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We're going to be at Wynn Las Vegas just a few days after it opens to the public and we're planning on sharing our thoughts and pictures with the world. I went out and bought a brand new digital camera just to make sure the pictures are top notch for you miserable addicts.

Live coverage begins Sunday May 1st, here on the blog. All photos will be posted here: Wynn Las Vegas Opening at (nothing there yet suckers!).

I expect to upload photos at least a couple of times per day and to post as often as I can. We'll see if I can stick to that or not... I guess I'll be springing the $12.99 for high speed access in the room!

We are in the 'Suite Tower' section of the hotel so we should get to check out all the amenities offered.

We recently asked our readers what they wanted to know about Wynn Las Vegas. We've compiled the following list of items to hit on our trip (in no particular order):

  • Bars and Lounges - Are there nice places to hang out and grab a drink? What kind of views and atmosphere in these areas?
  • Pool - What is it like? Is it shaded all day?
  • Cocktail Service - How is it? What kind of uniforms are they wearing?
  • Nightclub - Any good?
  • Casino - Limits? Slot cards? Games? Video poker?
  • Sportsbook - How does it compare with other high end books?
  • Parking - Easy access?
  • Shopping - Good selection or just the high end stuff?
  • Glass Ceilings - How many? Is light streaming in from the outside? (Based on aerial shots, it looks like the answer will be yes.)
  • Restaurants - How are they? Design? Decor? What is the buffet like?
  • Room Details - Are they nice enough? Views? Designs? Furnishings?
  • The Steve - Is his voice everywhere?

Those were the most common requests... Above all, I will be focusing on the following:

  • How does the place feel? Much has been made of the 'design from the inside out' philosophy that Wynn is employing here. I want to see if this plays out or if it is just a bunch of hype.
  • Details... For me, the magic in The Mirage and Bellagio is the attention to the smallest details. The stuff that 90% of the guests miss or cast aside but the kind of attention that MAKES the experience for the other 10% of the guests. That's what I'm looking for here and to be honest, if I don't get it in spades I will be disappointed. This is his chance to live up to the hype.

I've decided not to see the show. Why? Well, I made reservations at a few restaurants and to get the seats I wanted for the show I would have to cancel those reservations. I decided I would rather check out the food than the show. I'm sure many will write about the show. I am sure the theater will be amazing and I'm sure the show itself will be a spectacle... That said, these elaborate production shows take a few months to get the bugs out. I saw Zumanity early in its run and my understanding is that it is VERY different now. Same with Mystere... So, I will see Le Reve but it might be a few months.

Where are we eating? As it stands now, we're eating at the steakhouse (SW) and at the Chinese restaurant (Wing Lei). I considered swapping Wing Lei for Okada, since it is a fairly spectacular setting, but decided against it this time. We may try for Daniel Boloud for lunch... No matter how you slice it, there is a shortage of time! I guess some things are for the next trip.

So, that's the low down. This is your last chance to ask for some specific piece of info if there is something we're missing.


Read archived comments (15 so far)
April 21, 2005 8:54 AM Posted by socalduck

I noticed the voice of "The Steve" has now made its way to the Wynn website. My spies say that he will also speak to you in your room courtesy of the "Wynn In-Room" digital entertainment portal.

I was hoping to attend the shareholders meeting on May 2, but unless I can perform radical surgery to my schedule, I will have to wait for the Flickr pics. Have fun, can't wait to hear the details!

April 21, 2005 9:17 AM Posted by Hunter

I'll be there for the shareholder's meeting as well... As well as the MGM MIRAGE meeting. We'll see how those both go.

April 22, 2005 6:52 AM Posted by Rob

I've heard rumours that the Water and Light show won't be very accessible - unless your either a guest or eating at one of the restaurants.
I'd be interested to hear what type of view the average visitor will get of this.
Many thanks - and enjoy your trip!

April 22, 2005 8:21 AM Posted by Hunter

By average visitor, do you mean someone just walking through the resort?

If so, that is correct. The best views will be from the guestrooms, restaurants and bars...

A good excuse to buy a cocktail!

April 22, 2005 12:43 PM Posted by detroit1051

I mistakenly posted this in the wrong place yesterday.

I'm looking forward to your report. In his website narration, Steve said to click below for Players Club Information. I couldn't find anything to click on. Any info you get on comps, cashback, point requirements, etc would be appreciated. By the way, Steve's voice sounded raspier than when he did Bellagio and Mirage.

What would be comparable at Wynn to Bellagio's Petrossian---a nice place to sit, listen to the piano, people-watch?

Many staff members from Michael Mina (Aqua) have gone to Tableau. It's open to the public at lunch and supposedly only to hotel guests at dinner. It would be great to read your comments if you get a chance to try it.

I'm also interested in the moldings, mosaic flooring, coverings over tables and slots, elevator decor, carpeting, etc. MGM Mirage doesn't grasp the importance of details in high-end properties, and it's beginning to show at Bellagio.

The finished exteriors of the lower buildings facing Sands look similar to the "village" around Bellagio's lake. Are they restaurants or Back of House areas?

April 22, 2005 12:50 PM Posted by Hunter

I will be getting a card and I'll make sure I get the low down on the club.

Regarding the Petrossian Bar and something like it at Wynn, my guess is based on the floor plan that there will be something very similar.

I believe Tableau is restricted to suite tower guests for breakfast and lunch, opening more generally for dinner.

The buildings along Sands Ave are mostly retail stores, with some restaurants interspersed.

April 24, 2005 9:07 PM Posted by Freesha

We are flying in for the Grand Opening this Thursday. Reservations told me that your room key is also your players card and charge card for shopping, dining etc. I'll be calling Resort Marketing tomorrow for further info as they're closed this weekend. Wish me luck! Freesha

April 24, 2005 9:11 PM Posted by Hunter

We welcome all comments. Please send them as you have them!

May 5, 2005 8:22 AM Posted by jeff

well i would like to know about the night clubs and the golf course im yes i do work the but its dose not mean that they will let me go see the course i know you can so i would like here about that and the clubs buy the way cool pix on this web site thanks

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