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ARIA first City Center resort to open December 2009, Las Vegas

MGM Mirage have announced the opening of their latest super resort ARIA on December 16th 2009, this will be the first property to open on the amazing City Center development. City Center is the huge area between Monte Carlo and Bellagio and will feature a combination or Hotels, Casinos, Condos, retail, conferencing  and even two monorail stations nothing has ever been seen like this in Las Vegas or otherwise. ARIA will bring a new level of luxury to Las Vegas and this will be the resort that others are measure by, its been a long time in coming but then MGM Mirage are never ones to rush anything . If you want to be some of the first people to stay at ARIA you can book now or visit the ARIA homepage to find out more.

Deluxe Rooms and Deluxe city View Rooms average at 520 sq feet and come with all the latest electronic amenities including a 42” HD TV and 7” touch screen remote controls controlling everything in the room and allowing you to personalise to the room so it suits your taste.

There are 4 levels of standards suites, Corner Suite, Crystals Suite, Cirrus Suite and Hospitality Suite, all offering the ultimate suite luxury experience along with the very best in modern conveniences and every feature you could want or even imagine.

Above the level of suites are the ARIA Skylofts these are similar to the MGM Skylofts and if stars of rock and film come to stay in Vegas this will most likely be the accommodation of their choice and way out of the pockets of us.

Probably most exciting for me will be the new Cirque du Soeil,  Elvis inspired show that’s home will be in the new 1800 seater theatre at ARIA. “The king of rock ‘n’ roll will soon be back in the building in Las Vegas when ARIA presents a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The creative geniuses at Cirque du Soleil® have created a new show exclusively for ARIA. The production pays tribute to Elvis‘ music and life, fusing dance and acrobatics, live music and iconic tracks, nostalgia and modernity, high technology and raw emotion. In short, the show will be in Elvis’ image: powerful, sexy, whimsical and truly unique.”

If you want to be some of the first people to stay here ARIA is taking bookings from December 17th 2009 here

ARIA quick facts

•    Grand opening: December 16, 2009
•    Designed by the world-renowned firm Pelli Clarke Pelli
•    4,004 guest rooms, including 568 suites
•    150,000 square feet of gaming
•    300,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space
•    Three primary pools with 50 cabanas, one European-style pool
•    16 restaurants and 10 bars and lounges, including a nightclub
•    80,000-square-foot, two-level spa and salon with 62 individual spa treatment rooms; 55 salon stations
•    Full-service salon, barbershop, deluxe fitness room, group exercise studio, meditation and relaxation rooms, separate     men’s and women’s spa with eucalyptus steam rooms and red wood saunas
•    1,800-seat theater that includes the celebration of the timeless musical legacy of Elvis Presley from Cirque du     Soleil
•    ARIA is pursuing LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council

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March 12, 2009 Posted by | ARIA, bellagio, Casinos, Cirque, cirque de soleil, city centre, entertainment, events, gaming, Holiday, hotel upgrades, Las Vegas, MGM, Monorail, news, resturaunts, shows, tipping, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas events, Vegas Strip, vegas suites | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TI , Treasure Island Las Vegas – My Review

TI (Treasure Island)
Treasure Island
3300 Las Veags Blvd South
Las Vegas
NV 89109
(+1) 702 894 7111
Treasure Island Las Vegas

Location Good North Strip location sitting in between the Mirage and the Fashion Show Mall, to which there is a bridge and nearly opposite the Venetian and Wynn, if you are really lazy you can take a free tram to Mirage but we think it takes longer than the walk.

Theme
Much of the fabulous pirate theme has been replaced but thank goodness not all of it. TI still has a Caribbean nautical feel even if the bars are cooler now, its just grown up a bit. TI has started to aim for the higher spending beautiful people market and the theme has had to soften accordingly. I still love it but would prefer a few more skull and crossbones and couple of Captain Jack Sparrows walking round but not quite as much as my girlfriend for some reason.

Rooms All of the rooms have been renovated and are now slightly more grown up, the rooms are not huge but haev allways been nice and comftable. Part of the renovation put new beds in every room which I have been told are the same as the beds at MGM Grand which in my opinion are the best in Las Vegas

Attractions The Pirate battle has not contrary to some reports ceased but been replaced with the Sexy Sirens of TI, now this is good because it means you don’t have to suffer a load of colonials kicking the Brits arse so many times a day but not so good as the classic swashbuckler for me. Still one of the best and most popular freebies on the Strip and aimed at trendy cool 20/30/40 something dude and dudette market ! Its well worth making time to see two full sized ships battle it out on the high seas but the show itself is now pretty poor.

Pool
The pool is small and its not up to par with the rest of the resort which is suprising when you think about the crowd that TI is trying to attract.

Shows and Entertainment
TI has Mystere as its Cirque De Soleil performance here and in my opinion the best Cirque show in Vegas, if you go to see Mystere you don’t need to book and expensive seat just make sutra you are not at the side. The show is full of amazing acrobatics so amazing that your brain thinks your eyes are lying. TI has no lounge as such and no other shows other than Sirens.

Dining
The Treasure Island Buffet (B:$12.00, L:$15.00 D:$20.00 weekends $26.00 ) is smaller than most and the food is OK but not up to the keeping of everything else in the fine establishment, they do however bring you a carafe of your chosen drink which is good as it saves you waiting for refills. Buccaneer Bay has been replaced by social house which is a pity but it’s good even if the portions are a bit on the small size. There are 6 other restaurants here including Italian, Chinese and a very posh steak house, it must be noted that all food at Treasure Island is expensive. Along with these eateries there is a very good but expensive coffee shop. Kahunaville is one exception its cheap and quite frankly not very good, we eat there once when we were hungry and their were queues everywhere else and wished we had not. TI has Khalurville as it’s fun offering which I am sure is very good for drinks and fun, we ate there and the food was the worst that I have had in Las Vegas.

Gaming 51,152 sq ft of gaming space I was actually surprised when doing the research for this site to find out it was so small, it feels much bigger. There are 2,200 slot machines lots of them with pirate type themes where you have to line up three cannon balls to attempt to sink a boat ect, surprisingly there are loads of nickel machines here. Nearly 70 tables adorn the floor with the minimum stake being $5 but as soon as people start coming through the doors these rise. The casino has a low roof and dimmed lights but does not feel either claustrophobic or smoky. There are lots of bars scattered around and they have some of the best bar staff in Vegas all of the bars are classy and relaxed we like it here.

Drinks service The drinks themselves are good but you always seem to wait an age both for a waitress and then for the drink to arrive.

Overall This is a very well themed joint that is aiming to attract a young trendy well heeled bunch of punters, with new bars and clubs. Its not quite where it thinks it is its not Wynn, Mirage, Caesars or Bellagio and you feel that the casino thinks it is. The staff are great and the whole place really does have a good feel Hosting one of the best free shows on the Strip adds to the attraction of this casino. Its worth noting that this is the only place in Vegas and maybe the World where you can get married on a pirate ship

Good points Mystere possibly the best show in town, but the bars come a close second

Bad points
The crush of trying to get in through the front door whilst the sirens of TI is going on, and the general cost of food and drinks.

Top Tip If you are staying at TI, when the Sirens show is on there is revered standing area for, just show security your room key. If you ask for a Strip view there is a strong chance that you will be facing the sirens show which is great the first couple of times but the firewaorks soon become an annoyance.

March 7, 2009 Posted by | Casinos, entertainment, Las Vegas, MGM, Mirage, Monorail, Travel, Treasure Island, vegas buffets, vegas pools, vegas shopping, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Las Vegas Money Saving Tips Free WiFi access on the Strip

If you want internet access in your hotel room in Las Vegas most of the hotels are very happy to provide this, they are also very happy to charge you quite a high fee for this privilege. The lowest you are likely to pay is around $9.99 per 24hrs but you are more likely to pay over $15 for the same period. The hotels will claim that this is to cover the costs of the servers and the support staff etc but hey they don’t charge you for extra bed linen or pillows and these have an infrastructure to pay for and lets face it casinos all ready have a load of IT infrastructure in place !! What they really want to is to ensure that you spend more time on the casino floor or in shows and restaurants rather than  sitting in your room browsing the web. The good news is that VegasUncovered lists below places on the Strip (or very near) that have free WifFi internet access, whilst you cant do everything you need to do on a public internet connection hopefully this will prove to be useful and save some money for a few people.

Apple Store – and nearby area outside store – Fashion Show Mall
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Planet Hollywood hotel– miracle mile shopping area
Fortuna Coffee/Wine Bar – Las Vegas Hilton – 3000 Paradise Road – 702-732-5111
Krispy Kreme – inside Excalibur Casino,3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Library District Hquarters, Las Vegas,Clark County Library District – 833 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas Library – 833 Las Vegas Blvd N – (702) 507-3500
Nextel Central Station, Las Vegas Convention Center Monorail Station – behind their retail store
Saks Fifth Avenue – Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. – (702) 733-8300
Sugar & Ice – The Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S – 702-770-7100

ESPN Zone in NYNY hotel for free Wifi.

October 7, 2008 Posted by | Casinos, entertainment, events, Excalibur, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, MGM, MGM Grand, Monorail, news, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, Vegas Strip | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top Ten free things to do on the Las Vegas Strip

Top 10 free things to do in Vegas

The first and the best is without doubt just touring the casinos being able to have breakfast in an Egyptian Pyramid, Lunch in Paris and dinner in a Tropical oasis taking in New York, an Italian Lake and walk to St Marks Square can not be over valued. Vegas is like no other place in the World and just lapping this up is an amazing experience.

The Fountains of Bellagio, amazing chorography and fountains that shoot over 200 feet in the air all in perfect time to music make this one of the most popular must sees in Las Vegas. There are shows every 30 minutes 3pm – 8pm and then every 15 minutes until midnight. With many variations this is something that can be seen again and again day or night wonderful spectacular treat for your eyes and your ears.

The Volcano at Mirage this is probably my favourite free show I love it the music, the beat of the drums and the fire shooting out of the top and floating on water. The fuel is alleged to cost $100k per day to run this – worth every penny in my book. The Mirage Volcano erupts every 15 minutes from 6pm until Midnight.

The Sexy Sirens of TI at Treasure Island, this is a pirate battle that takes place between the sexy sirens (scantily dressed female pirates) and the crew of the Jolly Rodger, the show takes place on two full sized galleons and I don’t think it gives too much away to say that one ship sinks completely. The walkway and bridge get very busy when the shows are on and you have to fight your way through teams of 16 year old boys who seem to have never seen a woman’s legs before. The show whilst not as good as the old Pirate battle is worth seeing and at least the British don’t get shown to be the bad guys this time 😉 Shows at 7pm, 8.30pm, 10pm and 11.30pm

The Lake of dreams at Wynn it’s tricky to get a good view without eating the SW restaurant but if you get to see this its good light and sound show.

The car museum at Imperial Palace this is the largest private collection of cars in the world (over 250) and worth more than $100 million. The cars are amazing it’s in a converted floor of the IP parking lot, whilst this is not strictly speaking free if you join the slot club you get a free admission ticket in the fun book.

The Lions at MGM Grand, whilst you may have opinions of whether the lions should be at the MGM they seem to be happy in their glass play area and certainly get a lot of attention from their keepers. You can watch them playing and eating an play fighting. The lions are transported to and from the MGM Grand each day from ranch where they live very good lives.

The Salt water aquarium behind the check in desk at Mirage, this is amazing 53 feet long and 8 feet high this huge tank houses many beautiful and colourful species of marine fish in a real coral reef this really is one not to miss.

Bellagio Conservatory, the conservatory is themed and has different displays themed on the different seasons or holidays, the Christmas and Halloween displays are not to be missed for adults and children alike.

The wonderful, if slightly dated magical statues in the Forum shops these are robotic statues that come alive with the aid of smoke and lights and act out Roman and mystical type tales; great for the kids.

September 6, 2008 Posted by | bellagio, Casinos, entertainment, events, Holiday, Las Vegas, Luxor, MGM, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monorail, Monte Carlo, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas buffets, vegas events, Vegas Strip | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

De La Hoya to fight Pacquiao at MGM Grand, Las Vegas Dec 6th

Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya announced today that on December 6th he will be fighting Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, watch this space for ticket information.

After weeks of on and off negotiations, Oscar De La Hoya, boxing’s most bankable superstar, and Manny Pacquiao, the pound-for-pound king, jointly announced on a media teleconference that they would meet Dec. 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The fight, which could easily generate $100 million, will take place at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, meaning Pacquiao, who holds a 135-pound lightweight belt, will move up two weight classes to meet De La Hoya, who will come down to 147 for the first time since 2001.

Manny Pacquiao is considered the best fighter in boxing today and I always want to fight the best,” said De La Hoya. “I am glad we were able to make this fight happen because while Pacquiao is at the pinnacle of his success and has defeated all of the top fighters he has faced, I am going to show the world that it stops with me. December 6 can’t get here soon enough.”

Said Pacquiao, the icon of his native Philippines, “This is my greatest challenge. When I take that walk to the ring to fight Oscar, I will carry all the people of the Philippines — the entire country — on my shoulders. I promise I will fight with all of my heart and that I will give everything I have. Like my trainer Freddie Roach says, I have what it takes to win the biggest fight of my life.”

Dan Rafael – who writes for ESPN

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August 28, 2008 Posted by | boxing, Casinos, cotto, de la hoya, entertainment, events, Hatton, Holiday, Las Vegas, Margarito, Mayweather, MGM, MGM Grand, MGM GRand Arena, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Monorail, news, sport, tipping, Travel, Uncategorized, undefeated, Vegas, vegas buffets, vegas comps, vegas pools, vegas shopping, vegas shows, vegas spa, Vegas Strip, vegas tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best Vegas Rates and codes online , MGM, Luxor, Bellagio,Excalibur, Mirage, New York New York, Las Vegas

Hi there, these are the best rates currently available for hotels in Las Vegas, sorry its so long but there are a lot of MGM Codes at the moment guess that Vegas wants you:) All links are direct to the hotels website this cuts out the middle man giving you the best rate, unless stated on the website if you find your plans change you can cancel the bookings up to 48 hours before check in with no penalty, only with rooms booked direct with resorts can you use your comps towards them. Sorry its so long but there are offers for Bellagio, MGM, Signature, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York New York,TI, Circus Circus and last but not least Excalibur, once again I believe that these are the best promotional codes and rates available anywhere and I hope that they can help somone. – Simon

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Day Trips from Las Vegas, including the Grand Canyon and Death Valley

Leaving the excitement of the MGM Grand, Excalibur, Bellagio and Mirage etc is not always easy but sometimes it’s good to take a break from the Strip for a day or even just a few hours to get out and about and see some natural beauty. There are many places that are worth vesting easily within a day’s reach of Vegas and I have listed a few below. This is not meant to be an in depth guide the links to the parks will give you far more information than I could but hopefully this post may help you plan. Have a great trip – Simon

Red Rock CanyonRED ROCK CANYON: Its about 20 miles west of Las Vegas out Charleston Blvd (you can pick up that street at the north end of the Strip) It’s a scenic drive-through park. Go early, not in the heat of the day; there’s no shade. The canyon did not have as much as we were hoping and apart from one main Red rock feature there was very little to make us want to go back. However one of my friends lives near by and says that if you leave the car in the car park and hike within an hour its spectacular, there us a an admission charge of $10, we did not pay as it was free on Christmas Day when we visited.


Hoover Dam HOOVER DAM:
Drive about 30 miles southeast of Vegas and go to Hoover Dam; the National Park Service offers tours there (@ $15.), though you can just park in the car park and walk over the Dam. Just before you get to the Dam there is a Casino called the Hacienda this offers great value food and is just the place for breakfast if you have left Vegas early, you can also take helicopter rides here over the Dam and Lake Mead. Go on past Hoover Dam to Boulder City and then to Lake Meade for a swim and/or to visit the new casino there. Also, there are tour companies that will take you on a cruise of the river below Hoover Dam.

Valley fo FireVALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK: Drive about 35 miles north of Vegas on I-15 and go to Valley of Fire State Park, another scenic park area. This is my favorite NP within easy reach of Vegas it’s really nice and well worth the trip. When you are here you may see a wedding as many couples get married here but only in the morning as it gets very hot in the day. The landscape is like nothing else you will see on earth and you easily be mistaken for thinking that you are on another planet. The $6 entrance fee represents amazing value.

ZION NATION PARK: It’s a long drive to Zion (about 2-3 hours), but you can drive North on I-15 to Zion National Park and back in one day. It is worth the trip and the $25 per car admission, this like most other National Parks is valid for 7 days.

DEATH VALLEY:
If you like to visit National Parks, drive about an hour and a half south of Vegas on I-15 and take RT-127 to Death Valley National Park (total drive may be a good 3 hrs each way). Death Valley is hasDeath Valley the lowest point in the United States which is also the hottest place on the planet. It’s the place where in the summer you can fry eggs on the rocks, you will see mirages and is home to some of the most deadly creatures on the planet. You need to take lots of water with you something like 2 gallons each incase you break down and you need to check that your car rental company will allow you to drive there.

Grand CanyonGRAND CANYON: The drive to the Grand Canyon is 5 long hard hours on mostly two lane roads with trucks and campers (only a short way on I-40). You can drive there and back in one day if you leave early morning, like 6:00-7:00 AM. That will put you there about noon and you will have 4 or 5 hrs before starting back and getting back to Vegas about 11:00PM. Its worth considering staying overnight at the Grand Canyon not only to break the journey but also to allow you to see the Canyon at the two best times of the day sunset and sunrise this is a lifetime experience and is worth the investment in both time and money. If you are going to stay over try and stay in the park it will cost less than you think. The park has a $25 entrance fee per car.

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Free Drinks in Vegas casinos – Etiquette

Drinks are free in Las Vegas Casinos if you are playing on the slots on at the tables, this does not mean that you don’t tip the cocktail waitress, this is an absolute must, $1 per drink is fair. The cocktail waitress gets taxed on every drink she serves so if you don’t tip her not only will you become invisible to her but she will in effect be charged for your drink!

Anyway a few tips here will help make the process of getting your free drinks a more pleasurable experience for both you and the waitress and if you make the waitress happy she will be back quicker and you will get more drinks, if you are rude you wil become invisible pretty quickly 😉Cocktail Waitress

    1. Tip her per drink, the first time she comes it’s worth tipping her more this will make her remember you and come back quicker.
    2. Don’t ask her for a drinks list, the casino generally can supply what ever drink that you desire if you are in doubt ask her is she has what you want.
    3. Don’t ask for drinks when she is delivering drinks the waitress has a patch to work and she will go and take orders, deliver the drinks and then take more orders you won’t get missed.
    4. Once you have ordered stay at the same place the waitress will usually note your drink by the machine, or table you are at if you move she will have no idea what you have ordered.
    5. It can take a long time to get your drinks the waitresses have to take a lot of orders and then walk off to the bar, then wait for the drinks and then serve them don’t give her a hard time for the wait.
    6. Only order one drink at a time this is casino policy and the waitress could get reprimanded for breaking it, this includes doubles all drinks served to you will have one shot in them regardless of the size of the glass.
    7. Don’t ever try and help yourself even for you own drink off of the tray, its physics it’s carefully balanced and moving the wrong drink at the wrong time will mean lots of drinks spilled on the floor.
    8. Don’t order for your friend/husband/wife “on the slot round the corner” they will be served if on the waitress’s patch if not they will be served by another.
    9. Don’t stop a waitress who is walking by if she is covering the patch that you are sitting at she will ask you for you order, if she is working another patch she cant take your order.
    10. Don’t ask a cocktail waitress for a drink when she is at the bar, she can only serve you if you are sitting on her patch, if you go to the bar you need to pay for your drink.




A quick work about getting the best hotel rates ;

To get the best rates always book with the hotel directly not only does this give you a better chance of an upgrade but it also means that you are generally able to change or cancel your booking without charge and if the rate drops then you can call the hotel and they will drop your rate if it rises you of course keep the lower rate. Be careful of sites that offer very cheap rates as these may be invited players rates that you can book but are not entitled to and can end up only being told this and having to pay rack rate at check in.

Direct links to the hotels ;

MGM Grand   Excalibur   Mandalay Bay,   Luxor  Aria   Bellagio,   The Mirage,     New York New York,     MGM Signature

 

May 7, 2008 Posted by | Casinos, cocktail waitress, cocktails, entertainment, free drinks, Las Vegas, MGM, MGM Grand, Monorail, Monte Carlo, Paris Las Vegas, resturaunts, Travel, Treasure Island, Uncategorized, Vegas, vegas comps, vegas events, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips, xxx | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mirage, Las Vegas, Luxury Hotel with Bargain Prices

Mirage is a top class luxury hotel it has some amazing offers that can make it areal bargain click here for the best room deals available .Beneath is my review on the resort enjoy ! Simon

The Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Blvd South.
Las Vegas Mirage Las Vegas
NV89109
(+1) 702 791 7111
Mirage Las Vegas

Location Sitting in the centre of the Strip with Treasure Island on one side and Caesars on the other, facing Harrah’s with the Venetian only a short stroll, this is a great place to be

Theme A tropical paradise. Steve Wynn (Casino King and founder of the Mirage) bought the name off of another Strip hotelier who owned what is now called the Glassed Pool Inn and built this industry standard setting mega resort. The theme works very well from the lake on the strip side to the palm trees and mock rain forest and waterfalls inside to the tropical lagoon swimming pools not to mention the impressive volcano on the Strip side.

Rooms I have only stayed in a penthouse suite, this was on my honeymoon and this was truly amazing it contained a bar, huge living room, bedroom, bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower separate toilet and dressing room. It is probably the best room I have stayed in the furnishings were great, remote curtains and pop up TV at the foot of the bed. The normal rooms are meant to be luxurious if a little below average in size Mirage are refurbishing their standard guest rooms starting with the low floors this should be complete in 2008.

Attractions The Mirage is stacked full of non gaming attractions most of them free, to start with you have Mirage Spathe volcano that erupts every 15 minutes after dark until midnight; this is amazing, the cost to run is rumored at $100,000 per day in fuel. The fish tank behind the check in desk is huge containing a good selection of brightly coloured aqua marine fish and even a few sharks. Then there is the dolphin habitat and Siegfried and Roy’s Secret garden (Admission charge) showing off the famous white tigers and lions. Alternatively you can see them for free within the hotel’s glass exhibition cages. There is a lovely tropical rain forest in a glass atrium that you can walk through with birds singing and waterfalls to boot.

Pool Up there with the best of them a huge tropical lagoon with bays and waterfalls and even a small slide. It good drinks service and attentive staff, there is an area where they have all day parties tat requires an admission fee.

Shows and Entertainment The newest of the Cirque De Soleil shows is at the Mirage “LOVE” in a purpose built theater, a celebration of the music of the Beatles. I have not been (I don’t like the Beatles music) but this does seem to get more good reviews than bad and lets face it there is no bad CDS show. Danny Gans has been headlining The Mirage for years he has been voted Entertainer of the year and one of the finest singer-comedian-impressionists in the World.

Dining Cravings the buffet at the Mirage is one of the buffet greats (B: $12.50 L: $17.50 D: $22.50 Sunday Brunch Champagne$22.50) the food is good and the wait is not too bad. The Sunday brunch, although not quite up to Bally’s, represents real class and good value. The Caribe Café is our favorite 24 hours casino coffee shop and as you would expect The Mirage has a number of other fancy restaurants including a noodle bar, gourmet pizza, pasta house and sushi bar. I was told by a guy from New York that Carnage the Deli in Mirage is the best in Vegas and roasted bean is up there with the Luxor coffee company supplying some of the best coffee in Vegas. Mirage also has Samba a sort of Brazilian buffet where the waiters walk around with skewers of BBQ mean and you choose what you want, this had great reviews but recently the quality may have dropped. All in all there is something for everyone here a great variety at all price levels.

Gaming 95,300 sq ft of gaming space with the sounds of squawking birds and a tropical rain forest in the middle of the casino floor, this does carry the feel of the theme. The casino is a little dark, not as dark as old school casino’s more of a relaxed dim lighting effect. There are 2,200 slot machines and nearly 100 tables with a dozen roulette wheels. Table minimums start at $5 but there aren’t a huge number of tables with minimums this low and it’s only at slow times. The Mirage has a great poker lounge which is frequented by amateur and high rolling players alike. For the market that this Casino is aiming at they have a good selection of nickel and quarter machines. All in all this is a very nice place to gamble.

Drinks service I found the drinks service to be good, strong drinks and quick service maybe not quite as good as when Steve ran things but still good.

Overall The Mirage is an upper class relaxed joint with patrons to match. However being a low roller does not make you feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. Traditionally the crowd here has been well heeled slightly older folk but this seems to have changed and there are many young rich people here to party, both sets f people seem to get on very well. The atmosphere is very pleasant and non gaming attractions aplenty. All in all you can not fail to enjoy your time at the Mirage. Mirage is probably my favorite resort in Las Vegas.

Good points The whole feel of the place is just well nice it’s got enough happening to give it an exciting vibe but not so much that it takes the relaxation away. The mix here is probably better than anywhere else on the Strip.

Bad points To be honest it is near impossible to fault The Mirage, its not shaped like a castle and doesn’t give away much free because it doesn’t have to. The only thing is that if you are not staying here you have no chance of getting into the impressive pool but I guess that is fair enough.

Top Tip When booking look for offers that include free tickets to see Siegfried and Roy’s secret garden then you can see the dolphins and tigers for free.

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Spamalot to Close at Wynn Las Vegas

“Spamalot” to close at Wynn Las Vegas

The cast and crew of the comic music “Spamalot” weren’t in a laughing mood before Wednesday night’s performance at Wynn Resort and Casino, but somehow the show went on. Before taking the stage, the Spamalotperformers, including star John O’Hurley, were given the sad and stunning news that their show would be closing on July 13. A Wynn spokesperson confirmed the details for The Sun on Thursday.

“Closing in Las Vegas will allow Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ to pursue opportunities elsewhere which had been precluded by the show’s agreement with Wynn Las Vegas,” according to a prepared statement from the casino/resort. “Wynn Las Vegas would like to extend its utmost appreciation to the cast and crew who bring laughs to our audiences each and every night, and a special thanks to our eminently lovable star John O’Hurley.”

TImpressionist Danny Gans, currently headlining at the Mirage, will take the musical’s place in the Grail Theater in early 2009; the theater will be refurbished and renamed the Encore Theater. The adjacent Encore Suites at Wynn Las Vegas is scheduled to open in December.

The Tony Award-winning “Spamalot,” which just began celebrating its anniversary at Wynn Las Vegas, will have played more than 500 performances when its contract concludes in July. “Spamalot” is the second Broadway-style show to close on the Strip this year, following the February shuttering of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” at Paris Las Vegas.

April 30, 2008 Posted by | buffets, Casinos, circus circus, Cirque, cirque de soleil, cocktail waitress, cocktails, entertainment, free drinks, Las Vegas, Mandalay bay, MGM, MGM Grand, Monorail, Monte Carlo, Paris Las Vegas, resturaunts, Riviera, shows, Travel, Uncategorized, undefeated, Vegas, vegas comps, vegas events, vegas shows, Vegas Strip, vegas tips, xxx | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment