Aussie
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July 7th, 2010 at 5:56:37 PM permalink
I will be in Vegas in late October and want to stay in one of these two hotels. Which one would people recommend, Venetian/Palazzo or Wynn/Encore? Which hotel within the respective resorts would you recommend? I'm looking for comments primarily about the hotels and their rooms. Beds, bathrooms, decor etc. The casinos themselves aren't a big deal for me.
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July 7th, 2010 at 6:13:58 PM permalink
Why not make this a poll?
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July 7th, 2010 at 6:23:05 PM permalink
Out of the four, I vote for Encore. The bathrooms are amazing and I like the sleek, contemporary design throughout. The rooms at Aria don't even compare.
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July 7th, 2010 at 6:28:16 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Why not make this a poll?



Good point. Should have thought of that. How do I edit the original post to include a poll?
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July 7th, 2010 at 6:45:50 PM permalink
I'd just like to say that I'm very interested in this as well, any comparison between the two would be appreciated.
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July 7th, 2010 at 9:16:54 PM permalink
if a sports/race book is important then definitely palazzo.
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July 7th, 2010 at 9:18:13 PM permalink
I've stayed at Encore and have no regrets. Absolutely one of the nicest places I've ever been to. Big rooms, comfy beds and great dining. Can't go wrong with wynn/encore.
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July 8th, 2010 at 8:05:18 AM permalink
I've stayed at the Wynn and likely my next Vegas trip will be the Venetian set.

We loved staying at the Wynn and it was a top notch experience. I liked it far more than the Bellagio. Drink service was great (slower at slots) and the casino is excellent. See my review. What I like is that the hallways and ends of the casino contain some natural light. The colors in the casino I think are amazing, but that is a personal preference. I felt like a valued customer there despite my generally low level of play.

I think pluses for the Venetian/Palazzo is that the canal shoppes and St Peter's square are amazing, and you have a much greater variety of choices (most of which are in the square). Wynncore I think has the better experience overall with restaurants (with the exception of Bouchon). However, I do not like the casino nearly as much because of its overpowering smell (also a preference) and the fact that it's underground.
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July 8th, 2010 at 8:55:16 AM permalink
Don't think you can go wrong with either. I'd stay whichever one was cheaper if there was a big price difference. If not, I'd probably pic Encore.
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July 8th, 2010 at 10:09:13 AM permalink
I have stayed at Palazzo twice and Encore once. I prefer Palazzo. Encore is nice, but I preferred Palazzo for a closer walk to some of the Central Strip areas. I liked the Palazzo room better as well (I love the 'sunken' living room). Unless I missed them Wynn/Encore only had fancy restaurants while Venetian/Palazzo had fancy and not-as-fancy (Grand Lux, Food Court)
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July 8th, 2010 at 9:41:33 PM permalink
Is there anywhere I can find pictures of the rooms & around the resort? More than what is on the official websites as they don't seem to include too much in this regard.
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July 8th, 2010 at 9:53:39 PM permalink
Go to their websites and begin to book a reservation. They give you floor plans and a glamor shot of the room.
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July 8th, 2010 at 11:10:53 PM permalink
I like the rooms at the Pallazo/Venetian better than the rooms at the Wynn/Encore.

The rooms are generally larger at the Pallazo/Ven. and I like the split level effect of the suite and the multiple flat screen tvs. It's also closer to other casinos like the Mirage and Treasure Island.
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July 9th, 2010 at 11:09:40 AM permalink
You can't add a poll after the fact. You must repost the question and forward the old post to the new one.

Wynn/Encore is more subtle. Venetian Palazzo is much more in your face kind of grandeur. The Asians love Palazzo.
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October 21st, 2010 at 7:43:45 PM permalink
Ended up going with Encore. Flying in from LA early Saturday night and staying for 4 nights.

On another note what would be the best route to take in a cab from the airport? I'm assuming the strip on a Saturday night wouldn't be the best idea.
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October 21st, 2010 at 8:41:37 PM permalink
The cab should go north on Paradise RD, and not up the strip. I doubt that a cab will do that.

Fare should be $15-$17. Print out this page and show it to the taxi driver before you get in the cab.
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October 22nd, 2010 at 3:35:40 AM permalink
My choice is always the Palazzo. The annoying part is that it so caters to the Europeans before anyone else, but the rooms are modern versions of the Venetian's, they're big & comfy, and the casino is spacious with plenty of room to move around in. Plus, as a vp player the rooms have always been comped for me at Palazzo, while at Wynn/Encore it's much harder to get a free invite, and cheapass Steve Wynn does not comp drinks to players at his bars (and the machines go up to $10). I know at least 50 players of dollars and above who do not go in there because of that. Great marketing strategy Steve.
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October 22nd, 2010 at 6:33:30 AM permalink
Quote: Aussie

I'm looking for comments primarily about the hotels and their rooms. Beds, bathrooms, decor etc. The casinos themselves aren't a big deal for me.

If casinos were important to you, I'd say The Venetian. I guess for your interests the deciding factors should be location with reference to other activities nearby. Neither place will disappoint you, but I do honestly think that The Venetian is more pretense than actual delivery. I'd stay at the Wynn/Encore but visit the Venetian/Palazzo. Now as to the Wynn buffet, I don't know if its declined recently or not, though I have heard that there is a reason the Wynn buffet is unlikely to have long lines.
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October 22nd, 2010 at 6:37:13 AM permalink
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Is there anywhere I can find pictures of the rooms & around the resort? More than what is on the official websites?

Yes. I think if you google this issue you will find two websites that offer pictures of "real" rooms in the casinos rather than the rooms that are in the casino's public relations photo shots. One site even has the following slogan: "Pictures from actual room given at check-in - not pristine ones from the hotel website." And if you are willing to sit thru a lot of nonsense YouTube offers some videos of Rooms at a variety of Las Vegas casinos, but most of it is not very helpful.
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October 22nd, 2010 at 6:58:47 AM permalink
Quote: Aussie

Ended up going with Encore. Flying in from LA early Saturday night and staying for 4 nights.

On another note what would be the best route to take in a cab from the airport? I'm assuming the strip on a Saturday night wouldn't be the best idea.



Rent a limo, unless you're alone. Much better ride than a cab or shuttle and not that expensive, $40 to $70 plus tip.
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October 22nd, 2010 at 12:37:36 PM permalink
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Unless I missed them Wynn/Encore only had fancy restaurants while Venetian/Palazzo had fancy and not-as-fancy (Grand Lux, Food Court)



You didn't miss them. There is a "coffee shop" at the Wynn near the pool which is the equivalent of a three star restaurant. The simplest counter food is just off the casino at the creatively named, "The Cafe at the Drugstore" where you can pick up a bowl of soup for $12, or a bottle of soda for $4.

I have not stayed at the Venetian/Palazzo. However, I have stayed at both the Wynn and Encore. If you are looking for comfortable, first class accomodations, you can't go wrong with the Wynn/Encore. Both are great. The WynCore rooms are so great, the property even has a store where you can purchase everything in your room. According to the saleswoman, they have sold thousands of mattresses to guests who were so happy with the quality of their sleep, that they had to have it at home.

The Wynn/Encore property and casinos are smaller and more intimate than the Vn/Pz. However, it has a spread of machines, from pennies to "more than should be put into a slot machine at one time" in the high limit area. It is also further north on the strip, so if you want to walk to other properties, you will pass in front of the Vn/Pz since it is directly south on the same side of the strip.

If the casino is not important, what are the key considerations driving your choice?
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October 22nd, 2010 at 12:54:16 PM permalink
Quote: Aussie

Ended up going with Encore. Flying in from LA early Saturday night and staying for 4 nights.

On another note what would be the best route to take in a cab from the airport? I'm assuming the strip on a Saturday night wouldn't be the best idea.



North on Paradise Road, make a left on Sands, right onto Las Vegas Blvd., entrance is on the right. You may be able to go down to E. Desert Inn Road instead of Sands, but I am not sure you can make the left into the Encore driveway from E. Desert Inn Road.
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October 22nd, 2010 at 2:15:25 PM permalink
The Venetian pumps some sickening smelly perfume into the air and I never last 20min there. Yuk.
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October 22nd, 2010 at 5:51:29 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

You didn't miss them. There is a "coffee shop" at the Wynn near the pool which is the equivalent of a three star restaurant. The simplest counter food is just off the casino at the creatively named, "The Cafe at the Drugstore" where you can pick up a bowl of soup for $12, or a bottle of soda for $4.



The Strip is such a damn ripoff. I would kick myself for staying at any one of these properties---unless I could snag a room for under $100, which is the maximum amount I would ever pay to rent a box with a bed and a bathroom for twenty hours. Even during a "special event", like the execution of Paris Hilton or something.

That said, I would make a trip to eat in the Grand Lux Cafe or the Buffet at the Wynn. But if I ever decided to gamble after dinner at one of these casinos, I hope a friend would be nearby to knock me unconscious and drag me outside. Exception: the poker room at the Venetian is terrific.
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October 22nd, 2010 at 8:00:14 PM permalink
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The Venetian pumps some sickening smelly perfume into the air and I never last 20min there. Yuk.



It's nasty smelling... I've never loved the Venetian for the smell and false sense of ritzyness for what feels like an over sized warehouse
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October 22nd, 2010 at 9:19:51 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

The Venetian pumps some sickening smelly perfume into the air and I never last 20min there. Yuk.



They do that to drown out the stench of undercooked chicken guts on the breath of the Chinese, the sickening linger of raw fish on that of the Japanese, and the grotesque odor of garlic from every exhale the Koreans make. If it wasn't for that perfume, the hookers wouldn't even go in there.
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September 5th, 2011 at 4:55:55 PM permalink
Though both are great, I would vote for the Venetian/Palazzo, preferably the Palazzo. Rooms were much larger. The garage at the Palazzo has to be the most convenient of any strip hotel.
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