Third stay here after 2 previous at the Encore, we decided on a change to the Wynn to compare the two, especially after good deals on Wynn room prices. We loved the encore and have to say, the wynn exceeded it and our expectations. We booked a salon suite through an upgrade deal online which was simply magnificent. We are not high roller, super wealthy people by any stretch so deals like this are worth looking for otherwise average price for a room like this is best part of $1000. It's all relative of course; to some people that is small change, to others it's a fortune. So it's a moot point to discuss its value for money because each person reading this will have different levels of value. For what it's worth, go for what you can afford, but don't go mad. The salon suite was huge and it could be argued, too big for two people. The parlor suite will do fine if you wanted to move up from regular tower suite rooms.
(A further point and tip, and as an aside for readers who may not be too au fais with how Vegas works in terms of comps etc, make sure you use your red card for your gambling. We mainly played slots and make sure you talk to a host. I was a little reticent and I assumed only high rollers would get anything of any note, however I ended up actually getting my room comped and two VIP tickets to Le Reve, all because we spent 4 days constantly playing slots. Again, size of bankroll is all relative and different for all readers, but for even the lowest of rollers, I would say its a no-brainer to not use your card. Book your room via the website so it can be comped if possible (if you book for third party, Expedia etc, then you pay in full, but as per usual if you book direct via hotel you only pay one nights deposit leaving scope for possible comps) and charge meals etc to your room, again, on the basis that it can then be comped if you gamble enough)
The tower suites service was exceptional and quite honestly I have nothing negative to say about it. There has been much written on many forums about the difference between encore and wynn tower suites, and from our POV, Wynn wins. The larger lobby area with the tower suite bar works perfectly as an alternative to the smaller, more discreet encore area. Although wynn tower suites is more populous, we never found the area to be busy or lacking a feeling of exclusivity.
The whole feeling of the tower suites simply works. The access to the tower suite pool is easy and they are a welcome change from the larger busier pool. The tower suite area just off the casino is a nice relaxing step away from the hubbub of the main casino.
It's very, very hard to fault this place. The negative reviews on TA have to be taken in context. My experience in the tower suites may vary considerably to regular resort room experiences. I would question wether some negative reviewers would gain a better experience in other comparable strip hotels for the issues they raise. The question of smoke is a favourite bugbear of mine. I would suggest that this place, of all the vegas smoking hotel/casinos, is probably the best in terms of air cleanliness. For example, I read one review which criticised the wynn for the 'smoky corridor' that links it to Encore. For anyone who knows the Esplanade, the suggestion that it is a 'smoky corridor' is laughable. For anyone who would say this place is awful due to the smoke, I would simply suggest any typical comparable vegas resort would be the same or significantly worse.
The other issue raised frequently on TA is the one of noise, notably in the rooms due to the nightclubs. In my experience, my room was strip facing, 36 floor, 4 nights over a weekend and the only real noise I heard was the TI sirens show across the street. I would suggest talking to reception to try and ensure a quiet room and they will try to accommodate. I have no doubt the other reviewers on TA suffered genuine noise, however in two trips to encore (north facing) and wynn (strip facing) I have had no issues. Judging from the theme of other reviews, its clearly an issue but one that can be avoided with careful research.
All in all, I have only positive points to make. The place is beautiful, the staff from the cleaners to the host to the doorman to reception were polite and friendly and not once did I receive anything but excellent service.
It's not a place for children however. The crowd tended to be an older, more mature, middle aged crowd which suited me fine (except for the nightclubs and beach club clientele but they are there for those specific activities). The casino is busy but not in an annoying way and you can relax in it rather than it being a full-on constant headache indeed, encore casino is probably the quietest strip casino you will find if you prefer a real relaxing experience.
Nor would it be a place for visitors on a budget. Nothing here is 'cheap', however I feel that this is exactly the point. It's meant to be a high class experience and as such you won't find any fast food outlets or tacky souvenir shops. I am not criticising those , and there was the odd occasion when I wanted nothing more than a quick Taco Bell or a burger, but I accept what the Wynn is trying to achieve and I live with that. It would seem strange to come here and then moan that its not cheap, child friendly and doesn't have a McDonald's. i make no judgement either way on visitors likes and dislikes, i am simply pointing out what you can expect if you come here. However if you want an adult, professional hotel which will meet your high end expectations then this is the place for you. Any questions, feel free to contact me.