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Trip Report - LONG! (Wynn Las Vegas) July 29 - 31

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Trip Report - LONG! (Wynn Las Vegas) July 29 - 31

My friend and I took a girl's trip over the weekend to Vegas. I don't even think we were there for 48 hours but that's not unusual being from our part of town. I flew out on Ted (United) into Vegas, arriving around 5:30 PM. I saw the Wynn upon landing, which looked gorgeous with the sun hitting the building that aluminized a bronze-golden color. At first, I was surprised by how empty the airport was because I'm used to seeing mobs of people. I wait in the baggage claim for my friend to arrive on Southwest. I had a bunch of quarters with me, I suppose I wasn't looking in the right place but the slot machines did not take quarters. I hadn't been to Vegas in a couple of years, so it's a possibility but I thought it was weird. Anyway, my friend arrives and we proceed to get a cab but we actually stumbled on the car service area. Considering we were staying at the Wynn, the cab ride would have been at least $20, maybe more. However, when the lady told us it was only $37 for a Town Car with Las Vegas Limousine it was a no brainer because there was no precious time waiting in line for a cab.

We proceed to the Wynn and were greeted by a staff member, who was so nice. In fact, we did not have a bad experience with any of the staff members from the day we arrived to check-out. I was informed by our driver that Steve Wynn actually recruited many of his top former employees at the hotels he owned, including Bellagio, to come work at the Wynn. The staff is top notch... the door was opened for us and we were treated to an eye candy of rich colors (chocolate brown, fuschia, orange, green) and the flower arrangements were the best I've seen at any hotel. The flowers were very rich with colors and simple arrangements, not gaudy or unpleasing to the eye. We get to the reservation counter to check-in and the reservationist was incredibly nice. Now, while most hotels require that you check-out at 11am, our reservationists actually asked us if we needed a late check-out without us even having to ask. We told him that noon would be fine but he still gave us a 1:00 PM check-out time. So, we walk through the casino to the elevators for the resort room, our room was on the 25th floor. Since I've stayed at Bellagio and MGM, the rooms are closer at the Wynn because the hotel is just not massive, which is what I liked about the place.

We get to the room and were just amazed at the view, which looked over the golf course, and the rooms are top notch here, very tastefully done. The foyer is large enough to where you can iron and still have enough room between the bathroom and doorway. I've stayed at many hotel with great bathrooms but the Wynn exceeds them all - it is huge with a nice deep soaking tub, a large shower with a marble bench, LCD TV, his and hers vanity area which is seperated by a vanity, and the luve was a nice size with heavy doors that muffles the sound (if you know what I mean). We requested two beds and they were plush with goosedown comforters, the pillows were so soft. Our favorite feature in the room was the floor to ceiling windows with electronic drapes. While the snacks and the minibar are pricey, we were hungry and happy to be in Vegas, so we took the pretzels and cracked open the champagne before going to dinner.

Dinner was at 9:30 PM at N9ne Steakhouse... my friend works with a guy who is from Vegas and his best friend is the manager at N9ne. I want to thank Jesse publically, he took care of us the rest of the night. At first he greeted us and said he would stop by. Then, Jesse came by and gave us free shots of this chocolate expresso martini, which kept us up all night btw. Thanks Jesse!!!! We order the surf n' turf, which was filet mignon and lobster, we had two sides: creamed corn and mushrooms, and a lovely pinot noir. I'm usually pretty nervous about a hyped restaurant but this place earns its reputation. The steak and lobster was so yummy, it just melted in you mouth... the sides were great, in particular the creamed corn, which I normally don't like. The table next to us was somewhat rowdy, which was about 10 guys and maybe three girls. One of the guys kept looking at me and my friend and he was wearing Gucci shoes, which is funny for me to see on a guy. I'm into labels because I'm a chick but it's always weird to see a guy with GG logo loafers. Anyway, Jesse comes back with a smores dessert for us and he tells us he'll escort us to Ghostbar when we were done. So we were syked because we weren't expecting such VIP treatment. Our check comes, we were only charged for our meal and wine, which still came out to a pretty penny of $150 for two people. We pay the bill and I go to the bathroom, then come back and my friend goes to the bathroom; HOWEVER, our waitress comes over and gives me our credit cards back and tells me that our dinner was paid for by a patron. I was shocked and asked her "WHO?" She told me the guy in the white shirt, and I said, "the one with the Gucci shoes?" She said, "yes!" Man, did I feel THIS small after making fun of him. I just sat there stunned and waited for my friend to come back and tell her. She was shocked and we both got up to thank the gentleman. He informed us that our dinner was picked up by all the guys, we thank all of them and they invited us to sit down and ordered us drinks. So, we're all talking and come to find out, the girls they are with they just met the night before. They were the sweetest girls from Calgary. At this point, they were going over to Pure, but we were suppose to get into Ghostbar, which I really wanted to go but these people just bought our dinner, so we couldn't blow them off. We find Jesse and thank him, he said go and have a good time, he sees this kind of thing every night. We head out and the guys had two limos, so we jump in them and head over but loose half of one group. The group we were with were all guys and only us two girls, it's around 12:30 AM already and Pure was just packed beyond belief, there was no way in immediately, so one of the guys proceeds to work the doorman while we go to the slots with the other guys. We were there for about a half hour before my friend and I decided it was time to go. We had been up since it was a work day. We thank the guys and head back to get a taxi and we were glad we left. I could not believe the disgusting behavior we saw coming out of Ceasers Palace from the club direction. Two guys were peeing into one of the fountains, this one guy was totally out of it with puke all over him. I mean, we like to have a good time but you'd never see that kind of behavior at a hot spot in L.A. or NY. We go back but we're wired from the expresso shot, no sleeping Friday night.

Next day, we go to the pool around 10:00 AM. It's nice because there were enough lounge chairs, even at the European pool where we found a shaded spot. We gave the guy a tip to watch our area while we went to breakfast at Terrace Cafe. The food is good and reasonable. I had the bacon and avacado omlete with egg whites, no additional charge for the egg whites, and it was only $13 dollars. The grapefruit juice was fresh, the coffee was good, and the service just excellent. We go back to lay out, order Strawberry Daquaris, and people watch. Everyone was well-behaved, did not feel uncomfortable once. The music was really good too, and you can't hear it at the far end of the pool. Nice set-up! Later, we go shopping at the Forum Shops, we have a mall at home, so no need for the Fashion Mall across the street from the Wynn. I couldn't believed how much the Forum Shops have changed, we went somewhat wild, not too bad but more than a few items because there were so many sales.

Back to the hotel to get ready for our 7:00 PM dinner at Nobu. The food is just amazing... it is Japanese but with a Peruvian flavor. The lobster ceviche and the Kobe beef was my dishes... this was our last night and dinner was darn pricey. No hook-up here, so dinner was a little over $200 for the two of us. We thought about going to Body English but it was still early and we wanted to gamble. I went to play roulette and our dealer was a spazz and easily distracted. We all placed our bets, he spun the ball and it landed on black 22. I was loosing at this point and only had 5 on black on the outside, but two guys had alot riding on this but our dealer picked up the ball and spun again, the it landed on 3 red. We all looked at each other and asked him wtf did he just do? He said he didn't spin it, we said he did, and a girl who had 3 red claimed she didn't see it, I gave her the evil eye. We had to call the floor manager and they had to play back the video, and of course we were right. And come to find out, the dealer was distracted by Christina Aguliera, I didn't see her but that's what he said. I took my money and left, it was a bad luck table!

At this point, the line was long for Body English and we decided to skip because we did have a pass for Light we got from one of the cab drivers. We go to the Bellagio and this guy promoting the club asked us if we wanted passes, so he just gave them to us, so I didn't have to use the pass from the cab driver, and Light is a madhouse because there's no line except for reserved tables. Other than that, it's just a mob of people behind the velvelt ropes and the doormen are choosing who they want to let in. Of course, it's mainly girls, I did feel bad for the guys but the ones that got in were either two or three in a group, not 8 guys like this one group and the doorman flat out said "NO." I got to the very front of the rope in one of the sections that had the opening and he told everyone to move back. I wasn't moving back at this point to lose my place, so I said "it's just me and my friend" nicely, not pushy, and he said take out your ID and he let us in. All in all, it took only 5 minutes and it was free, alot of people had to pay that step cover of $20 plus bucks. And the club was okay... I know "E Television" said it's the #3 spot in the country, and I don't see that but it's a nice club and smaller than I expected. We stay just past 1:00 AM and call it a night.

Sunday, check-out time... we sleep in until 10:00 AM, start to pack and go get breakfast, again Terrace Cafe. The food is really reasonable here. I'm not big on buffets and that line was long, so we were happy with our choice. The both times we ate here, I our bill was about $30 each time. I had to go to the business center to print out my boarding pass, the concierge did not charge me. We call Las Vegas Limosuine for a pick-up... I mean, it's only $37 bucks, it's in and out, no waiting in a long taxi line, it's worth the little extra money. Check-out was pretty crazy, so we did express check-out which was so easy, and the bill will be itemized via email... nice touch. We go to the area where the cars are, and the attendant asked if I was Ms. _____ and I said "yes." He said Mike, our driver, would be around momentairly. I was amazed that he knew who I was, had all my information and we did not call the hotel to make the arrangement, I called the car company directly. So, I'm telling you... the service at Wynn Las Vegas is top notch and those who have complained. I'm sure some of it may be warranted but I'm also thinking what is it that they done to warrant such bad service because we experienced none of that.

So, report is over... great trip and the Wynn is my choice of hotel from now one. The Bellagio is nice and would stay there again, but I'll check the Wynn first!

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51. Re: Trip Report - LONG! (Wynn Las Vegas) July 29 - 31

Hey 9Superstar9... the casino games are like any other hotel, most of the tables are $10 tables but there are a few $5 too, but the hotel is so new and I never gamble at new hotels but gambling is gambling.

Amenities... of course there is the pool, which is really top notch and better than the Bellagio, IMO. Also, the European pool is free, unlike Mandalay Bay where they charge $20. Sure, everything else is more expensive but this hotel is geared towards upscale travelers, so don't go expecting a deal; however, the rooms are $179 during the week which is a steal considering the rooms but we paid $329 because it was the weekend but it was still worth every penny. The gym is first rate - new equipment, large and very clean. The golf course is nice but I heard it's $500 and only for hotel guest, which I assume Mr. Wynn will be changing soon because the golf courses in Hawaii are not even that much. The art museum is really nice. It is $15 bucks but the paintings are really nice and from Wynn's personal collection. I believe the Ferrari dealership is $15 as well, which is ridiculous to me. I can see those cars on the street in L.A. but I was surprised at how long that line was to get in because people are paying it.

Shows... it wasn't that kind of weekend for us.

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52. Re: Trip Report - LONG! (Wynn Las Vegas) July 29 - 31

Wait so you have to pay $15 to go look at a bunch of cars that you can then buy, after you pay just to look at them? Mr. Wynn really needs to rethink the marketing ploy on that one.

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53. Re: Trip Report - LONG! (Wynn Las Vegas) July 29 - 31

Entry to the dealership is free. I'd love to know how the pay-to-browse rumor got started.

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54. Re: Trip Report - LONG! (Wynn Las Vegas) July 29 - 31

Well, I suppose the internet rumor got started because it was true at one point. I didn't go to the dealership because I heard that too, and even when I was at the hotel, I overheard someone talking about it, so I just called the hotel and asked if the question. I spoke with Judy, she said entry into the dealership is free but they did charge at one point, but they scrapped it, so it is free once again.