Ayecarumba
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October 22nd, 2010 at 12:37:36 PM permalink
Quote: slyther

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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Ayecarumba
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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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EvenBob
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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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mkl654321
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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
Quote: EvenBob

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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JerryLogan
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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.
bowlerguy
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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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