In the moment that the famous writer and his family needed to find “a new rhythm to our lives” as Fitzgerald wrote, they left their home on Long Island for the South of France, hoping to find a cheaper place to live and some quietude do write. They traveled through the then-cheap French Riviera Hotels. Many of the sunbaked restaurants, villas, and hotels they frequented still exist on the mythic stretch of coastline he dubbed “a playground for the world.”
Here’s where to walk in the French Riviera Hotels in the same way that Fitzgerald did.
The stately Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in Antibes, France, has held court on the rocky Côte d’Azur since the 1870s—playing host to everybody from Hemingway and Picasso to Liz in Dick to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The world’s most glamorous have flocked to Hotel du Cap since Scott’s day: his friends Gerald and Sara Murphy, the models for Dick and Nicole Diver, once rented the hotel for an entire summer, drawing compatriots like the Fitzgeralds, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso into their magnetic orbit. Of course, nowadays the hotel is packed during the summer and is the virtual center of the universe during the Cannes Film Festival.
La Colombe d’Or, Saint Paul de Vence
Opened in 1920 as Chez Robinson, an open-air terrace cafe, and bar. Scott and Zelda have known fans of the hotel’s restaurant, a traditional French spot featuring the main dining hall, private room, and garden terrace, reportedly spending many a raucous evening at La Colombe D’Or. It was here that a jealous Zelda once threw herself down a flight of stairs after Scott drunkenly flirted with the dancer Isadora Duncan.
Hotel Continental, Saint-Raphaël
While Gerald and Sara Murphy were living at the Hotel du Cap, waiting for renovations to be completed on their retreat Villa America, the Fitzgeralds stayed at the Continental Hotel in Saint-Raphaël in 1924. It’s here that Scott wrote the majority of The Great Gatsby.
Monte-Carlo Casino, Monte Carlo
“Once in the middle twenties, I was driving along the High Corniche Road through the twilight with the whole French Riviera twinkling on the sea below. As far ahead as I could see was Monte Carlo … when life was literally a dream.” – On Authorship, Scott Fitzgerald. Monte Carlo Casino was a favorite destination for the couple, mentioned frequently in their letters and writings.
Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo
Here, the hard-reveling couple would drink themselves into a stupor, with Scott reportedly a fan of the hotel bar’s gin fizz and mint juleps.
Ruhl Plage, Nice
Zelda wrote of dining on the terrace where “stars fell in our plates … and we were alone with the deep blue grandeur and the filet de sole Ruhl, and the second bottle of champagne.”
Hôtel Beau Rivage, Nice
The Hotel Beau Rivage was another spot where the couple stayed and played—although, in Zelda’s words, more “economically” than at other spots. Today, the hotel has been renovated, offering air conditioning, a private beach, and a terrace front restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean.
Hôtel Belles-Rives, Juan-les-Pins
In 1926, Scott, Zelda, and Scottie returned to the Riviera and rented a seaside house in Juan-les-Pins. Take note of the letter from Fitzgerald to Hemingway in 1926, framed and on display in the lobby: “With our being back in a nice villa on my beloved Riviera (between Nice and Cannes) I’m happier than I’ve been for years. It’s one of those strange, precious and all too transitory moments when everything in one’s life seems to be going well.”
Instagram is evidently the sharing platform for aesthetically striking and inticing locations, views and in this case hotels. This article will show you the Top 10 Instagrammed Luxury Hotels seen on the app in 2016 making them arguably some of the most popular hotels in the world.
The W Hotel is without a doubt one of Barcelona’s most luxury hotels. Boasting incredible views of the city and sea, what more could a traveller want to feast their eyes upon.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This oasis of sun, sea and sand attracts travellers from all over the world to soak in the rays. With stunning beaches and the bluest waters this is one of the most instagrammed luxury hotels.
Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
This is also probably one of the largest as it is made up of 9 luxury hotels in the complex giving it’s visitors the best photo opportunities.
Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, the city of lights does not lack in Instagrammable sights and scenes. This bustling gambling centre constantly offers many snapable moments. It’s not surprising that the impressive Aria Resort & Casino is one of the most shared hotels on Instagram.
The Venetian, Macau
Luxury Hotel The Venetian located in Macau is renowned for it’s stunning setting. Also home to much gambling, this luxury hotel offers something truly unique which people can’t resist to upload.
Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel
This luxury hotel boasts many of the world best DJ’s putting on their set.
Wynn Las Vegas
Las Vegas once again features in this list of most Instagrammed Luxury Hotels. For similar reasons as the Aria Resort but this time they have incredible flower displays that people clearly cannot get enough of.
Fontainebleau, Miami Beach
This luxuy hotel is also a much Coveted party destination. Boasting Justin Bieber as their New Years act, they may just stay high on this list going into the New Year.
Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai
As most people know Dubai is truly the place to go if you’re looking for the highest-end most luxury hotels. With many to chose from, The Atlantis is undoubtedly a feast for the eyes and a truly impressive location.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ Luxury Hotels aren’t few but the Cosmopolitan is known as one of the city’s coolest and trendiest spots
The Caribbean has a multitude of terrific casinos, and the vast majority of them are full-service, large-scale gaming Meccas. Here are the top 10 casino hotels in Caribbean, with an emphasis in the capital of Caribbean gaming: Puerto Rico.
The newest (and smallest) casino on this list, Resorts World Bimini is a bright casino (it even has windows) with a very intimate vibe. And its small size makes you feel like you’re a high roller, even if you’re playing the penny slots.
When you walk in the Peppermill’s Casino, you’re surrounded by banks of slots — over 2100. You will also notice the main stage where live show acts entertain while you try your hand at the gaming tables. Poker, both Caribbean Stud and Let it Ride, are popular at the Peppermill. For those who choose, video games are also available.
Silver Legacy is the newest addition to Reno’s casino scene and boasts more than 2300 slots, 80 gaming tables, and the town’s biggest sportsbook video wall. Also featured are two keno rooms, progressive Caribbean stud, Let it Ride, and Pai Gow poker. It’s quite evident that there’s lots to occupy your time in Silver Legacy’s 85,000-square-foot casino.
A great casino for the entire family, John Ascuaga’s Nugget, offers more than 75,000 feet of gaming space with all of your traditional favorites, the Odyssey and Wheel of Fortune games, plus a video game room with simulated rides and an arcade. Need a break from the gaming? Take a dip in the atrium level indoor pool and whirlpool. Eight indoor bubble pools keep the kids entertained.
It’s all about the numbers at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. More than 115,000 square feet of gaming space, Big Six Wheel, 1500 slots, 70 plus tables, and a Superbook area that seats more than 400, with 26 6’x8′ video screens, plus a 50-seat Keno room. Whatever your gaming pleasure, you can find it at this spacious high-rise hotel.
Enjoy the thrill of gaming at this beautiful hotel and casino. Entertain yourself at one of the 1500 slot machines or play an exciting game of Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, or Keno. You’ll find a welcoming atmosphere and friendly attendants as Atlantis was dubbed the friendliest casino by the Greater Reno Hospitality Council.
We like to go in style, and is why we’re always on the lookout for casino hotels and resorts that offer more than just the opportunity to ante up. Sure, we enjoy doubling down at the blackjack tables and wrangling with one-armed bandits, but we also want to savor fine dining, indulge in spa treatments and unwind, preferably on a beach or golf course. It is with all of this in mind that we create a list of top 10 casino hotels worldwide. On it you will find favorite gaming destinations such as Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, as well as a few surprises.
An elegantly restored Spanish colonial façade dating back to the nineteenth century greets guests at this luxurious hotel, which overlooks the Plaza de la Independencia. Although the city of Mendoza is known for its nearby vineyards and Andes’ ski resorts (just 90 minutes away), this hotel gives visitors plenty of good reasons to stay in town. Inspired by the area’s wineries, The Kaua Club & Spa features products that incorporate ingredients from local grapes. The tri-level Regency Casino unites elegant European ambience with personal service to create an atmosphere that lures in glamorous gamblers from around the world. The variety of table games includes all the usual suspects, as well as punto y banca, a local variation of baccarat.
Best known for its exuberant nightlife, Ibiza is the perfect spot for a casino. Casino Gran Hotel Ibiza is classy and understated (words not often used to describe gambling joints). Gaming tables, slot machines and Texas hold ’em tournaments provide plenty of action after days spent lounging with fellow pretty people at the scenic pool. Further relaxation includes unwinding in your designer suite or indulging at the full-service spa — both showcasing an aesthetic that is dramatic and soothing at the same time. With an elegant hotel interior design, it offers the added appeal of a great location, overlooking the port, marina and Old Town.
Connected via the Grand Canal Shoppes arcade to its sister property The Venetian, The Palazzo is a lavish destination that manages to offer a boutique-like atmosphere. This all-suite hotel’s European-inspired casino features everything a gambler’s heart could desire, including a race and sports book, high limit poker salon with butler service and the 14,000-square-foot Sands Poker Room, not to mention hand-painted frescoed ceilings. As for the suites, they define pampering, with their sunken living rooms, marble-clad bathrooms and tastefully palatial décor.
When the words lavish and decadent are understatements, you know a place is extraordinary. It’s hard to know where to begin at the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands. For starters, seekers of the good life will find a spectacular infinity pool that soars above the city, a wow-factor Banyan Tree spa and the 50,000-square-foot ArtScience Museum built in the shape of a lotus. There are also high-end productions ranging from The Sound of Music to Beatlemania and a collection of large-scale installations that make this sprawling property feel like a living art gallery. In the realm of fine dining, expect the best, including outposts of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza and Daniel Boulud’s db bistro moderne. As for the casino, it holds its own in this extravagant setting, with more than 2,300 slots and almost 500 gaming tables.
Modeled after its sister property in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao is just one of the many impressive casino hotels that have given Macau world-class status as a gambling mecca. This massive place is all about bigger-is-better. Its 3,000 suites each have a minimum of 750 square feet of space, and if you can drag yourself away from your lavish accommodation (the finest of which include their own private spa rooms and chauffeured limousine transfers), set aside time — and lots of it — to explore the casino. The resort’s gaming space measures in at 374,000 square feet, with almost 500 gaming tables and more than 2,000 slot machines. Though you can spend 24/7 placing bets, the hotel has more to offer, including gondola rides, high-end shopping malls, a health and wellness center with Venetian-style pools, an exceptional choice of Chinese and international fine dining venues and entertainment that includes headliners from Asia and around the world.
A premier South African gambling destination, the extravagant Sun City Resort features two distinctive casino areas with slots, blackjack, roulette, the Salon Privé for high-stakes games and a gaming school with complimentary lessons on techniques and table etiquette. But you don’t need to place a bet in order to win big at this resort. At The Valley of The Waves water park, you can test your mettle at the Temple of Courage water chute, and while out and about, you can ride a 1.2-mile zip line or visit a crocodile sanctuary. Two excellent golf courses were designed by Gary Player, and the highlight of the four on-site luxury hotels is the Palace of the Lost City, whose design was inspired by a mythical African kingdom. Best of all, the resort is next to the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve and Pilanesberg National Park — make sure to set aside time for game drives and hot air balloon flights in search of the Big Five.
Famous for its jet-set lifestyle and magnificent casinos, Monte Carlo is ideal for a high rolling holiday. As for the lodging of choice, none can compare to Hotel de Paris, connected to the Place du Casino by a mere flight of stairs. Despite how popular this opulent hotel has become since it first opened in 1864, it still retains an air of discretion. As for its indulgences, you’re invited to explore them all, beginning with the incomparable wine list and Celebration cocktail (made with limoncello and citrus juices) offered at Le Bar Américain. After a decadent meal of Riviera-inspired cuisine at Le Louis XV by Alain Ducasse, we suggest you dress up (ditch the shorts and flip-flops) and head for Place du Casino’s legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, a Belle Époque landmark that served as a setting in the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.
When envisioning Morocco, the first things to come to mind (most likely) are the elegant riads of Marrakech and the rugged beauty of the Atlas Mountains. But the country has more to offer — so much more. Just an hour from Casablanca, this luxury beach resort resembles an ancient fortress, and in many ways, it is suitably self-contained, featuring its own beach, an eighteen-hole championship golf course designed by Gary Player and a spa with ocean-view treatment suites and a mosaic-tiled hammam. Dining options range from fresh seafood to French fare to classic Moroccan cuisine served in traditional Berber tents under the stars. When you’re ready to try your luck, head to the house casino, adorned with tasteful Arabian design accents, more than 450 slot machines and 46 gaming tables, such as English roulette, blackjack and baccarat. Private gaming rooms and a dress code ensure an elegant, exclusive experience.
Beautiful beaches and blackjack — welcome to the pleasures of The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. Located on eight lush acres that open onto the inviting waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this property pairs sophisticated modern décor with a laidback setting and more than just the expected high-end spa, picturesque pool and fine dining. The hotel’s casino brings gaming to your front door, with roulette, blackjack, mini baccarat and let-it-ride games. And with more than 300 slot machines, fans of the one-armed bandit can keep busy round the clock. Best of all, the atmosphere is pure Ritz-Carlton: classy and elegant. When not romancing Lady Luck, you can head out to explore the island’s varied attractions, including El Morro Fortress, El Yunque Rainforest and the Bacardi Rum Distillery. Afterward, indulge at one of the house restaurants, which include outposts of the acclaimed BLT Steak and Il Mulino New York.
Better known for Ivy Leaguers and autumn leaves than slot machines and five card stud, Connecticut offers a Las Vegas-worthy surprise in the form of Foxwoods Resort Casino. Owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, this property is actually home to six casinos, along with a Rees Jones-designed championship golf course, a Troon Golf Academy and a whopping 30-plus restaurants including Red Lantern (Asian cuisine), Paragon (market fresh fare) and David Burke Prime steakhouse. Accommodations range from contemporary digs in The Fox Tower to the cozy Two Trees Inn to private designer villas with butler service. Along with the sumptuous G Spa and Salon, located at The Fox Tower, the resort houses Norwich Spa at Foxwoods for those who want to double down on their pampering experience. Add a luxury bowling alley, nightclubs, a comedy club and designer shopping, and you can see why largest casino resort US has made its way onto our top ten list.
Which Atlantic City casino is right for you? Find the best place to try your luck, no matter what your game.
The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel
This affordable spot favors low-limit denominations—70 percent of its slot machines are penny slots—but it doesn’t skimp on comfort. In May, the hotel debuted a new casino floor featuring ergonomic, adjustable chairs in the slot-machine and table-game areas.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City offers an unparalleled travel experience on the East Coast. The 2,000 room stylish casino-hotel, located at Renaissance Pointe, presents a destination designed to rival those once found only in cities such as New York City and Las Vegas. After igniting Atlantic City’s revival with its 2003 opening as the first new hotel property in 13 years, Borgata has experienced overwhelming popularity and near-capacity occupancy since its debut.
It’s got 3,475 slot machines and 180-plus game tables, but serious players come here with one thing on their minds: poker. The 85-table poker room (the biggest in Atlantic City) hosts daily tournaments, with buy-ins as little as $40 and pots as big as $30,000.
Caesars Atlantic City, NJ Hotel & Casino is the premier resort in AC where people from all different areas of the country come together for an endless nightlife, hot table games and more. Each and every guest at this hotel in Atlantic City, NJ is treated as a Caesar that receives only the best treatment.
Slots give poker a run for its money as the most popular game here. But the casino is home to World Series of Poker circuit events and to Three Card Poker Six Card Bonus, a nontraditional table game that is popular for its low minimums and high payouts (Caesars has toasted two $1 million winners already). The 145,000-square-foot casino offers 145 game tables with the highest limits in the city.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City is a hotel, casino, and marina located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Harrah’s bayside neighbor devotes considerable space in its 70,000-square-foot casino to table games—blackjack, craps, roulette, mini baccarat and more than half a dozen kinds of poker. Even if you don’t win big, you can snap a souvenir pic with the 61-pound 11-ounce Hand of Faith, the world’s largest golden nugget, which is on loan from the casino’s Las Vegas location.
With its sophisticated marina setting and an infinite roster of world-class resort amenities, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City has become the premier Atlantic City hotel destination, boasting beautiful views and non-stop action.
If slots are more your speed, head to this gambling den—or should we say cave? There’s 175,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 2,600 machines. It’s just as well, since Harrah’s is situated in the Marina District, away from the Boardwalk.
A.C.’s first casino, Resorts kicked off the new era of gaming in 1978. These days, it has more than 1,800 slots, including high-limit machines (up to $100) in the Hollywood Hills area, and 75 table games. Enjoy the luxury Atlantic City Hotel boasting the largest rooms on the Boardwalk.
Most casinos are darkened dens where you have no sense of time, but this recent addition is revolutionizing the A.C. gaming scene by lining its smoke-free 130,000-square-foot casino with floor-to-ceiling windows. The theatrical space—courtesy of performing-arts design firm Scéno Plus—features more than 2,000 slot machines, nearly 100 game tables and a high-stakes poker room. Revel Casino Hotel is a premium destination for Atlantic City casino and nightlife entertainment, hotel, dining and luxury resort experiences.
This resort invokes the spirited fun of the Big Easy, with “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) as its official mantra. And roll they do in Showboat’s casino, which has more than 80 game tables and 2,600 slots. They rock, too: A free House of Blues Party Pit on the gaming floor offers live music and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.
Readers of Casino Player magazine have shown some serious love for this joint, naming it A.C.’s luckiest casino on more than one occasion. Offerings consist of 130 tables and more than 2,600 slot machines, organized by price point (e.g., Red Hot Nickels, Pennies in Heaven) over two floors. Tropicana offers one of the best Atlantic City casino & resort experience with your plush accommodations, hot attractions and diverse amenities.
Smack-dab in the middle of the Boardwalk, Trump Plaza puts the emphasis on courteous service—even when you’re in the midst of a heated head-to-head encounter with one of the casino’s 2,165 slot machines, which are often touted as some of the loosest in the city. As one of the first-class Atlantic City NJ Hotels and Casinos on the world-famous Boardwalk, Trump Plaza delivers unsurpassed luxury, entertainment, and excitement.
Casino hotels dominate the Las Vegas skyline and inside they are just as jaw-dropping, with theatres, clubs, art, restaurants, malls and even the odd gondola ride. So, I will present you the top 10 casino hotels in Las Vegas, real luxury hotels.
Off the Strip by several miles and closer to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Red Rock Casino Resort is a property of Station Casinos, which made its mark in Vegas by appealing to those who actually live there. But Red Rock is as fancy and decadent as any on the Strip, with a masculine design of crimson and burnt orange and a chain of more than 3.1m Swarovski and Preciosa crystals (measuring 99 miles) hanging throughout the resort. During the summer, Red Rock opened a 7,000-seat outdoor amphitheatre, and its pool concert series is one of the most popular of its kind in the city.
A 5 star casino hotel in Las Vegas, Aria is where you play it big in Vegas. There are 4,004 guest rooms, and that doesn’t count the theatre where Elvis still lives, in the Cirque du Soleil production Viva Elvis. The vast, dark-wood-designed hotel and casino is filled with water features, including fountains that greet guests at the porte-cochère. Public art is heavily featured: guests at reception are met with artist Maya Lin’s Silver River sculpture. Aria is home to more than 16 restaurants, including those operated by star chefs Michael Mina (American Fish) and Masayoshi Takayama (Bar Masa and Shaboo).
One of the big “wow” events in recent Vegas history was the opening of Bellagio, which ushered in the era of the “mega-resort” in October 1998. The splashy Fountains at Bellagio water show at the front of the hotel, envisioned by hotel founder Steve Wynn, continues to halt traffic on the Strip. Inside, the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens change with the seasons. Looming at the registration desk is a glass sculpture designed by the artist Dale Chihuly. The resort is home to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, also a Wynn vision. In the 40-table poker room hangs a painting by LeRoy Neiman, titled simply (and appropriately) The Game.
Encore opened as a twin to the equally giant Wynn in late-2008, and the two properties represent Steve Wynn’s greatest hits: fantastic restaurants, an interior design of canopies and coffered ceilings that bring to mind the effects of Bellagio. Upon opening, the resort threw a stack of cash and the use of a private jet to country music superstar Garth Brooks, booking his one-man show in the theatre next to Le Rêve. Appropriately, those shows meet in the middle of these hotels. For outdoor entertainment, try the Encore Beach Club, which sits nearly atop the Strip and is one of the finest pool clubs in town.
Gondoliers steer you through the Venetian, welcoming guests to the waterway that cuts through a replica of St Mark’s Square. Strolling performers sing operatic tunes, and it is all played out in a winding, pedestrian retail centre known as the Grand Canal Shops. The Venetian opened in May 1999, followed in 2007 by the Palazzo next door. Some of the city’s great shows and restaurants are here: Jersey Boys, Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular and the Blue Man Group. Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo is one of the city’s finest sports books, the only place in the city where you can find a man watching sport in the jersey of his favourite team, shouting at a big screen and devouring a banana creme pie dessert conceived by Lagasse himself.
Caesars opened in 1966, has been known as one of the last standing haunts of the Rat Pack, the site of some of the greatest prizefights in history, and the spot where daredevil Evel Knievel went tea-over-teakettle in a 1967 motorcycle leap. These days, the stars are Celine Dion, Elton John and Rod Stewart. All take the stage at various times at the 4,100-seat Colosseum. Another popular show is Absinthe, held in a big white tent in the hotel’s Roman Plaza, near its entrance. One of the city’s first Strip retail centres, the Forum Shops, remains an ideal place to fling your credit card or put that blackjack hot streak to good use.
If the Mirage launched the mega-resort era in Vegas, the Cosmopolitan seems to be its bookend. Built next to CityCenter, the resort stacks 2,995 rooms – the majority of which offer terraces and views of the Strip. Tucked into the Marquee nightclub, a three-storey party space, is an enclave known as the Library, where guests shoot pool and read Vegas-centric books, The signature gathering spot is the Chandelier bar, a bedazzled, multi-decked haven of hobnobbing. A pizzeria called, simply, Pizzeria, sits down an unmarked hallway, giving the impression you sort of have to know somebody to find the place. The concert and party centre, Boulevard Pool, is positioned high above the Strip.
Perhaps the coolest floor in all of Vegas is the 23rd at the Mandarin Oriental, where the Mandarin Bar overlooks the Strip on one end and Pierre Gagnaire’s Twist looks out from the other. This is a non-gaming hotel, it has no grand theatre or any sort of resident production show or headliner. But it is one chic spot, with live jazz playing from the Mandarin Bar and visitors reclining in the lounge next to the reception. Yes, that is on the 23rd floor, too, a spot called the Sky Lobby. The hotel provides one of the great escapes in Las Vegas, a 27,000sqft spa with 17 treatment rooms.
Laden with deeply coloured floor tiling in its valet entrance and a uniquely curious fragrance that hints at citrus, Mandalay Bay is a genuine mega-resort with 3,300 rooms, and filled with an array of entertainment venues. The 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center hosts boxing and mixed-martial arts events, the House of Blues features emerging and contemporary pop acts. Upstairs two venues provide terrific views of the Strip: the cozy, pop art-laden Foundation Room and MIX restaurant and nightclub. Shark Reef, the watery walking park filled with sharks and other exotic, aquatic creatures, is the quintessential fun-for-the-entire-family attraction.
The Mirage can often be overlooked these days, as more gargantuan resorts have sprouted since it’s breathtaking opening in 1989. Siegfried & Roy once performed here, and these days the Beatles (with the Cirque du Soleil production Love) and a master ventriloquist (theatre headliner Terry Fator) rule the entertainment scene. Inside, the casino floor is shrouded in tropical surroundings. Guests walk through a glass atrium that lets the sun shine in, hearing the soothing sounds of a waterfall over the action at the casino. Mirage has been upgraded to keep pace with its taller competition, and is still one of the city’s major players on the Strip.