Next to the Wynn at the northern end of the central Strip. It’s not ideal, but a taxi down the Strip will be pretty cheap from here if you’re not willing to walk (allow about half an hour to reach Caesars Palace on foot).
Where the Wynn bedrooms are traditional, those at Encore are designed to be a little more boutique – think jazzy stripped curtains, modern art on the walls and deliberately mismatched bedside lamps. All are suites and, as at Wynn, standards are high across the board.
Like the bedrooms, the public areas are very much like the Wynn, only with a slightly more boutique feel. The casino floor is very opulent – scarlet carpet and blood-red chandeliers – with a younger set inhabiting it.
Eating and drinking
Plenty of options, although they’re all pretty pricey. I’m a fan of the steakhouse Botero, which backs onto the pool. The modern American cooking at Society Café Encore got the nod for being one of the best new restaurants in America from Esquire in 2009.
The Encore Beach Club – a private pool area - opened this summer to huge expectations. It’s beautiful – two pools with bungalows around it and an adjoining nightclub, Surrender, which spills out into the pool area – but it has already been taken over by what locals impolitely call “the douchebag set” – the same crowd who go to Rehab at Hard Rock. I’ve been a couple of times and although the pool is fantastic – you can rent a ‘lilypad’ in the water instead of a lounger – I’m not a fan of the vibe.
The spa, though, is a completely different beast. It’s fantastic, and the treatments are very good.
Like Wynn, it’s fairly traditional but very good. You won't want for much here.
Who stays there
A young, monied crowd – groups celebrating birthdays and the like. It’s mainly Americans.
The daily resort fee is an extra US$20.
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Excellent rooms
- Trendy hotel
- Clientele can be trashy