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Encore- no food bought offsite?

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Encore- no food bought offsite?

A poster below commented on signs that stated no food/drinks allowed in the rooms unless bought onsite? This is a bit shocking to me. Do they enforce this? When we hit vegas the first thing we do is hit up a liquor store to get Gin and Vodka. Either that or we bring it in our luggage :)

Anyone have any experience with this issue? Do they enforce it? The poster said that if you looked under 35 they enforced it, but those over 35 slid by with their ABC bags and food. I am to presume then that a Von's deliver to Encore/Wynn is a 'no no'? If this is the case we will 100% remove them from our list of possible hotels.

I know they need the $$$ from food/drink venues, but seriously- this is not a way to drum up business.

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1. Re: Encore- no food bought offsite?

Heard about this on this forum but stayed at Wynn in April. If the signs were there, I didn't realize they were. Walked right in with a couple plastic bags that had a bottle of Cakebread, Smirnoff Orange, six coors lights, 4 1.5L bottle of waters, and a 1L Sprite.

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2. Re: Encore- no food bought offsite?

Non-issue.

Wynn and Encore have signs stating that by the elevators, but I have never seen or heard of it being enforced. It's there so they can "reserve the right" per se. They don't care about your gin and vodka. They care about someone throwing a raging party and bringing in cases and cases of beer and booze, creating a disturbance and trashing the place.

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Stayed at the Encore end of May. Never noticed these signs.

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It's my post (TR) that OP is referring to, and yes we did see them enforcing this at Encore 6/10-6/13/10 but only for younger looking guests. The sign is posted directly to the left before entering the elevator bank for resort rooms (don't know if it is posted by tower resort room elevators). I did not see any luggage-looking bags being searched but they were looking in store bags and stopped a young man from taking a pizza box on the elevator.

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We were there last week for 4 nights and brought in several bottles of liquor and a bag of snacks that we had in the car. I didn't think anything about it. On the second day my DH pointed the sign out that was by the elevators. We just laughed. I never saw any employees anywhere near the elevators during our stay, let alone checking packages. Everything was also in plain sight in our room.

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Thanks Tuffer for explaining what you saw. I'm sure that I'm not the clientele they are looking for b/c we are the kind of people that bring a pizza in now and then, or bring in a bottle of gin to drink in our room to save on costs. I am betting that the low room rates are bringing in 'our' clientele and they aren't happy about it. I can get Encore for 160/night for our dates which IMO is cheap based on what we pay around the country on various trips. What we won't be doing is buying $300 dinners or gambling $50 bucks a hand at BJ.

Obviously their goal is to get people to not only stay at the hotel but to also buy the food, the drinks and gamble. With room rates at 160 they are probably losing their butts to people like us. If the room rates were to go up to say 300/night- the clientele they would have would probably be the 'kind'of people they prefer- the big spenders.

I feel for the casinos- they build these billion dollar resorts and then get people who want rooms under 200/night, while skipping off to Ellis Island for the 6.99 steak special :) That's us! I know they aren't making a decent buck from us, but they set the room rate so I guess that's what they are gonna attract-regular people :)

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7. Re: Encore- no food bought offsite?

I have stayed at Wynn and Encore and have not had a problem, nor did I see anybody being stopped for bringing in outside food/drinks.

As long as you (the editorial 'you') don't abuse it, it should not be a problem.

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8. Re: Encore- no food bought offsite?

asmit4, I disagree with your assessment. What you describe doing is not unusual, and certainly nothing they would object to. People can grip all they want but this isn't about getting people to buy their food and drink. It's about control. They want to be able to control the amount of drink that heads up to the rooms. They don't want to end up with a wild party with limitless booze upstairs. That's just going to create a lot of problems for a lot of guests and hotel staff.

Of course they would prefer people buy their food and booze (duh!), but trying to stop a bottle of booze here and there, or a pizza (which I am still having trouble believing they stopped) is pointless. They are basically allowing themselves the leeway to limit this if they see it as necessary. As a frequent guest, I am glad about this.

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9. Re: Encore- no food bought offsite?

I stayed at Encore In Jan 09 for a 3 night comp stay ..a month after Encore opened..yes they had signs in the elevator area about No food or beverage offsite. Unless you're trying to schlep one of those Styrofoam or Rubbermaid coolers through the lobby up to your room it's very unlikely that security will even notice or say anything to you. Security is more or less there by the elevators checking room keys. I brought up a few bags with me from Walgreens as I saw others do the same even outside of bags..wasn't a problem.

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10. Re: Encore- no food bought offsite?

Heck, pack it in an oversized suitacse. : )