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New York Times Reviews Wynn Las Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 15th July 2005 11:25pm
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The Basics Steve Wynn, the hotelier and casino owner, reportedly spent $2.7 billion to build his dream resort, which opened April 28. That's about a million dollars for each of its 2,716 rooms.

Wynn Las Vegas The Wynn sits behind an artificial hill, helping it look smaller than its 50-story height.

Forum: Travel in the News The Location The crescent-shaped tower is at the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard - the Strip. An artificial 87-foot hill covered in trees separates the building from the street. The architects cleverly disguised the size of the hotel by eliminating scale-revealing details from its glass facade: it's hard to believe it's more than 30 stories. Actually, it's 50, and the wait for elevators can be maddening. (Tip: book a room on the 28th floor, the first stop for the express elevators.) The hotel's size makes impromptu movements practically impossible. Say you're at the pool and decide you want to read a newspaper. Do you really want to spend half an hour walking to the gift shop?

The Rooms Most hotel rooms are rectangular; the standard Wynn room is a 20-by-20-foot square. And with a 10-foot ceiling, the room is a half-cube, which any architect will tell you is a magical proportion. One wall is entirely glass, with just enough of a sill so that you don't feel queasy checking out the spectacular views. The room's other walls are a copper-colored fabric that suggests a rich wood paneling with an added bit of glitter. The room is very high-tech, which can compromise privacy. When I had trouble accessing the Internet on the TV, the front desk put me in touch with a technician, who was able to see what was happening on my screen, in real time.

The Bathroom Try finding a fault. The shower is big enough for two, as is the tub (which fills in record time). The toilet is in a separate room. Quilted towels are super-plush. The shampoo has just the slightest hint of lemon.



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