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The Bellagio Revisited

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 8th July 2005 10:20am
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Sitting at a waterfront steakhouse at the newest and most expensive Strip resort, indulging in a fabulous meal, we concluded that Steve Wynn did, indeed, build the finest resort in town.

It has an elegant casino, matchless dining, a fine art gallery, a gorgeous theater, opulent guest rooms, an impeccable staff.

But enough about the Bellagio.

Tonight we're at Wynn Las Vegas, curious whether the visionary who brought us the breakout Mirage in 1989 and the $1.7-billion Bellagio in 1998 had enough left in his creative soul to sculpt another masterpiece.

The short answer is yes, with an asterisk. There's a Bellagio feel at nearly every turn inside Wynn Las Vegas. (The exterior is a different matter.) But it's hard to call something a knockoff when it cost $1 billion more than the genuine article.

So it is with Wynn Las Vegas. Five years ago, Wynn cashed in his Bellagio chips, then bought and tore down the iconic Desert Inn to build his new resort. It was initially called Le RÍve ("The Dream," after a Picasso painting he purchased to display here), but for branding purposes, he gave it his own name. Today, Wynn's signature towers over the Las Vegas skyline.

Allowing two months to iron out any opening wrinkles, my wife and I drove across the Mojave Desert in mid-June to check out Wynn's dream.

[ Be sure to check out the photo gallery on the link below - Ed ]



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