The $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor officially opened. The development includes a 210,000-sq.-ft. casino; 15 dining and lounge venues; 671 guestrooms; 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space; spa; and a four-season, six-acre Harborwalk, featuring pedestrian and bike paths, picnic park, gazebo, viewing decks, waterfront dining and green space.
Bridging the harbor between Everett and Boston with a robust water transportation system, the full-service resort was designed by Roger Thomas, executive vice president of Wynn Design. The property features structural and design elements reminiscent of the Las Vegas and China yet remains Bostonian with the incorporation of well-known local New England provisions and hospitality names. On-site dining outlets range from Las Vegas-based names like Sinatra and Red 8 to exclusively local concepts like Fratelli, a casual Italian restaurant from Boston North End restaurant veterans Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano. A nightlife fantasy by Boston’s Big Night Entertainment Group, Memoire, is also included.
The signature Wynn architecture strives for impact at the 33-acre property. Ascending up the floral-laden entry drive defined by tall Scotch pine trees individually collected from the open fields of Western New York State, the porte cochere features a 7-ft. polished convex mirror sculpture named Torus by David Harber centered in a colorful parterre garden, and a custom brick paved floral entry carpet. Interiors are clad with botanicals, in classic Wynn Resorts style, featuring the newest Preston Bailey floral carousel at the center surrounded by four 20-ft., multi-trunk ficus trees. Floral mosaic inlays decorate the perimeter walkways as a curved escalator rises in the back.
Photo: Courtesy of Encore Boston Harbor