Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 | 1:55 a.m.
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3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd. , Las Vegas
While some of his Las Vegas Strip neighbors are tattered from several years of use, Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn barely waits for a thread to be out of place at his hotels before calling for a complete remodel.
It’s a practice the casino mogul has followed since the beginning of his career, first at the Golden Nugget and now at Wynn Las Vegas, where his company is spending $99 million on renovating the resort’s 2,700 hotel rooms and suites. The resort hasn't even reached its sixth anniversary.
The renovations are complete in Wynn Las Vegas’ Resort Tower and are 60 percent complete in the hotel’s AAA Five Diamond-rated Tower Suites. The room remodel is expected to be finished in the second quarter of this year.
Crews completed the room renovations beginning at the top of the 45-floor Wynn Las Vegas and working toward the bottom, leaving a buffer of eight floors between the work and hotel guests to avoid disturbances.
At the helm of the project is Wynn Design and Development Executive Vice President Roger Thomas, who has worked for the casino owner for 30 years. Thomas is the design guru responsible for the European style of the Bellagio and the high-end Encore -- and most recently the Wynn and Encore resorts in Macau.
“We like to stay ahead of the game. We have a lot of repeat guests and getting them into a different room is a way of honoring them, I think,” Thomas said. “Some of the things you use in a resort have a life, and although we replace those things, there comes a time when carpet and drapery should be replaced even though they don’t need to be.”
Wynn Las Vegas’ previous rooms and suites had differed styles and colors, some in dark browns and others in reds, but the renovation has given the accommodations a cohesive style throughout the hotel, Thomas said.
He stripped the rooms of their dark wall coverings and carpeting, then replaced them with neutral tones. The rooms have a more sleek, modern feel, but still reflect Wynn’s signature style.
The designer recycled some of the existing pieces, such as the dressers and bedside tables, by having a refinishing company touch up the pieces. New shades were added to lamps that could be salvaged and the bathroom floors and counters were resurfaced.
As for the rest of the pieces, Thomas said they will be making appearances in three- and four-star resorts around the country.
The rooms are full of white vinyl furnishings, a frequent request from Wynn himself. (Thomas said he’s been outfitting Wynn’s aircraft with the fabric for years.)
Bringing pops of color to the rooms are reprints of Warhol, Picasso and Van Gough, a reflection of Wynn’s extensive art collection and Thomas’ art history degree.
“I made a decision from the very beginning that we were not going to use hotel art,” Thomas said.
And, of course, almost everything in the rooms is custom-made for the Wynn. From the carpeting to the drapery to the light fixtures, Thomas designs and creates most of the furnishings and textiles exclusively for the resort, unlike most hotels, which buy goods from hotel supply companies.
“I want our guests to have a wonderful experience here, but if they want more of it, they are just going to have to come back because it doesn’t exist anywhere else,” Thomas said. “That has to be a selling point.”
But guests can take home the same kind of mattress that's in their Wynn room, and they often do. The Wynn home store — where guests can buy items from the resort, such as sheets, towels and spa products — sells several mattresses each day because, according to Thomas, “what better place to try out a new mattress than a hotel?”
Similar to in-room technology at other high-end Strip hotels, the resort has rolled out a central remote system, allowing guests to control the room’s functions with a touch of a few buttons. Thomas designed the fonts, backlighting and faceplates for the control panels, as well.
Unlike the Control4 system that CityCenter hotels feature, which required the hotel to be prewired, Wynn Las Vegas’ system uses radio frequency technology, so the system could be installed years after the building’s construction.
The new system is available for guests in more than 20 languages, including Mandarin for Wynn Resorts’ growing Asian customer base.
The in-room technology is part of the increased connectivity that guests are looking for more often, even when compared to five years ago when Wynn Las Vegas first opened, Thomas said. They want Wi-Fi (which is part of Wynn’s $20-per-night resort fee) and outlets near the bed and sofas, not just at the desk, he said.
“I’ve always wanted our rooms to feel like your pied-à-terre in Las Vegas, but I want to make sure it doesn’t feel too much like your own home. I want it to feel like a great home — an elegant and wonderful experience,” Thomas said. “But our rooms are so cohesive and such a controlled environment that few homes ever get to look this organized.”
With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.