Another segment in our 'Reader Reviews' category, reader John Hall was kind enough to submit his thoughts after a recent stay at Wynn Las Vegas (12/19-12/21). These segments are not written by our 'staff' but instead provided by our loyal readers. To submit your own, please send it to email@example.com. More after the jump.
To start off, Wynn is one beautiful property. Up until the moment I arrived, Bellagio was my favorite Strip property, but not anymore - Wynn is spectacular. I arrived at about 11 a.m. and checked into my Regular Room in the Tower Suites section of the hotel. Check-in went smoothly, and we were assigned a double-bedded room with a view of the Strip on a high floor (exactly what I requested). I did notice some of the same complaints that have been brought up about the elevators, some of which being, the three elevators were rather small and served a number of floors (which was surprising to me, hopefully with Encore, Steve changes his elevator configuration a bit).
Later, we arrived at our room, an amazing example of Steve Wynn style and design. I was not expecting the super-high ceilings and the vast amount of amenities in the bathroom: you don’t get razors, shaving cream, and toothbrush sets in the regular rooms at Bellagio. The beds were fantastic, I had no idea what to do with all of those pillows. Again, Steve did a fantastic job with these rooms. Kudos should also be given to Mrs. Wynn, who I heard had a major role in designing the rooms at Wynn. Oh I almost forgot... the cornerstone of this resort has to be the attentive service that is exuded by all of the employees. Every one of the employees who served me were so nice and couldn’t do enough to help me, and they had nothing but good things to say about the boss, Mr. Wynn.
Now a few gripes I had with the guest area in the Tower Suites section: the lack of ice machines in the Tower Suites section was a bit of a pain, and the overall lack of vending machines on the entire floor (resort and tower suites section included). The thought of the mini-bar isn’t enough, I don’t really want to spend $4.00 for a bottle of Coke, or $10 for pistachios. I would have rather walked to the end of the hall for a $2.50 bottle of Coke, but I either had to go downstairs or pay $4.00 for one. Other than that, I only have complaints about aesthetic things in the resort and guest areas (i.e.- scuff marks on the guest doors, bathroom doors, and scuffs and dents in the elevators. All in all, the resort is far superior to anything else on the Strip. GREAT JOB STEVE.
During the stay I enjoyed one fantastic meal at SW Steakhouse. What an amazing dining experience. To start off the evening, shortly after we were seated, Chef Klein dropped by our table and chatted with us for a short time. He seems like an interesting man, and seemed to be impressed with not only my knowledge of the resort, but with my knowledge of the resort restaurants in particular. I enjoyed the filet thermidor, while the person I was dining with enjoyed the wild Scottish salmon. Both of these dishes were fantastic, and I would go back to this amazing restaurant in a heartbeat.
I also observed a few renovations at the resort since I walked around the resort in August. Corsa Cucina has undergone a massive re-design and is looking amazing - definitely a change for the better. One change I am still on the fence about is the addition of the massive lighted-marquees in the Wynn Theatres area. The numerous chasing-light signs and marquees become a little annoying after a while, however, they do evoke a sense of Broadway theatres. One other thing, the B Bar is gone, it has basically been converted into extra baccarat space. Steve really should think about the amount of walk-up and lounge-type bars in the entire complex.
All in all, it was a fantastic trip and I would love to stay at this resort again in the near future. However, during the trip I would have loved to meet Mr. Wynn, no such luck. Maybe I might meet him during my trip over the next week, while I stay at the Mirage (which will be covered this time next week)
Once again, Steve, if you read this, you have done one fantastic job on this beautiful property. There are a few things that need to be re-worked and I would love to be able to meet with you and present some of my ideas about this resort and future developments with you. I hope I can run into you during the next week - I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
That should conclude this part of my trip report. In my next volume, I’ll cover my stay at the Mirage, including the on-going renovations both there and at TI.