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The trip started out well with a super nice pizza-maker in the Seattle airport.
I know most people don't like to read about the minutiae of the trip there, but we hoped this was going to set the tone for the whole trip. We had enough time between flights to eat AT the airport, rather than take our food on board, so we decided on a fresh pizza at Wolfgang Puck's. We walked down to where the young girl was making the pizzas, and the one that caught our eye had spinach, mushrooms, and goat cheese, which my husband can't stand. "Can you make it without the goat cheese?" we asked her..."sure, just tell them what you want when you order" and she pointed down the other end of the counter to the cashier. I left my husband to order the pizza, and I got a table and the utensils, then we he got back I left to go wash my hands. As I was walking past the pizza girl, she said "did you order your pizza yet?" and I said yes, she said I don't see any ticket here that says no goat cheese, what's your number?...I told her, and she said ohhh, this is not right, I would have made this wrong. I thanked her and when I got back I asked my husband if he had specified "no goat cheese" and he said no, I just said I wanted spinach and mushrooms. Well, that's not the way it's done, and if she hadn't been on the ball we would not have gotten a pizza he liked. The pizza came and it was FABULOUS...she had loaded it up with so much mushrooms, spinach and mozzarella it looked SO much fuller and better than those we saw at other tables. So we went back after we finished to thank her, and gave her a tip. She looked so surprised and pleased, I'm sure it made her day. Good karma for Vegas, right? Right??
Land in Vegas and go to Thrifty to get our car...just fyi, they have a new Blue Chip system where they preassign your car (your name is on the board, just like the fancier Hertz, etc. places, and it tells you what space to find your car). We're not too fussy about what we get, so our bright blue Ford Focus was fine...until we saw the paint job on one side...looked like someone had dripped something down the side to discolor the paint. Never knowing what they count or not count as being "damage", and not wanting to take any chances, we decided to just mark it on that little sheet where you list damage. No little sheet. At the check-out the guy says "we don't do that anymore, we pre-inspect the cars before we assign them"...we told him to go look at the paint and he wrote it manually on the contract. Satisfied with that, off we go to the Mirage.
Now, I'm not a big fan of the Mirage. I find the casino too dark, and from what I'd read about the standard rooms I knew the bathroom would be much too small for my liking (we did stay there once, back after it first opened, and I don't really recall the rooms - and back then we were all used to small bathrooms - but I do remember the hallways being carpeted in wild green fern patterns). But since out of the blue they offered us free nights, with the possibility of a suite upgrade on availability, we decided to stay there this trip for a change.
The room was in my name (my comp), so my husband stayed a little behind me with the bags so he couldn't really hear what was going on when I checked in. The agent says "oh, looks like we've upgraded you to one of our Hospitality Suites"...uh oh, the death knell. If anyone remembers one of my Venetian TR's from last year, they also "upgraded" us to a hospitality suite that was a disaster. I asked the girl "does it have a real bed?" she must have thought I was nuts, because she said "of course it does, what else would it have?" and I said a Murphy Bed...she said "I don't even know what that is". I said "does it look out onto a wall or does it have a view?" (remembering the cement wall of the Venetian Suite)...she said well it's only the 8th floor but I think the view is pretty nice. I took the keys, didn't say anything to my husband, and off we go to the elevators. 8th floor, right at the rotunda that divides the wings off in different directions I see our number...double doors...my husband says "are you sure this is right?"...we open the door to a HUGE suite. You stepped into the living area which had a huge entertainment center on the left wall, big flat screen tv, huge couch. On the right when you first came in was a powder room, then the huge dining area...gigantic square glass table that seated 8, 2 on each of the four sides. A wet bar ran across the opposite wall, with both a mini-bar fridge and a regular small fridge for your own use. A bar with seating for 4, two on each side facing each other.
Double doors led to the bedroom and a view straight across the Strip...we could see a sliver of TI, a bit of Encore, all of Wynn,. all of P, V, H and IP. It was not that high up so when you looked straight down you could see the roof of the casino and that big glass domed terrarium/greenhousey thing that has all the vegetation when you first walk into the Mirage.
The main bathroom was enormous...the floor space was twice the size of V/P, B, W, etc...but it didn't have a vanity, and no in-bathroom tv. It just had the double sinks, enormous jetted tub, w/c behind the door, shower, and the closet was also in the bathroom. But all these things were bigger and longer than their counterparts in other hotels so the floor space was huge...and what was nice was that the center part was carpeted with marble just around the periphery. I liked that because you didn't have to worry about slipping on such a huge marble floor, we usually set out towels like stepping stones so we don't fall.
The bedroom had a nice big king bed, and a TV that rose out of the cabinet at the foot. The bedroom also had the ONLY window, no window at all in the other area.
The whole place was newly renovated, all done in greys with accents of bright lime green (the bar chairs, the desk chair, sofa cushions). It of course was quite impressive, but it was very modern and sleek (not my taste)...it wasn't "pretty", not something I'd want to live with, but we weren't complaining...for 2 nights it was very, very nice.
It was so big it had 2 separate thermostats...one for the BR, one for the LR/DR. I had to find out how big it was, so I called and asked...it was just under 1200 sf (1176 to be exact). There is only one of these per floor, and we also loved the fact that it was such a short walk from the elevator. So far so good.
I know some people prefer TR's all in one shot, but I just don't do that...I'm tired of typing, have things to do, and want to gather my thoughts for the continuation, so will be back in a while to continue...
Great start, Warmwinds!! I'm intrigued if your good luck that started with the pizza and continued to the suite, continued for your whole stay.
I love Wolfgang Pucks, no matter where I am they always have great food.
Enjoying your report so far!! Glad this upgrade was better than the last (so far).
Interesting Ww, so far so good. My Mirage take mirrored yours so I'm curious to see how it progresses. Good start for sure.
Loving it so far.
Okay, you can't describe all of this and not provide pics!!!!!
What a fantastic, detailed description of the suite. Made me feel silly with being satisfied with my tower deluxe rooms I've stayed in. I need to up my game playing to get a suite like that. :) Looking forward to the rest of your report....Edited: 31 January 2011, 05:57
Nice start, WW, looking forward to the rest!
OMG I can't believe u got such a nice suite.
Not bad for free.
It could not have happened to a nicer person.
I bet ur Husband was shocked, what a surprise for him.
Now bring on the food reviews...