Two Vegas classics go toe-to-toe in this Vegas resort comparison. On the one hand, you have the imposing MGM Grand, a green slice of old-school Sin City sitting on the southern end of The Strip.
On the other, several blocks north of the MGM, you have the jungle-themed Mirage and its explosive volcano.
These resorts are among the few classics remaining, even as the Hard Rock is overtaking the Mirage, and they exude that high-end, old-school experience.
Keep reading as I dive into The Mirage vs. MGM Grand and find out where you should stay.
MGM Grand vs. Mirage at a Glance
|Base Room Size
|446 sq ft
|394 sq ft
|Cheapest Room Price
|Free to $18 per day
|Free to $20 per day
|$39 + tax
|$42 + tax
|Several pool options including a lazy River. Also Wet Republic day club.
|Tropical pool setting, not as big as MGM Grand’s.
|Shows & Entertainment
|David Copperfield, Cirque du Soleil’s KA, and the Jabbawockeez are just a few of the many options.
|Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Shin Lim: LIMITLESS, and Center Stage Comedy
|Middle of Strip
Mirage and MGM Grand Room and Suite Differences
When it comes to rooms, the MGM Grand is bursting with options. The base room comes with a comfortable king bed in 350 square feet of space. It’s a simple room with all of the essentials, including comfortable furnishings and a white, inviting bathroom. As the rooms size up, so too does the quality of the overall look and feel.
Differences in Standard Rooms
The Mirage’s base rooms mirror the MGM Grand’s, from sizing to their overall design.
Tip: The view from its Strip View King room is quite a bit different and may even be a little more appealing than the view from the MGM.
Mirage’s base Resort King is 394 sqft compared to the MGM Grand King at 446 sqft.
Mirage’s rooms do offer a bigger TV and will soon be going through a renovation as it gets rebranded to the Hard Rock in the near future.
MGM Grand’s Richer furniture and extravagant bathrooms come into play starting with the 675 square foot Executive King Suite. There is a host of different suites to choose from, including a One-Bedroom and a City View. SKYLOFT accommodations start at 1,400 square feet and top out at a spacious 3,000 square feet with a stunning view of The Strip.
The Mirage’s smallest suite, The Mirage Suite, is 812 square feet with a soaking tub and walk-in shower. There isn’t a room comparable to the SKYLOFT Two Bedroom, but The Mirage’s Penthouse Suite is a comfortable 1,251 square feet with blackout shades, a separate dining area, a private bedroom, and so much more.
Pricing at each hotel is relatively similar, though The Mirage’s smallest suite is usually more expensive than the MGM’s smallest suite.
Additionally, pricing at the MGM gets quite a bit higher because of its more opulent and larger SKYLOFT rooms.
Tip: For the ultimate Suite Experience, try the Sky Lofts at MGM Grand! They come complete with a personal butler, top-of-the-line linens and mattresses, exclusive Sky Lobby, and your own concierge to serve you 24/7.
MGM Grand and Mirage Prices & Fees
- Resort fees: $39 at MGM Grand and $42 at Mirage
- Self-Parking Fee: Free for the first hour at each. MGM Grand is up to $18 per day, while Mirage is up to $20 per day.
- Valet Parking: MGM Grand is $18 to $26, while Mirage’s is $20 to $26.
Guests will spend a little more at the Mirage for rooms and fees generally. Each hotel’s fee covers high-speed Internet access, local and toll-free calls, and fitness center access.
Parking at the two hotels is structured similarly, with Mirage slightly higher.
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Restaurants and dining at Mirage and MGM Grand
The MGM Grand is a little more stacked when it comes to celebrity chefs, with names like Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Tom Colicchio, and Joel Robuchon dishing out exquisite menus that speak to their signature style.
For a nice evening out, Hakkasan Restaurant and Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak are high-end fares with expertly crafted recipes lining each menu. If you need a quick bite, Cabana Grill, Pieology, TAP Sports Bar, and Avenue Cafe are far more casual and friendlier on the wallet.
Tip: MGM Grand also includes a buffet option, one of the cheaper buffets on the strip.
The Mirage’s selection of restaurants favors cost-conscious dining, with Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak and Stack Steakhouse making up the top-of-the-line dining establishments. You’ll be able to find classic Italian cuisine at Costa, an unassuming menu at The Still, Mexican delights at Diablo’s Cantina, and very simple dining at Paradise Cafe. Snacks, Pantry, and Otoro round out an eclectic selection of wonderful dining options.
MGM Grand is a bit more varied with its restaurants, and it’s far more forgiving if you’re unsure what you want to eat.
MGM Grand vs. Mirage Pools
The pool at the MGM Grand is an experience and one of the best pools in Vegas.
You’re not just going to enjoy a scattering of stationary heated pools, where guests gather with drinks in hand to absorb the desert sun. There’s also a lazy river that snakes through much of the complex, passing under footbridges and through water hazards for a playful good time. It’s a space that adults and kids can enjoy, which may ruin the experience for those looking for a child-free experience.
Tip: For a more adult crowd, check out WET Republic, the property’s 21-and-over-only day club where the music is loud and the drinks flow freely.
Despite the space the MGM Grand pool has, its beds and chairs can feel a little crowded. This isn’t quite the case at The Mirage, which uses the space at its main pool well for a comfortable experience.
The shining attraction at The Mirage’s pool is the rocky waterfall, which provides an escape if you’re lucky enough to get there before anyone else. The Mirage has its own adults-only swimming pool with Bare, a European getaway where tops are optional.
The Mirage’s pool is far more accessible than the MGM’s, as guests have to trek through the oversized property. And when you get there, you may be met with a slightly awkward space, especially if you reserved one of the crowded beds.
Which has a better location, MGM Grand or Mirage
Located on the southern end of The Strip, the MGM is within walking distance of New York, New York; Excalibur; Park MGM; T-Mobile Arena; and the stretch of shops on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard. The resort is also more convenient to the airport, as it’s right on Tropicana Boulevard, which the airport is down the road from.
If you’re staying at the MGM, you’ll want transportation to get to the north end of The Strip, as it’s a deceptively long walk. The MGM does connect with the tram that runs down to the Sahara, which is worth it during the summer and winter.
The Mirage is just after Caesars Palace on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard, across the street from the Venetian and Palazzo.
It’s connected to Treasure Island via a short tram ride and is close enough to Fashion Show Mall to be walkable. It’s not far from the action at all, but don’t be fooled by the walk from the front of the hotel down to the Bellagio. Caesars’ has a very wide property that can be tough to walk on a hot summer day.
Overall Verdict: Mirage generally has a better location, but it does depend on what you have planned for your trip.
Shows and Live Entertainment at each Hotel
David Copperfield, Cirque du Soleil’s KA, and the Jabbawockeez round out the MGM’s nightly shows depicting classic Las Vegas entertainment. KA’s high-flying stunts are a stark contrast to the Jabbawockeez musical numbers and Copperfield’s mind-blowing magic. You’ll also be able to catch Brad Garrett at his namesake comedy club or explore the world of The Hunger Games with the running exhibition.
The Mirage has one running production, but it’s a big one. The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil combines the thrills of a Cirque production with the musical talents of the Fab Four. It’s a visually stunning journey through The Beatles’ music, accentuated by the talents of the Cirque troop of artists.
The resort’s Center of Stages comedy venue welcomes top talent like Jim Jeffries, George Lopex, and Jeff Foxworthy among a few.
MGM Grand offers more entertainment options, which also include concerts and events at the MGM Garden Arena.
Bars & Nightlife Comparison
Save for a few small bars at The Mirage, the jungle-themed resort is fairly light on nightlife options. A few highlights are The Still sports bar and Rhumbar Tropical Ultra Lounge.
The MGM, on the other hand, is home to Hakkasan Nightclub, a multi-story nightlife space attached to the Hakkasan Restaurant.
The Asian-themed nightlife space features a full dance floor illuminated with state-of-the-art lighting. A rotation of live entertainment keeps the space energized. Guests can also take the entertainment to a quiet lounge space on a separate level for a more subdued nightlife experience.
Where to Stay Conclusion
MGM Grand and Mirage are fairly similar overall.
MGM Grand has the edge for Pools, entertainment, and nightlife.
Mirage has the edge for location and is easier to get around than the huge MGM Grand.
You cannot go wrong with either one; the rooms are similar. It all comes down to what you enjoy best and what activities you plan to do. You might pick whichever one has the best deal for your dates.