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Encore Las Vegas
Encore Las Vegas
Encore Las Vegas is not just another Las Vegas strip resort, it's an experience. Words alone cannot accurately describe it, and even photos don't do it justice.
View from the 62nd floor of Encore
When I first visited Wynn in late 2005 I decided that I absolutely had to stay there at some time. Officially named "Encore at Wynn", Encore is a second room tower to Wynn but is marketed as a separate property; like Venetian markets Palazzo and Mandalay Bay markets THEhotel as separate properties. After almost four years I fulfilled my dream vacation and spent two nights at Encore, in room 6226.
Welcome to room 6226
Encore Las Vegas room 6226
Surprisingly, the Encore "panoramic view" room (shown above) is not significantly different from the Mandalay Bay 550DR strip view room (I stayed there in December 2008.) The Encore room is about 200 sq ft larger (you could do gym- nastics or have a small dance party in there); the flat panel TV swivels out from the wall so you can adjust the angle for viewing from any part of the room; and there is a bedside electronic control panel that lets you operate all the lights, curtains, and your "Do Not Disturb" sign remotely. The guest room bathrooms (comparing Encore to Mandalay Bay) are nearly identical.
Encore room bathroom
You get two sinks in the bathroom, a shower stall, bathtub, and "water closet" which hides the toilet and a phone. A second television is built into the bathroom mirror.
Encore also had the best shower water pressure of any hotel I've stayed at. The only thing they left out (which all others also left out) is a mirror in the shower so you can shave in the shower.
Encore Las Vegas hallway
Encore Las Vegas elevator lobby
Wynn and Encore are both deceptive in appearing somewhat plain and ordinary from the outside (the design is a simple brown color in an almost rectangular shape with some horizontal lines) but stepping inside transports you to another world.
Wynn Las Vegas lobby
It's like stepping into a movie set or elaborate fantasy world. Steve Wynn has had plenty of experience setting up luxurious resort properties (first remodeling Golden Nugget; then building Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Wynn, and then Encore) and this experience shows in his sixth Las Vegas project, Encore. One of the Encore employees I chatted with remarked that Steve Wynn is a "genius." I've never met him but genius shows in this property. The artistry and attention to detail is amazing.
Tunnel from Wynn to Encore Las Vegas
When I checked into Encore, I remarked that I'd read somewhere that Encore does not have any floors that begin with a four. The floor numbers skip from 39 to 50. She told me that all Las Vegas resorts are like this (I hadn't noticed since most of the other properties I've stayed at had fewer than 40 floors... and I don't think I ever had a room higher up than that before either.) I have noticed that most hotels will skip 13 in floor numbering. I told her that I thought superstitions were silly and she agreed with me, which surprised me; since almost everyone thinks 13 is unlucky. I suspect that may have been a "customer service" comment rather than her actual opinion. The number four is considered unlucky in Asian culture, and that's why Las Vegas hotels jump from floor 39 to floor 50. They do, however, have a floor 4, 14, 24, 34, and 54. So I'm not sure of the complete rules of the superstition.
Encore Las Vegas room service
This trip was definitely an anomaly for me; as I typically eat inexpensive fast food, refrain from gambling, and try to find rooms that are under $100 per night. I had unknowingly booked a deal at Encore that included $75 "resort credit" (money to spend at Encore or Wynn) so I ordered room service for the first time ever in my life. An Angus burger and fries for $20. I was not expecting the fancy setup and table being wheeled into the room though. The hamburger patty came out of some secret hot compartment under the table; and there were hot caramelized onions in addition to the cold lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle on the side.
Nearly everyone who visits Encore/Wynn notices the prevailing theme of RED. I've never seen anyone mention the secondary theme, however, which is butterflies.
While I loved Encore, I did not spend much time in the public areas. I played a Quartermania slot machine for about 15 minutes - the room keys at Wynn and Encore are also slot club cards. And I got a turkey sandwich at the Zoozacrackers deli. I think it was called a "turkey roast" sandwich, it had stuffing and cranberry sauce on it. Very good.
Encore is a fantastic property; if you can afford it, go there. You will love it.