Fontainebleau Las Vegas: A $3.7 Billion Oasis on the Strip: After 23 years of anticipation, Fontainebleau, one of the United States’ most illustrious hotel companies, has unveiled its new $3.7-billion resort in Las Vegas. Serving as the sibling property to the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach, which opened its doors in 1954, the Las Vegas outpost covers 25 acres at the north end of the Strip, nestled between the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sahara.
In a city renowned for its extravagant spectacles, the arrival of Fontainebleau Las Vegas marks a significant milestone, bringing both prestige and the distinction of being the first new resort on the Strip since Resorts World debuted in 2021.
The journey to completion spans over two decades, initiated by Jeffrey Soffer, Fontainebleau Development’s chairman and CEO, who acquired the land in 2000. Construction commenced in 2007 but halted in the subsequent year due to the Great Recession. After 12 years of dormancy, the project regained momentum just before the pandemic, with Soffer and Fontainebleau Development, in collaboration with Koch Real Estate Investments, reclaiming the property in 2021.
Fontainebleau Las Vegas boasts 3,644 rooms and represents the epitome of luxury, featuring 76 high-end suites known as Fontainebleau Fleur de Lis. Occupying the top five floors of the 67-story tower, these suites offer breathtaking views of the Strip and the entire Las Vegas Valley. The Fleur de Lis collection, designed by the London-based David Collins Studio, provides a “six-star experience” with unique amenities such as billiards tables, wellness rooms, and custom Italian bedding.
Brett Mufosn, Fontainebleau Development president, emphasized the meticulous design of the Fleur de Lis collection, describing it as a “masterpiece” that offers a personalized, home-away-from-home experience for each guest. Services include personal valet, concierge assistance for tickets and dinner reservations, and butlers catering to various guest needs.
The Fleur de Lis suites are available at published rates starting from $5,000 per night, while regular rooms start at $300 per night.
Fontainebleau Las Vegas introduces an unconventional approach to its dining offerings with a partnership with Groot Hospitality. This collaboration brings Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s renowned nightclub LIV and local favorites Komodo and Papi Steak to the Las Vegas Strip. The resort’s collection also includes concepts from Michelin-starred chefs Masa Ito and Kevin Kim, Chef Evan Funke, and restaurateurs Alan Yau and David Rodolitz.
Cantina Contramar, set to open in 2024, stands out as a unique culinary addition, uniting three influential women in the Mexican culinary and creative realms: chef Gabriela Cámara, architect Frida Escobedo, and Tequila Casa Dragones founder Bertha González Nieves. The cantina will house a Casa Dragones tasting room, a first for Las Vegas.
The resort’s 36 restaurants and bars aim to redefine the culinary landscape in Las Vegas. Al Mancini, creator of Neon Feast, a restaurant guide and app, sees Fontainebleau’s approach as potentially revolutionary for the local food scene, bringing high-end dining to the north end of the Strip.
In addition to its dining and accommodation offerings, Fontainebleau Las Vegas presents the 55,000-square-foot Lapis Spa, designed by Milan-based Lissoni & Partners. Inspired by its Miami Beach counterpart, the spa features 44 treatment rooms, a purifying salt cave, an infrared sauna, hydrotherapy lounges, and a co-ed sensory room with communal healing waters. The spa’s lighting mimics natural outdoor lighting, adjusting throughout the day.
Entertainment at Fontainebleau Las Vegas is poised to make headlines, with Post Malone scheduled to inaugurate the 3,800-seat BleauLive Theater on December 30 and 31. Departing from the trend of long-term residencies, Fontainebleau plans to feature artists in smaller, limited-engagement runs, a nod to the days when legends like the Rat Pack and Elvis graced Fontainebleau Miami Beach for one or two shows at a time.
In a city known for its emphasis on extravagance, Fontainebleau Las Vegas stands out as a new hotel with a rich history, combining sophistication and substance for a truly unique experience in the heart of Las Vegas.