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Wynn 8th - 13th

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by parallax, Nov 14, 2020.

  1. parallax

    parallax High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    We just got back from our trip from the Wynn and it is safe to summarize we had a very good time, This was a different trip not only due to Covid but because we brought our 13 year old daughter. This was a first for us but she is a very seasoned traveler. Instead, of doing a day by day report, my preference is to break it down by topic.

    1. Travel. Flew out out of IAD on United. We flew first class and the plane was 3/4 full. The person sitting across from wife was not keeping his mask on and also picking his nose. It really started to bother her. I said something to him and things improved with his mask wearing. Overall, flight was fine. By the time we got to the baggage carousel our bags were already there. Quickest I have ever made it out of LAS. Flight back was amazing. Plane was only about 1/4 full and we arrived almost an 1hr early. Must have had a hell of a tailwind. Bags again were sitting at the carousel.
    2. Wynn. The Wynn deserves the credit it receives in how it handles Covid. There was no slip in service but precautions were evident. The room was nice but we prefer the Encore rooms slightly more. There was a very heavy security presence. We expected there to be fewer people, especially during the middle of the week, but it seemed pretty busy throughout our stay. I think the good press that the Wynn has received might have helped. Moreover, the fact that there was a federal holiday might have also contributed to the crowds. I would say that the clientele seemed to differ from what is the traditional Wynn crowd. Overall, we felt very safe at the Wynn and there we no negative incidents outside of a couple people complaining about the mask rules.
    3. Restaurants. We ate the following restaurants:
    • La Cave. Probably most disappointing experience of the trip. We went their the first night. There was some event going on in their patio. They had these bright photographer lights that were shining into the dining room. The lights were there so attendees could take group pictures. The lights were shining right into our face. We had to ask management to move, which was a chore in itself. The food was ok and so was the wine. One other annoyance is that restaurant provided us cocktail napkins to use as our dining napkin. They made up some lame excuse that this was some new requirement due to Covid, which was complete BS.
    • Pizza Rock. Just amazing. Food and service were perfect.
    • Lago. This was the best meal of the whole trip. We had a table right near the fountains so my daughter got a chance to finally experience them in their full glory. The food was fabulous and the sommelier helped us pick out a wonderful Sangiovese to go with our meal.
    • Lakeside. Originally, we were scheduled to SW but apparently they had to close the restaurant for a week due to some plumbing issues. We enjoy seafood and the food was very tasty. I will say that the dress code went out the door. Some diners were wearing shorts and a t-shirt. I was surprised.
    • Yardbird. I'm still full. It was delicious.
     
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  2. ReTriggerMe

    ReTriggerMe High-Roller

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    They were setting up for that event the day I ate there, reducing capacity significantly.

    And several of us here on VMB have noted the cocktail napkin BS. So dumb.

    Nice TR - thx.
     
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  3. parallax

    parallax High-Roller

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    4. Shopping. My wife loves to shop in Vegas and most or Vegas budget is allocated to this endeavor. Because of the headcount restrictions and limited hours at some of the luxury brand stores, she needed to plan this differently. She set up appointments at Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Burberry and a couple other stores so she could avoid having to waiting in line. It also benefitted here because they could prepare for her visit. At LV, the sales associate put aside a couple of very hard to find items, which she ended up purchasing. At Hermes, her appointment was pushed back a day because there was smash a grab at the Crystal Hermes. Apparently, robbers smashed through the door and grabbed a bunch of things before escaping. We gave our daughter a small shopping budget which she enjoyed using. They went all over the strip, including to the Forum Shops, Fashion Show and Miracle Mile.

    5. Vegas with the kiddo. We were very mixed about doing this but we ended up having a blast. We did things that we had not done before or it had been a long time since we last did it. We walked the strip with her and showed her the ins and outs of each resort. She enjoyed walking through the Venetian, Bellagio, NYNY, and Excalibur to name a few. We went to the Dolphin Habitat and it was a wonderful experience. It was the first time any of us had been. One day I took her to the Adventure Dome at Circus Circus. It was a good time. I will say that I expected it to be a dump but the staff at Circus Circus was keeping everything very clean. I was very pleasantly surprised. We went on all sorts of rides and enjoyed the Midway. She won a few stuff animals and all sorts of tickets which she redeemed most of. Because we had tickets left over, we gave them to another family to use. On average, we walked about 11 miles a day and she was right along with us. After dinner, we would go down to the casino. It would give her a chance to unwind and we could enjoy some gambling time. There were no late nights for us this trip. So I came away better rested than I usually do.
     
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  4. parallax

    parallax High-Roller

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    6. Gambling. Because this a family trip, we did less gambling than usual. Most of my time was spent playing BJ although. I also played UTH and a few slots. In the end, I lost about 2k, which is a win in my book. I was up on UTH and down on BJ. With the Encore being closed on the weekdays, most of my play was at the Wynn. While there were a couple $15 (6/5)) BJ tables, the 3/2 tables were a minimum of $25. In the evening, it would go up to $50. UTH minimums ranged between $15 - $25. I decided that I like gambling on the Encore side more than the Wynn side. One day while my wife and daughter went shopping, I did wander the strip. I walked up to the Sahara and at 9:00 am on a Wednesday they had no tables open. The STRAT on the other hand several tables open and their $10 BJ tables were 3/2. I played for about an hour and lost $100. I like that the dealers get to keep their own tips. During my wanderings, I also played a little bit at the Mirage and TI. I think the BJ limits wee $15 and $10 respectively. When I check in with the host at the end of the trip, she indicated that my average bet was about $125. This is lower than usual but with a different gambling environment I was not shocked. The host did not take anything further off of my bill but this was expected. My offer covered all my nights and had a generous resort credit so our hotel bill was minimal. Not sure what impact my play will have on future offers.

    7. Overall, this trip was a nice break. We has a chance to escape from the day to day monotony that is the new normal under the pandemic. With things starting to be lockdowned again, this trip will help things be more bearable over the next couple of months. We may try to come back in the spring.
     
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  5. rm22

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    Nice to have read the details about your trip. Glad you and fam had a good time. I too come to LV to window shop on the strip and always make it out to the North Outlet stores, i dont have to buy anything. Came back w.a North Face hoodie and Aria hat this last trip. Getting to an age where i dont need as much as i used to.
     
  6. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Thanks for the report!