Wynn Las Vegas, often simply referred to as Wynn, is a luxury resort and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States, on the site of the old Desert Inn Hotel. The US$2.7-billion resort is named after casino developer Steve Wynn and is the flagship property of Wynn Resorts. The resort covers 215 acres (87 ha). It is located at the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue, directly across The Strip from the Fashion Show Mall.
|Wynn Las Vegas|
|Location||Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|Address||3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard|
|Opening date||April 28, 2005|
Life Imitating Art
|No. of rooms||2,716|
|Total gaming space||189,000 sq ft (17,600 m2)|
|Permanent shows||Le Rêve|
|Signature attractions||Lake of Dreams|
Wynn Golf Club
Costa di Mare
Lakeside by David Walzog
|Architect||Marnell Corrao Associates|
|Renovated in||2008 (villas)|
2010 (Resort and Tower Suite Rooms)
2018 (Wynn Paradise Park)
The 614-foot (187 m)-high hotel has 45 floors, with the 2,716 rooms ranging in size from 640 sq ft (59 m2) to villas at 3,224 sq ft (299.5 m2). The complex also includes a 111,000 sq ft (10,300 m2) casino, a convention center with 560,720 sq ft (52,093 m2) of space and 13,564 sq ft (1,260.1 m2) of retail space. Together with the adjacent Encore, the entire Wynn resort complex has a total of 4,748 rooms, making it the world's seventh-largest hotel.
The Wynn Plaza shopping complex, a large expansion of the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas, opened November 9, 2018. The shopping complex moves the Wynn properties closer to Las Vegas Boulevard. Tenants include upscale stores such as Balmain, Celine, Kiton, Stella McCartney and restaurants including Urth Caffé and Cipriani. Wynn Paradise Park was planned to be built on the site of a golf course adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas. The 20-acre lagoon, boardwalk, waterfront meeting space, and other features was expected to draw additional traffic to the hotels. The project was abandoned in November 2018. Instead, Wynn Las Vegas revamped its 18-hole championship golf course, which reopened in October 2019.
Wynn Las Vegas and its sister property Encore Las Vegas collectively hold more Forbes Travel Guide (FTG) Five-Star awards than any other resort and casino in the world, and in 2020 were named the largest and second-largest FTG Five-Star resorts in the world, respectively. Wynn Las Vegas also made Forbes Award history by earning five-star ratings in every category: hotel, restaurant, and spa. It has held the distinction of winning the award in the hotel sector every year since 2007. The resort has also earned AAA five diamond, Mobil five-star, Forbes five-star, and Zagat Survey Top U.S. Hotel ratings, as well as one Michelin star for its restaurant Wing Lei. It is considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world. Wynn Las Vegas and its sister property Encore Las Vegas collectively hold more Forbes five-star awards than any other resort and casino in the world. The building is the first high-rise to be cleaned by an automatic window washing system. The resort is named to the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List as one of the "Top Hotels in the World".
Steve Wynn first revealed plans of a 45-story, 2,455-room, and 514-foot resort and four-acre lake in August 2001. The project did not have a formal name and would be built on the site of the Desert Inn. The project's name was revealed on October 19, 2001, as "Le Rêve", meaning "the dream" in French.
To make way for the resort, the Desert Inn's main tower was imploded on October 23, 2001. The rest of the Desert Inn was imploded on November 17, 2004. The project included the redesigning of the historic Desert Inn golf course, which was renamed the Wynn Golf Club. The remainder of the property was acquired by purchasing private residences that were generally located along Paradise Avenue. While some owners sold early on, others held out. This resulted in numerous legal actions between the various parties. In the end, the site acquired totaled 215 acres (87 ha).
In June 2002, Steve Wynn filed for an IPO to help fund the project. Wynn hired Marnell Corrao Associates to design and build the resort. The resort was built at a cost of $2.7 billion, which made it the largest privately funded construction project in the nation.The name of the resort was changed from "Le Rêve" to "Wynn Las Vegas" on June 23, 2003.
Wynn Las Vegas opened on April 28, 2005, the same day as Steve Wynn's wife, Elaine Wynn's birthday, the 55th anniversary of the original Desert Inn opening, and five years from the day Wynn purchased the Desert Inn site. Early advertising for the resort featured exterior images of the hotel tower, with Wynn standing on the roof, just above his signature logo. The initial commercial aired in local markets during the 2005 Super Bowl, eventually being nationally broadcast as opening drew near. A "teaser" website for the resort included both the commercial and a "making-of" video.
The hotel runs a quarterly magazine, called "WYNN", and is available in all guest rooms at both Wynn and Encore, as well as online.
Since Wynn's completion, the resort and other hotels on the Strip has been shown in many films and television shows based on Las Vegas.
The resort is notably featured in the 2009 film 2012, where the film's main characters flee a destroyed Las Vegas by narrowly flying a plane similar to the Antonov An-225 between the crumbling Wynn and Encore towers as they collapse onto one another.
In addition, the Encore Theater was home to Beyoncé's sold-out I Am... Tour, which was featured in I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas, filmed from July 30 to August 2, 2009.
An action comedy film Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 starring Kevin James was entirely filmed at the casino. It is the first film ever shot on the property of Steve Wynn by his permission. Other films shot at Wynn include Frank & Lola, The Squeeze, Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert, Garth Brooks’ Holiday Special, and The House.
In contrast to previous hotels built by Wynn, including Bellagio, The Mirage, and Treasure Island, the Encore Esplanade Fountain is a relatively subdued Las Vegas Strip attraction to draw in passers-by. At its opening, the Wynn was the tallest hotel building on the strip (a record which lasted two years). It was the first Vegas casino to feature a car dealership (Ferrari-Maserati). Other firsts:
- Combination of the room key and the casino frequent-player card into a single card.
- The largest installation of voice over IP technology for hotel phones.
- The first Las Vegas casino to install RFID tags inside chips to better detect counterfeiting.
- The first resort to provide an Amazon Echo in all hotel rooms, connected to the room's lighting and other systems.
Lake of DreamsEdit
In a departure from the trend established by The Mirage, which opened sidewalk attractions to draw in customers, Wynn Las Vegas is constructed so that visitors enter the building to view the attractions. The main attraction is a large, curtain waterfall behind a mountain that faces the strip. The waterfall falls into a 3 acres (1.2 ha) lake.
The first production show to open was Le Rêve. Le Rêve is set in a 1 million gallon water-oriented theater where no seat is more than 40 ft (12 m) from the stage. The production was created by Franco Dragone.
Le Rêve was the working name of the resort before it was changed to Wynn Las Vegas. "Le Rêve" means "The Dream" in French, and the name of the centerpiece painting that Steve Wynn owned, Le Rêve by Picasso.
Most recently, Wynn Las Vegas bought the rights to the show from Dragone to make some changes, including the logo. Wynn owned all rights to the show until it permanently closed on March 10th, 2020 due to COVID 19.
Avenue Q, a Tony Award-winning puppet and people musical which enjoyed considerable success on Broadway, was the second production show to open at Wynn. It debuted on September 8, 2005, in the 1,200-seat Broadway Theatre and closed on May 28, 2006.
Monty Python's SpamalotEdit
Spamalot, a Tony Award-winning comedic musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, opened for previews on March 8, 2007, at Grail Theater (formerly Broadway Theatre). The official run began on March 31, 2007, and starred John O'Hurley as King Arthur through September 26, 2007. The show closed on July 13, 2008.
On April 17, 2008, Wynn Resorts announced that Mirage headliner Danny Gans would move to the resort in February 2009. Gans moved into the theater formerly used by both Avenue Q and Spamalot, which was renamed Encore Theater and is marketed as part of the Encore expansion. Gans performed there until his death on May 1, 2009.
Clubs within Wynn include Encore Beach Club (a 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) venue surrounding three tiered pools with gaming and cabanas) and XS Nightclub (a 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) indoor/outdoor space with over 10,000 individual light sources).
Unique to Wynn Las Vegas is Intrigue, a 14,000 square feet (1,300 m2) venue with an outdoor patio that features a waterfall and pyrotechnics. Opened in April 2016, it replaced Tryst but officially closed on June 1, 2019.
- Cipriani, Italian cuisine
- Costa di Mare, Italian coastal cuisine, executive chef Mark LoRusso
- The Buffet, 15 Live-Action Cooking Stations, American and International cuisine, executive chef Jonathan Bauman
- Mizumi, Haute Japanese cuisine, executive chef Min Kim
- Lakeside, Modern American cuisine, executive chef David Walzog
- La Cave Wine Bar, Modern cuisine & Wine Bar
- Charlie's Bar & Grill, American cuisine
- Red 8 Asian Bistro, Southeast Asian cuisine, executive chef Soon Look Ooi
- Allegro, Italian-American cuisine, executive chef Enzo Febbraro
- SW, American cuisine, executive chef David Walzog
- Tableau, Modern American cuisine, executive chef Robert Bruce
- Wing Lei, Chinese cuisine of Cantonese, Shanghai and Szechuan flavors, executive chef Ming Yu.
Shops and boutiquesEdit
Wynn Las Vegas includes international, exclusive and unique shopping boutiques housed in 146,000 sq ft of retail space. The Wynn Plaza shopping complex, a $54-million expansion of the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Las Vegas, opened in spring 2018.
Wynn Esplanade ShoppesEdit
- Bottega Veneta
- Chrome Hearts
- Cotton Citizen
- James Perse
- Le Labo
- Louis Vuitton Men's
- Marie France Van Damme
- Saint Laurent
- Stefano Ricci
- Stella McCartney
- Vitra Eyewear
- Want Apothecary
- Yosemite by James Perse
Wynn Golf and Country ClubEdit
The Wynn Golf Course was the only golf course on the Las Vegas Strip, built on the site of the former Desert Inn course. It was designed by Steve Wynn and Tom Fazio, who previously worked together on the Shadow Creek Golf Club, in an exclusive neighborhood in nearby North Las Vegas. It closed in December 2017 to make way for a new development on the land into the resort's proposed $1.5 billion Paradise Park. The course was re-opened in October 2019.
Tower Suites at Wynn Las VegasEdit
The Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas consists of all suites in the separated southernmost section of the main tower. These 296 rooms, all suites have a private driveway with Rolls-Royce house cars and chauffeurs, as well as a private entrance with koi pond, a separate check-in area and elevators, and a private pool area. The hotel has since become popular among celebrities and the very wealthy. In 2006, The Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas was evaluated independently from the rest of the property by Mobil Travel Guide for their 2007 ratings. It was awarded the first ever Mobil Five-Star rating awarded to a hotel in Las Vegas and has since received numerous other five-star awards, making the Tower Suites one of the finest boutique hotels worldwide.
On April 28, 2006, Wynn celebrated its first anniversary by beginning construction of a second hotel tower. Called Encore, the tower was a $2.3 billion, 2,034-room hotel project adjacent to the existing resort and on the remaining frontage of Las Vegas Boulevard. Encore opened on December 22, 2008.
In early 2018, it was announced by the then-chairman of Wynn Resorts Steve Wynn that the company plans to purchase the property located across the street from where Wynn Las Vegas and Encore is located where the New Frontier Hotel and Casino used to be located before its demolition in 2007. The new hotel, called Wynn West, is planned to be a 2,000-3,000 room hotel. It will connect to the currently existing Beach Club outside Encore and Wynn Las Vegas by an "air conditioned umbilical hallway" that will travel across Las Vegas Boulevard. The chairman said that he is "going to get those... buildings up as fast as I can because I want to capture more of the absolutely inevitable visitor and tourist traffic that Las Vegas will experience in the next 15 to 20 years" when asked about his projects. The newly appointed CEO of Wynn Resorts Matt Maddox plans to move forward with the plans to build Wynn West. He said that development of Wynn West is "still in the top of the first inning". He is confident that the Wynn design team will flourish, even without Steve Wynn, who resigned from his position after being accused of sexually harassing employees. The team has architects Roger Thomas and DeRuyter Butler, who were a part of the teams that developed The Mirage, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, The Bellagio, and Wynn Las Vegas.
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