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Ethereal quality of Wynn properties

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by sco5123, Nov 11, 2013.

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  1. sco5123

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    When Wynn is in full control of a property he created (eg Wynn, Bellagio, Mirage, Treasure Island, etc), doesn't it seem more magical and otherworldly? Once he relinquishes his control, the property loses that charm, that magic, that je ne sais quoi.
     
  2. TrixieM

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    Sooooo totally agree. One can definitely tell when he relinquishes control! I remember when he left Mirage Resorts. Those hotels seemed to lose a certain bit of luster. The vibe changed.
     
  3. ardee

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    Yep. The dude's got a touch.
     
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    I am getting reading for an upcoming trip to the mirage and I was just thinking about how magnificent it must have seemed when it opened in December 1989.

    Here is a video of it from January 1990 only 6 weeks after it opened:


    [YOUTUBE]Zf4VnwiagaY[/YOUTUBE]

    (The guy who took this video was a pro-am videographer who had really expensive gear for the late 80s)
     
  5. sco5123

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    Awesome video. thanks! I loved the 'drive safely, don't get distracted by the hotel on the right' sign!

    Yeah and places like Bellagio may still be very nice but there is definitely a touch that Wynn has that just can't be explained (unless someone is willing and able to--I'm interested) and the property loses the luster. 'Wynn' is still beautiful and enchanting but I can see it's in limbo lol.
     
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    What's so amazing to me about that video is how empty the sidewalks are! Wow!
     
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    I definitely feel like that in Wynn! It's weird haha. But, I feel like Wynn is one of the most luxurious places in the world. There is nothing about it that is tacky. It's so nice! They don't compromise either.
     
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    Short answer--yes.

    Is he considering relinquishing control of the current Wynn/Encore complex? I wonder.
     
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    Wynn always gets the itch to do something new/better. He'll be 72 in January, hard to tell when "enough is enough" but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he has at least one more big project in him.
     
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    And don't forget The Beau Rivage in Biloxi. It's the only place I'll stay.
     
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    The thing with Wynn, is the simplest, attention to detail.

    When he is involved, his staff knows that every detail is to be scrutinized and everything detailed with a toothbrush and fine tooth comb.
    If it seems slightly worn, it's not "fixed," it's replaced, especially in public areas.

    Wynn himself may be blind as a bat now, but his staff knows his demands and if one whispers in his ear that another is not meeting his standards of perfection, heads will roll.

    It's the difference between a stand-alone chef-operated fine dining establishment and Outback.
    Outback is "follow a routine, meet certain standards and be consistent"
    The chef-owned stand alone is "meet perfection, get the James Beard Award and shoot for Michelin Star, good is never enough. Push boundaries and be perfect, every dish, every day"
     
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    +1. Couldn't have said it better. It's the man not the property's. Sadly Steve is getting up there in age and there will be a quality in Las Vevas that is lost when he is gone.
     
  13. ardee

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    There also doesn't seem to be anybody in the wings to take his place. Someone with vision. These days it's strictly bean-counters and trend-followers, as opposed to trend-makers like Steve.
     
  14. sco5123

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    Excellent point. There will certainly be someone who will be the new trendsetter but the questions are when and how that person will be different. Wynn is one of a kind. I call him a genius and a genie, making wishes come true. and as previously mentioned, it is definitely the man and not just the property.
     
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    Even if you take your less corporate properties, like Sands, you can see short cuts everywhere. You can see wear that's left alone. Wynn would never do that, he has a standard of "perfection, always"

    Here's an example that kind of bugs me a little, I love walking through the Bellagio, and I tell people, first timers, that there's this indescribable feeling of "money" when you walk through. You can't explain it, you can't say what causes it or why it feels that way, but it just "feels" like money....and it still does, but you can see time is catching up with the Bellagio. Those cloth shades or whatever you call them over the tables have started looking worn over the last few years, and it's sad, because you can almost see the future of the B gently sliding off that upper tier of "sensational opulence," because as small things are left to slide, it just builds up and builds up.
    Once you say "don't worry about it" on one thing, it becomes that much easier to say it about another thing and then another thing and on and on.

    With Wynn, he's maintained his status by never allowing things to slide and addressing every issue, especially those in public areas, immediately.

    Do I think Wynn has another property in him? Only if he can screw someone over in the process, because that seems to be what he enjoys most, the battle, the war and the victory. That is his motivation.
     
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    Maybe someone can convince him to take on the Fontainebleau project and either finish it up proper or turn the lot into a parking garage.
     
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    All great points. When Wynn passes so will another era in Vegas history. I was not happy when he had to give up his properties but very glad he's been able to do Wynn/Encore. Both have been open for awhile now and I'm surprised there have been no (that I've seen) rumors out there about another project. Maybe this is it. I hope not.
     
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    That would be a dream. I want to see that place finished!
     
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    The removal of the Fontana Bar for the douc*y Hyde is a prime example of this.
     
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    I think he does give his properties more TLC than they get once he sells them.

    I remember a blackjack dealer at the Wynn was talking about how much attention is paid to making sure everything looks nice. She said they even replace the carpet every few months.
     
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