Encore Boston Harbor officially opens its doors today. Totaling $2.6 billion in single phase development, Encore Boston Harbor is the country’s most expensive resort development of 2019, according to officials. The resort 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.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) officially approved the Encore for opening on June 21, after a series of successfully completed test play nights to ensure compliance with state law and MGC’s internal control regulations.
Designed by Wynn veteran Roger Thomas, Executive Vice President of Wynn Design, Encore Boston Harbor features structural and design elements reminiscent of the 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 for the resort and elevate the guest experience into the city and beyond.
President of Encore Boston Harbor Bob DeSalvio said, “I want to thank each of you for joining us on this beautiful day, including our first resort guests. To the members of Everett United, thank you, you have been with us all the way from the beginning and I couldn’t be more pleased that you are here with us today.”
Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox said, “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. I am here to tell you Encore Boston Harbor has achieved those goals.”
Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said, “For the residents of Everett, Everett United and the 86% of residents who took the time on a Saturday to vote yes to a resort in our city, this truly is an amazing day. Encore Boston Harbor is now a front door to the City of Everett. Thank you to all of the hard-working union members who participated in the construction of this project.”
About Encore Boston Harbor
Encore Boston Harbor is a $2.6 billion five-star global destination gaming resort featuring 671 hotel rooms with sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor, an ultra-premium spa, specialty retail, 15 dining and lounge venues and state-of-the-art ballroom and meeting spaces. It is the largest private, singlephase development in the history of the Commonwealth. Situated on the waterfront along the Mystic River and connected to Boston Harbor, Encore Boston Harbor will open up the Everett shoreline to the public for the first time in more than a century. The resort has privately funded a cleanup of the former industrial site and is creating a six-acre park along the water which will feature pedestrian and bicycle paths that provide access to the waterfront, an events lawn and picnic and public viewing areas. Ornate floral displays, retail, and dining experiences will overlook the Encore Harborwalk. Encore Boston Harbor will connect to points across the harbor via a robust water transportation system that the resort is introducing. Low-profile European-style boats will be used to sail back and forth without the need to raise area drawbridges. Encore Boston Harbor will open on June 23, 2019. For additional information, please visit encorebostonharbor.com. Follow Encore Boston Harbor on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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