Famous Las Vegas Resorts: The Mirage

The Mirage, along with the Bellagio and Caesars Palace, is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the Las Vegas skyline. Here’s a quick overview of The Mirage Las Vegas’ history, accommodation and high-life-living style.

The Mirage is, to date, the most expensively constructed hotel/casino in history, costing $630 million to build. Most of this financing came from the use of Wall Street junk bonds. It was built on a site already familiar to the Las Vegas night-life, having originally been the location for Castaways and the Red Rooster Night Club. The resort opened in 1989 to a fanfare of publicity. We have many More Mirage, Las Vegas Information, Travel Review and Attractions Articles Now Available.

The Mirage Las Vegas is recognizable due to its gold windows; rather than some kind of paint effect, the windows get their color from actual gold dust.

Such opulence was not without its price. It was reported, upon the hotel’s opening in 1989, that the resort would need to generate $1 million per week in revenue just to keep pace with its seven-year construction loan.

However, the Mirage’s success was instant, and the seven-year loan term was actually paid off in a little over 18 months. Such is the pulling power of this resort!

The design and concept of The Mirage was so noteworthy that many architectural expects consider it the father of modern building projects in the area. The two main towers of the hotel area of the resort open in an inverted V, almost like a book open and standing on end. This distinctive design makes The Mirage easily recognizable, even among other famous landmarks.

Prior to 1989, the tourism industry was suffering and believed to be in terminal decline. The state of New Jersey, on the fashionable East Coast of the United States, had recently legalized gambling and had created a Las Vegas of its own; the well-known vacation spot of Atlantic City. With American’s seemingly ceaseless desire for the new and innovative, Atlantic City and other New Jersey gambling resorts replaced Las Vegas in the nation’s consciousness when it came to seeking a holiday combined with thriving night-life and wanton gambling.

In fact, it was believed by many that Las Vegas’ time was in terminal decline since its Mafia-lead hay days of the 1960s. It was designed by city authorities that a huge building project was required to revitalize the city’s ailing fortunes, and The Mirage was the result of a long consultation. Its fashionable, innovative design combined with luxury and the irresistible pull of gambling, helped bring attention back to the West coast in general, and the city regained its place as the number one gambling city of America.

In 2008, the resort underwent a $110 million redesign that was completed in August of that year. The complex now boasts:

* Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat

* An artificial volcano, that erupts nightly every hour from 5pm to 11pm.

* Wet beaches and palm trees.

* A rainforest.

* A 53-foot-long aquarium behind the main hotel’s registration desk, home to over 1,000 species of marine life.

* A Cirque Du Soleil performance

Prices for accommodation begin at $59 per night. We have many More Mirage, Las Vegas Information, Travel Review and Attractions Articles Now Available.