Encore exudes Vegas-style prestige housing elite restaurants like Sinatra and Botero and the city's most exclusive nightclub XS. Factor in some high-kicking fun from "Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers," and this hotel is spectacular in every way.
The epitome of luxury, modern sophistication, expansive suites, pricey but well worth it
As the name suggests...considering Wynn Las Vegas is its big sister...you can expect the best of the best at Encore. And you will happily pay for it (there's just no point resenting the cost for something this wonderful).
Starting at 700 square feet, the suites (you won't find any "standard rooms" here) are spacious and, well, simply amazing. From the ultra comfy Wynn Dream bed (yes, that's a thing -- a custom bed picked by Steve Wynn himself) and the 19-inch screen in the bathroom (so you can watch TV while brushing your teeth) to the automated blinds and lights, everything in these suites is fantastic.
The location of Encore is fantastic too. Connected to Wynn, it's not far from the center of the Strip. It's also right across the street from the Fashion Show mall, plus several other must-visit megaresorts are within walking distance.
How shall we describe Encore's style? Exquisite. Impeccable. Bold. These are just a few of the words that come to mind. When you see the 130 ruby red chandeliers made from Italian hand-blown glass in the casino, the 27-foot-long Swarovski crystal dragon in Wazuzu or the golden statue of Daphne metamorphosing into a tree in Encore Lobby Bar, you'll probably come up with some of your own...if you're not rendered speechless.
OK, when you choose to stay here you know it won't be cheap. It's not just the suites that will set you back. If you're looking for an affordable meal, forget it. Your best bet is to go to Wynn and eat at The Buffet, Terrace Pointe Cafe or Zoozacrackers Deli. While not inexpensive, these eateries won't break the bank. Wynn also has the Drugstore Café, where you can pick up a quick coffee, pastry or sandwich.
The Encore Esplanade is home to a handful of unique stores, but if you're big on shopping you should head over to the Wynn Esplanade. It's a bit of a walk but well worth it. There are more stores here and the names on them (like Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Oscar de La Renta and especially Manolo Blahnik) would impress the characters on "Sex and the City."
If you've come to Encore to go to XS, make sure to queue up immediately in the small rooms adjacent to the nightclub when you arrive. Don't loiter around in the hallway. XS is located along the Encore Esplanade near Botero restaurant, so security guards will shoo you away if you appear to be hanging around with no purpose...because Encore is just not that kind of place.
Are you a traveling vegan or vegetarian wondering how you'll survive in Vegas? Relax. If you're staying at Encore, you'll be pleased to discover that all of its restaurants (along with those at Wynn) have menu items designed especially for you.
Utilize the self-parking garage at Encore. It's the kind of garage we wish all the hotels in Vegas had. When you drive in, you'll pull onto a ramp where a digital sign informs you of how many unoccupied parking spaces are available on each level. Once you've parked, it's a short walk to the elevator, which takes you to the property's northeast corner, near the pool and heart of the casino.
You must try Sinatra. Forget that it's won a ton of awards. The idea of digging into Ol' Blue Eyes' favorite Italian dishes (with a modern update from chef Theo Schoenegger) is what we think is cool. Trust us, you'll have no regrets if you order the Ossobucco "My Way." We also recommend eating on the patio -- perfect in warm weather or ask to be seated "fireside" in cooler temperatures.
If you're feeling reckless, strut into XS and order The Ono. With a $10,000 price tag, it's easily the most expensive cocktail in town. Made with a rare champagne and cognac, The Ono is served in a gorgeous glass and comes with additional bling -- a pair of men's sterling silver XS logo cufflinks and a women's 18-karat white gold chain with a black pearl pendant.
For all you martini lovers out there, VDKA is your mecca. There are 150 different flavored vodkas in at this chic bar. Order a frosty shot or one of the crazily creative vodka cocktails like the Bacon & Maple or Cotton Candy Swirl -- and, yep, these drinks come topped with a slice of bacon and a puff of cotton candy, respectively.