Over-the-top floral displays and priceless works of art throughout
Daily resort fee added to rates
About a 30-minute walk to the southern end of The Strip
Valet parking costs extra
Food and drinks are pricey
Opened in December 2008, the 2,034-room Encore is all about pure opulence, from its impressive interiors to its decadent spa to the array of dining options, gaming tables, and several attractive pools -- including a European-style pool with topless sunbathing. The giant suites are some of the biggest on The Strip (starting at 745 square feet!) and one-up even the Wynn's (Encore's next-door sister), plus they're decked out with mod-cons and luxurious marble bathrooms with soaking tubs and separate showers. Two nightclubs regularly host top DJs, while shows at the Encore Theater are also top-notch. There's a luxe casino on-site, and even a golf course. It all comes at a price though -- rates are high, as are food and drink at any of the venues, plus there are daily resort fees added. The Italian-inspired Venetian is a lovely alternative with lower rates, gondola rides, and faster access to the southern end of The Strip.
Luxurious hotel drips with decadence within the Wynn resort complex
Opened in December 2008 by famed Vegas developer Steve Wynn, the 2,034-room Encore takes the whim and luxury of its next-door sister, the Wynn (opened in 2005), and steps it up a notch with even bigger rooms and a more attractive spa and fitness center. Much of the hotel, including its casino and pools, feels like a carbon copy to the Wynn, but that isn't a bad thing. Opulent interiors drip with excess, such as the lobby area sprouting trees from colorful flowerbeds, some dotted with peacock-shaped lighting fixtures with illuminated plumes of feathers. Spaces are bold and brash; the crimson-hued lobby bar features golden trees, while Wazuzu restaurant, also cloaked in red, features a shimmering Swarovski crystal studded dragon on one of its walls and an eye-catching pattern of fans lining the carpet. Besides the peacocks and dragons, other Asian symbols of good luck permeate throughout the property, including colorful butterflies dotting the marble floors of the lobby.
This is a happening hotel, and it's pools and casinos are buzzing throughout the day and well into the late hours. But, it's a bit more subdued and luxe than the party spots that host pop star residencies and Kardashian-hosted night clubs further south on The Strip. Because of Wynn's presence in Asia and subtle Asian theme, the hotel is popular with well-heeled Asian travelers.
On the northern end of the Strip, across from the Fashion Show mall
The Encore is part of the large Wynn facility, which means there's plenty of designer shopping, a plethora of gourmet restaurants, and even an 18-hole golf-course within walking distance. The hotel is at the northern end of the Strip, but it is by no means out of the way. In fact, it's within walking distance (15- to 20-minute walk) of Treasure Island, the Mirage, the Palazzo, and the Venetian. The other major (and hipper) hotels, like The Cosmopolitan and Planet Hollywood take over 30 minutes to reach on foot. Luckily, cabs are easy to find at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less-expensive option is the Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs up and down the strip 24/7. There's also a monorail system, which stops at several major casinos and hotels in the area. McCarran International Airport is around a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
Massive and tastefully decorated suites have living rooms and luxurious marble bathrooms with soaking tubs
Ranging from a generous 745 square feet to a massive 5,829 square-foot Three-Bedroom Duplex, the Encore offers some of the largest rooms on the Vegas Strip. Floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the spaces in natural light and offer great views over the city. Decor is tasteful and contemporary, with sleek furnishings and an inviting color scheme of warm neutrals. Luxurious touches abound, from high-thread count linens and plush bedding to 55-inch flat-screen TVs and even small flat-screens in the bathroom. All units have living rooms, with larger units adding extras like wet bars, dining areas, massage rooms, and even billiard and exercise rooms in some. Curtain, lighting, room service, and privacy controls are via touch screen. Luxe large marble bathrooms have soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers. Tower Suites come with perks like a dedicated concierge, access to a private Tower Suites pool, and free in-room breakfast. Note that the daily resort fee that's tacked onto rates covers things like Wi-Fi.
Classy casino, several pools include adult-only, fine and casual dining, modern gym, decadent spa, and two nightclubs
An array of features and free access to all amenities at the adjacent Wynn complex are at guests' disposable at the Encore. Large outdoor pools include an adult-only European Pool that allows for topless sunbathing as well as an attractive main pool. Luxe cabanas with mini-fridges, plasma TVs, plush chairs, and sofas are available for rent, plus there are loungers and daybeds lining the pool decks. Full food and beverage service is available by the pools.
The gorgeous full-service spa offers a myriad of treatments including various massages, body wraps, and facials in decadent settings. There's also another spa at the Wynn, plus there's a salon at each hotel offering hair and nail services as well as makeup application. The fitness center is well equipped with modern Cybex machines, plus there are fitness classes offered daily.
Dining-wise, there's a plethora of options here, not only at the Encore, but at the Wynn as well -- but food is pricey. Some standouts include Sinatra, a classic Italian restaurant decorated with the late singer's photographs and Grammys; Wazazu, serving pan-Asian fare; and the atmospheric conservatory-like Jardin that serves contemporary and classic American fare. There's also an award-winning buffet restaurant over at the Wynn. There are plenty of stylish bars and lounges here as well. Nightclubs include XS, hosting top DJs like David Guetta, Diplo, and Skrillex, while Encore Beach Club is a poolside club surrounded by palm trees, cabanas, and bungalows. Intrigue, over at the Wynn, features waterfalls and pyrotechnics.
For another sort of entertainment, the hotel's large casino offers poker (in a 28-table room), slots, craps, roulette, blackjack, as well as race and sports books, while the Encore Theater attracts top stars for shows and residencies. Other features include a number of luxury designer shops, such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Cartier, and Givenchy, as well as 260,000 square feet of event space, including wedding venues. The resort fee covers Wi-Fi, and valet parking costs extra.
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