Previewing The Casino At Fontainebleau

Written By Marc Meltzer on July 12, 2023
the fountainebleau casino lies at the end of the las vegas strip

Fontainebleau is on track to open on Dec. 1, 2023. This is a long time coming as construction on the massive blue building on the north end of the Vegas Strip first started in 2007 and stopped in 2009.

There are currently between 3,600 and 3,800 construction workers on site as the company races to the finish line to open before the end of the year.

During a preliminary licensing meeting with the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB), spokespeople from the company shared some information from their current plan for the property. The company says it will return to the NGCB for licensing in November.

Fontainebleau is a vertically integrated casino resort. The layout will be similar to the Cosmopolitan with different features on each floor below the hotel rooms.

The first floor will be home to the casino. The second and third floors of Fontainebleau will include a retail promenade, spa and fitness space along with a rooftop pool deck.

Fontainebleau gaming floor will offer hundreds of options

The casino floor at Fontainebleau will be approximately 150,000 square feet. For comparison, this is slightly smaller than Aria.

At this time Fontainebleau plans to have 1,300 slot machines. This includes multi-game machines with video poker, keno and blackjack.

Fontainebleau will have about 127 table games like blackjack and three card poker.

The high-limit room will be 18,000 square feet. This will be among the largest in Las Vegas. Fontainebleau will also be six private high-limit gaming salons.

The sportsbook will be approximately 13,000 square feet. According to the NGCB, the square footage of the sportsbook is about the same size as Green Valley Ranch and a little smaller than the nearby Westgate SuperBook.

One bright spot from the meeting was the confirmation of poolside gaming. The company didn’t offer information on the specific games.

There was no mention of Fontainebleau having a poker room when it opens.

Hotel rooms and other amenities

Fontainebleau will have a total of 3,644 hotel rooms. This includes 421 suites.

The rooftop pool deck will be six acres. There will be seven different pool experiences for hotel guests.

Fontainebleau will have a 56,000 spa and nail salon. This will complement the 14,000-square-foot fitness space.

The company says it plans to “lean into health and wellness” but didn’t add any more information besides the size of the spaces.

Dining and entertainment options for guests

Fontainebleau plans to have 36 unique and first-to-market restaurants. The company says about half will be fine-dining restaurants. One of the eateries appears to be Vida, which is open at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

The rest will be casual dining options. There was no mention of whether or not the dining options will include the increasingly popular food hall.

Fontainebleau will have three entertainment venues. There will be a dayclub, a nightclub, and a theater.

The theater will have a large arena-sized stage and a capacity of 3,800. There will be a mix of music programming including residencies.

Specific resident performers for the clubs and theater were not announced at the meeting.

There will be plenty of meeting space on the east end of the property. Coincidentally or not this will be right across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Photo by AP Photo/John Locher; Illustrated by PlayUSA
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Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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