NETimeGambling is a believer that Encore Boston Harbor will be a huge success. The anticipation of a property like Las Vegas Wynn / Encore had us buzzin’ for years. Excitement is building for the day Encore Boston Harbor Resort Opens.
The WOW Factor
Previous head and namesake of Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn, always said he was “in the resort business, not the casino business.” Wynn resorts has always had a passion to “wow” guests. His resort design in Boston will do just that. Luxury amenities, fine dining, premium retail offerings, and incredible entertainment will be at visitor’s finger tips. His vision for the Boston area will arrive with the same posh elegance seen in Las Vegas, Cotai & Macau China.
The resort lies on the Mystic River in the city of Everett. It will feature more than three million square feet/13 acres of gross floor area. Let’s take a look at what we can expect at Encore Boston Harbor.
Encore Boston Harbor Hotel
The Hotel is 27-floors with 671 rooms, including 104 luxury suites. According to PRNewswire.com, in April of 2019, “Wynn Resorts ….. earned the distinction of being the highest-scoring hotel company in the world as rated by Forbes Travel Guide. They outranked all other luxury hotel brands the company rates, representing a total of 1,105 hotels in 58 countries. Wynn Resorts exceeded each and every other luxury hotel brand. That includes the likes of The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, among others.”
The Everett property’s “smallest room,” the 650 square feet Premier King, is not only the largest standard hotel room in the Boston area, it is also the largest in New England. Wynn resorts always pays attention to the highest in quality and innovation. This hotel includes 507-thread-count linens, overstuffed pillows and shams, state-of-the-art conveniences voice-activated lights, curtains, heating, air-conditioning, and privacy settings. The highest quality suite will be the Signature Harbor View Suite, combining the comfort and amenities of a 1,350-square-foot Signature Suite with a pristine view of Boston Harbor and the city skyline.
15 restaurants and lounges ranging from waterfront casual to fine dining will be on property. The list includes a steakhouse and two Italian restaurants for fine dining. Casual dining will offer a craft beer garden, a sports bar, and, of course, Dunkin’ Donuts. The Buffet will most likely be similar to Wynn Las Vegas. It will include over 120 different food items ranging from the usual fare to unusual delights. The buffet area will be a fresh, clean, flower-adorned room. Unfortunately, its price will double that of the buffets at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. Considering the Wynn Las Vegas Buffet is one of the best on the Strip, this buffet will surely not disappoint.
Successful restaurants from Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas will be available at Encore Boston Harbor. The acclaimed Sinatra restaurant and Rare Steakhouse, inspired by the SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas, will headline the dining options. Encore Boston Harbor will also place a heavy emphasis on locally inspired venues ,including Fratelli, a casual Italian restaurant and bar created by Boston North End entrepreneurs Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano.
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State-of-the-art Convention and Meeting Space
A 37,000 square-foot waterfront grand ballroom with10 break-out rooms, (total of over 50,000 sq. feet) and promenade. All meeting space is on the ground level. The space is only 1/6th the space of the new massive Mohegan Exposition Center. However, being located near Boston will certainly translate to a major convention option. It will be the largest ballroom space in Boston outside of the Boston Convention and Exhibition.
Harborwalk, Park & Shuttles, oh My
The 6-acre, four-season public Harborwalk and park will be open for all to enjoy. Shuttle buses and boats will transport employees and guests to and from major transportation hubs. The intention from the beginning was to offer “Boston’s most magnificent outdoor gathering spot.” Public amenities will include a picnic park, paths for bikers and pedestrians. In addition, viewing decks, waterfront restaurants and retail will be included. The plans also include a performance lawn and boat docks. Custom-built European-style water shuttles will transport guests year-round from Boston to the resort.
Encore Boston Harbor opening Casino with Flair
Elegance is the word most used in describing Wynn & Encore Las Vegas casinos. And the same magnificent gaming floor, with more than 4,000 gaming positions, will be in Everett. According to TravelPulse.com, “The 210,000-square-foot casino is divided into two spacious sections. Each has with ceilings and hand-assembled red Murano glass chandeliers. They were transplanted from their original home at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.”
The casino features:
- more than 3,000 classic and state-of-the-art slot machines
- 143 table games
- a stunning casino bar are centrally located beneath a grand staircase
- secluded terraces offering high-end poker, VIP and private-gaming experiences
However, gambling rules & conditions have always seemed an after thought. The resort comes first. Gambling in a Wynn casino can be a financially tight experience, especially for low to mid rollers. In Vegas, Blackjack pays 6-5 for its $15 tables, but you can get 3-2 on its $100, $50, and $25 tables. In fact, the dealer will probably hit on soft 17 at all tables at Boston Harbor. Encore’s Poker Room should rival the likes of all New England’s casinos in comfort and amenities.
The casino will be non-smoking, with no ATMs available on the casino floor and no Cash Advance. In fact, this is in accordance with Massachusetts Gaming Commission guidelines for all casinos.
WHO WILL VISIT?
The clientele will be an eclectic mix of worldly travelers, gamblers, foodies and and vacationers. Wynn Resorts reduced its expected luxury brand retail area by 80%. This made more meeting and convention space. With an already vibrant club scene in Boston, two venues at Encore will make quite a splash to compete. Mystique and Memoire are club venues. In all honesty, Big Night Entertainment Group principal Ed Kane said. “We are thrilled to be able to deliver the premier, first-class experience that guests will expect at the resort.”
I visited and stayed at both Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas. Steve Wynn’s previously-owned groundbreaking properties, such asMirage, Bellagio, are iconic. Encore Boston Harbor will be that inspiration for Northeast casinos. And it all starts this June, and NETimeGambling will be there.
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