Flying into Las Vegas is an amazing site as you suddenly see a city emerge from the desert sand. Las Vegas. We’ve all seen it in movies and on TV shows – the bright lights, the pool parties, the shows and the cocktail drinks as big as your head. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when we arrived in Las Vegas.
When we stepped off the plane we couldn’t help but laugh at the site of the poker machines in the airport terminal. Of course we’d seen them in the Ocean’s Thirteen movie where Brad Pitt’s character famously rigs the machine so that the hotel reviewer wins the jackpot, but stupidly perhaps, we didn’t actually expect to see poker machines at the airport. Upon seeing this I began to wonder if all I had heard about Las Vegas was in fact true. I’d heard it was tacky and sleazy, but, thankfully I didn’t find that to be the case at all. In fact, it was vastly different to what I imagined.
After a short cab ride we arrived at our hotel, the Encore. The Encore, and it’s sister resort The Wynn are owned by Steve Wynn, who was responsible for the Mirage, Treasure Island, The Golden Nugget and The Bellagio, and for what some say making Las Vegas what it is today.
The Wynn (a $2.7 billion resort) and the Encore (a $2.3 billion resort) are located at the end of the strip, directly across from Fashion Show Mall. It’s location, in my mind, works in favour of the guests as you are away from the crowds that congregate on the rest of the strip.
The Encore resort is a 63 floor, 2,034 room resort and was opened in 2008, while the Wynn resort was opened in 2005. The Encore features 74,000 square feet of casino space and 27,000 square feet of retail space, and the Wynn and Encore resorts are joined together making somewhat of a mini city.
Both resorts have anything and everything you could need, so much so that you could easily find yourself not having to leave the resorts during your entire stay. Between the two resorts there are 21 restaurants and cafes, 2 theatres (featuring concerts from Garth Brooks and the La Reve show), 5 nightclubs, 8 bars and 40 shops (from Cartier, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, the only Rolex branded store in the US, homewares stores through to the Wynn Co jeweller). In fact, the combined resorts are so big we found it took 20 minutes to walk from our hotel room to the front door of the Wynn!
After marvelling at the size and scale of the resort we checked into our room, one of the beautiful Encore Resort Suites. The resort suites are 705 square feet in size, and are equipped with everything you need, as you would expect from a luxury resort.
Each room contains a 42 inch flat screen tv (with a 19 inch tv in the bathroom), a large bathroom complete with a bath tub, shower and dual sinks, a phone in the toilet (does anyone actually use these?), 310 thread count sheets and an amazingly luxurious bed. The bed was so luxurious and comfortable my boyfriend commented that he would love to buy one, and guess what? You can! Everything in your room, and various furnishings throughout the resort, are for sale in the Wynn LVNV store.
I had read some reviews on tripadvisor where some people found they could hear the nightclubs below, but we didn’t find that was a problem. In fact, we found our room supremely quiet and exceptionally clean (and I’m pretty picky when it comes to hotel room cleanliness). The only downside of our room is that we weren’t facing the strip, and instead had a view of two abandoned casino construction projects, one of which being the Fontainebleau Resort which went bankrupt during construction and remains unfinished. But, being Las Vegas, you don’t spend much time in your hotel room, so this wasn’t an issue.
The breakfast buffet, located in the Wynn building, was great (for a buffet), and on a grand scale, as you expect in Las Vegas. So grand in fact that it included 16 live cooking stations. There was an abundant variety of food options available with everyone from fresh fruit, yoghurt’s and cereal; hot breakfast items including scrambled eggs, scrambled egg whites, sausages, bacon, French toast and pancakes; Asian food including congee and spring rolls; omelettes made to order; roast meats and anything else you could think of. The buffet even included a pastry shop in the centre with a vast array of items including breakfast pastries, yoghurt parfaits, muffins, cakes, ice cream and toffee apples (who eats toffee apples for breakfast? Perhaps it’s the same person that uses a phone in their hotel room toilet). The buffet also offers lunch and dinner, however we didn’t get the time to try the lunch and dinner buffets.
I had read before our stay, on the Wynn website, that the resorts employ a full time Vegan Chef (perhaps due to the fact Steve Wynn has recently turned to a Vegan diet) who consults on all the restaurant menus to ensure Vegans and Vegetarians are catered for. I was quite excited when I read this as I often find when I visit restaurants in Australia vegetarian options lacking and un-inventive (mushroom risotto or pasta with napoli sauce anyone?) so I expected to see a great variety of vegetarian options at the restaurants. While we didn’t have time to dine at all of the restaurants, from the menus I did see I noticed that there is clearly some thought put into the menus to ensure that vegetarians are catered for.
The Wynn and Encore resorts are definitely worth consideration if you are planning a trip to Vegas. I know if we ever go back to Las Vegas we will stay at the Wynn and Encore again.
Have you been to Las Vegas? What is your favourite hotel?
Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel: (702) 770-7000
Toll Free: (877) 321-WYNN (9966)
3121 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel: (702) 770-8000
Toll Free: (877) 321-WYNN (9966)