The long-awaited Fontainebleau Las Vegas has set an opening date of Dec. 13, 2023, pending regulatory approval. This shouldn’t be much of a concern as Fontainebleau executives had a preliminary licensing hearing with the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) in July.
Fontainebleau Development Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Soffer said in a company press release:
“For almost 70 years, the Fontainebleau brand has challenged boundaries and expectations. With Fontainebleau Las Vegas, we have transcended aspiration and set the stage for a new era of luxury hospitality defined by innovation, sophistication, and opulence, with an inextricable link to our roots at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
This building represents a remarkable new chapter in our storied legacy and will be a beacon for those seeking to indulge in the unforgettable.”
The 67-story Fontainebleau is the tallest occupiable building in Nevada. Fontainebleau will open with 3,644 hotel rooms and suites. Fontainebleau launched a website and hotel room reservations are available starting Dec. 14.
Rumor has it Justin Timberlake will perform on opening night. It’s also possible Post Malone will perform on New Year’s Eve.
Fontainebleau Las Vegas casino details
During the preliminary licensing hearing in July Fontainebleau executives offered insight into plans for the Las Vegas casino.
The 150,000-square-foot gaming floor will have about 1,300 slot machines and 127 table games.
Fontainebleau will have six private high-limit gaming rooms. The main high-limit room will be about 18,000 square feet and offer more than 100 video poker and slot machines. There will also be a VIP rooftop gaming space.
During the meeting, Fontainebleau said the sportsbook will occupy 13,000 square feet. The only information on the space is that it will include a bar and restaurant named “The Tavern.”
Enrollment for Fontainebleau Rewards is open now. There isn’t much information besides members being able to earn and use rewards at gaming and non-gaming venues inside the casino.
Restaurants at Fontainebleau to open throughout 2024
Eventually, Fontainebleau will have 36 first-to-market restaurants. While some eateries might also be at Fontainebleau in Miami, none are chain restaurants.
Chefs for Fontainebleau restaurants include a few with Michelin stars:
- Gabriela Cámara
- Masa Ito
- Kevin Kim
- Alan Yau
- Evan Funke
- David Grutman
The property will offer some dining options when it opens in December. Restaurants at Fontainebleau will open throughout 2024.
The vast majority of the dining options will be full-service restaurants. The promenade will have eight dining options including Miami Slice, a quick-serve pizza bar.
Fontainebleau will have eight fine dining options including two steakhouses, Papi Steak and Don’s Prime.
All other restaurants are casual restaurants that range from the traditional casino cafe to poolside dining.
Guests can expect a spectrum of pool and lifestyle amenities
Fontainebleau will have ample amenities and wellness offerings. This is a focus for the resort.
Fontainebleau will have a 14,000-square-foot fitness center and a 55,000-square-foot Lapis Spa. If Lapis Spa sounds familiar, that’s because it comes to Las Vegas from Fontainebleau in Miami.
The spa will offer a full spectrum of wellness facilities:
- 44 treatment rooms
- A purifying salt cave
- A healing infrared sauna and invigorating event sauna
- Rejuvenating lounge areas
- Men’s and women’s hydrotherapy lounges
- A co-ed sensory room with communal healing waters
- 11 suites with exclusive spa experiences
Fontainebleau will have a six-acre pool deck with outdoor gaming. Based on renderings there will be a handful of table games and bartop machines.
Altogether there will be seven pools, an LIV Beach day club, outdoor gaming, dining, and private cabanas.
Soffer said in a Fontainebleau Las Vegas press release:
“We are thrilled to introduce many of the world-class amenities we are recognized for in Miami alongside our new-to-market offerings at Fontainebleau Las Vegas. All of these concepts, infused with the dynamic spirit of the Strip, allow us to create a destination that is the best of all worlds and promises an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind experience for every guest.”
Fontainebleau is across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center but it will have 550,000 square feet of customizable, indoor-outdoor meeting space of its own.
There will be 96,500 square feet of retail space on the first two floors of Fontainebleau. Shopping will include a mix of influential brands and famous fashion icons.
Brief history of Fontainebleau Las Vegas
Construction on the 25-acre Fontainebleau originally started in 2007 and stopped in 2009 when the original developers ran out of money during the most recent great depression.
The original developers spent about $2 billion on Fontainebleau. The property was about 75% complete and was partially furnished when construction stopped.
Carl Icahn purchased Fontainebleau in a bankruptcy auction in 2010 for $150 million. The billionaire investor sold off anything he could. As detailed in a Las Vegas Sun article, he famously sold the hotel room furniture to the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas.
Icahn sold Fontainebleau to New York developer Steven Witkoff for $600 million in 2017. The new owner planned to name the property The Drew.
After numerous delays, Witkoff sold Fontainebleau in 2021. Ironically, the original Fontainebleau developer, Jeffrey Soffer purchased the property.
It only took 16 years, but Fontainebleau Las Vegas will finally open its doors to the public on Dec. 13, 2023.