A Personal Journey to a Billion Dollar Hotel: Encore Boston Harbor

A Personal Journey to a Billion Dollar Hotel: Encore Boston Harbor

Susan Kime

Encore Boston Harbor is a 33-acre on line casino lodge property, not in Boston Harbor however on the Mystic river, within the industrial a part of Boston. It is a distinctive lodge in a distinctive location, one the place flowers seem to bloom, even in November and December after we had been there, and no floor appears common. Under the visitor’s ft are often gold or crimson or brilliant blue mosaic patterns. Then, within the foyer, there may be the carousel. It is big,—made fully of silk blooms and crystals—and on the carousel seats are stuffed animals – monkeys, bears and the like. Sort of a Disney paradise in a on line casino lodge. Unique and memorable, as is its price.

The very first thing we discovered about Encore Boston Harbor is its price ticket; $2.6 billion. Such numbers additionally pervade every factor of Encore: a 210,000-square-foot on line casino, 15 eating retailers, 671 visitor rooms and suites –including a 5,800-square-foot Presidential Villa– plus 50,000 sq. ft of occasion area, a 450-seat buffet restaurant, and a employees that features graduates from The Greater Boston Gaming Career Center at Cambridge College, that Encore helped develop so as to domesticate an east coast on line casino workforce. 

Even the carousel, designed by Preston Bailey who did floral sculptures at Wynn Las Vegas, has astounding stats: 15,000 kilos, 83,000 flowers, and 11,000 jewels. This is the fourth Wynn Resorts property worldwide and those that know Wynn benchmarks will see them right here: an ultra-opulent design aesthetic, distinctive artwork virtually all over the place, all chosen by Wynn’s artwork curator Roger Thomas. 

Thomas designed the lodge chandeliers greater than a decade in the past. They are crimson. Each chandelier has greater than 1,000 items of Murano Venetian glass from the Italian island of Murano.  The chandeliers had been hung in Las Vegas earlier than showing in Encore Boston Harbor. Each one was disassembled, cleaned with vinegar and saved in numerous bins earlier than getting re-assembled above the on line casino flooring.

Guests may also discover Viola Frey’s “Amphora IV,” a glazed ceramic urn that sits within the foyer on the base of two distinctive, curved escalators, and the distinctive “Billion 1” by modernist Charles Arnoldi, a portray that’s created from tree branches and resin that hangs behind the reception desk. Around the resort, ornamental works are seen: nineteenth century Venetian mirrors, 18th-century giltwood panels and architectural parts sourced from vintage galleries round Paris and Venice. 

Outside the lodge, on the riverwalk that winds across the lodge on the Mystic riverside, are three Jaume Plensa sculptures created monumental portraits of ladies. The three, ten-foot-high stainless-steel portraits look out to the Boston skyline and again towards the lodge. These works are amongst his first forged in stainless-steel.

In addition, the artwork is the on line casino: there are safety guards all over the place. But once more, oddly however fortunately, there may be a Dunkin Donuts subsequent to the playing space, so one can drink espresso, eat donuts and different AM objects whereas pondering the place to play.  

In each on line casino and lobbies, those that stroll are mélanges of boomers, native gaming lovers, and younger people who find themselves going to weddings or engagement events on the lodge. We noticed many in Boston group shirts, Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins.  Unlike its Vegas counterpart, Encore Boston Harbor is totally smoke-free.

More element: The rooms are massive, comfy, and thoughtfully appointed; and the model’s signature– a high-design, playful opulence– is obvious all over the place. The spa is an space unto itself is a lavish city escape, and brought as a entire, the lodge has a really feel related however completely different from Las Vegas. The Encore, in spite of everything, is on the Mystic river, and is shut to historic Boston. The location alone separates it from its desert relation.

Encore may certainly be thought of an artwork lodge on the Mystic, or a on line casino lodge close to Boston Harbor. The lodge has a number of identities, but on the entire, the expertise outlined one id: that of opulent, but kindly remembered, excellence. 


Susan Kime

Murano Glass chandeliers

Susan Kime

Jaume Plensa outside sculptures

Barbara Kraft

Casino, Encore Boston Harbor

Encore Boston Harbor

Billion 1 by Charles Arnoldi

Susan Kime

Encore Boston Harbor, Riverwalk

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