Opened in 2008, the Encore at Wynn serves as the hipper, 2.0 version of the slightly older Wynn Resort, which is next door. The Encore’s 2,034 rooms, starting at 745 square feet, are among the largest in Las Vegas. The most opulent of them, the Encore Tower Suites, form a hotel within a hotel, with a separate entrance, complimentary breakfast for two, free fitness center and Tower Pool access, and no additional resort or Wi-Fi fees. The Encore has fewer restaurant options than the Wynn, but its club scene is superhot; it includes XS, with its lineup of celebrity DJs and never-still dance floor, and the Encore Beach Club, which in the evenings becomes the Surrender nightclub. The casino, whose decor includes more than 100 handmade red-glass chandeliers, offers a way for gamblers to lose their money in more elegant surroundings than most.
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Both the Wynn and Encore are farther north along the Las Vegas Strip than most, across the street from the Fashion Show Mall and within walking distance of Wynn’s Tom Fazio–designed 18-hole golf course. Guests not wishing to walk might want to browse the Esplanades at Wynn and Encore, whose shops include Nevada’s only authorized Ferrari dealership.
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Rooms: 2,034 rooms, including 267 suites. From $199. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Encore and Wynn is another hotel combo so close together, guests can easily choose from among the combined 19 restaurants. Highlights in the Encore tower are the Pan-Asian restaurant/nightclub Andrea’s (named for hotelier Steve Wynn’s wife), helmed by celebrity chef Joseph Elevado. The celebrity inspiration at the Italian restaurant Sinatra is Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. And while the long-deceased crooner will not be making an appearance, the memorabilia on display includes his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in From Here to Eternity. Spa and gym details: The Spa at Encore, with 37 treatment rooms, uses techniques from around the world, but the feel is a blend of Moroccan and Asian. Before heading for the casino, a particularly beneficial treatment, based on the five Chinese elements, could be the Good Luck Ritual. The fitness center has personal trainers available.
Who’s it for: Revelers who can appreciate snagging a dance-floor table at XS or watching the sun come up from a tower suite (almost) as much as filling out a straight flush in the poker room. Our favorite rooms: Except to accommodate a family—or an ego that might need more space—the basic tower king suites are just fine. Views of the Strip are the best, although nightclub noise on that side can be an issue, so ask for one as high up as possible, or, to insure quiet, also facing the mountains for the view. Good to know: In a city built on luck—and the ever-increasing valuation of Asian visitors—it is interesting to note that although the Encore at Wynn’s floors number 63, there are actually only 52 floors, as the numbers 13 and 40–49 were omitted because they are considered unlucky by various cultures.