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This is more of a list of things we did and observations as opposed to a trip report. I just don’t have the time or attention to do a minute by minute report.
Hotel – we stayed at the Encore for the first time. Got an amazing rate through American Express. Pay for 3 nights get the 4th free. $450 room cost plus $40/pp credit for breakfast and $100 spa credit.
We have stayed at Wynn before and really liked it. I was under the impression that Encore was a bit nicer. The biggest difference is that it is quieter. Given the choice I would go back to Wynn but my hotel choices in Vegas are always about the best deal for the trip.
The pool was great although there were more kids than I would have expected. Don’t get me wrong. I like kids. Have two of my own and three grandchildren. I just don’t want to hear Marco Polo when I am on an adult vacation. Solved that by going to the adult pool. The problem there was the excitement of the people watching the World Cup (they could see the television at the bar from the pool).
Biggest complaint about hotel. There is nowhere to just sit. I needed a place to work a couple of mornings and other than the coffee shop there were no chairs in the lobby and I wasn’t allowed out to the tables near the pool until 8AM. I know they don’t want you sitting anywhere but the casino but some of us do take our work with us. Even if it’s to sit and read, a nice quiet place would be welcome.
I used my spa credit for a massage. Probably the best massage I have ever had. Really relaxing and a beautiful spa.
Food –Once we decide to go to Vegas, I start working on lunch and dinner. I am not one to wing it and just stop to eat wherever. This time, we stayed at the hotel and had late breakfasts since it was included. On most trips, we go elsewhere for lunch a couple of days after we finish at the pool. The only real lunch we had was at Le Cave, our first day. It’s one of our favorite restaurants for lunch and it really gets my vacation started.
Our first dinner was at Hell’s Kitchen. Amazing dinner. We made a mistake by having too large a lunch but managed the Beef Wellington, Scallops and toffee pudding. Ok, so I never understood the big deal about this dessert until I tried it. I get it.
Our second dinner was at Julian Serrano. This is another restaurant we try to hit at least once. As good as usual.
Third night we went to Bevette’s. It had come highly recommended by a friend who lives in Vegas. Would I go back? It depends. There are so many great steak restaurants in Vegas that I’m not sure there aren’t better ones. It was nice that they had no problem letting us split the entrée because it was just too much meat for one person. The steak was delicious and so was the crab cake appetizer. Restaurant decor is a throwback to Old Chicago or Vegas.
Our last night we were too tired to venture very far and decided to stay at the hotel for dinner. We had drinks at Parasol Down (our favorite bar) and then dinner at Red 8. It was terrific. Would go back.
Gambling – we are not big gamblers. We play mostly blackjack. Broke even at Aria, took a beating at Park MGM, won at Bellagio and lost at Wynn. Park MGM was $10 tables and the others were $15. We were surprised that these were the table limits in the evening, every night.
Speaking of Park MGM. We met up with friends who were staying there. They said for what it cost (free) it was ok but they wouldn’t go back. They just didn’t see much improvement and they had stayed there a few times before.
A few observations. I have been to Vegas many times in the summer but never saw it as crowded as July 4th week. The streets were packed. I am a walker and walked back to the hotel from both Aria and Caesars at about 10 at night (neither was July 4th). It was hard getting around some groups. Think I’ll stay away from that week.
Per other comments on the subject, I didn’t smell too much pot. Just one night walking back to my hotel, I was behind a couple who lit up in front of me. Guess the edibles are helping with the smell.
Already planning my next trip. What is it about Vegas that keeps pulling me back?
Great trip report....thanks for sharing!
Really enjoyed your TR glad you had a good time.
Is the new Shopping corridor at Wynn open. How many shops appeared to be open?
Hell's Kitchen is getting very good reviews.
Bavettes did not impress? How was it compared to Hell's Kitchen as far as Service and Atmosphere?
Nice report. If you want somewhere to sit quietly and do work at Wynncore, walk over to the convention area. There are always lots of very comfortable places to sit and it's always very quiet so very conducive to work.
Understand completely about Sticky Toffee Pudding. I'm not a sweets person, but after having it, I now want it always. Enjoyed your TR.
Thanks for the TR. I agree with the seating. As I grow older it would be nice to have more seating in general. I hate when my wife goes into a store while I wait outside and have to just stand around.
“Is the new Shopping corridor at Wynn open. How many shops appeared to be open?” I honestly never made it there. I forgot about it and have put myself on a shopping diet.
“Bavettes did not impress? How was it compared to Hell's Kitchen as far as Service and Atmosphere?” Two totally different types. Bavettes was dark with lots of wood, Hell’s kitchen was contemporary. Bavette’s was very good, it’s just that there are so many good steak places and I prefer restaurants that are a bit different. I knew what I was getting into. Service was great at both places.Also, the prices were about the same. I felt Bavette's offered good value. Some may not. We live in the DC metro area so the prices in Vegas are not bad for us.
“If you want somewhere to sit quietly and do work at Wynncore, walk over to the convention area. There are always lots of very comfortable places to sit and it's always very quiet so very conducive to work.” Thank. I wish I had known about that. Will try to remember for next time. I always seem to need to work when I’m away (real estate agent).
“Understand completely about Sticky Toffee Pudding. I'm not a sweets person, but after having it, I now want it always”. Worth a trip just for dessert.
“I agree with the seating. As I grow older it would be nice to have more seating in general. I hate when my wife goes into a store while I wait outside and have to just stand around.” My husband is the same. We find that a lot of stores now have a place to sit. My husband asks for the men’s section and when the sales people are confused he says he wants the chair area.
The new Wynn esplanade is not open and they're hoping for the end of the year.
This is an example of the seating in the corridors of the conference centers. Very comfortable and this one has windows that face the pool. It's a bit of a walk to get there but very much worth it.