Got a nice reader trip report from John Hall, one of our regulars. It's always good to get a recent perspective. Enjoy!
I ran up to Vegas this weekend, for a quick little two night trip, and thought I might share some of my comments and criticisms from Mirage, Wynn, and Bellagio.
To get started, this was my first stay at Mirage, and it was in a few words “interesting”. It looks like, Scott Sibella (President and COO of The Mirage), is trying to increase the “luxury factor” at the Mirage, but from the looks of it, almost of every bit of Wynn styling is being taken away. First, almost all of the “Polynesian style” canopies, that used to cover all of the gaming pits, are gone (there are still some in a few areas of the casino), MGM or Mr. Sibella, has installed the very bland Bellagio-esque signage throughout the Casino, the Lobby has been stripped of any exotic themeing and has been replaced with very modern, yet bland designs. Now, I don’t want to rag on the Mirage, because there are certain things, that MGM and Mr. Sibella have done, that really improve the property. I really like, what they have done with the High-limit lounge, the new LOVE theatre is amazing, and some of the new restaurants are very well-designed.
After I checked in on Friday, I ran over to Wynn, and there are some interesting changes happening over there. The new outer-set of doors (at the Esplanade entrance), seems to work, even though they should replace the flooring that separates the two-sets of doors (its to harsh, and was designed to be used in an outdoors environment). Wynn has set up a new ticket booth, in front of the doors to the Sugar and Ice patio, this little desk works in its space and will probably deter people from just going out onto the patio, and sitting there (that space really is reserved for Sugar & Ice customers). By the way, it looks like the “L” has fallen off of the Personal Shopping Service sign, so it is now, the Persona Shopping Service. One addition to the Esplanade that I don’t like, is the new scrolling marquee that Wynn stuck in the middle of the walkway between Graff and Dior. The little marquee has a nice design, but it looks so out of place, just smack dab in the middle of the Esplanade. Also, one little complaint, and this may be related to a comment Hunter made on his Audiowalk, a little over a week ago, but certain things throughout the resort, aren’t being kept up. Some of the light fixtures in the bathrooms were just COVERED in dust, the doors to the bathroom stalls, were covered in scuff marks, and needed to be cleaned up. This might have something to do with the fact, that Wynn is spend the majority of his time in Macau (that resort is opening in a few months), or it might be attributed to the fact, that Wynn can’t see these little things. However, I’ll still say that Wynn is, by far, the nicest and most luxurious resort on the Strip.
I caught the 7:30 showing of ‘O’ at Bellagio on Saturday, and I was, in a few words, amazed. The show was spectacular, and now I don’t know whether to see another Cirque show, or another Dragone show when I return in about two weeks. After the show, I ran to the North Valet at Bellagio, and I was able to catch a cab, without having to wait in that massive taxi line, and the Main Valet. I got to Mirage, just in time, for my 9:30 reservation at Kokomo’s, but it all seemed in vain. I checked in with the hostess, and she told me that it would be a few moments, and they would seat me (there were two parties ahead of me, when I checked in). Five minutes later, those two parties had been seated, and then two parties who had checked in after me, were seated. That really didn’t anger me, until another four parties, who had checked in ten minutes after me, were seated. The hostess, came up to me, and told me that my table was being cleared, and I should be seated in about two minutes. Fifteen minutes later, I was still waiting for my table. Finally, another hostess, explained to me, that they didn’t want to seat me at a four-setting table, and that when the first hostess told me my table was being cleared, that in actuality, there was still a couple finishing their meals. The second hostess offered me a cocktail, so I got a rum and coke, and just waited a little bit longer. Finally, and 10:15 (45 minutes after my reservation), I was seated. My waiter apologized for the wait, and offered me a free clam chowder. I accepted it, and gave him the rest of my order. The meal was good, it was definitely not on par with SW at Wynn, or Prime at Bellagio, but it was good. I finished, paid my check, and I came to the conclusion that I probably won’t be dining at Kokomo’s anytime in the near future.
All in all, this was a nice little trip up to Las Vegas, but I can’t wait for my next trip, in a couple of weeks. This time, I’ll be staying at Bellagio, seeing Phantom at Venetian, and either seeing Le Reve or Ka’. If anybody would like another trip report or pictures, I’d be more than happy to do.