Summary: my favorite hotels in Las Vegas.
The Wynn and Encore make all of their guests feel like high rollers—even those of us who prefer penny slots to high-stakes poker. Both hotel decors are modern and have a luxe feel, with deep red carpets and amazing chandeliers throughout. We’ve stayed at both hotels, and love them equally… well almost equally. A slight advantage goes to the Encore for the decor (just because it’s a little bit newer), and a slight edge goes to the Wynn for location because it’s just a little bit closer to the center of the Vegas Strip. Both the Encore and the Wynn were named among the top 100 hotels in the world on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Gold List. They both have the usual amenities, like a gym and several pools. You can avail yourself to this luxury for less than $200 a night, which is a great deal.
At the Encore, we stayed in a Tower Queen Suite (see the photo below). The room was spacious, had a seating area, two queen beds, and a desk. It was a great room, except the view we had was on some construction. Overall, it was a nice room.
At the Wynn, we stayed in the Tower King Suite, which was sectioned off with a king size bed on one side and a sitting area with a couch on the other. This room was definitely more luxurious than the one at the Encore. There was a large seating area, a desk, and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was also quite beautiful. Although the view from our room didn’t overlook the Vegas Strip, we were able to see mountain vistas instead (see below).
We’ve only visited these hotels in the fall / winter, so we haven’t been able to take advantage of their pools (which look just as luxurious as the rest of the hotel). There was plenty to keep us occupied indoors though, from the elegant casino to the wallet-busting designer shops in the Wynn and Encore Esplanade. There is also a shopping mall located across the street from both properties.
Because the resort owner (Steve Wynn) is vegan, the vegetarian and meat-free options at the hotel restaurants are incredible. With nearly twenty fine and casual dining restaurants to choose from, we had more than enough options to keep us at the Wynn for every meal. We especially enjoyed eating at Switch at Encore, where the decor of the restaurant changed every 30 minutes. And by decor change, I mean the ceiling, chandeliers, and walls mechanically move to change the whole look of the restaurant.
In short, you can’t go wrong with either the Encore or the Wynn when you visit Las Vegas.