As expected, the deal at Wynn is both sophisticated and downright expensive. Blackjack starts at $15 minimum, with some single-deck games paying a reduced 6:5 for naturals; Hotel guests can also play in the Cabana bar by the 21 pool. Craps minimums are similar to blackjack. The one-zero roulette wheel is usually open in the high-limit room, although the minimums are high. Slots range from pennies to a $5,000 machine. Surprisingly, Wynn has tried to lure local video poker players with full-paying machines in higher denominations (very rare), though the schedule changes unexpectedly; check Las Vegas Advisor for their comings and goings. The keno lounge is one of the most comfortable in town.
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Games: Baccarat ($100-$15,000); Big Six; blackjack ($15-$10,000); craps (3x, 4x, 5x; from $10); Let it Ride; mini baccarat ($50-$10,000); pai gow poker; pai gow tiles; poker (26 tables); roulette (single and double zero); three card poker.
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I visit Las Vegas at least once a year. I don’t mind a bit of a splurge, but what draws me back is the shopping, shows, spas, restaurants and attractions all in a relatively small area. (Read my Las Vegas luxury for less of a guide here). Plus, Las Vegas hotels tend to be much cheaper than similar hotels elsewhere if you time it right. I’m gradually working my way through all the luxury hotels on the strip, and my current favorites are the Four Seasons (review coming soon), the Signature by MGM, and the Mandarin Oriental (soon to be the Waldorf Astoria). This time I tried Encore, which is part of the Wynn group.
Encore is located at the northern end of the strip, at the end of the main stretch of hotels. It’s next to the Wynn and connects inside if it’s really hot. The location is a bit remote compared to other hotels I usually stay at, but there are so many restaurants and facilities on site that it wasn’t a major issue. I liked that I could easily walk to the Fashion Mall and there was a drugstore not too far away which is always helpful.
I arrived by taxi (don’t take taxis in Vegas – I regret it every time and go back to Uber) and one of the doormen took my bags when I was greeted at Encore. I was given a ticket and told to call once I got to the room which I found a bit annoying. However, in this case, the front desk did it for me. One of the things I hate about casino hotels is the often long check-in lines. Even though it was a few days before the big bank holiday weekend in the US, I was pleased to see that there was only a small queue at check-in. Unfortunately, the line was short, but it was very slow and I waited about 15 minutes to check in. The receptionist was excellent though, she was very friendly – very friendly and went over where everything was and what my benefits were.
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I booked through Virtuoso with the help of my usual travel agency, Propeller. Virtuoso is a luxury travel agency network that provides extra benefits in luxury hotels. This is always my first port of call when booking luxury hotels, as it includes both chains and independents. You still get your loyalty points. Although the prices are sometimes more expensive than the advance purchase rate, they are almost always refundable and changeable, and the benefits usually outweigh the slightly increased price. The benefits here were quite typical:
– USD 30 breakfast voucher per person per day (max. 2 people, Tableau, The Buffet, Terrace Point Cafe, The Drugstore, The Lobby Bar, Society Cafe, does not include in-room dining)
I did upgrade to a panoramic suite from the Resort Suite. There is little difference from the standard rooms, except that they are located on a higher floor. I can’t say the view was overly exciting, but I did enjoy the mountains.
The room had a wow factor when I walked in, a bit like the Aria SkySuites as the curtains automatically pulled back to reveal the room and the view.
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The room seemed very large and it was nice to have a separate bedroom and living room. Next to the bed was a tablet that controlled all the essentials like curtains, lighting and temperature. I found this easy to use and very practical. I also liked that I could charge the USB sockets next to the bed. As usual in Las Vegas, there was no coffee maker in the room. This is one of the reasons I often stay at the Four Seasons, which is one of the few that does. The decor felt luxurious and was fairly neutral, unlike much of the Wynn and Encore, which is colorful to say the least. I would say this was one of the nicest rooms I have stayed in during my visits to Vegas.
The bed was extremely comfortable and I found the room very quiet. I wish they provided water like some hotels do with the resort fee. I hate the resort fee, and there was very little in it that I would actually use other than the internet, which was included in the room rate anyway:
My only other complaint was the placement of the TV. It could be watched in the living room or in bed, but that meant it also took away the view from the bed. Luckily my view wasn’t that great, but I thought it was poorly planned.
The bathroom was nice and my favorite next to the Mandarin Oriental except for the larger suites I stayed in.
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The bath was long and deep so it was great to soak your tired body/legs after walking miles up and down the lane all day. If you were to share a room, having two sinks and a separate toilet would be very useful. They provided private label toiletries which, although quite bland in appearance, were of high quality and smelled good, but not overpoweringly so. If necessary, you can request additional equipment, such as a toothbrush or razor.
There was a large area for applying make-up with the help of a stool and a magnifying mirror, although its height would not be so useful for shaving. The shower was typical American hotel style and nothing to write home about. However, it was a nice large size, with a small ledge to place toiletries.
Wynn and Encore have a huge selection of restaurants and bars, with 19 fine and casual restaurants and 6 bars. On this visit I only had breakfast and lunch at the hotel. I have previously visited the Lakeside at Wynn which I enjoyed. The food is top quality but quite simple. The attraction is the location by the Lake of Dreams, as there are few places in Vegas where you can sit outside in a relatively quiet place (except for the evening show, which is quite surreal). Sinatra’s is also worth a visit and I recommend Parasol Down for a bar with outdoor seating.
For my first breakfast, I had to visit Tableau, which is probably one of the hottest breakfast spots in Vegas, next to Bouchon or the Four Seasons. The decor wasn’t really to my taste, but that’s the general feel of Wynn and Encore – bright colors and patterns. There was a nice terrace but there was a wait to sit outside so I decided to stay inside.
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The menu had many interesting options such as the Strawberry Blintz Buttermilk Pancakes and Filet Steak Oscar Benedict, as well as the usual breakfast classics. The atmosphere was delicious and the service was excellent. They offered me a newspaper for me to read on my own (at ZorkFest, my friends were staying on Treasure Island, but unsurprisingly I decided to be a bit more ‘me’!). There was even an amuse bouche that I have never seen before at breakfast! It was a bit tricky trying to choose something that wasn’t full of fat, except for a plate of fruit. In the end, I went for the pancakes, with cream and butter on the side. It was pancakes with caramelized apples, pecans and syrup (maybe the fat wasn’t heavy, but it had enough sugar to put someone in a diabetic coma
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