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Lounging in Luxury...

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by vegasbound, Jan 30, 2007.

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  1. vegasbound

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    My Trip Report

    Last May we splurged and stayed in a salon suite at Wynn, our experience was pleasant, but we encountered several flaws throughout our stay. I wrote a letter sharing my thoughts; in return, we were invited back for one comped night.

    The past couple months have been chaotic and stressful; therefore we felt that a night of romance and relaxation was in order. About a month ago, I redeemed the comped offer and booked tickets to Phantom of the Opera. Originally, I wanted to try a new place for dinner, and we settled on Daniel Boulud. But last week, Frank decided he wanted to stick with something reliable and we hadn’t had STACK since Oct. so he wanted to eat there instead. [Thinking we’ll try DB next month when we see Spamalot]. Plans were set; in the meantime we anxiously awaited our local getaway… Then, finally January 28 came and it was time to unwind.


    We began our 24 hours of indulgence by having a late breakfast at Hash House a Go Go. It’s been a couple months since our last visit; it’s always nice to re-visit an old friend. I wanted something simple so I selected the vanilla waffle. Frank stuck with his favorite, the pork tenderloin benedict. As usual, service and food were excellent.

    We returned home, packed and waited until check-in time at Wynn grew near. We arrived at the Tower Suites valet at 3pm. We proceeded to check-in; no waiting, everything was in order… we were given a choice of a complimentary morning paper, I asked for the USA Today. We were informed that pastries and coffee would be served between 6-8am at Tableau. Then, we were on our way. We were issued keys for Salon Suite 2507, even though I requested a suite on the highest floor possible. The suite was identical to the rooms we had last year except that this one had a different color scheme -- bright, with oodles of yellow tones. I ran around the room snapping pictures while Frank scoped things out.

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    He decided he wanted a suite on a higher floor. He called down to the desk to have it arranged, we were told that we could move to room 5201. Also, he noted that the side table in the foyer had cigarette burns [this was supposedly a non-smoking floor].

    The décor of the suite was identical to the dark colored schemed suite we had last time.

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    We settled into the room and then headed straight for the tub. Our favorite aspects of the Salon Suite are the tub and the views out the floor to ceiling windows. After a delightful soak and shower we lounged in bed and enjoyed the lovely view. Well, except for Trump’s gaudy creation… could someone please tell the man that gold can be done tastefully?

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    We prepared for dinner at STACK and walked over via FSM and the TI tram. When I made the reservation I requested a corner booth, and fortunately our request was honored. After glancing over the tempting offerings we decided to work our way thru the menu and stray from our usual steak selections… we did rely on few favorites, though. We started with the mini kobe chili cheese dogs, they were little bites of heaven. Chili dogs have been forever ruined from this point on. Next, we split a Caesar salad – we enjoy their version, light dressing achieves a lovely balance with the crisp romaine. Entrees followed, Frank had the Lamb Shank served with lentils and watercress and I had Kurabota Pork Chop. We also ordered adult tater tots and XL potatoes to accompany the main course. However, our waiter had forgotten to put the order in; despite the delay the sides arrived in ample time. The presentation of the lamb is lovely and the dish is fantastic to boot. The pork chop was one fine piece of meat – full flavored and juicy. Again, our side dishes did not disappoint. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the meal. We were much too full for dessert so we passed when it was offered to us, however our waiter had arranged a complimentary treat for us to make up for his error. Although, we were stuffed beyond belief and practically comatose we managed to sample the raspberry munchkins and vanilla dipping sauce - delightfully sweet and tasty. The bill was the cheapest we’ve had at STACK, total came to $108 before tip, a reasonable price to pay for a wonderful dining experience.

    From Mirage we sauntered over to Venetian. We had tickets for the 8pm performance of Phantom of the Opera. Our seats 33/34 in row AA were excellent (purchased locals discounted tickets for $82/pp), they were located in the Orchestra Section. We were able to see the stage and chandelier, and we had a little extra leg room since there is only a rail in front of you. The show started a few minutes late. And didn’t end soon enough… As it turns out Phantom isn’t our cup of tea. The music overpowered the performers. You could hardly understand most of the lyrics, so it was a challenge to follow along. Despite hearing wonderful things about the chandelier and it truly didn’t impress us. In all honesty we felt it was a bit cheesy. Perhaps we’ve been spoiled by special effects KA and other production shows. The theater was a packed house, the cast received a standing ovation, and the only negative feedback overheard was that the music was too loud. Consequently, it led us to believe that it must have been well-done, just wasn't a show that appealed to us.

    We left Venetian and walked over to Wynn, when passing through the Esplanade an awful stench of rancid fish filled the air. Perhaps the catch of the day at Bartolotta had past its prime by ten o’clock? Who knows what the cause actually was, but it was ghastly.

    We meandered around the casino and commented how much we’ve learned to appreciate the property as a whole. After a several visits and a couple stays we see the big picture and get Wynn’s design. The style is far more whimsical than my personal taste, but that’s just one characteristic that sets it apart from the competition. Although, the property demonstrates many strengths it’s still far from flawless…

    We returned to our suite to find that we didn’t receive turn down service, yet again. We added that to the list of items we felt were insufficient for a property that received 5 diamond awards from both AAA and Mobil. Other items on the list: hand held tub spray was out of order, table under bathroom vanity was dusty and dust bunnies were all along the wall near the climate control unit, there was an ashtray in our non-smoking room and maids carts lined the halls when we had checked in. Admittedly, none of the above spoiled our stay, but I do expect more for the level of service that Wynn Resort claims to provide.

    I digressed a bit there, now back to the evening... We got comfortable, turned on some classical music, broke open a nice bottle of Champagne, and lounged in luxury while admiring the spectacular view. I had forgotten to bring along some chocolates, and neither of us were about to leave so we selected Desage Chocolate from the mini-bar. The hazelnut chocolates were delicious, and for convenience sake, it was worth every penny of the $12 we were charged for a box of four pieces. Needless to say we had a splendidly romantic evening.

    I woke at sunrise, but the thought of free pastries weren’t enough to lure me from bed. So, I returned to sleep instead. A couple hours later I was refreshed, and drew myself a bath. After a relaxing soak, I showered and then grabbed the paper for Frank. I grabbed magazines from the coffee table and nestled into the chair in front of the window and flipped thru them while I periodically watched construction over at Palazzo.
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    Frank awoke when I got settled; he showered and then sat beside me to enjoy the sights while reading the paper. He was disappointed to find that it was the WSJ instead of the USA Today as requested. He called and had the proper paper delivered. We read and lounged around until it was time check out.

    Tower suites valet promptly delivered our car, the attendant even offered to give directions if needed, nice touch. From Wynn we headed over to Paris for lunch at the Le Village Buffet. The line was short and it moved quickly, Frank teased the cashier saying the $38 total for two was a bargain, but she didn’t find the humor in his sarcasm. We paced our way through all the choices. Most was as good as previous visits, but I was let down to see that the lyonnaise potatoes weren’t the same or as tasty as in the past, also you had to peel your own shrimp. There were a few new items like grilled veggies, dried fruits and surprisingly we enjoyed the sweet potato turkey sausage. It’s the crepes and peanut butter cookies that really make the buffet special and those did not disappoint. It was nice lunch and a pleasant end to our indulgent 24 hours.
     
  2. sageblue

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    Sounds like you had a very relaxing trip, and thanks for describing it so well!

    When we stayed in a Salon Suite, we too had our minor complaints (glasses not being sent up when requested, maid carts also in the way): nitpicky, yes, but at the rate we're paying and the service promised, I think we can (and should) nitpick!
     
  3. doctor_al

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    I'd like to sympathize with the lack of turn-down service, but IMO, even the "ghetto" of Wynn is pretty GD nice. lol.
     
  4. Coaster Kikky

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    I have always enjoyed staying at Wynn - the beds are so hard to get out of! As for turn down service, I could care less if someone fluffs the pillows and moves the bedding a little. But I want my little Belgian chocolate. I would have asked the maid in the hallway for one if I didn't get one in my room, but that's just me and chocolate.
     
  5. PHU-KNA

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    Somebody had to say it

    In my younger years, I was accused of always finding the negative in everything. Since, I have tried desperately to change my ways. I am just glad someone else opened the door on this one. I have thought that thing was tacky since I saw simple renderings of it. But, what should we expect from a guy with the worst looking comb-over in history?

    Feels good to get that negativity out. :vomit:

    I'm still betting on him over Rosie, though.
     
  6. gmoney590

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    Nice little escape from the real world; but, I agree if you're staying at a 5 star hotel then not only do you expect everything to be 5 star but it should be 5 star. As far as the new Trump Towers tacky has a name and that name is Trump.
     
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