"As I walked past the Aqua Theater, home of 'Le Rêve', I could smell flowers. As I passed into the hotel known as 'Encore', I was greeted by warming sheets of natural light, streaming into the vast gardens from the many skylights above. I had thought that Wynn Las Vegas was the pinnacle of comfortable, elegant resort design but once again, the bar has been raised."
We have a full feature on Encore details after the jump... (Warning: Spoilers - if you want to be surprised, stop reading now.)
Ok, I plan to just go down the list of items I want to talk about and if you have questions, please leave a comment... If you ask how I know, I won't answer - so don't ask. If you don't believe me, that's fine. I don't care. It seems appropriate that I am writing this from a room at Wynn Las Vegas, overlooking the Strip (and listening to The Beatles incidentally - just saw LOVE).
The hotel tower will be located on the northern edge of the property, just inside 'Wynn Blvd.' (see below). There's almost no room. Your views will either be a pool/WLV view or a nasty Circus Circus view.
The tower will have a single word at the top: 'Encore', in the same script that was used at the unveiling. I can't remember who but someone here said they thought it was way too generic and bad branding... Well, it seems that they've settled on it - we'll see if it causes them problems. Also, I guess the idea of this being a code-word is out the window. Of course, this could change at the last minute. "Today we announce that the resort formerly known as 'Encore at Wynn Las Vegas' will be known as the 'Ishkabibel'". Okay, probably not.
Entrances / Parking / Street Setup
Encore will have two main entrances for the public to use for arrival by car. One will be located off of Las Vegas Boulevard - this is the main entrance and dumps you in the casino, not unlike at Wynn Las Vegas.
The other entrance is off of a new street they are building that will be called 'Wynn Boulevard' (I can see this name changing possibly). This new street will run parallel to Desert Inn Road on the far north side of the Wynn property. It enters from Las Vegas Blvd. and while current plans have it dead end at Encore's valet garage, Steve Wynn has talked about extending it all the way across whatever the future development of the golf course entails.
Casino and Gardens
I found this to be the most interesting part of what I learned today. The gaming area is roughly half the size of Wynn Las Vegas at around 47,000 square feet. When you arrive from Wynn Las Vegas, before you hit the casino you will walk through or past a large garden area which looks to be equal in size to the casino itself. The ceiling area is filled with individual skylights which appear to illuminate the entire area including large portions of the casino. If so, it would be another 'Wynn-first' to have so much natural light on the casino floor.
One interesting note: on the main walkway from WLV and between the casino and gardens, there is a circular element labeled 'Feature'. Not sure what the hell that is but it sounds interesting... Maybe it is nothing, who knows. By the way, there is no sign of any kind of water feature, a la Wet Design-esque, outside the building - unless it is part of the pool deck.
Beyond the casino space you end up in the footprint of the hotel tower and you find your casino cage, VIP check-in, etc...
This is an area that I still don't know a whole lot about. Contrary to rumor, nothing i have seen indicates that there are any plans for a roof-top restaurant. It seems like the only thing up there is rooms.
There will be a restaurant immediately when you enter from WLV on the left hand side. It has been referred to as 'cafe' up to this point. Whether that means it is a 24x7 coffee shop type, no idea. Someone told me that casinos are required to have a 24x7 cafe if they want to have 24x7 gaming in Nevada. Anyone know if there is any truth to this?
Also, there will be a restaurant on the pool deck. No real details here.
Sorry, I will watch this area for changes as construction progresses.
Pool and Clubs
Compared to the size of the resort, the pool deck takes up quite a bit of space, perhaps as much as the casino and garden area together, though that is another very rough guess. Anyway, there will be a main pool, surrounded by cabanas. I did not see VIP villas but further research confirms they will exist on the second level around the pool deck.
In addition to the main pool, which is located in the center of the main pool deck, Encore will include another 'European' pool, located on the Wynn Las Vegas side. Based on the site configuration, I am guessing that this will be the pool with a retractable roof. The pool is smaller and located in a corner, much more practical to cover than the main pool. Also, this is based on the presence of a new nightclub on the southwest corner of the pool deck, next to the European pool.
No major details here but there will be a new spa, located on the second floor. Configuration seems similar to the spa at Wynn Las Vegas.
Rooms and Suites
Based on the documents I have seen, room details beyond what is known are hard to confirm. I can say that the bathrooms will include two sinks, a bathtub, shower and water closet.
One interesting detail is regarding the suite inventory. Encore will include two suite types we are familiar with: the Parlor Suite and the Salon Suite. Other than larger spaces, we expect amenities to be similar to Wynn Las Vegas. What is interesting is the introduction of two new types of suites.
At Wynn Las Vegas, the bulge on the side of the hotel tower is the fire escape stairwells. At Encore, that's true on the west side but not on the east side (Las Vegas Blvd. side), at least not on floors 51 and above. On these floors we have a combination of 2 and 4 bedroom suites that are multi-level - they use the bulge area for panoramic views and spiral staircases. This is a new type of room product for Steve Wynn and it sounds exciting (and expensive).
Encore's meeting space extends what is available at Wynn Las vegas. No details about what is included but it seems as if they are simply adding space.
I will continue to watch this development as it progresses. Tomorrow I will work on a sketch of what I described and also take some pictures for y'all. I hope you enjoyed this and found it interesting. If you have questions, go ahead.