The Forbes Travel Guide, formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide, unveiled its four- and five-star recipients for its first-edition travel guides. The brand transfer from Mobil to Forbes was announced earlier this fall.
Forbes awarded five stars to 14 new properties nationwide, two of which are in Las Vegas.
The latest additions in the lodging category include the Tower Suites at Encore Las Vegas for the five-star listing and the M Resort and Encore Las Vegas for the four-star listing.
Hooray for Encore & The M! I stayed at BOTH places earlier this year when I was buying my condo, and I really think both deserve their respective stars.
Encore may now be the most luxe resort on The Strip. The "standard" resort suite I stayed in was HUGE at over 700 square feet, and they are beautifully appointed with great amenities! I felt like royalty staying there, and that's how one is supposed to feel when one stays at a five star resort.
Meanwhile here in Henderson, The M is new favorite "locals' casino" because it really feels like anything but with all the luxury I expect at the top Strip resorts... But without all the pretentiousness and much more comfort. My room here was pretty large at over 550 square feet, and honestly the room looked just as luxurious as my suite at Encore.
(Btw, I have pics of both hotels at my Photobucket. I'll post some here later).
Even if I don't always agree with Steve Wynn's politics and even if I think Tony Marnell is missing a major opportunity with "Top Chef", I still enjoy both casinos and I hope both will show the way forward in "New Vegas". One need not skimp on the luxury so long as one provides real luxury and real value.