On an extended weekend in October, we flew to Las Vegas as lovers, without our children…
We have set our sights on the 5-star hotel, Encore Las Vegas.
Foreword: Why Las Vegas?
We love Las Vegas! This is a city where we are certain:
- to find good weather between March and October
- to have “fun” through different activities (nightclubs, shows…)
- to eat well in good restaurants
We went there on different occasions: with our parents to discover the American West, then on stag and hen parties, with our children…
In short, with a 5-hour direct flight from Montreal – on Air Canada Red – it’s a great way to clear your head!
Las Vegas again: a luxury hotel at the top of the Strip
The Encore Las Vegas Hotel is located at the top of the Strip, right next to the Fashion Mall.
American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts Program
To book my stays in hotels of this type, I usually go through the Fine Hotels amp program; American Express Resorts, program accessible only to holders of a card of Platinum from American Express or the Card from Platinum entrepriseMD from American Express.
By booking with your card de Platinum through American Express Voyages and Fine Hotels Resorts, you are assured of such benefits as:
- Arrival from noon, depending on availability;
- Late departure at 4:00 p.m;
- Obtaining a superior category room, according to availability;
- Daily breakfast for two people;
- Wi-Fi access in the room, subject to certain exclusions;
- An additional special benefit, a credit for meals, drinks or care in a wellness center.
In addition, for some hotels, additional promotions may take place, such as free accommodation for the third or fourth night. To learn more about American Express Fine Hotels Resorts, visit this article!
Booking on the American Express Voyages website
The rate was $232 CA$ per night, taxes included.
Surprisingly, it was the Encore Hotel that had a lower rate than the Wynn, even though the Encore Hotel is reputed to be more upscale than the Wynn.
Not to mention the whole range of benefits that Fine Hotels Resorts had to offer:
- Arrival at noon
- Departure at 4pm
- Daily breakfast for 2 people (80 US$)
- Credit of 100 US$ for hotel spa services
We were able to take advantage of all these benefits:
- our flight from Montreal arrived in Las Vegas at 11am (perfect for check-in at 12pm)
- we were upgraded to the top floors of the hotel (in a “Panoramic” suite).
- We used the credit of 80 US$ / day for breakfast… at the incredible Buffet du Wynn!
- the $100.00 spa services credit… was used for 2 daily spa admissions!
Photo report on the Encore Las Vegas Hotel
At check-in, an envelope is given to us by the front desk, which is standard for reservations made through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts. Inside, you will find the full range of benefits that come with our reservation.
Like all hotels in Las Vegas (you can’t escape most of the time), the Encore Las Vegas hotel charges a resort fee of 39 US$ / night (!!!!). Going through Fine Hotels and Resorts allows you to reduce these fees by $5 (since FHR offers Wi-Fi).
We are heading to our room which is on the 58th floor of the hotel.
The common areas of the hotel show the luxury side of the hotel!
Corridors that follow the rounded shape of the front of the hotel:
We arrive in our room and are immediately impressed by its quality:
The spaces are cleverly separated by a partition with a swivelling television.
Our room doesn’t face the Strip, it faces north.
The mirrors increase the feeling of space in the room.
A very nice desk decorates the room (on which is placed an Amazon Alexa assistant on which you can play music through your smartphone):
Everything is controlled from this screen: the different curtains, the do not disturb function, the lights…
We also appreciate the USB ports integrated into the bedside table.
The mini-bar is very present, with exorbitant prices (and as everywhere in Las Vegas, if you lift a can and don’t put it down within 30 seconds, you are immediately charged):
In the entrance hall, a nice wardrobe, with safe:
As luxurious as the rest of the room, the bathroom has a separate shower and two washbasins:
And a built-in TV screen:
Very nice bathrobes:
Head to the hotel pool. After all, it’s 30 degrees on this Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas!
Please note: If you are staying at the Encore Las Vegas Hotel, you have access to the hotel’s swimming pools as well as the Wynn’s various pools. On the other hand, the reverse is not possible.
A beautiful view of the back of the Wynn… from my deckchair!
We chose to use our 100 US$ credit for 2 daily accesses to the Encore Las Vegas Hotel spa.
The oriental decoration of the Spa makes its effect (Audrey is visibly delighted)!
Even though pictures are theoretically forbidden inside the Spa (just like telephones – after all, most people are there in the simplest device…), I still took those pictures.
This is the locker room:
The room of the bubbling / ice-cold baths / waterfalls:
There was also a hammam and a sauna.
This is the relaxation room where phones are allowed.
Breakfast – The Wynn Buffet
Having taken advantage of a late awakening (Hey! For once our children don’t get up at dawn!), we decided to use our credit of 80 US$ (40 US$ per person) at the Wynn buffet for dinner instead of lunch!
The decoration is… colourful!
And this sideboard is gargantuan (the length of the main room gives you an idea)!
Here are ALL the choices at your disposal, at will of course, in this slideshow of 40 photos!
Impressive, isn’t it?
A great stay at this Encore Las Vegas hotel, part of the Fine Hotel and Resorts collection from American Express.
We would be very pleased to advise you, especially “out of season” when the price is so interesting considering the services!