Encore – History

On April 28, 2006, Wynn Las Vegas celebrated its one-year anniversary by breaking ground on a second hotel tower. Initially named the Encore Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, the 2,034 room hotel project cost $2.3 billion and was sited adjacent to the existing resort and on the remaining frontage of Las Vegas Boulevard. Originally envisioned as an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas quickly became a full-scale resort; it shares resources and is connected to the Wynn resort via a shopping arcade. The resort was estimated to add 5,300 jobs to the Las Vegas area.

After 2½ years of construction, the resort formally opened to the public at 8:00 pm on December 22, 2008 to large crowds. Due to the period’s economic downturn, the opening was designed to be more subdued than previous casino resort openings. The resort’s jewelry shop featured the 231 carats (46 g; 710 gr), prune-sized Wynn Diamond, billed as “the largest cut pear-shaped diamond in the world.” To open the betting, Steve Wynn gave invited high-rollers a few million dollars to make the initial bets and initiated the action by declaring over a microphone, “Let the games begin!”; the start of gambling was accompanied by a recording of Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.”

The building is 631 feet (192 m) in height, and has 63 floors, making it three floors higher than Wynn Las Vegas, though the building does not actually contain 63 floors since floors 13 and 40-49 were omitted: 13 has traditionally been an unlucky number in various Western cultures, and various East Asian cultures are superstitious about the number 4 because it is a homonym for “death” in their languages.

The resort’s interior public spaces feature a combination of Asian influences and whimsical designs, including strong reds and a butterfly motif, in its design; the overall theme, designed by Roger P. Thomas, borrows aspects from the Wynn Macau in China. In addition, the hotel continues and expands on the original Wynn Resort’s use of big windows, dense greenery and filtered natural light to pervade more areas of the casino than had traditionally been done in Las Vegas. The pool area includes 29 rentable cabanas. In late November 2009, the casino was slightly altered, removing drapery and palm trees in an effort to open up the space a bit more. Steve Wynn, after reviewing and walking through, replaced the planting, but not the curtains, seemingly feeling the casino became too stuffy with the drapery at the corners of each space.

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