Treasure Island is a family oriented hotel for the budget minded. That's ok I guess but I was used to a little more; especially after the mirage. That place seems to speak of old time vegas; glitzy and excessive but somehow really classy. I love vegas. Steve Wynn has figured it out, and he is on the mark with everthing he does. Some people have a knack for being good at what they do.
I won't stay at the T.I. Again, that is not necessarily a knock on the place, because it delivers what it is supossed to deliver. I want more out of my hotel and resort, that is more of an indictment about me and my expectations than the T.I. Mystere is great. The pool is certainly not like the mirage's, even though it is more accessilble. My wife judges a place on its pool, and she didn't even go to the one at the T.I. The Venetian and Bellagio are supposed to have magnificent pools. She is looking forward to both.
Vegas has changed a lot since 1973. Perks are harder to come by. I have been comped for my whole trip on a couple of ocassions, but not since the corporates took over the city. Maybe that is just progress. I will say that freebies are more democratically given out. It used to be based on who one knows as well as how much one gambles.