AAA Editor Notes
Encore Las Vegas is at 3121 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (just s. of Desert Inn Rd.). In late 2008, when Steve Wynn's ultra-deluxe Encore opened next door to its older twin, Wynn Las Vegas, the local media declared the casino mogul insane for premiering a new resort in the middle of an economic meltdown. They've been wrong about Wynn before. The Encore is essentially an extension of Wynn Las Vegas (the bronze towers are connected by a shopping arcade and share amenities), but it's just as impressive as the original.
James Bond would feel right at home in the classy casino. There's a subtle Asian feel at work on the gaming floor, an intimate space done in brilliant reds, soft golds and off-whites. The eye-catching glass chandeliers look like bouquets of twisted red licorice, elegant drapes adorn the perimeter and the carpet sports a pattern of paisley butterflies. In keeping with the design philosophy of the original Wynn, guests do not enter the resort by running a gauntlet of gaming tables; instead you're greeted by a peaceful, plant-filled atrium.
The 2,034-room, all-suite hotel features five restaurants, including Sinatra, an upscale Italian eatery with the Chairman's “From Here To Eternity” Oscar displayed near the front door. There's also a 60,000-square-foot spa and gym, but if you prefer, dance away the calories at the chic poolside nightclub XS.
Food is available.