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Time Magazine Does Encore

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 5th March 2009 2:06pm
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TIME magazine has published a review of Encore entitled Stick It To The Recession : Wynn's Vegas Encore.

It's a pretty good overview of the resort although I think the tone is a bit smug in spots, specifically describing Switch as 'a contemporary surf-and-turf menu' (if that is, then what isn't?) and The Spa as catering 'to any marathon-running, mani-pedi-wearing Zen master' (I'm none of those, yet the spa catered to me.)

Richard Abowitz' Movable Buffet also chimes on the review with a half bushel of disagreements, mostly fact checking the origins of the misspelled "La Reve" (as in 'Le Reve' P.S.: kooky french characters make our database go haywire, so we omit them.) TIME has since corrected it's erroneous Cirque-assertions.

One point Richard makes that we do disagree with is his gentile accusation that the writer may be carrying water for Wynn Resorts PR machine by summarizing their visit with:

The beauty of the Wynn is that you don't ever have to leave the grounds of the resort to enjoy yourself for a couple of days.

During both of our stays at Encore - which took place during the first month or so of operation - we spent the entire trip on greater Wynn Las Vegas parcel, save a rain soaked bee line to Orleans to take some photos. We hardly even noticed this until we it dawned on us that we skipped our once-per-trip visit to Bouchon as we drove past the Palazzonician on the way home.

Richard also takes the reviewer to task about perspective:

...the opportunity to really apply an out-of-town perspective to the newest luxury resort in town, as Stein once did for Time, or even to see how Encore fits into this town, was not pursued in favor of empty-reading praise and a collection of cliches.

I'll bet that TIME's target audience for this review - tourists and conventioneers - doesn't give a hoot about how Encore fits into 'town.' For the majority of us, Las Vegas extends from McCarran to the Strat plus Glitter Gulch. Additionally, there isn't really that much of a difference - at least in the exterior presentation - that would make most folks even notice that Encore was, in fact, a 'different resort' and not just a second hotel tower. For a brand new addition to the Vegas skyline and market pecking order as Wynn Las Vegas was in 2005, this is appropriate. Encore, probably not.

The tourist and local perspectives are completely different. If I had a condo in Vegas somewhere, I'd probably never stay at Encore, and if I did, it wouldn't be for more than one night. As relaxing and enjoyable as it might be, I would never be able to let go of the fact that that only miles away is a fully stocked fridge/cupboard/bar, already paid for high speed internet and a dog that needs to be fed/walked/played with.

The view from inside in is different from outside out.



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