The times that I have been to Vegas, I have stayed at the Wynn - although Encore is a sister property, I am officially a convert. I think the main advantage (for me) is that Encore is newer and during construction the builders learned from the "mistakes" (if you can even call it that) of Wynn. The rooms are nicer, bigger, and maybe I am crazy - they actually smell better. Soundproofing from outside and from other rooms is fantastic; Temperature regulation is great; Generous selection of toiletries; Blackout curtains are very much needed and appreciated. Tip - unless you plan on paying for the selection at the minibar in your room, don't touch it. Once something is moved (like the peanuts) or opened (like the fridge), you are automatically charged. If you are in need a a fridge for medical purposes - simply request a medical fridge, the front desk was accommodating on this request (for someone in our group who needed one for medical purposes). There was no charge - otherwise use of the fridge is $25. I can't remember how much water is in the room - but water in the spa and gym are complimentary, so I always grabbed an extra bottle down there.
The Encore actually has a distinct floral smell when you walk in - I usually hate perfume smells, but if they ever decided to bottle and sell whatever this scent is, Steve Wynn would get that much richer. I am not a gambler so I cannot speak to quality of the casinos - so my review is based on the property and the service at Encore. Speaking of casinos - because I am not a gambler, I appreciated not having to walk through clouds of smoke and the casino to get to my room (if coming from main hotel entrance) - which is not the case at Wynn. Overall - it just seems quieter here, which was nice. The only time it seems to get a little crazy is when the lines start to form for the pool parties. But this is easily avoided and if you are not interested in the pool party - you can still enjoy the European pool, which is restricted to hotel guests. It is lively but not a party pool, and our group though it was just right. During peak pool hours (I would say 10AM-4PM), you do have to get there early to have any chance at shade or even a chair for that matter. The pools get crowded quick and stay that way. Pool service is top notch. Everyone greets you with a smile and everyone is very, very helpful.
Bellmen were friendly and proud to work at the Wynn. They were not gratuity and transactional driven like other resorts, and spent time ensuring the guest knew the room, and amenities. One bellman even showed us how to take the perfect picture of the Las Vegas Strip without a flash and glare against the floor to ceiling windows.
Spa was well stocked with assorted juices, fruit, and water. The Spa at Encore is an impressive facility and takes guest into an escape unlike any other. The spa was a nice size and included three wet Jacuzzis, showers and sinks fully stocked with amenities, steam room and sauna. The living room featured televisions, and assortment of magazines. Service met expectations, and facilities were constantly cleaned.
The hotel can get busy at night after 10:00pm with the Surrender nightclub and XS nightclub just a few moments away from the hotel elevator. During the evening, the music even in the elevator was nightlife like.
Food - we never ate at Encore (with the exception of what is served by the pool) largely because most of us really love the food options at Wynn (I am particularly partial to Red 8 and Mizumi) which is a short walk through the connected hallways - the restaurants at Encore have a nice selection (at least the ones I browsed through) and are likely well worth exploring and something I will likely do on a return trip.
As far as location - the hotel is on the north end of the strip, so if your are planning some nights out at some of the other nightlife venues - it may be a rough walk (cabs are your friend and if you are in a group, you can generally get an SUV or limo for $40-$50). If you have a car - parking is FREE. The hotel is across the street from the Fashion Show Mall which has a lot of dining options and shopping. It is also relatively close to old Vegas if you want to check that out.
Overall - I highly recommend this hotel and am looking forward to my next trip there!
Booking tip - I booked my room as part of a group, so I have no tips to offer. I would suggest subscribing to Encore's listserve. I am subscribed to Wynn's and get offers on a quarterly basis that are not advertised on their website with better pricing than you'll find anywhere else. I did a spot check on Jetsetter for a weekend in May and the pricing was $300 less than Orbitz - so if you are a Jetsetter member, I would check there too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Encore, the new signature resort in the Wynn collection, is now taking reservations. Encore complements Wynn Las Vegas' repertoire of accommodations, culinary offerings and leisure activities to include eleven new retail boutiques, seven new cozy bars and lounges, five new signature restaurants, one ultra-chic nightclub and a European-inspired spa and salon facility. Indulge in Encore's casually elegant approach to ambiance. Conceived as a collection of neighborhoods, the resort is designed to fill your stay with moments of discovery and evoke your sense of wonder. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Encore At Wynn Las Vegas Hotel Las Vegas
- Las Vegas Encore At Wynn