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The good: Service, service, service. The Encore is very carefully thought out, and has benefitted from the experiences of its slightly older sister casino, the Wynn (Just as the Wynn benifitted from the experiences of the Mirage, Bellagio, and other hotel/casinos owned by Steve Wynn). Every aspect of service, from the casino floor to the front desk, has been rigorously tested and refined. The training undergone by employees is intense, and expectations are high. At the same time, the rewards are ample and quality gets noticed. Expect smiles, prompt service, and efficiency.
The bad: A lot of rooms are situated directly over the XS nightclub or the Encore Beach Club, both of which pump out high-voltage music until the tiny hours of the morning on weekends. Any guest prone to noise sensitivity should request a room on the other side of the hotel, or above the 30th floor.
The Encore and the Wynn look alike, think alike, and stand together on the same property. They're even connected via a covered walkway lined with stores, the Encore Esplanade. Any visitor discovering a drink she likes at a bar in the Wynn can ask for the same drink in the Encore, and have it mixed exactly the same. Both resorts are fairly new, with the Wynn opening in 2005 and the Encore in 2008. The differences between them are fairly negligible, though the Encore is generally considered to be a little more comfortable and exhibit a little less personality.
First of all, the Encore has no rooms, only suites. Second of all, the definition of "suite" has to be adjusted, as the majority of them are made of one large room with a credenza forming a partition. A suite, technically, is two or more rooms joined together. However, the smallest accommodations at the Encore are around 700 square feet, making them much larger then the comparable rooms at other hotels.
Guests that find themselves turned off by the gaudy, plush, red theme of the Encore have no reason to fear. The ostentatious design does not extend into the rooms. Price is determined by size and level, and the cheapest and most abundant rooms are below the 30th floor.
The parade of big names and interesting restaurants continues at the Encore. At Switch, if you don't like the ambiance, just wait 20 minutes. It will change. Feel hep, even if you're not, at Sinatra. For those with the cash to splurge, Botero is the way to go.
The spa at Encore has won more than its share of awards and recognition. A quick glance over the reviews shows an experience that is second to none. It's not cheap (of course, nothing at the Encore is cheap), but it's head and shoulders above most other spas in Las Vegas.
Even if no treatments are requested, a day pass to the spa will wtill be an extremely peaceful way to pass the time. Visitors should consider reserving part of the last day of their Las Vegas vacation for a spa trip. The Strip is loud, bright, over-the-top, and the desert sun can be harsh, so a pause to relax before returning home to work will complete a vacation.
Massage - Facials - Body Treatments
Instead of being kept awake until the small hours of the morning by the music pounding out of the outdoor, poolside clubs, why not be a part of that scene and keep the other guests up? Between the Wynn and Encore, clubs, bars, and lounges apear around every corner, and none of them are bad places to spend an evening.
The Wynn and Encore are connected by a canopied, air-conditioned walkway, that happens to be stuffed with shops. Almost all stores in the Encore Esplanade are one-of-a-kind, with a few upscale exeptions like Hermes and Chanel . They're worth a look... the same overthought, overblown design strategy that was applied to the hotel and casino was applied to each store. Visitors need to go inside to get the full effect, as the shops are built with a sense of discovery.
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Take advantage of all that service. Meetings at the Encore go better than meetings elswhere, thanks to the high level of personal involvement undertaken by every member of the staff. From the overall events center coordinator to the busboy who picks up the wine glasses, everyone will be working their hardest to ensure a successful gathering.