The Wynn Las Vegas and its sister property, Encore, are among the newest from the ground up properties in Las Vegas (although some are nearing completion as this is written, such as resorts World and Circa).
The Wynn was developed as an effort to develop something never seen before in terms of luxury and opulence, and it succeeded wildly. Thanks to a work conference, the Wynn was also my first ever experience.
Flying cross country late in the day, having just lightly sprained my ankle, I arrived at 2:30 New York time, hit the light switch, and watched as the curtains opened as the lights faded up to a view of the strip. I knew this would be one of my favorite places and it remains so to this day.
Let’s get into the Wynn (which will include some info about Encore, given their connection, but will be primarily focused on Wynn) and what you can expect if you’ve never been here.
The Casino Floor(s)
Compared to other casinos the slot floor may seem a bit small, but the Wynn wasn’t just about gambling to begin with. However, the Encore side adds a similar sized casino floor and in combination they cover a good bit of ground.
The game and denomination mix is quite diverse – players who want some more options than the norm may find the Wynn appealing.
They also maintain a good mix of games, both old and new, so you’ll find both old favorites and some modern selections. The casino floor is pretty balanced, all things considered.
Table games are interesting as the table minimums change routinely throughout the day. A craps table may start at $25, go down to $10, go back up to $25, etc. during a normal day. Blackjack the 6:5 tables usually start at $15 and the 3:2 at $25 but can increase as the casino floor gets busy.
I’ve had great luck on the craps tables, but I’m also not shy to walk down the strip if the minimums have gotten too high for my comfort level.
I’ve said it many times over the years that the Wynn bed is one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in. I’ve never stayed on the Encore side, and my room has been consistently the same in the Wynn, although the view has varied –
I’ve stayed on the top floor before, with a view of the Wynn letters out to the side of my window. But the room layout is standard – the bathroom is nearly as big as the room itself, with both a tub and a shower. The main room features a couch and table sitting area. The rooms are now featuring Alexa, which can do basic commands.
The rooms have been the same since my first stay more than five years ago; they had announced in 2019 a room refresh to come in 2020, but it’s not clear what’s happening with that given the COVID-19 pandemic. But even given their age, the rooms have been consistently comfortable and well appointed.
Wynn/Encore uses the Red Card program. Earnings and redemption work differently in Boston and Las Vegas, but they’re in some ways linked.
The Las Vegas version features points earned for every $1.50 in slots and between $6 and $15 in video poker, depending on the game, denomination and pay table. This is more generous than many of the casino programs out there, similar to the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and Treasure Island (at least in slots).
You can convert your points to free play in 1,000 point (or $10) increments. You have 12 months to use the points, and 30 days from the time of conversion to use the free play.
(For Boston Harbor, at the time of writing, it’s $5 per point for slots; $10-$20 per point for video poker. Points can be converted in 500 point increments for $5 in free play. Same expiration rules apply. But Boston Harbor also has a comp dollar earnings component that Wynn doesn’t have.)
It’s not the most generous program, but if you’re staying on site, it’s an added bonus. They have a number of throw-ins for new players based on points earned that tends to not change much year to year as well.
It’s a gorgeous property, with lots to see. In my last visit in December, they had holiday decorations up to go along with the famous carousel. Outside they have a water feature that has fountains synchronized to music, and a waterfall.
There’s plenty of high-end shopping for those who wish to partake; there’s multiple shopping areas with plenty of options. The food choices, for it being a high-end property, naturally veer more towards restaurants and experiences but they do have a few grab and go options as well.
There’s very luxurious pool and spa areas, a strong buffet (which during the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved to be effectively small plates brought to you by the wait staff) and a full on site convention center.
Wynn/Encore are known for their nightlife and features such facilities as the Encore Beach Club; while they are currently closed, I’ve been in a number of the nightlife spots on site and they’re all gorgeous and well appointed.
The Wynn is an experience quite different from those of other resorts; while the price may put it out of position for some, it’s certainly an experience worth having at least once. And with the ability to get two nights on the Wynn Las Vegas app for $200 (with resort fees being optional), you can experience it for a price not horribly out of reach, even if it’s no longer free to do so.