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The Wynncore Experience (7/13 - 7/17)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Archaea, Jul 23, 2009.

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  1. Archaea

    Archaea Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Flight/Cab
    My wife and I flew US Air from ORD to LAS. The flight arrived at 8 am, we gathered our bags and headed for our hotel, we were there by 8:45, which I think is record time for us. The cab to Encore was about $17 + tip via Paradise Rd.

    Encore (Room 2236)
    We got a great offer, $99/night + $50 resort credit + $25 casino credit – it was just too good to pass up. Nothing new here…the resort is incredible, definitely my new favorite place to stay in LV. The rooms are spacious and comfortable; it’s going to be hard staying at a lesser property next time if we don’t get another good offer. I have one criticism regarding the TV…having it essentially in the middle of the room blocked the views, we couldn’t really lie in bed and gaze out at Wynn or the strip. I would have preferred to have the TV against some wall or within a cabinet that I could easily conceal.

    We each purchased three day passes to the spa & gym – we made good use of these facilities, they were worth every penny ($75/person for 3 days). The gym was well equipped and hardly used. The spa had wet and dry saunas (it felt like walking outside), 2 hot tubs, 2 cool plunge pools, and all the other amenities. It was a great way to rejuvenate and spend a few relaxing hours every day.

    The “European Pool†was really nice, definitely the nicer of the two Encore pools. The music is a little louder than the family pool and the cocktail waitresses seemed more frequent. I’m not sure what exactly made this pool “European†– why not just call it an “Adult Pool� My experience with these types of pools has been fairly consistent in that two types of people tend to be topless: (1) those that have invested a lot of money in a boob job, and (2) those with boobs that NO ONE wants to look at. So it goes.

    Casino/Gambling/Drinking
    I liked the Encore casino, it is elegant and has great lounge music playing in the background. It wasn’t very crowded, which could be why I heard the music. There wasn’t a lot of excitement and energy in the place but that was ok with me, I enjoyed the laid back vibe. We don’t really gamble much, I think we lost about $50 in some slots. We spent a lot less than that last year and landed the great deal at Encore, so were hoping to get another offer for next year. We spend most of our money on food, drinks, and shows.

    We had 2-for-1 mojitos at Society Café in Encore every day – they were good and at half price were well worth it. I actually felt bad for the bartenders, mojitos are amongst the most demanding cocktails to make and the bar was packed with people drinking them. Cocktails throughout Wynn/Encore are about $14 each. Incidentally, there has been some discussion on this board about them not allowing outside alcohol in rooms but we brought our own liter of vodka to our room and made no attempt to conceal it, housekeeping didn’t seem to do anything about it. We were hoping to see the Peter Monroy band in La Scena at the Venetian but the band was on vacation that week, so we spread or drinking dollars around other bars and lounges in Wynn and Encore doing a lot of people watching, playing “thong, not a thong, not a thing†and laughing.

    Food
    We ate most meals at Wynn, often taking advantage of the discounted “Taste of Wynn†menus. I was a little concerned that the tasting menus would have small portions or be inferior but in every case we had more food than we could eat and were very satisfied with the quality of the meals.

    BLT Burger (Mirage, lunch). I love the milkshakes and fries. The burgers are really good too.

    Bartolotta (Wynn, dinner). We ate off the tasting menu ($69/person), I had the charcoal grilled Mediterranean cuttlefish, salmoriglio, brodetto di pesce all’Abruzzese, and tota ligure al limone; my wife had the risotto ai frutti di mare, pescato del girno con carciofi e oregano, and sformato di cioccolato al latte, crema di mascarpone, gelato al caffe’. My wife’s risotto and fish of the day were excellent; I think the lemon tort may have been the best dessert I had on the whole trip. Service was fine, nothing special. The sommelier seemed a little put off that we weren’t ordering a lot of wine (I was already drunk!) but it was nice seeing Chef Bartolotta in the restaurant on a slow Monday evening. We weren’t able to get a table downstairs with a view of the lake, it kind of felt like sitting in the balcony of a show, sort of only getting half of the experience.

    Terrace Point Café (Wynn, lunch). I really like this room and the service was good too. It is probably over priced but its in Wynn – everything is overpriced here. I think I had the chicken Caesar salad, the salad part was good, the chicken was dry. My wife had the shrimp/crab salad, which was very tasty. A few mimosas helped me forget about the chicken.

    Daniel Boulud (Wynn, dinner). This was our favorite overall dining experience and the tasting menu was an absolute deal ($42/person). I had the country pate, steak frites, and cheese tasting; my wife had the marinated shrimp salad, moules frites, and chocolate hazelnut fondant. There was way too much food and everything was excellent, including the service and festive atmosphere. This is the one restaurant I know we will return to.

    Lindo Michoacan (Desert Inn Rd., lunch). This place has become a yearly tradition for us, it’s nice to get off the strip a little and the Mexican food is better than anything I can get in New England, it’s regularly voted the best in Las Vegas. Everything I’ve ever had here is good and abundant, this time I had the chilaquiles and the wife had some enchiladas. I’m already looking forward to going back next year.

    Okada (Wynn, dinner). Last time we ate here we loved it, this time not so much. The service was good as was the atmosphere but the food wasn’t very special (we didn’t order the tasting menu). We mostly had sushi and didn’t find it to be all the creative or special, definitely not worth the exorbitant prices. The sake was good; once again alcohol saved me from remembering too much about a lackluster meal.

    Wynn Buffet (lunch). I swore off buffets years ago – I generally consider them a waste of time and money. I’m not sure why we decided to try again, I’m sure we won’t be back. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t necessarily bad – it’s just not for me. I rather walk done to Terrace Point, spend the same amount of money and have a better overall dining experience.

    Wing Lei (Wynn, dinner). This was a last minute decision and I sure am glad we ate here. I’ve read reviews of this place being an overpriced Chinese restaurant, like you might find in any significant Chinatown around the country – I don’t think that’s true. First off the service was exquisite – the best I had in Wynn! The décor was very soothing and the chairs were absolutely the most comfortable I ever had at a restaurant – they felt like thrones. We ordered off the Taste of Wynn menu, we both had the 5 course imperial Peking duck tasting (table carved Peking duck, Peking duck salad, wild duck soup, wok-fried duck, pan-seared duck noodles, and a special dessert). Again there was way more food than we could eat and it was absolutely delicious. The table carved duck was an entire Peking duck; the whole thing cost $69/person – which I think is a real bargain. The desert was a chocolate cake with gold leaf on it, quite decadent.

    Shows.
    Blue Man Group. This was our first experience with the BMG, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised, although I don’t think much of the audience really enjoyed it. I got into it right away when I realized that this isn’t just a show, like a movie, it is an interactive experience, which I really enjoyed. It was fun and the music was great. I recommend it but not to everyone.

    “Oâ€. Having seen Mystere and Love, as well as numerous touring shows, I felt fairly certain that I knew what to expect from Cirque. I was wrong. This show blew my mind, I still can’t believe the stage and what the cast was able to do. I’m still not sure I understand the story but so what, it was an incredible experience and I certainly recommend it.

    Considering the economy and the fact that we were there Monday – Friday I thought LV might look like a bit of ghost town but that was not the case. Every casino we walked through was busy. They were definitely busier than the same time last year. I hope the economy can improve so that everyone can go back to work but I sure am enjoying the discounts in Vegas while they last.

    Thanks for reading.
     
  2. sageblue

    sageblue High-Roller

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    Thanks for the report, especially the restaurant reviews -- I hope those special menus are still around in December, especially at Daniel Boulud!
     
  3. Dean Martin

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    Sounds like a great trip:thumbsup:

    I agree 100% w/ your assessment of Encore and BLT burger:beer:

    Thanks for the tip on "O"...I've always wondered how that show would be... may have to go see it soon.

    Now re; the adult pools, I have to say after 3 stays, I've enjoyed the veiwing pleasure of some beautiful "natural" titties at the Wynn and Encore that were on display by some very lovely ladies.:wink2: I figure if God didn't want you to enjoy looking (not staring of course:nono:) at them, he wouldn't have made them in such lovely shapes & sizes that brings such attention to themselves....at least that's my story:licklips:
     
  4. mesa

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    Now Now John ,I saw you watching my man boobies while we were there :thumbsup:
     
  5. Dean Martin

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    Well...the sign does say European sunbathing for "anyone" over 21:poke::evillaugh
     
  6. Blondie76

    Blondie76 Low-Roller

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    Sounds like a very relaxing trip. Great food reviews. Encore is very beautiful. Thanks for posting. :)
     
  7. VegasDiva

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    a lovely TR

    those restaurants sound yummy

    gotta love this board for the great reviews of everything :) ty for sharing your few days in Vegas
     
  8. gotavegasjones

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    Very nicely done. Enjoyed your TR. Yeah, Blue Man Group may not be for everyone. We saw it several years ago and realy liked it. We, too, thought 'O' was great. I enjoyed LOVE a bit more. Thanks for the great restaurant reviews.

    later, GVJ
     
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