Both Las Vegas resorts offer a lot to enjoy. Which one is best for your needs?
Both of these 2 Vegas resorts are good overall, so if you find a great deal with one of these two, you should go ahead and book it without worrying about the other option. However, if you are considering both you’ve probably found offers with similar rates; their resort fee is also similar (ridiculously high, actually, but half of the Strip resorts apply heavy resort fees these days, more on further down).
So, at relatively equal price, you need to focus on what you value most.
Standard Guest Rooms: Mirage’s are definitely larger than the ones at Treasure Island, though the rooms at Mirage have particularly small bathrooms (though really nice with high-end bath accessories).
I found the small windows at Treasure Island to be very claustrophobic, whilst Mirage’s are wide, almost the whole of one wall (though starting from mid-height).
The ergonomic chair at Mirage makes sitting by its modern desk a real treat, though you can’t watch TV from the desk due to the angle, unfortunately. Mirage also has a large Plasma (TV) screen. However, Mirage’s lack of foyer area makes each Standard room really noisy (you can hear the noice from the corridors as if you were outside). Having said the above, if all you care is a nicely decorated room with a good, comfortable bed, then Treasure Island provides a very adequate option.
Pool Area. Treasure Island has a very nice pool and jacuzzi area, with several trees and several spots where you can ‘tuck yourself away’ from the crowds, if you like. Mirage has a much larger pool area with a beautiful waterfall, but it’s really crowded and you certainly will not relax here. You can see photos of this pool on Best Vegas Pools.
Gym. This is the unpleasant trick, in my opinion. With the ridiculously expensive resort fee (25 dollars) you expect to enjoy free gym entrance. However, it only allows you to use their cardio room, which is beautiful and modern (with excellent machines), but very small. But what about weights and muscle toning? You have to pay extra to get into the ‘proper’ gym! Not something everybody is prepared to do. Treasure Island’s gym is, on the other hand, accessible to all guests (included in the resort fee, which is 20 dollars, still very high); the gym is smaller than Mirage’s but perfectly adequate.
Buffets. Both of these Vegas resorts have good buffets, with Mirage perhaps taking the crown for its freshness of ingredients and variety of all, equally excellent meals; Treasure Island’s is much smaller but truly beautiful to look at. You can read Treasure Island Buffet (with photos) and Mirage Buffet for details. They are very different, so I’d recommend you read both pages to determine which buffet suits you best.
The Casino: Mirage’s is larger though Treasure Island’s is very pleasant. Either way, these 2 resorts are next to each other with truly very little distance to walk between the 2 so, unless you have casino credits or plan to gamble so much that you will be entitled to casino marketing credits the following day, in this area of the Vegas Strip you will be able to choose among many casinos, including Venetian’s and Wynn’s. Until recently I would have said that Mirage is the ‘more generous’ of the 2 casinos, but frankly I played so much there lately that I can safely say all Strip Casinos seem to be ‘tight’ in a very equal way (which is bad news for us!). You can read our page on the Best Vegas Casinos, if you are interested in ‘serious’ gambling.