Everett, Mass.-based Encore Boston Harbor opened its doors to the public last month. Totaling $2.6 billion in single-phase development, the Wynn Resorts’ property is the country’s most expensive casino development of 2019, according to press materials.
Encore Boston Harbor features a 210,000-square-foot casino; 15 dining and lounge venues; 671 guest rooms and suites including New England’s largest standard hotel rooms; 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space; an ultra-premium spa; and a four-season, six-acre Harborwalk, featuring pedestrian and bike paths, picnic park, gazebo, viewing decks, waterfront dining and lush green space with magnificent floral displays. Bridging the harbor between Everett and Boston with a robust water transportation system, the full-service resort is reshaping travel and tourism to the Boston region with the best in upscale accommodations, amenities and gaming.
Designed by Wynn veteran, Roger Thomas, executive vice president of Wynn Design, Encore Boston Harbor features structural and design elements reminiscent of the company’s Las Vegas and China properties, yet remains distinctly Bostonian with the incorporation of well-known local New England provisions and hospitality names. Dining outlets onsite range from nationally recognized experiences from the brand’s Las Vegas locations including 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, as well as Memoire, a nightlife fantasy by Boston’s Big Night Entertainment Group. Encore Boston Harbor even touches the city’s local sports scene with private box suites at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and TD Garden, designed to mimic the opulence of the resort and elevate the guest experience into the city and beyond.
“Eight years ago the people of Massachusetts and lawmakers had the foresight to understand that with the passing of the gaming legislation, there could be the opportunity for economic development and the finest integrated resort in the region,” said Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts. “I am here to tell you Encore Boston Harbor has achieved those goals.”
Encore Boston Harbor’s gaming area is divided into two spacious levels, with high ceilings and hand-assembled red Murano glass chandeliers transplanted from their original home, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. The first floor features more than 3,100 classic and state-of-the-art slot machines, 143 table games and a stunning casino bar centrally located at the heart of the casino beneath a grand staircase. An 88-table poker room on the second level is flanked by secluded terraces overlooking the gaming floor, offering high-end poker, VIP and private-gaming experiences.
Located off the main casino floor, the exclusive gaming area features a total of 53 high-limit slot machines, video poker and reel games with betting minimums ranging from $5 to $500, as well as two private high-limit gaming rooms. Red Card, Wynn’s loyalty rewards program, allows guests to accrue points and earn comps as they play.