I just returned from a few days in Vegas for a dear friends bachelorette party. I haven’t been to Vegas in a couple of years. To be honest, it’s not my cup of tea or I guess I should say bucket of pina colada. I’m happy to report I had a BLAST and of course had to share a few ideas for making the most of this landlocked cruise ship.
Prepping for your Stay
➸ bring: band aids for blisters caused by heels, Tylenol for headaches caused by pina colada buckets, headphones for poolside discomfort cause by the early 90’s worst songs, your last 5 paychecks, and every cocktail dress you think is too sexy to actually wear.
➸ leave: books, your laptop, your workout clothes (that will be covered by your sexy dress on the dance floor), any money you might want for retirement, and your judgements (I obviously didn’t leave mine, but this post would be boring if I did).
Taxi VS Shuttle
I decided to give the shuttle a try from the airport despite it’s mixed reviews. I got a roundtrip ticket for $13 and directions to call the day before I leave to schedule pick up. What they don’t tell you is they only pick up once per hour so I had to leave much earlier than I needed to. I arrived early thursday, jumped right on a shuttle, and got to my hotel in about 20 minutes. Once it hits thursday night through the weekend it can take 45 minutes. Taxi’s are around $25 and a lot quicker as long as you request the shortest route. There are rumors of drivers taking longer routes to “up” the fares. I should have shuttled there and taxied back to save that hour I could have spent by the pool before I left!
After you Arrive
A grocery store stop is SO worth it. You can take your drinks ANYWHERE in Vegas so why not make them in your room?
Because drinks are free if you’re gambling they are so expensive if you’re not; even non-alcoholic. It’s also great to get some snacks. There is a Walgreens by the Venetian with everything you need.
Where We Stayed
If I was using my middle schooler vocabulary I would describe The Mirage as “fine”. They were kind enough to give us adjoining rooms and a free fridge after one of the rooms was still not clean at 5:30pm! The rooms come with wi-fi, but only after paying your $35 room fee that’s per-night which was not clear when booking. The “strip side” definitely trumps the “sunset side” as far as views go. All we could see was brown (the top of the hotel) and the Trump building. I probably wouldn’t have noticed how tacky the art and room decor was, but it was bright purple…. the rooms, however, were spacious and the beds were big and comfy so that’s priceless. We’ve all heard the upgrades and nice rooms go to the high rollin’ Vegas regulars and that was confirmed with our group of amateurs.
➸ Favorite thing about The Mirage: it’s where you can see cirque de soleil show LOVE, which I haven’t seen but I know it would be my favorite I’m pretty sure you get a discount to shows that are at your hotel.
➸ Least favorite thing about The Mirage: the animal habitat, reason enough to not go back there. Watch The Cove for some informational material on how dolphins react to being in captivity then question why you would ever support something like this…
Striper 101 Class
None of us were interested in Thunder Down Under, but we had to do something bachelorette cliche and Stripper 101 class was the BEST! Everyone’s welcome as long as you have a “cookie” (no boys allowed). “Cookie” is a word used often in class by our dexterous teacher, Pony. She began the class by introducing herself and swears that’s the name she was given which instantly certified her teaching abilities. In all seriousness she WAS a great teacher; making it fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable for everyone! It’s a very PG class considering the topic. There are no clothes being taken off, no videos to watch, or tests. You leave with a new lap dance routine, a few pole moves like The Fireman Spin, and your stripper license. My fireman spin was acknowledged by the other bride to be’s mom who said, “I’d pay ya” and I have bruises on my legs…. Just making my mom proud one vacation at a time.
If you weren’t given a name like Pony, I was told to combine the name of my first pet and the street I grew up on…… classy.
try to get a table by the window. the water show happens every 15 minute
the service was GREAT, the sushi was fresh and delicious, and the cocktails were pretty (all that matters).
they have a roll with poprocks in it which is worth trying. Not because it’s particularly good, but because it has poprocks in it.
spago has the front casual seating area and the back fancier dining area. We were pleased to find out that they’ll serve you the front menu (different options and cheeper) even if you sit in the dining area. You might have to choose one menu or the other which is a tough choice because of plates like the beets with goat cheese on the dining area menu. The service here was fabulous as well.
what I didn’t do, but you should
apparently the best thai food in the states is off the strip in a strip mall!
a graveyard of vegas signs dating back to the 30’s
➸ Cirque show LOVE
“…extravagant mash-up of history and hallucinations, studded with dazzling special effects, hot dance moves and tantalizing gestures…”
Have a good time and be careful not to make friends with the wrong people