The Mirage Casino and Hotel is located towards the north end of the “strip” and close to the more famous casinos and locations like the Bellagio, Linq, Ceasars Palace and so on. The Mirage is conveniently located not to far from the convention center and it was the cheapest hotel I could find during the time of booking and in this class. It was still around $200/night. Only because of the ongoing convention. Las Vegas knows how to get to your money. Another point speaking for the Mirage was that it is an MGM Resort property and I could use my matched status to M Life Rewards and also collect valuable nights to reach top tier at World of Hyatt.
If you arrive by car, be prepared to either drive to the valet or park it in the self-parking garage. They won’t allow you to stop in front of the hotel to check in and get your luggage unloaded. Most Las Vegas Hotels & Casinos are charging you now for parking. MGM properties implemented the parking fees in June 2016. However, if you have any status with M Life Rewards, the rewards program of MGM, you can self-park for free. M life Rewards members level Gold and higher get valet parking for free as well and can decide rather to self-park or use valet.
Use your M Life Rewards card to access and leave the parking garage. As a registered hotel guest, you have in and out privileges. These privileges are good across all MGM properties in Las Vegas. Again, if you have any status with M Life Rewards you can park for free without being a hotel guest. Make use of them. Check this link or the website of your MGM Resort property.
I believe, I never talked that much about parking. This info is to help you save some dollars during your visit in Vegas. Parking used to be free and now these Resorts come up with more ways to get your money. Be also warned about the resort fee you will encounter during your stay. It’s mandatory and it gives you free internet access, pool access, and other amenities, which are usually included in a regular hotel. It’s just another way to take your money. They game the system and that’s why you should too.
During my arrival, I didn’t know I could use valet for free. I decided to head to the parking garage and to check in. If you don’t have your M Life Rewards card yet, just take a ticket and tell the front desk agent that you have tier status with M Life (if you do) and they will take care of the rest. Check-In was quick, only one couple was in front of me. I chose the designated check in line for Gold or higher. The agent told me about the $32 resort fee, how to get my M Life Rewards card and the location of the elevators. I had Platinum Status with the status match from Hyatt. Now they match you to Gold level. During the check-in, I received a letter with my a list of choices to get two free tickets to special Platinum Experiences.
You might also notice the gigantic aquarium right behind the check-in counters. In the morning you can see divers cleaning it.
I grabbed my bag and headed over to the M Life desk where I got my rewards card printed. Because I had my status matched from Hyatt, they needed to see my Hyatt membership card. The whole process was quick and took only a few moments. Since this service desk was on my way to the elevators, I continued there and headed to my room.