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Encore Las Vegas
Encore Las Vegas
Encore Las Vegas
Facts and statistics
Location Las Vegas Strip, Paradise, Nevada
Address 3121 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Opening date December 22, 2008
Theme Life Imitating Art
No. of rooms 2,034[1]
Total gaming space 74,000 sq ft (6,900 m2)
Permanent shows None
(Previously Danny Gans)[2]
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Wynn Resorts Limited
Architect Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo[3]
Years renovated none
Website Encore

Encore Las Vegas or Encore at Wynn Las Vegas (often just called Encore) is a luxury resort, casino, hotel located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The resort is connected to its sister resort, Wynn Las Vegas; both are owned by Wynn Resorts Limited, headed by noted casino developer Steve Wynn.

Encore has been awarded the AAA five diamond award. The Towers Suites at Encore and The Spa have received the Forbes five-star award in 2010 and is considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world. Encore Las Vegas and its sister property, Wynn Las Vegas collectively hold more Forbes five-star awards than any other casino-resort in the world.[4]

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History

On April 28, 2006, Wynn Las Vegas celebrated its one year anniversary by breaking ground on a second hotel tower.[5] Initially named the Encore Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, the 2,034 room hotel project cost $2.3 billion and was sited for a spot adjacent to the existing resort and on the remaining frontage of Las Vegas Boulevard.[6] Originally envisioned as an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas quickly became a full-scale resort; it shares resources and is connected to the Wynn resort via a shopping arcade. The resort was estimated to add 5,300 jobs to the Las Vegas area.[7]

After 2½ years of construction, the resort formally opened to the public at 8:00pm on December 22, 2008 to large crowds.[7][8] Due to the period's economic downturn, the opening was designed to be more subdued than previous casino resort openings.[9] The resort's jewellery shop featured the 231 carats (46 g; 710 gr), prune-sized Wynn Diamond, which was billed as "the largest cut pear-shaped diamond in the world." To open the betting, Steve Wynn gave invited high-rollers a few million dollars to make the initial bets and marked the initial start by declaring over a microphone, "Let the games begin!"; the start of gambling was accompanied by a recording of Frank Sinatra's "Luck Be a Lady Tonight."[7]

Design

The resort features a 74,000-square-foot (6,900 m2) casino, 27,000 sq ft (2,500 m2) of retail space in "The Esplanade", a spa and salon, five restaurants, seven bars, as well a nightclub. The building is 631 feet (192 m) in height, and has 63 floors, making it three floors higher than Wynn Las Vegas, though the building is not actually 63 floors as floors 13, as well as 40 through 49, were left out: 13 has traditionally been an unlucky number in various Western cultures, and various East Asian cultures are superstitious about the number 4 because it is a homonym for "death" in their languages.[7]

Encore Casino

The resort's interior public spaces feature a combination of Asian influences and whimsical designs, including strong reds and a butterfly motif, in its design; the overall theme, designed by Roger P. Thomas, borrows aspects from the previously built Wynn Macau in China.[7] In addition, the hotel continues and expands on the original Wynn resort's use of big windows, dense greenery and filtered natural light to pervade more areas of the casino that had traditionally been done in Las Vegas. The pool area includes rentable 29 cabanas.[7] In late November 2009, the casino was slightly altered, removing drapery and palm trees in an effort to open up the space a bit more. Steve Wynn, after reviewing and walking through, replaced the planting, but not the curtains, seemingly feeling the casino became too stuffy with the drapery at the corners of each space.

The resort's nightclub, XS, was developed by Victor Drai and opened on New Year's Eve 2008 with 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) and space for 3,000 guests.[10] The restaurants include Sinatra, a Frank Sinatra-themed, 152-seat dinner-only steakhouse, which includes a Grammy and an Oscar award statuettes on loan from the Sinatra estate as well as a large photo of the singer and Steve Wynn from 1981. Other restaurants are Wazuzu, a modern-Asian bistro that features a 27 ft (8.2 m) crystal dragon; Switch, a French-influenced surf and turf restaurant that features walls, ceiling and lights that rise, fall and change color every 20 to 30 minutes; Botero, a dinner-only steakhouse themed after the work of Colombian neo-figurative artist Fernando Botero and featuring three of his artworks and two of his sculptures; and Society Cafe Encore, a casual restaurant.[7] An additional club is slated to open in June of 2010, replacing the strip entry and atrium space. Construction has already started and the area is tentatively called the "Switch Beach Club" due to its relative location near Switch restaurant.

Resort Suite King at Encore

The Resort Suite offers style with a comfortable, residential feel: A range from 700 to 745 square feet with floor-to-ceiling windows, Wynn signature beds with European linens, 42” or 46” flat-panel televisions featuring on-demand movies, State-of-the-art office equipment, one touch climate controls, a fully stocked mini bar and in-room safes. Bathrooms include 19’ flat-screen television, dual sinks, sitting areas with lighted vanity mirrors, separate shower and soaking tub, and Signature Wynn Resorts robes and slippers.The hotel tower features two sections: standard Resort tower as well as the smaller, more upscale Tower Suites.

The resort's permanent show was singer-comedian-impressionist Danny Gans, until his death on May 1, 2009.[7] Gans, who had previously headlined at The Mirage casino resort, took over the space previously held by Broadway shows Avenue Q and later Spamalot, both of which were unsuccessful in their Las Vegas runs.[9][11][12][13][14] The performance space, built with Wynn Las Vegas and previously named the Broadway Theater and the Grail Theater, was renamed the Encore Theater to associate with the new resort.[9][11]

First quarter of operations

In Las Vegas, the 1st quarter of 2009 was the first where the Encore was fully operational after its opening on December 22, 2008. The prior year quarter includes only Wynn Las Vegas. Overall revenue from the resort increased from $327.2 to $345.9 in the first quarter, a very modest increase considering the additional hotel tower and new food and beverage outlets.

The additional casino at the Encore added 97 tables and 857 slot machines to the original 190 tables and 2000 slots. However, casino revenues for the combined resort were lower than the first quarter of 2008 when only The Wynn was operating. Net casino revenues for the combined resort dropped from $125.1 million to $117.5 million.

Gross non-casino revenues for the quarter were $228.4 million, a 13.3% increase from the first quarter of 2008, driven primarily by higher hotel and food and beverage revenues resulting from the opening of Encore. Although the added 2,034 suites at Encore nearly doubled the suites in the property hotel revenues were up only 20.6% to $85.1 million during the quarter, versus $70.6 million in the first quarter of 2008 due to declining room rates and lower occupancy rate. Food and beverage revenues increased as a result of the additional 12 food and beverage outlets located in the Encore expansion. Retail revenues declined and entertainment revenues also decreased primarily due to the closure of the Spamalot production show in July 2008.[15]

Photo gallery

Encore Theatre

Beyoncé Knowles performed a special sold-out four show run at the Encore Theatre from July 30 to August 2, 2009. The shows, which were a part of her I Am... Tour, were completely altered from the standard arena shows that comprised the rest of the tour, with new costumes and songs added, exisitng songs changed, and an all-round 'intimate' theme prevailing. The shows were a huge success, and were filmed and released on DVD worldwide in November 2009.

It has subsequently been reported that Knowles will sign a deal modelled around Brooks' contract, with shows beginning sometime in 2010.[16] The deal is still in unconfirmed stages, with main negotiations taking place between Steve Wynn and Beyoncé's manager Matthew Knowles.

On October 15, 2009 at a press conference, Garth Brooks announced a 5 year contract with Wynn for concerts. Brooks will do 4 shows a week for 15 weeks a year. The first show will be the weekend of December 11.[17]

References

  1. ^ Wynn Resorts Limited (2008-02-26). "Encore Suites, the New Luxury Resort at Wynn Las Vegas, to Be Unveiled December 22, 2008". Press release. http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=132059&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1112568&highlight=. 
  2. ^ "LENNY'S LAS VEGAS: Encore for Gans". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2008-04-30. http://www.lvrj.com/living/18401784.html. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  3. ^ Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, May 2008, Accessed January 6, 2009.
  4. ^ "Wynn Resorts Announce AAA and Forbes Awards". Wynn Resorts. 2009-11-10. http://www.wynnpressroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=61. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  5. ^ Vegas Today and Tomorrow
  6. ^ Clarke, Norm (2008-11-02). "NORM: Jacko turns down Wynn Encore gig". Las Vegas Review-Journal. http://www.lvrj.com/news/33714484.html. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Christopher Reynolds, Steve Wynn's Encore steals the show on the Strip, Los Angeles Times, December 23, 2008, Accessed January 6, 2008.
  8. ^ Arnold M. Knightly, WYNN RESORTS: Enter the Encore, Las Vegas Review-Journal, December 23, 2008, Accessed January 6, 2008.
  9. ^ a b c Richard Abowitz, Steve Wynn's Encore, LATimes.com, December 22, 2008, Accessed January 6, 2008.
  10. ^ Jason Bracelin, ENCORE OPENS: Lavish XS, Las Vegas Review-Journal, December 26, 2008, Accessed January 6, 2008.
  11. ^ a b Richard Abowitz, Wynn's 'Spamalot' trade for Danny Gans greeted by collective yawn, LATimes.com, April 18, 2008, Accessed January 6, 2008.
  12. ^ Steve Freiss, What Opens in Vegas Closes in Vegas, New York Magazine, June 10, 2007, Accessed January 22, 2009.
  13. ^ Joe Brown, “Spamalot” to close at Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas Sun, April 17, 2008, Accessed January 22, 2008
  14. ^ Mike Weatherford, Vegas has edge over Broadway, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Accessed January 18, 2009, Accessed January 22, 2009.
  15. ^ "Wynn Resorts, Limited Reports First Quarter Results". http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=132059&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1284349&highlight. 
  16. ^ http://www.vegasdeluxe.com/blogs/luxe-life/2009/nov/03/beyonce-return-wynn-alternating-garth-brooks/
  17. ^ http://www.garthbrooks.com/octoberpressconference/

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