The Wynn Las Vegas is the flagship casino resort owned and operated by Wynn Resorts Limited. Bearing the name of the resort group’s founder, Steve Wynn, The Wynn Las Vegas is setting new standards for the development of mega-resorts.
The towering 60 floor resort is one of the tallest structures on the Las Vegas strip. Sprawling across more than 200 acres of land, the main body of the resort is situated on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard South and Sands Avenue. The location is near the famous Fashion Show Mall, and provides easy access to any attraction on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Wynn Las Vegas was constructed on the site of the old Desert Inn Hotel and Casino. After 3 years of construction, the Wynn Las Vegas opened it’s doors on April 28, 2005. This is a significant date, not only because it is the birthday of Wynn’s wife, but because it is the 55th anniversary of the day the Desert Inn had first opened it’s doors to the public.
The opening day is not all that the Wynn Las Vegas shares with the Desert Inn that use to occupy the space. One of the most notable features of the Desert Inn was it’s famous golf course, which Wynn has reconstructed the name Wynn Golf and Country Club.
In addition to keeping some connections to the past, the Wynn Las Vegas also took a progressive approach and set new benchmarks for casino resorts in Las Vegas. For example, the Wynn Las Vegas was the first casino to include an auto dealership, allowing those with the financial means to go from the blackjack table to shopping for million dollar Ferrari and Maserati automobiles.
The Wynn Las Vegas was also the first resort to combine the room key with a players club account, and represented the world’s largest implementation of VOIP telephone service in a hotel. Although not technically progressive, another record held by the Wynn Las Vegas is the price tag. At a cost of $2.7 Billion, the main hotel resort is the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States.
The Wynn Las Vegas had taken a different approach to it’s development. In previous resorts built by Steve Wynn, such as the Bellagio, Mirage and Treasure Island, Wynn’s approach was to build elaborate sidewalk attractions that were free to the public. The attractions would grab the attention of those on the Las Vegas strip, and draw them into the casino. With the Wynn Las Vegas, Wynn took the opposite approach, using what he called the “inside out” approach, meaning that customers have to actually enter the casino in order to see the attractions, which are obscured from view from those on the strip.
Once inside the casino, splendid attractions await patrons to the Wynn Las Vegas. Among the most talked about is the Lake of Dreams. A cascading waterfall flows from a Wynn-created mountain and into a 3 acre lake. Every hour the lake and waterfall both have images projected onto them, accompanies by music, in a production titled the “Lake of Dreams“.
The success of the Wynn Las Vegas is undisputed. It quickly resulted in the ground breaking of a sister resort called “Encore at the Wynn Las Vegas” next door. The new tower is set to look identical to the original, but will operate as a resort all it’s own. As of March 2007, construction on the Encore was at the 18th floor of the 60 story building.