North America

Encore: Wynn on a Wing

written by | Posted on February 1st, 2009

Marble plays a big role in this hotel in the public areas as well as the suites. At 2,034 rooms, Encore is an all-suite property beginning with the 750-sq.-ft. Parlor Suite. All suites feature tasteful marble bathrooms with 19-inch LCD TV; floor-to-ceiling windows with dazzling, if not dizzying, views of the city; control panels that move drapes, lights and D&D door buttons; floor-to-ceiling bedroom mirrors; iPod radios and 310 threadcount Italian linens. There are 47 Salon Suites—one (all south-facing toward the neon of the Strip) on each floor starting at 2,261 sq. ft. The 1-bedroom spreads can be increased to two through the connecting Parlor Suite, all renting for $1,000 to $2,000 per night (the Resort Suites start at $175). The layout includes an equipped massage room, a large powder room, a wet bar, living room and dining or business area, with plenty of cushy corners.

The hotel’s spa is its own entity at 61,000 sq. ft., designed in a mixed contemporary Mediterranean meets Muslim Majesty theme with 37 treatment rooms and 14 naturally lit garden suites. The entire property, in fact, brings in the outdoors with plenty of sun streaming in through skylights, windows, doorways and gardens—in contrast to Vegas hotels of old where time revolved around the moves of a pair of dice not the movement of the planets.

add-on goodies To send clients to Las Vegas in style, limo and luxury car services should be added to the mix. Also consider personal concierge services that can escort your clients to the top tables in town and then to VIP corners behind the velvet ropes of the city’s most exclusive ultra lounges.

Dream Car Rentals puts the elusive high-priced wheels in the hands of your client. For $950 for five hours or $1,450 for 24, any client can be the envy of the Strip in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spider. Make it a Porsche 996 Cabriolet convertible and save significantly at $389 for the day (all rental choices come with the 5-hour option). They can drive a Hummer H2 for $179, the lean-green Mercedes Fortwo Passion Cabriolet for $99, or a 1958 Chevy Belair that Elvis would have loved for $325. No road marvel is too far for Dream Car.

But when it comes to the parties or those very special occasions, there is nothing like having an inside smoother in this city. Vegas VIP provides the plan, the package, the person on the inside and the pimped out ride to keep the party going from place to place and it’s all agent commissionable. This is the number to call for planning bachelor/bachelorette parties for your clients, girls/guys getaways, and off-the-record bonding nights for business buddies and company brass. The offices here are staffed with the “people who know people.” Requests are made—whether it’s difficult tee times for 25, a table for two by the window on the neon at a hot restaurant, or a VIP cabana for eight in the center of the action at a TMZ-style pool party. The rabbit comes out of the hat. Magic is managed by e-mail or phone. Commissionable packages include turnkey options, such as Girls Night Out. For $169 pp the company supplies a VIP host for the night, Hummer Limo rides around town, VIP access to racy Olympic Garden, and a VIP table at Body English nightclub with bottles of premium liquor. No lines, no parking, no admissions, no questions, no waiting.

Build your own packages for your clients that can include golf, dinners, shows, chauffeured stocked luxury limos, whatever a person or group might require. In a city that is built on whom you know and whom that person knows, having someone on the inside is a good idea for those clients who are not up for rolling the dice on a good time.