The most outrageous accommodations are always tucked away and inaccessible, practically kept secret from the vast majority of guests. At Crockfords, there’s no indication anywhere on property that such rooms even exist. The Villas and “Palaces”—a marketing term for their extra-large villas—are on the same floor as the pool. Their secret, key access-only corridor is easily missed.
I had every intention of going swimming, but I was drunk and in an exploratory mood. I approached the door that I suspected lead to the Villas and Palaces and slowly turned the door knob fully expecting it to be locked. Fortunately, with all the ongoing construction, key access had yet to be engaged.
As the door swung open, a figurative record screech. A couple construction workers stopped and stared unsure of how to handle a random guest. My drunk ass emphatically said “Hi!” and praised them for the excellent work they were doing.
In truth, I was horribly underwhelmed. Villa hallways are supposed to be grand in scope, outrageous in design. This was slightly fancier than Crockfords’s already ho-hum guest room hallways. As I continued to make my way down, I noticed a room labeled “Palace 1” with its double doors slightly ajar.
“Uh, can I look in here?” I asked one of the guys.
“Because I’m sure it’s incredible.”
“Yeah, it is.” After a pause he continued, “Do what you want to do,” as if to relinquish himself of any responsibility.
For the next few minutes, I was a kid in a candy store, sneaking as many mediocre pictures I possibly could without getting noticed.
The entry foyer. Symmetrical hallways on both sides lead to bedrooms. There’s a spa, salon, and gym along the way.
The Palace is loaded with colorful, contemporary art. Surrounding the entry door are two crystal Hermès Birkin bags, one filled with colorful glass butterflies, the other, real money.
Walking deeper into the Palace passed a guest bathroom and media room, I entered the massive living area. Two symmetrical, curved sofas heighten the elliptical shape of the space. The backyard has massive walls conveying a sense of fortified privacy (though the outdoor areas are visible to all south-facing guest rooms). The giant water feature against the wall is spectacular.
On the east side of the living room is the dining area, on the west, television and gorgeous pool table. It’s ridiculous that I even use “east” and “west” to describe a hotel room but these proportions justify it. Its elliptical shape aside, the floor plan is an exact copy of Wynn’s largest villas. With that in mind, I’m estimating this room (which is one of the smaller of the three Palaces) is a minimum 7000 square feet.
Despite its palatial designation and much unlike competitive accommodations, there’s little “old world” or traditional about the space. Beige and deep wood finishes are replaced with ivories, creams, and blues; I like to think that if Wynn were built from scratch today, its Villas would more closely resemble these.
Walking back towards the entrance and through the hallways, I came across one of three bedrooms. The massive scale makes traditional-sized furniture look comedically small.
The ensuite bathroom is stunning. Nearly every room in the Palace takes advantage of the garden views.
I returned again late at night to see if I can really explore without eyes surrounding me. Sadly, most locks were engaged. I did, however, get a chance to chat up with one of the construction workers who was especially proud of the work they’d done. He let me peek inside a very bare Palace 3 which will be their largest accommodation.
Shockingly, he said it’ll be finished in less than two weeks.
For a property that really missed the mark on its most basic accommodations, the beauty of the Palaces left me stunned. With its convenient, mostly-out-of-public-view access to Crockfords Casino, Resorts World will have no problems filling these with ultra premium players… or hopefully a VegasSnob who finds a fat-fingered pricing error on a Tuesday night in December.