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Zen and XS at The Opening of Encore Las Vegas

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December 23, 2008 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

The highly-anticipated Encore Las Vegas finally opened last night at 8:00 pm, and we received a report from a super-secret HC operative on the scene. Eager guests — presumably Wynn loyalists who were psyched to see what Steve Wynn had up his sleeve for the followup to his hugely successful (and perennial HC fave) Wynn Las Vegas — lined up and braved the chilly weather in Vegas to be the first through Encore's doors.

From our tipster:

Guests waited hours on line to get in. Forget about the line into the main entrance, the line within Wynn wrapped completely around the Wynn casino, through the Wynn shopping esplanade and out the side door. Hundreds of security officers and employees were doing crowd control within and outside of the hotel. Steve Wynn emceed as invited casino guests placed the inaugural bet at 8pm on the dot.

While picture-taking was strictly forbidden (not even media were allowed to snap any shots of the rooms or interiors), our tipster did report a few things that stood out about the place.

As far as the rooms go, the standard king rooms are actually set up in a suite-style. They have a half-wall dividing the living area from the bedroom, and the half-wall has a flatscreen TV on it that swivels 360 degrees. Also, all the rooms with two beds have two queens, not two double beds (translation: you can work it out so that you and three of your pals can hit Vegas and stay in one room comfortably).

Down in the casino, our tipster reports seeing a glass wall looking out onto a garden — gamblers can stare out onto the garden for a moment of zen. For the opposite of zen, you'll be able to head to XS nightclub when it opens up after the new year.

Special thanks to our HC insider for the report! If you were on hand for Encore's opening, tell us about the experience.

Archived Comments:

3 friends in a room?

um we have several times managed to squeeze four peeps into two double beds. but i do appreciate the extra room in the queen beds. steve wynn thinks of everything. i sort of think i am falling in love with him. bill marriott has some serious competition in my old man crush contest. just FYI bill!!

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