Encore Las Vegas

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Encore Las Vegas
Encore Las Vegas logo.svg
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Encore Las Vegas is located in Downtown Las Vegas
Encore Las Vegas
Location Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Address 3121 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Opening date December 22, 2008; 8 years ago (December 22, 2008)
Theme Life Imitating Art
No. of rooms 2,034[1]
Total gaming space 74,000 sq ft (6,900 m2)
Signature attractions XS Nightclub
Notable restaurants Sinatra
Wazuzu
Owner Wynn Resorts
Architect Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo,[2] Michael Hong[3]
Renovated in 2010, 2015
Coordinates 36°07′43″N 115°9′59″W / 36.12861°N 115.16639°W / 36.12861; -115.16639
Website encorelasvegas.com

Encore Las Vegas (also called Encore at Wynn Las Vegas; often just called Encore) is a luxury resort, casino and hotel located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The resort is connected to its sister resort, Wynn Las Vegas; both are owned by Wynn Resorts, headed by casino developer Steve Wynn. Wynn Plaza, a new 75,518 square feet (7,020 m2) retail space, is a uniquely designed complex that will augment the existing luxury retail collection currently showcased at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore as well as bring the shopping experience to the high traffic area bordering Las Vegas Boulevard.[4]

Encore has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award every year since opening. The Tower Suites at Encore and The Spa have both received the Forbes Travel Guide five-star award. Encore Las Vegas and its sister property, Wynn Las Vegas collectively hold more Forbes five-star awards than any other casino-resort in the world and it is considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world.[5] Together with adjacent Wynn Las Vegas, the entire Wynn complex has a total of 4,750 rooms, making it the world's seventh-largest hotel.

Wynn Paradise Park, a new $1.5 billion 20 acres (8.1 ha) lagoon and watersports area, is currently being built adjacent to Encore. The project will open in 2019 and will add beach-front meeting space, a boardwalk, additional foodservice, and other attractions.[6]

History[edit]

On April 28, 2006, Wynn Las Vegas celebrated its one-year anniversary by breaking ground on a second hotel tower.[7] Initially named the Encore Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, the 2,034-room hotel project cost $2.3 billion and was sited adjacent to the existing resort and on the remaining frontage of Las Vegas Boulevard.[8] Originally envisioned as an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas quickly became a full-scale resort; it shares resources and is connected to the Wynn resort via a shopping esplanade. The resort was estimated to add 5,300 jobs to the Las Vegas area.[9]

After 2½ years of construction, the resort formally opened to the public at 8:00 pm on December 22, 2008, to large crowds.[9][10] Due to the period's economic downturn, the opening was designed to be more subdued than previous casino resort openings.[11] The resort's jewelry shop featured the 231 carats (46.2 g), prune-sized Wynn Diamond, billed as "the largest cut pear-shaped diamond in the world". To open the betting, Steve Wynn gave high-rollers a few million dollars to make the initial bets and initiated the action by declaring over a microphone, "Let the games begin!"; the start of gambling was accompanied by a recording of Frank Sinatra's "Luck Be a Lady Tonight."[9]

The Wynn Plaza shopping complex is expected to open by 2018. The shopping complex moves the Wynn properties closer to Las Vegas Boulevard. The new Wynn Paradise Park is being built on the site of a golf course adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas. The 20-acre lagoon, boardwalk, waterfront meeting space, and other features are expected to draw additional traffic to the hotels. Construction is expected to start in late 2017 or early 2018 for completion in 2019. Steve Wynn called the “Disney-style” attraction the “most fun project in my 45 years."

A new sportsbook was unveiled in August 2017.[12]

Design[edit]

The resort features a 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) casino, 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) of convention space, 27,000 sq ft (2,500 m2) of retail space in "The Esplanade", a spa and salon, five restaurants, seven bars, and a nightclub. The building is 631 feet (192 m) in height and 93 feet (28 m) in width, and has 63 floors, making it three floors higher than Wynn Las Vegas, though the building actually contains 48 floors since floor numbers 2, 3, 4, 13 and 40–49 were omitted: 13 has traditionally been an unlucky number in various Western cultures, and various East Asian cultures are superstitious about the number 4 because it is a homonym for "death" in those languages.[9]

The resort's interior public spaces feature a combination of European and Asian influences and whimsical designs, including strong reds and a butterfly motif, in its design; the overall theme was designed by Roger Thomas.[9] In addition, the hotel continues and expands on the original Wynn Resort's use of large scenic windows, dense greenery and filtered natural light to pervade more areas of the casino than had traditionally been done in Las Vegas. The pool area includes 29 rentable cabanas.[9] In late November 2009, the casino was slightly altered, removing drapery and palm trees in an effort to open up the space a bit more.

Standard Room at Encore

The resort's nightclub, XS, was designed by Steve Wynn and Roger Thomas and opened on New Year's Eve 2008 with 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) and space for 3,000 guests.[13] The restaurants include Sinatra, a tribute to Frank Sinatra with 152 seats in the dinner-only steakhouse, which includes Grammy and an Oscar award statuettes on loan from the Sinatra estate as well as a large photo of the singer and Steve Wynn from 1981; Wazuzu, a modern-Asian bistro that features a 27 ft (8.2 m) crystal dragon; Andrea's, an Asian inspired cuisine by Chef Joseph Elevado; and Jardin, a casual restaurant.[9] The Encore Beach Club opened in June 2010, replacing the Strip entry and atrium space.[14]

Resort Suite at Encore

The Resort Suites contain 700–745 ft² (65–69 m²) of floor space. The hotel tower features two sections; the standard Resort tower and the smaller, more upscale Tower Suites.

The resort's permanent show was singer-comedian-impressionist Danny Gans, until his death on May 1, 2009.[9] Gans, who had previously headlined at The Mirage casino resort, took over the space previously held by Broadway shows Avenue Q and later Spamalot, both of which were unsuccessful in their Las Vegas runs.[11][15][16][17][18] The performance space, built with Wynn Las Vegas and previously named the Broadway Theater and the Grail Theater, was renamed the Encore Theater to associate it with the new resort.[11][15]

Clubs[edit]

Encore Beach Club

Encore Beach Club[edit]

Encore Beach Club is a 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) venue featuring 40-foot (12 m) palm trees surrounding three tiered pools. There are chaise lounges, couches, and day beds featuring private safes. It includes oversized lily pads resting in shallow water, and shower poles.[clarification needed] There is a high limit gaming pavilion. Each of the 26 cabanas come with flat screen televisions and refrigerators. Over the years, celebrities ranging from Kaskade to Conor McGregor have headlined at the Beach Club.[19]

XS Nightclub[edit]

XS has more than 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of outdoor and indoor space, over 10,000 individual light sources and was designed by Roger Thomas, the executive vice president of design for Wynn Design and Development. The design was supposedly inspired by the curves of the human body[20] and boasts a ten-foot rotating chandelier and a rich gold, black and brown color scheme. XS was voted No. 1 in the Nightclub & Bar Top 100 for its first full year of operation, as well as No. 1 for 2010 and 2012 and No. 2 for 2011.[21] In 2013, Porter Robinson, Avicii, and David Guetta, have all held residencies at Encore's clubs.[22] The Chainsmokers and Kygo each began ongoing residencies in 2017.[23]

Encore Theatre[edit]

Beyoncé performed a special sold-out four show run at the Encore Theatre from July 30 to August 2, 2009. The shows, which were a part of her I Am... Tour, were completely altered from the standard arena shows that comprised the rest of the tour, with new costumes and songs added, existing songs changed, and an all-round 'intimate' theme prevailing. The shows were successful, and were filmed and released on DVD in November 2009.

In January 2010, Beyoncé announced a deal for an extended run at the Encore, with shows beginning in 2010.[24][25]

On October 15, 2009, at a press conference, Garth Brooks announced a 5-year contract with Wynn for concerts.[26] The residency shows, titled Garth at Wynn, occurred on periodic weekends from December 2009 to January 2014. The show “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers”, inspired by Broadway musicals that earned a combined 43 Tony Awards, ran through December 2016 after being extended.[27]

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Encore Suites, the New Luxury Resort at Wynn Las Vegas, to Be Unveiled December 22, 2008" (Press release). Wynn Resorts Limited. February 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, May 2008, Accessed January 6, 2009
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Retail veteran tapped to run Wynn Plaza". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2017-08-08. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  5. ^ "Wynn Resorts Announce AAA and Forbes Awards". Wynn Resorts. November 17, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Work on Steve Wynn's Paradise Park to begin late '17 or early '18". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  7. ^ Vegas Today and Tomorrow
  8. ^ Clarke, Norm (November 2, 2008). "NORM: Jacko turns down Wynn Encore gig". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Christopher Reynolds, Steve Wynn's Encore steals the show on the Strip, Los Angeles Times, December 23, 2008, Accessed January 6, 2008
  10. ^ Arnold M. Knightly, WYNN RESORTS: Enter the Encore, Las Vegas Review-Journal, December 23, 2008, Accessed January 6, 2008
  11. ^ a b c Richard Abowitz, Steve Wynn's Encore Archived December 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., LATimes.com, December 22, 2008, Accessed January 6, 2008
  12. ^ "Wynn Las Vegas unveils newly renovated race and sports book – PHOTOS". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  13. ^ Jason Bracelin, ENCORE OPENS: Lavish XS, Las Vegas Review-Journal, December 26, 2008, Accessed January 6, 2008
  14. ^ [2] Encore Beach Club site, accessed July 30, 2010
  15. ^ a b Richard Abowitz, Wynn's 'Spamalot' trade for Danny Gans greeted by collective yawn, LATimes.com, April 18, 2008, Accessed January 6, 2008
  16. ^ Steve Freiss, What Opens in Vegas Closes in Vegas, New York Magazine, June 10, 2007, Accessed January 22, 2009
  17. ^ Joe Brown, “Spamalot” to close at Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas Sun, April 17, 2008, Accessed January 22, 2008
  18. ^ Mike Weatherford, Vegas has edge over Broadway, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Accessed January 18, 2009, Accessed January 22, 2009
  19. ^ "Conor McGregor Inks Deal With Steve Wynn to Host Nightclub Events". Casino.org. 5 August 2017. 
  20. ^ [3] XS Nightclub page on the Wynn Las Vegas site, accessed February 27, 2013
  21. ^ [4] Nightclub & Bar site, accessed February 27, 2013
  22. ^ "Wynn Las Vegas Announces 41 Electronic Dance Music DJ Residencies in 2013 at Encore Beach Club, Surrender, Tryst and XS Nightclubs". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  23. ^ "Wynn Las Vegas launches NightSwim series with Kygo, The Chainsmokers, more". DJMag.com. 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 
  24. ^ http://www.vegasdeluxe.com/blogs/luxe-life/2009/nov/03/beyonce-return-wynn-alternating-garth-brooks/
  25. ^ Beyonce Las Vegas site, accessed July 30, 2010
  26. ^ "Garth Brooks comes out of retirement to perform at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas". garthbrooks.com. Archived from the original on December 28, 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "'Steve Wynn's Showstoppers' must go on". LasVegasWeekly.com. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 

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Coordinates: 36°7′43″N 115°9′50″W / 36.12861°N 115.16389°W / 36.12861; -115.16389