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The much-anticipated opening of Encore Boston Harbor is here. The $2.6 billion resort, overlooking Mystic River and Boston’s skyline, brings Las Vegas to the Northeast in the most ambitious and impressive way. Once a defunct Monsanto plant, the site owned by Wynn Resorts has been transformed into an otherworldly place.

President of Wynn Resorts Development, Chris Gordon, explains the site was an abandoned chemical plant, which was leaching chemicals into the channel. Working with state environmental agencies, the brown site was cleaned up and building started. Once an eyesore on the Everett landscape is now a luxury resort and casino with 5-star dining, a nightclub, spa, and harbor walk with over 1,000 mature trees. Truly an urban renewal project Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria shared that he envisioned a place that would revitalize the city.

The resort, which can be likened to a more fanciful OZ, is a playground for those seeking the best out of a luxury resort experience. The décor is breathtaking with pops of vibrant colors, fanciful design and impressive artwork—complete with a Preston Bailey carousel made of fresh flowers greeting guests upon entry. Unicorns, seahorses, and Pegasus twirl around the exuberant lobby.

What Are the Rooms Like at Encore Boston Harbor?

Hotel rooms are ultra lux and ultra high tech. Lavishly appointed bedrooms offer Wynn Dream Beds (dressed in sumptuous and 507-thread-count linens), High-speed Wi-Fi bedside iPad, mobile-charging device, Voice activated controlled lights, curtains, heating and air- conditioning. Dual sinks and serene soaking tub and shower 24-inch flat-screen HDTV in the bathroom. Signature robes for use during stays and complimentary slippers are provided.

The 1,350-square-foot Signature Suite with a view of Boston Harbor and the city skyline are the ultimate getaway luxury and available in one- and two-bedroom configurations.

What are Encore Boston Harbor’s Dining Options?

Upscale dining options include Sinatra, Rare Steakhouse, Mystique (Asian-inspired cuisine), and Oyster Bar, which celebrates our coastal region. The restaurants source many local products, including Privateer Rum, Lord Hobo beer, and Bully Boy Vodka. The restaurants will also source local fish as much as possible, says Warren Richards, director food and beverage at the resort. Fratelli honors Boston’s North End with Southern Italian cooking in a cozy restaurant to the “north end” of the casino. Local restaurateurs Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano of Strega Prime fame, bring Hanover Street to the resort.

Ok, What Are Gambling Options at Encore Boston Harbor?

Encore Boston Harbor features a 210,000-square-feet casino space with more than 3,100 slot machines and 231 table games. There are also private gaming rooms with secluded terraces for high rollers coming to the resort. Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Casino War and Craps are all on offer. So basically something for everyone’s pocketbook.

What’s The Best Way To Get To Encore Boston Harbor?

Guests are encourages to use satellite parking and public transportation to get to the resort, as there are 3,000 parking spots on the premises. Encore also offers a water taxi service from Long Wharf and the Seaport District in Boston for a mere $7.

How Late Is Alcohol Served At Encore Boston Harbor?

This past May, Encore Boston was approved to serve liquor until 4 a.m. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved the liquor license to those gambling into the wee hours of the morning. Liquor will only be served at the gaming tables until 4 a.m.