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Steve Wynn officially threw his hat in the ring last week to bring one of his casinos to the City of Brotherly Love, meeting the November 15th submission deadline along with five others who hope to obtain the city’s currently unclaimed casino license.
This isn’t the first time Wynn has had his eye on Philly (and it’s no surprise considering he’s a graduate of UPenn). Back in April of 2010, he agreed to salvage the Foxwoods casino on Columbus Boulevard, but pulled out of the deal a week later because the deal was, in his words, “so screwed up.” Due to a lack of other interested investors, Foxwoods eventually lost its gaming license, which instantly made Philly a top bachelor in the casino world. And, given that his dream of building a casino in Massachusetts' Foxborough have been blown to bits, it's back to the Pennsylvania drawing board.
What’s at stake? The $50 million license permits a casino to operate with up to 5,000 slot machines and 250 table games. To put that in perspective, the new Revel in nearby Atlantic City, New Jersey, opened with 2,439 slot machines and 97 table games. These high limits set by the city would give a new Wynn – or whatever – the opportunity to compete in both size and grandeur with Atlantic City if it so chooses (something we’re sure is no coincidence).
If you haven't heard it, then let us tell you: Macau is hot. It's so hotfor gambling, shopping, dining and overall indulgingthat the Financial Times reports that it brings in six times the annual revenue of Las Vegas, and hotel occupancy hovers a serious 96-99%.
For this reason, Macau is working to add hotels as fast as possible. Already they've opened an additional 2,200 rooms in the three hotels of the Galaxy Macau complex: Galaxy Hotel, a Banyan Tree and the Hotel Okura. Still, it's not enough.
Never mess with a classic. That was our first thought when we opened up the cute little shower cap box from a recent stay at Encore Las Vegas and were greeted by a white shower cap.
Our second: actually, it’s kind of cute. Makes it look like a baker’s cap rather than a shower cap. That makes it a little less unsexy, no?
Our third: actually, it’s a bummer, because now we can no longer use it for numbers 1, 7, 12, 14 and 20 in our list of 20 other uses for hotel shower caps. And although the others would still work, this would make things a lot less attractive.
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We always feel bad for our globe-trotting vegan friends. When they dine at hotels, they are stuck with practically no options on the menu, and the choices they do have are basically limited to lettuce. But a number of hotels are trying to cater to the meat-free, dairy-free crowd and offer a special vegan menu that also tastes good.
Check out four hotels that are cooking it up animal-free.
Okay, kiddies. Can't we all agree that suing each other over the gimmicky use of two consonants is a little...excessive? Or should we say "XS-ive"?
Reportedly, NYLO had "asserted rights" to the trademark "XS" perhaps a marketing tie-in for their yet-to-happen XP brand? and had "offered to let Wynn pay a licensing fee to use the name for the club at Encore." How generous of them! The suit Wynn is filing against NYLO says its use of "XS" doesn't infringe on anyone's rights.
We're not going to take anyone's side here, but we only have this to add: let's not forget that neither one of these hotel companies had this cutesy "XS" idea first. Just saying.
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Last night, CBS' 60 Minutes aired a segment on Steve Wynn, aptly titled "The King of Las Vegas." We assume it was mostly supposed to focus on exactly how Wynn "The Man With the Midas Touch has kept his company afloat and has even managed to open up a new property (Encore Las Vegas, if you're just tuning in) during these tough economic times, but it was mostly a Steve-Wynn-is-awesome piece. Which we don't mind at all, because Steve Wynn is pretty awesome.
So: Charlie Rose attended the opening of Encore to interview the King of Las Vegas and to check out just how Steve Wynn whom Rose has known personally and professionally for a number of years operates. Naturally, one of the first questions he asked Wynn was why he opened Encore in such tough economic times, to which Wynn candidly replied, laughing: "If I had any idea that this [recession] was going to happen, I wouldn't have. We started this project four years ago."
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Some sad news today: Steve Wynn and Elaine Wynn are officially getting a divorce. Recall that we'd heard some rumors that the emperor and his wife were in the middle of a very quiet split a couple months ago a PYT was allegedly involved but the couple was still on good terms.
For those who haven't followed our somewhat gush-y coverage of the almost-former Emperor's Wife: Elaine has been more than Steve's spouse; she's also been fairly involved in the company, overseeing the retail shops at Wynn hotels and acting as a director on the company's board.
"I went to the Wynn and all I got was this stupid T-shirt." Without a doubt, this is being heard more often around Vegas as merrymakers head to the city of spending without as much cash. On our last excursion, we opted for a case of mints shaped like the hotel rather than an overpriced T-shirt.
We are totally still in Hong Kong, and if there's one huge benefit to staying longer than a week in a new city, it's the opportunity for side trips. Tempted by the possibility of more passport stamps and a ride on a jet catamaran ferry, we hightailed it out to Macau, a former Portuguese property which now turns out both gambling addicts and heavenly egg tarts.
After about $15 USD and a comfortable 40-minute ride out in the South China sea from Hong Kong's downtown port, we headed ashore to what has become the Las Vegas of the East; The Sands Casino towers is a behemoth sitting right off the main drag, and further down the main street you'll find the newcomers MGM Grand and the Wynn along with the old Hotel Lisboa. At one moment you'll be strolling down a cobblestone alley and licking gelato, and the next you're throwing dice a few hundred feet away from a Chanel boutique.
Yesterday we heard good things about this place and today, we bring you your first look at Encore Las Vegas. More details on the room and the hotel will be forthcoming but until then drop in your room reactions in comments below.
Well according to the LA Times, the emperor's wife is busying herself with helping the flailing Las Vegas economy. Mrs. Wynn has a real job at Wynn Resorts as a director and she oversees all the retail shops at the hotels. And what a fun job it must have been to select the stores for Encore.
The project, billed as the Wynn hotel's "sexy little sister," includes several boutiques -- Hermès; the new Chanel Ultra-Luxe boutique (the first in the U.S.); the edgy multibrand Ensemble with new styles by Ossie Clark, Thomas Wylde and Philipp Plein and vintage finds such as a 1966 Paco Rabanne Lucite and metal chain-link dress ($10,780); In Step, a temple to over-the-top shoes such as Nicholas Kirkwood's platinum crocodile spaceship-like stilettos ($7,995); and Wynn and Company Jewelry, home to those sliced diamonds.
What's probably not fun? Trying to sell all those luxe goods in a recession. All of this extravagant inventory was ordered before the economy started to tank so the Wynns will have to be more careful about what they order the next time around.
Still, while the Wynns are scaling back in some places (they canceled a black-tie gala for the opening of Encore), they still firmly believe in giving guests a brief chance to experience the high life. As Elaine herself says, "If people can't afford to indulge themselves, they can still appreciate the artistry." We'll try to restrain ourselves.
[Photo: Wally Skalij for the LA Times]
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Maybe it's your job to order peonies for the lobby flower arrangement, or perhaps you're a big shot hotelier, or is it just that you have a thing for comparing hotel carpeting; in any case, the hospitality tradeshow HD Boutique runs September 17-18 in Miami and it will be heaven for everyone in the design hotel biz.
A smaller, design-focused version of the big HD Expo held in May in Vegas, HD Boutique will host 700 vendors and artisans in cabana-like booths to facilitate the sharing of new trends and products. And if the pool at The Raleigh is good enough for Chanel, then it'll be the perfect setting for canoodling during the HD gala on September 17.