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Encore Troubles?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by Wynncore88, Jun 19, 2016.

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  1. CVG2LAS

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    Just returned from Vegas. Visited Encore, can confirm that All Red Chandeliers have now been removed. In that single move, the casino environment went from Hi-Def and magical to almost generic and boring, for me.

    Cafe Society, which we always thought was a pretty space with good casual dining, is now a poker room that is so brightly lit, it feels out of place.

    I was very disappointed. Hopefully its all just a work in progress.
     
  2. Dean Martin

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    Wow... The red chandeliers were almost a signature feature at Encore. What did they put in their place?? Please tell me they did something there.
     
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    +1.

    I know this is a "first world" issue but I'm a little stressed and really disappointed about the red chandeliers being gone and red is far from being even my favorite color. What's in their place?
     
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    Word around the campfire is that the chandeliers are on their way to Wynn Boston Harbor with no replacements planned for Encore. :'(
     
  5. Dean Martin

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    So....just curious. I know this is thread drift but is there any place on the strip that's nice like Wynncore that isn't overrun w/ the club crowd? I think I know the answer. We've tried Bellagio and I actually get way better comps from them but we just don't feel the vibe and have as much fun as we do at Wynncore.
     
  6. iamsomedude

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    I've been trying to look for something like that too, but to this day I still have not been able to find the answer. The Wynn/Encore had the unique quality of being elegant and having a subdued, but not dead, atmosphere. The Mandalay Bay/Delano/Four Seasons is the most enjoyable alternative that I've been to due to it having a beautiful interior, decent rooms, some great restaurants, and a relaxed atmosphere (though it feels more dead than relaxed mostly due to its gigantic size).
     
  7. Jackpot Johnny

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    Ahh, the Holy Grail. If you find paradise, please let us know. Encore isn't it, that's for sure.

    We were sadly and eventually chased from Bellagio because of declining service, horrible suite remodels and perpetual jostling mob scenes (mostly not Bellagio guests) in all public spaces (and a host of other complaints too off topic for this thread). We don't want to hide out in a non-casino hotel. We think that leaves us with Wynn as our only remaining Las Vegas hideout. We looked at the Encore side option, but for all the reasons well documented above we decided "nope, never." That left us with Wynn, and we're happy with our choice. We think Wynn is the best combination of terrific service, luxurious accommodations, great food and amenity choices and relative freedom from mobs and clubbers. We're not late night people and we stay in the Tower Suites. With that formula we're very happy and we don't feel overrun with crowds or clubs. A minor quibble is that even on the 55th floor we're occasionally bothered a little by 'thumping bass,' but we bring a white noise generator and emergency soft earplugs (which I've never used, but spouse has)-works for us and fountain side tower suites at Bellagio were worse, much worse.

    So, the Wynn side is the best Las Vegas casino resort option we can find for non-clubbing older adults. We think Wynn is terrific and we're delighted with the service we've received. We know we're a minority market segment (older, moderate gambling, high hotel expenditure), but Wynn fits us in nicely. We're happy there and eagerly counting down to our next eight day visit. That's the best, and only, option we can recommend.

    Still, the search for the Grail is never-ending-please share if you find it. We're unlikely to move from Wynn, and we may give up on Las Vegas altogether in the very unlikely event Wynn should ever decline.
     
  8. Dean Martin

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    JJ, I think you're pretty spot on. Our only thing is we really like the Encore rooms and Euro pool better than Wynn and we love to hang out at the Lobby Bar various times of the day so it just makes sense to stay there. We do head to the Wynn casino quite a bit to play. We mostly play VP and the selection is a lot better over there. We also try to go when it's still pool weather but not peak pool party season. Heading to Encore the 2nd week of Sept. Labor Day is a huge club and pool party weekend and the weekend after has been historically a little dead as I'm sure most of the people that go to those, don't do 2 weekends in a row due to cost. I've tried Oct but the pool weather starts to get pretty iffy.

    Our home base used to be the Mirage for years and club wise, it'd probably still be a good choice. I love the pool there but the casino after the MGM remodel/tropical de-theme is pretty dark and blah....not to mention it's usually pretty dirty (every time we've taken a walk over to reminisce) w/ cig ashes on all the machines.
     
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    The Lobby Bar @ Encore is one of the top people watching spots. Also, they still serve those ketchup-flavored potato chips. :)
     
  10. Jackpot Johnny

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    Well, Dean, we're close. We go last week in September, first week in October and our pool weather luck for the past thirty years has been excellent. School is back on and peak pool party weekends winding down, no more music festivals. Encore tower suites are more expensive for us on the deals we get, and we love going down to the excellent breakfast at Tableau (pastry basket-yum). We have a favorite shade corner of the Tower Suites pool, so altogether we prefer Wynn, but no quarrel at all with Encore. The Encore spa is the most over-the-top showplace spa I've ever been in. We love Wazuzu, Sinatra is our favorite Vegas restaurant, and we've always been treated well on the Encore side, it's just I can't rid myself of drunk kid visions-I see them even when they're not there.

    We went from the Nugget, to Mirage, to Bellagio, to Wynn. Hmmm, I sense a theme here. We've liked everything Mr. Wynn has done and we think Mr. Thomas is the best hotel and interior designer in the world. We fondly remember our first Mirage and Bellagio penthouse suites (stunned with luxury and design), and we like the Wynn Salons (although wife misses his and hers bathrooms-we don't play enough to score a Fairway Villa and I can't afford to pay for one) Alas, very little is left of either Mr. Wynn or Mr. Thomas at Mirage or Bellagio............ When I go into our room at Wynn, I feel at home, and we have a genuine affection for the truly great Wynn staff.

    Overall, our continuing discussion of Encore changes is symptomatic of our view of Las Vegas-we can't think of anything in Las Vegas that we think has actually improved for us over the last decade. Fortunately, Wynn has at least maintained and may be an exception (except for crummy casino game rules)

    Finally, agreed on Mirage dirt and decay-breaks my heart.
     
  11. Dean Martin

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    Me too...we used to love walking into that tropical paradise in the middle of the desert:wiggle:

    Too bad our dates don't align....I'd be glad to buy you a drink and reminisce :beer:
     
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