Taking luxury to the extreme -- with everything from an 18-hole golf course to a man-made mountain -- the giant, bustling Wynn is a premier Vegas pick.
Every inch of the 2,716-room Wynn hotel is meticulously designed to dazzle -- vibrant art, parasols hung upside-down from the ceilings, a surreal nightly light show projected into the "Lake of Dreams" in front of the Strip's only man-made mountain. Even among the other luxury mega-hotels on the Strip, like the Venetian or the Bellagio, the Wynn's giant, curving, copper-colored exterior -- one of the tallest buildings on the Strip -- manages to stand out from the crowd.
All the Vegas luxury basics: 24-hour room service; concierge service (but only until 9 p.m.); and poolside drink service. But don't expect doting attention at every turn.
At 2,716 rooms, you're not going to get the same personalized attention as you would at the nearby Four Seasons (which at 400 rooms, is a dwarf by Vegas standards). Staffers won't (can't) remember your name -- unless you happen to be an especially high roller -- and you'll be very lucky if there's someone on hand to open the front doors for you.
But this is not to say that service is poor by any standards. When you need some toothpaste or dry cleaning, someone is at your door within minutes. And service in the restaurants tends to be impeccable.
On the northern side of the Strip, along with the Encore and the Trump hotels, across from the Fashion Show Mall -- one of the nation's largest shopping centers (though you won't have to leave the hotel for luxury shopping).
On Las Vegas Boulevard -- better known as the Strip -- the Wynn is on the northern side, across the street from the enormous Fashion Show Mall, home to Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, Macy's, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, and some 250 plus shops and restaurants.
The Wynn 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 of Treasure Island, the Mirage, the Palazzo, and the Venetian. (Bear in mind, however, that just walking from one end of any of these hotels to the other is hardly a quick jaunt). The other major hotels, like Ceasars, Paris, and the Bellagio are only a five-minute, inexpensive cab ride away.
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 hours a day, seven days a week, and costs $3. There's also a monorail system, which stops at MGM Grand, Bally's/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Hilton, and the Sahara. A single ride ticket is $5; a one-day pass is $13. If you're traveling along the Strip with at least one other person, a cab is often the least expensive option.
Starting at about 600 square feet, the standard resort rooms are massive, but a touch smaller than the rooms at the Palazzo and the Venetian. Still, when compared to the rooms at Mandalay Bay or the MGM Grand, the standard rooms at Wynn are far superior -- more space, classier style, and better beds.
Floor-to-ceiling windows give guests either views of the Strip or views of the expansive, 18-hole golf course behind the Wynn. Like at the Wynn's adjoining sister property, the Encore hotel, the curtains are operated by a switch near the bed. This means that you don't have to get out of bed to open the shades in the morning.
The sinfully comfortable king-size Wynn Dream Bed by Sealy, comes with a pillow-top mattress, four pillows (two oversize ones and two regular), and a down comforter. Sheets are soft, 310-count Egyptian cotton.
Other modern features include an iPod-compatible stereo (with an iPod adapter built in) and a large flat-screen TV that pivots off the wall for easy viewing from the bed (across the expanse of the large room). Wireless and Ethernet-cable Internet is available for $13.99 per 24-hour period. There’s a stocked mini-fridge and snack bar that comes with Wynn-labeled products like peanut brittle, cookies, potato chips and popcorn, and top-shelf liquor like Absolut vodka and Patron tequila.
The bathroom is huge -- like most other luxury hotels on the Strip -- and includes a deep tub, a glass-walled shower (separate from the tub), double sinks, and a separate -- but almost awkwardly small -- toilet room within the bathroom. There's also a TV next to the sink, though it would be difficult to watch it from the tub because the sink is in the way. Products include moisturizer (it is the desert, after all), cotton swabs, and a shoe-polishing kit along with soap, shampoo, and conditioner from Desert Bamboo.
For an even more luxurious experience guests can book at the Tower Suites, the swankier section of the Wynn that offers guests VIP check-in service and a separate entrance to the hotel. Rooms are even bigger too -- upwards of 1,816 square feet. Even larger one- and two-bedroom apartments are also available.
And the rooms recently became even swankier. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the Wynn completed its $99 million face lift to its already impeccable rooms that it began in early 2011. Some of the revamps are subtle, including brightening the decor to more neutral tones and refurbishing furniture. Guests will also be provided with a remote that controls several room functions. But it doesn't stop there, the gadget can be programmed in 20 different languages. Talk about being a cut above the rest.
The Wynn and the Wynn Encore hotels are owned by the same company, and the two hotels share some features like the shopping area and restaurants. But guests are restricted to the pools and spa at their own hotel.
The main pool is a huge complex. Evergreen trees surround the pool area, creating plenty of shade as well as some nooks for a little privacy. Note that the pool closes during the fall and winter.
There are also some cabanas available for rent (see the pool attendant for pricing). Servers constantly circle the pool, bringing guests cocktails. But, by about 4 p.m. every day, the Wynn's 45-story tower blocks out half the pool's sunlight.
Topless sunbathing is welcome at the separate 21-plus European pool. It's a little livelier, but the scene isn't nearly as raucous as it is at the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel. The music is kept at a low volume and you won't find many people dancing.
The fitness center is huge, and has free fruit and plenty of machines, each prepped with a Wynn-brand bottle of water and a towel -- but access to the well-equipped gym comes at the outrageous price: it's about the most expensive gym in Vegas. Elliptical machines and treadmills also have personal TV monitors, as well as a guide to the channels (something many resorts carelessly don't provide, and a good example of Steve Wynn's attention to detail).
Guests who pay for the gym also get access to the spa amenities in the beautifully appointed locker room (though these lockers aren't quite on the same level as the new spa locker room at Fontainebleau hotel in Miami). These include a hot tub, steam shower, sauna, showers, lounge area, and lockers. Spa treatments all cost $75 and above, but guests who purchase services are granted free access to the fitness center. The spa offers massages, salon services, facials, and body treatments at prices that compare to most other luxury spas on the Strip.
A big casino with a warm, welcoming design and all the Vegas standards.
Like the rest of the hotel, the casino at Wynn is high on playful design. The casino has the standard selection of poker, slots, blackjack, as well as racing and sports books. Room keys, or "red cards" double as player rewards cards.
Table minimums used to be quite high at the Wynn casino, with $100 being common at most tables during peak hours. But the current economic situation has brought these minimums down significantly. On a Sunday night at 7 p.m., I spotted a number of blackjack tables set as low as $15.
Happy to accommodate families, but kid-specific activities are limited.
There's nothing at the Wynn that would make it particularly appealing to families. Sure there's the pool, but this hotel is set up more for adult entertainment like fine dining, evening shows, and gambling.
But the hotel does accommodate families with free cribs and the concierge can help arrange babysitting. However, like many Vegas hotel-casinos, strollers are not allowed.
The standard resort rooms are available with two double beds, and there's a fee for rollaway beds; families who want another attached room should consider upgrading to a suite.
For a more family-friendly mega-hotel on the Strip check out MGM Grand, which has a larger pool complex and a lion habitat, or the Mandalay Resort, which has a wave pool and its own aquarium.
A large staff keeps the Wynn property looking spotless.
Inside and out, the Wynn is kept clean. My room was especially clean and unlike other giant casino-resorts I stayed at like Caesars Palace, I never saw discarded glasses left in public places. In the bathroom at the Okada restaurant, I even walked in on a guy hand wiping down the urinals at 8 p.m.
There are so many excellent restaurants at Wynn you would have to come back for a second trip to try them all.
With 10 fine dining restaurants, 10 casual restaurants, and six bars and lounges on-site (plus all those at the adjoining Encore hotel and across the street at the Fashion Show Mall), there’s no shortage of dining options (though, like most luxury hotels in Vegas, there's not much to eat if you're on a budget). Like at the MGM Grand or the Palazzo, there are so many great restaurants it's almost overwhelming. For a full breakdown of menus and restaurants, it's easiest to just check the Wynn website. But here’s a brief rundown of some of the standouts:
Bartolotta, a seafood restaurant, prepares catches flown in from the Mediterranean and is headed by James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Bartolotta. Diners can sit inside or outside the restaurant in individual cabanas, for an especially romantic dinner.
The Country Club restaurant overlooks the golf course and its waterfall. Guests can dine indoors or outdoors. The menu includes items like burgers, sandwiches, blackened tuna, or rack of lamb.
SW Steakhouse, an American beef restaurant with a French touch, features grass-fed meats and overlooks the Wynn's own mini-lake.
Off the casino floor, there's the Zoozacrackers deli serving pastrami sandwiches and burgers, as well as Red 8, an Asian bistro with entrees.
Opened in 2011, La Cave serves wine and beer accompanied with small plates. This 'food and wine hideaway' serves items like bacon wrapped dates and diver sea scallops.
Home to one of the Strip's most popular nightclub and four bars
On Thursday nights, the line outside Tryst starts forming around 8:30 p.m., before the club even opens. Go-go dancers on the tables, waitresses with premixed shots (tequila and lemon drops), and a very danceable club mix draw mostly good-looking twentysomethings. The lounge is decked out with plenty of sitting areas for bottle service, and looks out on the Lake of Dreams and the bottom of a 90-foot waterfall. Getting into the club is hard, even for hotel guests. Tryst opens Thursday through Saturday 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
B Bar serves infused vodkas, wines and spirits; open 24-hours daily
Parasol Up is located on the main casino floor, and has a long menu of traditional and new cocktails.
Parasol Down is located on the Lake of Dreams.
Race and Sports Bar and Lounge has a number of plasma screens for sports fans.