee) on the 24th floor. Our room was right next to the elevators and the ice machine. Previous reviewers stated how loud it is on the guest floors and I figured we were in for a loud 3 nights based off our rooms locations. But to my surprise, it was absolutely fine. Like any hotel, you hear people walking by your room or doors slamming. But we slept great and were not disturbed once. The bed was comfortable and room very spacious. The bathroom was larger due to the Tower King upgrade and included dual vanities and separate soaking tub and shower. Large flat screen TV in the room and a nice desk area. Lots of open floor space in our room. I will say that other reviewers are correct in saying that it’s kind of crazy that there are only two power outlets in the room (other than the bathroom) for charging devices. Room was totally clean and didn’t smell bad at all. We had a Mountain View which was pretty but I would have preferred a strip view.
There are many food options in the hotel with typical Vegas prices. We went to the buffet for breakfast once and it was totally adequate. Good food and a fair price of $20 per person. We had a 2 for 1 through the MyVEGAS app so it was totally worth it. Side note: if you’re not using the MyVEGAS app, you definitely should. You get free stuff for just playing online slots or blackjack. On this trip alone, we got two separate 2 for 1 buffets (Breakfast at Mirage & Dinner at Aria) and free cheese cake at Carnegie deli. Lots of great rewards so check it out.
My only complaint about our stay was the pool. I booked the Mirage mainly because I love the pool area and it’s opened/heated year round. On our first day, we enjoyed the pool for a couple of hours. Temperature in the pool was great. Very warm, which my wife loved. Was disappointed to see the main waterfall not operational but not a big deal. Now day 2 at the pool was a different story. Show up to swim around 1pm only to find that the pool is now CLOSED for 10 weeks of maintenance. This was not advertised anywhere on the website and no notification was sent out to guests. I understand the need for maintenance but this information should be made public way in advance. Because pool was closed, the hotel opened up the adults only pool, Bare, for general use. Well, it’s a very, very small pool and lounge area. The wife and I proceeded to Bare to find it completely full. Not a free chair or sitting area in sight and the pool was completely full. I was not happy about this so I proceeded straight to the front desk to voice my frustration. The clerk at the desk couldn’t have been easier to work with and understood my frustration. He immediately waived the restore fees for all 3 nights ( a savings of $125). Then, his manage came over and offered me and my wife a free days admission to the spa ($60 value). Additionally, the hotel was allowing guests to utilize the pools at other MGM resorts such as Mandalay Bay, Luxor and MGM Grand. Didn’t have to be pushy with the staff at all about any of this. They were very accommodating. My wife and I did end up going to the pool at Mandalay Bay. They have many pools over there including a wave pool and lazy river) but most were closed for the season. The two that were open were small and completely different in temperatures. The beach club pool was cold, so nobody other than me was in it which wasn’t bad. The lower level pool was literally hot. Like hot tub temperature. So few people were in that one either. We appreciated the free spa passes though as we got to spend time the next day relaxing and using the hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas.
The location of the Mirage is great too! It’s
Near a lot of the other big hotels, shopping, dining and we appreciated the Walgreens right across the street. We aren’t huge gamblers but the casino was just fine for us. Lots of games and steady flow of free drinks.
Again, I don’t understand how so many people seem to have issues with the Mirage. I understand that some people just have less than stellar experiences but I also think a lot of people just have too high of expectations. If you’re looking for a good hotel to stay at that offers a good Las Vegas experience but doesn’t break the bank, The Mirage is perfect. If you want Uber-swanky, high class Vegas, consider some place else. But be prepared to pay 3-4 times more per night.
I will absolutely consider staying at the Mirage again because the experience you get is totally worth the cost.
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.