Roger Thomas Talks Encore Room Renovations

The Master Speaks

Posted by Chuckmonster

CM: Will this renovation include the hallways and elevator landings?

RT: We just completely refreshed the hallways, those are going to remain. The elevator areas are going to remain much the same, but we're going to re-drape them, as you know drapery accumulates air problems, so we're going to complete redo the drapery, we're refreshing the wall cover, doing a new wall cover in the elevators.

In the Tower Suites lobby, we had really beautiful Blanc de Chine Guanyin figures that frankly got abused by our guests. Badly. So I had to put them in a plastic case. The plastic case felt too big for the beautiful console we had them on, so I've decided to remove the Guanyin and we're going to put in some very lovely amphora that I've designed.

CM: When do you think these rooms are going to start to come online?

RT: Beginning of Summer.

CM: Are the renovated rooms going to be called "deluxe"?

RT: Are they going to be called deluxe? We don't think we have anything but deluxe here at Wynn. (Laughs) All of our rooms are high level. I think deluxe is a term that is way over used. Usually I encounter the term most when it is NOT. (Laughs) Like, to try and fool me. So we don't participate in that.

We have our Resort rooms and our Tower Suite rooms. They are all receiving the upgrades.

Tower Suites are getting completely refreshed.

We found that in the Tower Suites, in order to accommodate the new electrical conveniences, we're needing to replace some of the night tables and so I'm using the opportunity to use a larger night table. It fits the space perfectly but gives a little more tablescape for that inevitable reading book, iPad, iPhone that we all seem to toss onto our night tables. So I wanted to give us a little more room for that. Those are the major furniture changes in the whole refresh.

CM: When Wynn renovations came online, the term 'deluxe' was used in reservation listings to demarcate the upgraded rooms.

RT: I speak designspeak, not companyspeak. (Laughs) I'm not the voice of the company, I'm the voice of the aesthetic guy.

When we're designing rooms in our studio, we never ever use the term 'typical room.' Most hotels say 'our typical room is... .' I don't think we've got anything typical. I like the term 'resort' because what we really try to give all of our guests is the feeling that they're in their own personal pied-รก-terre inside a resort.

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So the real "Tower Suites" aka Parlor and Salon will receive upgrades but the Tower Suite will not, I gather that because it is the same room as Encore's Resort Suite.

Regarding what Roger said about too many properties calling their rooms "Deluxe" is somewhat disingenuous. Currently the base rooms at Wynn are Deluxe Resort, so Wynn is no better than say Aria, and you caught him there. Good work. Sort of feels like to me he is just towing the company line here.

As for Encore being very popular, and correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the Encore side fairly dead, at least not when the clubs are booming?

Too bad they can't install double paned windows on rooms that face the clubs. That would get more people in the rooms than any renovation.

Re: "deluxe" ... Roger didn't understand the question. It wasn't a gotcha moment it was an attempt to clarify what the nomenclature would be for the new rooms. I think is answers are brilliant nonetheless.

I think the interview itself was awesome. Amazing that you were able to put that together. Great read.

Great get, Chuck!

%u201C %u2018Friendly to the world%u2019 kind of change.%u201D Code for low impact, enviro-friendly, i.e., there won%u2019t be much landfill because they%u2019re not going to change much. (Low suds carpet cleaner? ;)

I kid, because I do agree Encore%u2019s rooms are beautiful as originally designed. The color scheme was adopted for the Wynn tower renovations, after all. (Irony that Encore%u2019s rooms were by a certain subcontractor. ;) I wonder if the replacement of the wooden surfaces is an acknowledgement that they are showing the most wear & tear. Clever way to keep the existing furniture. Bigger end tables in the Suites, 1.

The 55%u201D TVs will make the room divider seem more like a true wall.

Hallways: Aw, no lamp sconces for sale!

Abused Guanyin: what happens when you turn a five-star property over to the club kiddies%u2026.

I would hope the renos include replacing any of the jangling metal bits that provided accompaniment to the club music during Misnomer's unfortunate stay....

Also, I could easily hear my neighbor's voice not only under the connecting door, but also along the window! Soundproofing, to the extent possible, would be great for that and would help against the intrusion of club noise.

(Hey, what happened to the quotes and apostrophes in the comment above? Ew.)

Thanks Motoman.

Re the strange characters... What you are seeing is unicode encoding of Microsoft Magic Quotes. Are you writing your comments in an external application (i.e. Word) then pasting them into the site?

I've been trying to squash these encoding bugs for years but the seem to keep popping up.

It is interesting that Wynn Resorts decided against doing a full renovation of the rooms. Granted the first half of the use cycle was at much lower occupancy due to the recession, they've chose the pragmatic approach of upgrading what needs to be done - technology, soft goods and minor furnishing adjustments.

I'm compelled by the black quartz mica granite with travertine streaks. Roger's description is dazzling and I see the streaks playing deliciously against the RT designed black couches with white piping and the houndstooth wall.

Frankly these rooms (originally designed by Todd-Avery Lenahan) are some of the most compelling, thoughtful, artistic and beautiful hotel rooms ever to come to Las Vegas. Dense in meaning and glorious in subtlety. There is no reason - stylistically - that these rooms should be renovated.

I'm certainly a bit sad that I'll have to wait until Wynn Palace in Cotai opens before we get some new RT designed room product, but then again opening is only a year from now!

Based on what I've found, the Cotai rooms will have a similar approach to the Encore resort rooms but with tangerine orange replacing the red.
Can't wait to see the finished product.

Re: Todd-Avery Lenahan
yes, that's the "subcontractor" I referred to in the hosed comment above. (Heh heh. You said "deliciously.") You mention lower occupancy due to the recession during Encore's early years. No doubt that's why they broke the five-year cycle and let Encore go for longer. That, and as you so eloquently put it, the sheer awesomeness of those rooms.

And yes, I cut-n-pasted from TextEdit (Mac user all the way). I'm a rough draft kind of guy, after a few regrettable posts in the past. Now I know to replace punctuation before hitting "Post Comment." ;)

black granite = better surface for blow

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