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April 28, 2005

Wynn Las Vegas Opens!

Posted by Hunter

At 12:01 AM PT Wynn Las Vegas opened its doors to the public.

The casino was taking bets but most restaurants and retail outlets were closed due to the late hour.

Hotel guests begin checking in later Thursday morning.

The opening of Wynn Las Vegas marks 5 years of design and construction but also many years of Las Vegas expansion to come.


Read archived comments (20 so far)
April 28, 2005 1:14 PM Posted by Vegas11

Tacky mosaic tiles in lobby. Colors are so garish. So far, a disappointment.

April 28, 2005 5:04 PM Posted by socalduck

I've seen some of the interior picks on Flickr, and I'm not sure what to think. Photos never really do justice, but to call the color scheme "bold" is an understatement.

April 29, 2005 1:24 AM Posted by A

Here are somemore pictures of Wynn Las VEgas.

April 29, 2005 5:52 AM Posted by Andrew

well...I guess Wynn played a lot with colors to save some money(?).A friend of mine who deal at TI said that on the "play night" a friend of him saw a lot of differences in quality comparing to Bellagio.I will see by myself in november...

April 29, 2005 11:27 AM Posted by noam

Wynn las vegas cost 2.7 billion dollars, and is ever so slightly smaller than Bellagio, so no, by "playing with colors" Steve did not attempt to "save some money", rather it was his attempt to create a place where on steps in a painting, rather than view it. That is the over-arching theme of the design of the resort, that of a living, breathing peice of art which one can enter.

April 29, 2005 12:47 PM Posted by lenny

This appears to be the original design inspiration that heavily influenced the concept for the actual Wynn Las Vegas resort long before the project was ever proposed! Note the similar chocolate bronze/cream banded reflective glass curtain wall exterior, mountain/waterfall feature, general tower shape and site orientation as well as the project description that also includes an on-site luxury auto dealership. Even the actual Wynn Las Vegas logo is strikingly similar as well. Go to:

April 29, 2005 1:47 PM Posted by Ben

"rather it was his attempt to create a place where on[e] steps in a painting, rather than view it. That is the over-arching theme of the design of the resort, that of a living, breathing peice of art which one can enter."'re kidding right? You sound like an advertisement. Try being a little more critical next time. More than a couple people have expressed disappointment, and from the pics I've seen, rightfully so.

April 29, 2005 4:16 PM Posted by Noam

No "Ben", I am not kidding. Creating a hotel that is art was Wynn's goal in design, and if you read and watched many of the interviews with Wynn, you would realize this. I did not say he succeded or failed, infact no part of my post critiques the hotel in any manner. Rather, I was critiquing Andrew's post, which was trite and ridiculous, so please, do not comment on me if presenting a flawed argument.

April 29, 2005 5:58 PM Posted by Tom

Hey Ben, why do you have to be critical?? Either you like it or not. I go to an art museum and there are lots of paintings I don't like but that doesn't mean its bad. That's just my opinion. If you don't get the artistic statement or it doesn't fit your idea of great art that doesn't mean its bad its just not for you. I look forward to getting to see the new resort as soon as possible but until then I will have to settle for pictures on the net. Thanks for posting them!!

April 29, 2005 7:37 PM Posted by Brian

Ben, have you actually talked to these people who expressed disappointment? I'd like for them to elaborate more on their views.

I wonder if some people are expecting a little too much. I remember visiting Bellagio several weeks after it opened and felt like it was nice, but wasn't blown away after spending an hour or so there. But through the course of the weekend I found myself visiting the place more and the sheer class just sort of grew on me.

Hunter has posted interesting observations about the resorts and I look forward to his take on Wynn after he stays for a few days next week.

April 29, 2005 11:35 PM Posted by A

What are those statues that are in the lake?

April 29, 2005 11:36 PM Posted by Ben

First, I have to mention how funny I find the resistance to the suggestion that MAYBE Wynn isn't quite as great as we all hoped (and yes I had/have high hopes for the place...). Now I will address some points more specifically:

Tom - "critical" isn't a "bad" word. It's possible to analyze something critically and still come to the conclusion that you like it. And I never suggested that b/c I don't like something it is therefore bad! I certainly respect everyone's opinion on Wynn or any other hotel/casino. I haven't seen Wynn Las Vegas in person but I definitely look forward to it! :)

"Noam" - not sure why you put my name in quotes when you responded to my post but I figured, "what the hell", and decided to go ahead and return the favor! Whether you intended it or not, your (condescending) response to Andrew's post sounded like a commercial for Wynn. Hmmm, maybe we're all just not smart enough to understand your nuanced prose (or maybe it's just me...damn, that's depressing ). Ah well, I hope I didn't leave too many flaws in my argument - I only counted 37 but I'm sure you'll find some more and set me straight. Keep truckin', "Noam", keep truckin'. You da man!

April 29, 2005 11:51 PM Posted by Ben

This is a pretty funny review (with a few pics) :

April 30, 2005 12:29 AM Posted by Hunter

Everyone will have their own opinion.

I am a Wynn fan but honestly, my hopes are sky high. If he doesn't meet them, I will be honest (even though I am a shareholder).

We'll see. I'll get my first up close view tomorrow with check in on Sunday.

I'll be checking the 'feel' closely. Personally, the best measurement sticks for me are The Mirage and Bellagio and we'll see how it stacks up. It will be hard to beat The Mirage for me (Bellagio didn't).

April 30, 2005 2:52 AM Posted by Andrew

Good link Ben,nice comment.Now,let me post something that may seems RIDICOLOUS to Mr Noam the architect.
I'm just supposing here.I'm not saying that Wynn created a monstrosity or a state of the art place.From what'i've seen and heard,Wynn Las Vegas to me does not appeal particularly(seen from the pictures).And I was told that the details are not as perfect as Bellagio or even the good old Mirage(heard from friends).
It is true that when Bellagio opened I was not impressed as well,but after a while,Bellagio is the only casino on the strip where a really enjoy taking a walk or sipping a milkshake,no matter if it cost me 8 bucks.
May be it's just a matter of getting used to like it and fall in love with it,as Steve Wynn said.But again,so far,from the pictures I see a colorful copy of the Bellagio,with the same directions signs from Bellagio and Mirage.
Now I'm just supposing he wanted to save some money,Mr Architect & financial advisor,i'm just supposing.
By the way,how can you be so sure that he really did'nt save some money budgeted for the public areas for example,and spent some more for guest rooms and some other fancy stuff?
The point to me is that we are and we were stunned by the Bellagio and his fountains,and now looking at this 2.7 bilion anonymous building whithout fountains or some traffic stopping attractions the only thing to do to hate it or love it is to go there.I'm sure those who built the place have already thought of all the things we are saying,and Mr Wynn will see his creations once again capable of captivate and attract customers.

I apologize for my english,but I am Italian from Italy.


April 30, 2005 1:47 PM Posted by Tom

Are you all crazy? Wynn Las Vegas is a beautiful property and a top notch hotel/casino. That is what $2.7 billion buys. Whether or not an individual loves the place is a matter of personal taste and not really debatable - so don't debate it. Is it better than Bellagio, Mirage, TheHotel or Venetian? I probably haven't formed an opinion yet. But it doesn't really matter. What's most important is that people like Wynn are still investing in my favorite place to visit and building great new places for me and my family to visit, enjoy and lose money in. What more could I ask for?

April 30, 2005 5:09 PM Posted by tom

Hey Ben if you are so respectfull of other's opinion then why did you attack Noam's statement with "'re kidding right? You sound like an advertisement." To me this took a negative tone that was unnecessary and led me to assume you took the negative tone to the word critical. I think that is the natural way to interpret what you said hence my comments. For those who don't like the primary colors you should stay away from most of Las Vegas, that is the normal color scheme. From the pictures I have seen, I think Wynn was taking inspiration for the colors and look from his love of art, especially picasso.

May 1, 2005 11:32 PM Posted by Ben


1) I was admittedly less than loving toward Noam's comment b/c it was EXCEPTIONALLY condescending to Andrew's post/opinion (in addition to everyone else on the board in general). If you want confirmation, check out Noam's follow up post where he says that Andrew's comments were...what was it..oh yes, "trite and ridiculous". A little strange you would attack ME for being negative in light of Noam's comments. All I meant by my suggestion that he be more critical was that he shouldn't sound like he stepped out of the Wynn Las Vegas Public Relations office. In the end, I don't care whether he (or anyone else) likes or dislikes Wynn - in fact I want people to have different opinions. That's what makes a site like this fun!

2) I have nothing against primary colors.

3)Believe it or not, I actually agree with you (and Noam, I guess) that Wynn took some inspiration from art work. I'm just not sure if he succeeded in executing his vision...but I'll reserve judgment until I see the place in person.

May 2, 2005 5:36 PM Posted by tom

Ben, last post so we don't keep going back and forth. I agree that noam was condescending in calling andrew's post trite and ridiculous. But I did not understand andrew's post at all so maybe I gave him a pass. I mean how does playing with colors save money? Anyway, It is really hard to judge the aesthetics of the place from web pictures though that is all I will have for a while so keep them coming. Also, please continue to comment when you actually see the place, I am interested in what people think. In a "positive" way of course :)