You already know how luxuriously over-the-top your favorite Las Vegas hotels are. But—swank aside—these same hotels have some little-known facts and cool histories among them. From rooftop gardens that feed hotel restaurants, to personalized, artist-designed hotel logos, these fun facts will make you love your favorite Vegas hotels even more.
The Wynn and its sister hotel, Encore, have almost 5,000 luxury hotel rooms, suites and villas between them—but they also share restaurants helmed by famous chefs, an 18-hole golf course, multiple pools, and even a beach club. Here are five cool facts about the Wynn you may not know:
1. A Rare Chandelier from the Eiffel Tower Designer: Installed at the Terrace Point Cafe entrance is a 1918 wood-and-glass chandelier designed by the famed Eiffel Tower architect, Gustav Eiffel. Steve Wynn, the eponymous hotelier behind the hotel, bought the rare piece at an auction at Christie’s Paris.
2. One-of-a-Kind Designer Boutiques: The Wynn’s retail Esplanade is filled with your standard luxury designer shops—but the Esplanade is also home to the only Alexander McQueen boutique in Las Vegas, and the second Manolo Blahnik store in the country.
3. A $10,000 Cocktail That Comes With Cuff Links and a Necklace: Encore’s nightclub, XS, has crafted a libation, called Ono, that is truly excessive. The drink pairs Louis XIII’s elite Black Pearl Cognac with exclusive Piper-Heidsick’s Charlie champagne. Those who choose to drop $10,000 on the drink also receive an 18k gold necklace with a Tahitian black pearl hanging from a diamond beneath the gold XS logo. As well as a pair of Mont Blanc 18k gold cuff links. Phew.
4. Jeff Koon’s Tulips structure: Placed inside the Wynn Theater rotunda, this Jeff Koons sculpture is a bouquet of twisted balloon flowers, rendered in mirror-polished stainless steel with vivid, transparent color coating.
5. Two Permanent Floral Installations: The public art on display at the hotel is not limited to sculptures and paintings. Wynn recently unveiled two floral installations conceptualized by event designer Preston Bailey, in the shapes of a hot air balloon and an animated carousel.
The 1,200 dancing fountains in front of the Bellagio are practically synonymous with Las Vegas itself. If you can see the Bellagio fountains from your hotel room, then you must have been upgraded. Yet there’s more than water to the always-elegant Bellagio.
1. Eco-Friendly Stretch Limousines:Who knew? High-rollers care about their carbon footprint. Which is probably why the Bellagio now has six new stretch limousines powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which is one of the cleanest-burning alternative fuels available.
2. Rooftop Garden: Here’s one thing you can’t see at the Bellagio but you can certainly taste. Many of the herbs in the hotel’s restaurants are grown in the Bellagio’s rooftop garden.
3. Olympic Performers: Nearly a dozen of the 85 acrobats, divers, and synchronized swimmers in the “O” Cirque du Soleil show—which is performed in, on and above a 1.5 million-gallon pool—have participated in past Olympics. Some are even gold medalists.
4. Controlling The Fountains: If you’re a Pearl status member of M Life (MGM Resorts’ loyalty program) you can choose two songs for the fountains to dance to, at a cost of $2,000. Or you can buy the $250,000 package from Hyde Bellagio, which gives you the largest bottle of champagne in the world (a 30-liter Ace of Spades) and a button that “controls” the fountains.
5. Record-Setting Chocolate Fountain: The chocolate fountain at the Jean-Phillippe Patisserie is nearly 27-feet tall and circulates an astonishing two tons of melted dark, milk and white chocolate at a rate of 120 quarts per minute. No wonder it holds the Guinness World Record for largest chocolate fountain.
The Mandarin Oriental has nearly 400 guest rooms and suites spread throughout its 43 stories—but many of its best amenities can be experienced without having to book a room.
1. A Distinct Logo: Each Mandarin Oriental hotel commissions their own particular fan logo to reflect the individuality of the hotel and its location. The fan in Las Vegas is called “The Moment of Yuanfen” It was designed by Chinese-American artist Eric Jiaju Lee and is displayed in the Sky Lobby on the 23rd floor.
2. A Proper Tea Lounge: At the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, tea is served in the Sky Lobby, by staff trained in the art of Gong Fu Cha, a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. While guests sip on a variety of high grade Chinese teas, they can gaze out at the frenetic activity on The Strip. It’s both calming and exhilarating.
3. Mahjong Massage: The hotel’s spa boasts a two-hour treatment inspired by the Chinese game of Mahjong that includes a welcoming foot ritual, body exfoliation, a massage with warm Jade stones, and an Oriental head massage. The $375 treatment concludes with actual Mahjong tiles to soothe and calm the body.
4. Jazz Sundays at the Mandarin Bar: It’s quite unusual to hear live music in Vegas that doesn’t come from a tribute band or from one of the big celeb residencies on the Strip. But every Sunday night from 6 to 10pm, the contemporary Mandarin Bar features live jazz bands and a menu of specialty cocktails and light bites.
5. The Twist Restaurant: Chef Pierre Gagnaire chose the Mandarin Oriental to open his only restaurant in the U.S., Twist. Serving edgy renditions of classical French cuisine, the restaurant nabbed one of Forbes five star awards last year.
Offering some of the largest standard accommodations on The Strip, The Palazzo expands on the “La Dolce Vita” lifestyle of its sister property, The Venetian.
1. Chinese New Year Celebrations:The Palazzo’s roots may be Italian but the resort transforms itself every Chinese New Year with an authentic dragon dance and a spectacular themed display. For the Year of the Horse, the Waterfall Atrium off the lobby is adorned with eight, hand-painted, sculpted horses, and one sculpted lamb, all surrounded by Chinese lanterns, bamboo towers, and intricate floral displays.
2. One of the Largest Rooftop Solar-Energy Systems in the U.S.: High above the crowded pool parties that draw visitors to the resort every summer is one of the largest rooftop solar-energy systems in the United States. This provides hot water for the swimming pools and the spa pools at the hotel’s Canyon Ranch Spa. Solar photovoltaic panels are also installed on the roof of a parking garage to generate electricity.
3. Order Drinks Through the Slot Machine: Instead of waiting for the busy cocktail server to come by your slot machine, you can now order your drink directly through the machine with the Drinks2U service. The option is available to members of the Club Grazie players’ club but once you’re in, you can select from beer, wine, mixed drinks, and in dire cases, water.
4. Propose on a Gondola: If you’ve dreamed of proposing to your significant other on a vacation in Italy but can’t quite make the trip, then consider proposing on a gondola in the Venetian and Palazzo’s Grand Canal. For $500, you’ll get a private ride in an authentic Venetian gondola, one dozen long-stemmed roses, a half-hour of professional photography, and the services of a personal event planner.
5. Buddy V’s: Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC’s “Cake Boss”, opened his first, full-fledged restaurant at The Palazzo last fall, serving hearty Italian-American entrees like eggplant parm, bucatini carbonara, and veal marsala. And we can’t forget dessert. The menu features Buddy’s XL lobster tail made with custard cream in a flaky pastry shell, Italian Birthday Cake, and Cannolis.