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Mirage vs MGM Grand??

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Mirage vs MGM Grand??

I haven’t been to LV in 15 years. My wife has never been there. We are taking a belated 10 year anniversary jaunt to LV in late June.

Can anyone compare the MGM Grand and the Mirage? I am finding myself gravitating toward the MGM Grand because it seems to be a “safe” option for us. When we travel, we are Courtyard by Marriott/Hilton Garden Inn type people. The nicest place I have ever stayed was the Mandarin Oriental in Miami. We just need a safe, clean fairly nice (not bare bones) place to stay. It seems like I can get a better deal at MGM Grand. We are staying 3 nights. Probably wouldn’t want to go more than $300 plus tax for that. I don’t think I can do the Mirage for that. I can easily do the MGM Grand for that (current offer is $186 plus tax).

Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t closing the door too early on the Mirage (love the location). The MGM Grand just seems so BIG to me.

I would really like to make this a bit more “special” and upgrade to Bungalow Suite at the MGM Grand. They ran a $1 upgrade deal a few weeks back but I think it is gone now. I suppose I could just book the standard room and try to upgrade when I get there. That said, I would be willing to pay more now to KNOW I would have a Bungalow Suite.

In any event, any insight into the Mirage and MGM Grand would be appreciated. Again, a world class experience is not needed—just a “nice” one would suffice.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Mirage vs MGM Grand??

Mirage has upgraded rooms which are actually very nice, from what I've heard from ppl who've stayed there. The casino floor is also very classy and the poker room is fairly good. If you like the location of the Mirage, then I really think it's a no brainer - stay at Mirage.

The only thing that personally would make me gravitate toward the MGM Grand more is the sigma derby machine... but you probably don't care about that :)

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2. Re: Mirage vs MGM Grand??

Both Hotels are decent, the edge goes to the Mirage.

Mirage has the newer rooms and better location.

Both Hotels have great pool facilities.

Give the edge to the MGM for having more children.

MGM and Mirage both have a variety of good restaurants.

The MGM is much bigger and the walks are longer.

At MGM if you dont get the right room it can be very small.

The MGM will be the less expensive place to stay.

Both Hotels have fairly decent valet parking.

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3. Re: Mirage vs MGM Grand??

I've stayed at both and like both very much. Eaach have their strengths and weaknesses.

The MGM has better dining options at all levels within the hotel itself. However Mirage's better location, gives you easy acccess to alot of options in the area.

I haven't stayed in the suites at MGM, but I'd say the standard rooms are pretty equivalent to Mirage. Mirage rooms have been recently refurbished, so they may have a slight edge, but not too dramatic.

MGM is big. No doubt about it. But I always found it pretty manageable, and that size does bring you some other options.

I don't think you'd be unhappy at either property.

Edited: 10:52 am, March 02, 2010
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4. Re: Mirage vs MGM Grand??

I recently stayed at Mirage. I got a good deal through smartervegas.com. For less than $80 per night, including the resort fee, we had a very nice room, fairly large, updated, with comfortable beds. I have not stayed at MGM but I understand it is also nice. I often stay at Courtyard type hotels and either is much better. I chose the Mirage mainly based on location. From Mirage I could easily walk to Venetian, Caesar's, Paris and Bellagio. You could walk to all of them from MGM too, but a bit further. You will have a great time whichever you choose.

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5. Re: Mirage vs MGM Grand??

We have stayed several times at both. At The Mirage, we have stayed in both the Deluxe rooms and the Tower Deluxe rooms. These have all been recently redone. Both are considerably smaller than the standard rooms at MGM Grand. The bathroom in the Deluxe rooms is the smallest I have seen in Las Vegas with a combined tub/shower and barely room to open the door without hitting the toilet. The Tower Deluxe bathrooms are much nicer with a double bowl sink and separate tub and shower. The normal price premium is about $35 - $50 per night. I wouldn't pay more than $25 per night, but we have had good luck getting a free upgrade just by asking politely.

MGM Grand standard rooms are larger than those at The Mirage, but are showing their age. The Bungalow Suites are about 50% larger, but still a single room. The bathrooms in the Bungalow Suites are large with a separate tub and shower. The King Bungalow Suites have a small refrigerator which can be very convenient. The price premium for the Bungalow Suite over a regular room is about $10 - $25 per night and worth it in my opinion.

My overall preference would be the Tower Deluxe room at The Mirage, but you need to decide if the price difference is acceptable. I would probably just book one or the other, making sure that it is not one of the non refundable offers, and then watch the prices and switch if you get a good deal.

Edited: 12:11 pm, March 02, 2010
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