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October 16, 2008

Vegas Gang #19 - October 16th, 2008

Posted by Hunter

Vegas Gang #19 is online:

This time around we cover:

* Plaza vs. Plaza
* Wynn Resorts Preliminary 3rd Quarter + Encore
* Harrah's + Chapter 11?
* City Center

Feel free to leave any comments below.


Read archived comments (9 so far)
October 17, 2008 8:39 AM Posted by Phil

Found what I think is a new picture of the high line suites at Encore off of one of their power point presentations. See page 10.

October 17, 2008 10:14 AM Posted by detroit1051

Phil, thanks for the link to the Wynn Presentation. Very interesting.
That photo must be new. A friend saw it on Expedia this morning and emailed it to me. The living room of the Encore suite looks very nice, better than the counterpart in Wynn. The windows and ceiling make the room.

October 18, 2008 7:14 AM Posted by Jeff in OKC

Quick comment, while I am listening. David Schwartz is right about outsiders thinking CityCenter is Downtown. They get it confused with the 61 Acres, east of the Union Plaza, especially since very few cities can handle the size of both developements simultaniously.

October 18, 2008 12:19 PM Posted by Jeff in OKC

I went to school so long ago that they hadn't invented directions, yet. This leads me to say East is West, North is Blue, etc. Sorry about that.

October 19, 2008 6:18 PM Posted by JK

I was just reading a press release ( about Encore's restaurants and I'm very curious about Society Cafe Encore. I've always loved Grand Lux at Palazzo and Venetian and I'm finding myself stay there more because of it. That and and the Palazzo you can head straight down the casino from the elevators to the Strip. But I do prefer Wynn properties and I am very glad to see that Steve Wynn is putting this cafe in Encore.

That Encore suite looks stunning. The windows are amazing. Although it probably costs an extremely pretty penny to stay in one of those.

October 20, 2008 12:46 AM Posted by Mike E

The two-story windows, view, and crown moldings would leave me to believe that those are the Sky Villas (or whatever they wind up calling them since either Palms or the Hilton probably have a trademark on that name). Nice of them to tease us with an unreservable room.

October 20, 2008 4:38 PM Posted by DavidF


You don't think this could be Wynn's answer to the Skylofts, in that they will be reservable and its the chance to be the VIP without betting 5 figures a hand. MGM has admirably demonstrated its a way to maximize revenue - even in these trying times the Sklylofts rates and availability (or lack of) are holding up. It wouldn't surprise me for Wynn to do something similar.

October 20, 2008 11:41 PM Posted by Mike E

I'd love to see Wynn do his own take on the Skylofts concept, but as of this moment, a Salon suite is the best reservable room at Encore. Maybe with the increase in ultra-premium room inventory, they can begin opening up reservations once they get a sense of demand for them. After all, for all the premium business Wynn Macau gets, they eventually opened online reservations for their Sky and Lake Suites.

Anyway, check out this night shot of Encore. There are more of these duplex suites than I thought:

October 23, 2008 4:45 PM Posted by Jeff in OKC

Regarding Harrah's stopping construction on the new tower: do you think they could top it off, install windows and seal the entrances? I'm guessing the inside work is 75% of the entire cost. So they could avoid the embarassment of what looks like an unfinished tower from the outside, yet still be "fiscally responsible" until "conditions improve". I recall Stratosphere has a large, unfinshed area, for much the same reason.