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Encore Expectations.etc.

Last edit: slade on Thursday, 24th October 2013 3:44 pm
Last response by slade 21st November 8:11am

In October I stayed in a suite at Caesar's Octavius Tower based on the review posted by the Sitemeister Chuckmonster. I must say it was one of the best experiences I have had in my -wait for it - 35 years of visiting LV. I added an extra night it was that great an experience.

I am staying at The Encore over the Veteran's Day weekend and I would appreciate any opinions regarding that location. I know that some guy named WILLIAM (periods between syllables purposely omitted) will be appearing at XS the night I arrive. The presence of this gentleman along with others scheduled to appear that weekend conjures up memories of elevator brawls and broken teeth from my early years in LV staying at the old Aladdin. Together with some of the reports/opinions I have read on this site describing the slight fall from grace of the Wynn properties I am seeking your opinions,etc.

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 Chuckmonster responded on Thursday, 24th October 2013

I'm curious to know what happens. I haven't stayed at Encore in a few years and with Mac78130 mentioning to me today that this is Encore's 5th anniversary, perhaps it is time to return.

 slade replied on Friday, 25th October 2013

Thanks..I will post after my visit. The thing is, the Octavius Tower experience was so outstanding (and so recent)that a comprehensive comparison is both necessary and inevitable.

 pkluvsvegas responded on Friday, 25th October 2013

To be honest, it could go either way, good or bad.
The positive is the Beach Club is closed for the season.
That is what brings the majority of douche-bags and troublemakers to the hotel. Last time I went it felt like I was in a nicer version of the Hard Rock, not a 5 star resort. Literally what looked to be underage people were running through the Esplenade in front of security which did nothing. The hotel is way smokier than it ever was, and I am talking makes you feel like you are getting a sore throat smokey, housekeeping has gotten progressively lazier everytime I have stayed there, and if you read the reviews on Tripadvisor, there have been a rash of thefts lately that sound like an inside job.

I used to pay for the privilege of staying at Wynn/Encore even though MGM properties would gladly comp me. Now I have decided that is no longer worth the money. Would rather not pay for a substandard experience that unless I stay in a Wynn Villa or Apartment (which I cannot) will never live up to my memories of when the place first opened.

I am NOT a fan of Caesars accommodations, although I have never stay in the Octavius tower so I cannot speak on that. If you like Caesars, stay there. If you want a change, for the price Wynn charges, you could have a room at the Mandarin which I hear is bliss, or a really nice suite at Mirage, THE Hotel, or MGM. Whatever you choose, enjoy Mr. William with all the periods.

 slade replied on Friday, 25th October 2013

Thanks for that! Pretty much sums up the possible nightmare scenario(s),
Looking forward to the Will/I/Am show, yo!

 pkluvsvegas responded on Friday, 25th October 2013

Wouldn't say nightmare just not what I am looking for in a good time.
Always liked to have the hotel be a respite from the craziness. Now the craziness surrounds you along with cigarette smoke. BTW my girlfriend stepped in a wet spot on the carpet in our room. I will assume someone spilled water there rather than think of the alternatives.

I guess I'm getting to old for all that craziness. I'm 29 btw. Know of any places to play shuffleboard?

 8splitter responded on Monday, 28th October 2013

I have never stayed at Caesar's but I have stayed at the Encore 3 times over the last 2 years. It is my favorite hotel and casino in the city. I happen get a laid back vibe from it and I attribute that to three things; 1. I think it's a little too north of center strip for a lot of people to walk. I think many of them stop at Palazzo and turn around; 2. It's a smaller casino than many of the bigger resorts, even Wynn next door; and 3. It is very pricey, which turns off a lot of people. Yes, there can be lots of clubbers and douches but I've found it easy to avoid them. The bottom line is that I find the joint relaxing (for a Las Vegas casino), less crowded and more refined than a lot of other places.

The rooms are high quality, especially the tower suites which have their own lobby and elevator bank hidden from the main casino/lobby. I highly recommend a north facing room. Avoid the temptation of a south facing strip view. The bass and oontz oontz from XS is so loud at night that it shook my room on the thirty-something floor (won't make that mistake again).

If you golf and you have the time, the experience at Wynn's course is second-to-none. Great golf, great service and a caddy. A round ranges from $350-$500. You can rent shoes and clubs at no extra charge.

Enjoy your trip!

 slade replied on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

Thank you for that response. That is just what I was hoping for at the Encore-minus the golf. Friends have stayed and the reports have been all over the map. I always enjoy Las Vegas and look forward to the Encore/Wynn weekend.

 donnymac66 responded on Tuesday, 29th October 2013

We are staying at Encore for Christmas. First time, have stayed at Wynn and really enjoyed it hoping for a similar Encore experience.

 HedgedBettor responded on Wednesday, 30th October 2013

Encore can get extremely douchebaggy on weekend nights. XS is one of the three great clubs in Las Vegas and it is enormous. The casino gets crowded by their spillover, and many of the out of towners want to stay at Encore to be close by after the night out ends, so the all day crowd is full of club patrons. I'd stay away. Aria is a really pleasant spot, and there are plenty of others, including Caesars.

 8splitter responded on Wednesday, 20th November 2013

slade, what did you think of Encore?

 slade replied on Thursday, 21st November 2013

I have mixed feelings about the Encore; I agree with your assessment that the Encore is a great place for escape/relaxation. The hotel is beautiful and I have no complaints about the service/casino-hotel grounds,etc. The douchebag quotient was actually much lower than I had anticipated.
Yet, with all that being said I prefered the Wynn for eating and gambling!
-I guess I like more action when I'm drinking and playing.
-Dinner at the SW Steakhouse was superb: the caviar appetizer, the Chef's Special New York steak, the Vodka served with the caviar-some obscure make that was the perfect mix of bite and buzz-everything was outstanding. I also ran into a friend from LA I hadn't seen in years and he and his family were having dinner near my table so that was added vodka and conversation.

After the experience at Caesar's (caveat: the Hotel Vice President-or whatever was introduced through a friend prior to our visit)and the attendant free upgrades, champagne, etc., I am of the opinion that I first must stay at the Wynn property to make a better call on this.

And what could be better than enjoying that type of decision-making?

Would I stay at Encore again? Honestly, probably not but my reasons are more about the gambling action and my preferences in that area than any thing else. I found nothing negative about my experience at The Encore and the weekend was outstanding.