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Top 10 reasons we love Wynn Las Vegas

20 April 2020

Wynn Las Vegas turns 15 on 28 April. It will be a quiet birthday for the majestic bronze building at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down casinos in Nevada until at least May.

Nonetheless, there is still plenty to celebrate about Wynn Las Vegas. Below we present some highlights of the property that have helped make it one of the most popular and iconic casinos, not just in Las Vegas, but across the world.

10. The history
The Wynn Resorts flagship property is a $2.7-billion resort on the Las Vegas Strip and was named after Steve Wynn, the casino developer.

Wynn first introduced the resort’s plans in 2001, which was for a 45-story resort to be built on the site of the Desert Inn Hotel, which began to be brought down in 2001 and finished in 2004. Originally the name of the resort was Le Rêve which means The Dream in French. On 23 June 2003, the name of the resort was officially changed to Wynn Las Vegas which it has been called ever since.

Then nearly two years later, on 28 April 2005, Wynn Las Vegas opened to the public, the same day as Steve Wynn’s wife, Elaine Wynn’s birthday.

Back in 2018, Steve Wynn had his second lawsuit for sexual harassment filed in less than a week. Wynn was in the process of getting ready to open his Encore Boston Harbor resort in 2019, but due to allegations he was forced out of Wynn Resorts.

Wynn resigned in February 2018 while the Nevada Gaming Control Board launched an investigation, which was completed in early 2019.

9. Elio opens at Wynn Las Vegas
On 25 March, Elio’s lounge opened for daily operations.

"The addition of Elio will be a defining moment as we embark on expanding the collection of restaurants at Wynn," said Marilyn Spiegel, President of Wynn Las Vegas.

The restaurant is in the space adjacent to Encore Beach Club and showcases a menu of recipes grounded in Mexico's rich culinary traditions. Small plates and appetizers featuring an emphasis on seafood and produce are paired with signature shareable entrées. The bar and lounge add to the celebration by showcasing Mexico's best hand-selected agave-based spirits.

8. The golf club
As the weather in the Northeast struggles to get warmer and in golf season condition, weather in Las Vegas is much more ready for the occasion. Despite COVID-19 is preventing golfers from getting on the course, there is a light at the end of that tunnel. With the recent updates to individual states being able to enter certain phases of getting back to normalcy, golf may not be too far out of the picture.

With that being said, when golf is up and running again, the Wynn Golf Club is a big feature to the Las Vegas resort.

The championship course was designed by the famous Tom Fazio and features a professional caddie program which includes some PGA-member caddies.

This course was closed back in late 2017 with the intention to build Paradise Park, a project that would cost $3 billion. In 2018, Wynn Resorts announced that it would scratch that project and ended up reopening the golf course the following year.

7. The Spa at the Wynn
According to the Wynn’s website, this spa was the first one in Las Vegas to receive a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award. A new design was introduced last year.

The spa offers its guests many different ways to find relaxation. Guests can choose from aromatherapy messages, custom messages or from any of the specialty massages that it has to offer.

The spa also includes personal training, which can be done in your room as well. There are several fitness classes as well, including strength, cardio and stretching.

Guests at the Wynn can take advantage of all the amenities at Encore.

Guests at the Wynn can take advantage of all the amenities at Encore. (photo by Wynn Las Vegas)

6. Encore Resort
One of the best features about Wynn Las Vegas is that, thanks to its sister property that looks exactly the same and sits right next to it on the Strip, you get two world-class resorts for the price of one.

Guests at the Wynn, can easily take advantage of the luxurious amenities and up beat vibe provided at Encore, which opened to rave reviews in February 2009. Of course, a second Encore and another replica of Wynn Las Vegas, opened in Massachusetts last year when Encore Boston Harbor was unveiled in June 2019.

One of the biggest attractions at Encore is the Encore Beach Club, a great place for Wynn guests to enjoy the poll and party scene. People can hit up the pool and enjoy performances from stars such as David Guetta and The Chainsmokers.

The 40,000-square-foot pool deck is available for guests to rent out for private parties, or reserve a table during a pool party.

Switching over from the day parties to the nightlife, XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas is a “can’t miss” during your Vegas trip if you are into the nightclub scene.

With outdoor and indoor space, XS Nightclub has seen some major names perform. In 2013, Avicii and David Guetta both held residencies at Encore’s clubs.

This venue has been named number one by Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100 for five years.

5. Lake of Dreams
With a 40-foot waterfall and over 4,000 lights, the Wynn’s Lake of Dreams is a place for guests to take in an incredible show. The pine-topped mountain adds even more to the views.

You can also enjoy dining at the water’s edge at either Lakeside or SW Steakhouse.

The free shows run every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

4. Luxury rooms
Wynn Las Vegas took home a Five-Star award from Forbes Travel Guide. There is a wide range of rooms at the Las Vegas strip resort.

With over 2,700 rooms in the resort, it begins with a double queen or single king resort room, which is the most basic room the resort offers, which is 640 square-feet.

There a several types of suites at the hotel as well. The Wynn Tower Suites feature a separate entrance and an exclusive pool. The suites go all the way up to 1,800 square-feet. The Wynn Tower Suite Salon includes a wet bar, private massage room and guest powder room.

There are also one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas available. They reach up to 3,200 square-feet and includes a $200 daily in-room breakfast credit, dining area, several TVs and more. The villas also give guests expedited entry into the nightclubs.

3. The poker room
If you are deciding between playing some poker and placing a wager on a sporting event, you don’t have to choose one or the other at the Wynn Poker Room, which was revamped in 2016.

The poker room features 28 tables and also a sports betting window. In the room there are 37 65-inch televisions that display live sporting events, and is home to the popular Wynn Classic Series of events.

2. The casino floor
With over 116,000 square-feet of gaming space, the Wynn Las Vegas casino is on the larger side of the spectrum in regards to size.

The casino features 165 table games which range from a medium-high minimum.

Based on reviews and personal experience, there are sometimes chances to find $15 minimums for blackjack and other table games, but mostly the minimum will range from $25 to $50.

Players and guests who sign up for the Red Card membership will receive special promotions and points when they play.

1. The sportsbook
The sportsbook, renovated in summer 2017, is 1,500 square-feet and features a 137-feet-wide by 11-feet high video wall to capture as many sporting events as possible.

It will be tough to not have a game of interest with that many options to watch. Right outside of the sportsbook is the casino floor and adjacent to the new Charlie’s Bar + Grill. This makes the sportsbook a prime location to draw people in.

The book features seating for nearly 200 guests. The Wynn also has a sports betting app which is only able to be used by people in the state of Nevada who are able to legally place wagers.
Top 10 reasons we love Wynn Las Vegas is republished from
Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.
Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.