After years of anticipation and numerous setbacks, the Fontainebleau Las Vegas casino resort is finally set to open its doors on December 13, according to sources close to the project. While an official announcement is pending, this grand opening will mark a significant milestone for the iconic Las Vegas Strip.
Standing as the tallest building in Nevada, Fontainebleau Las Vegas will be a monumental addition to the Las Vegas skyline. Its imposing 67-story structure will house an impressive 3,644 hotel rooms, making it a standout destination for tourists and visitors. Additionally, the resort boasts over 500,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, with a primary exhibition area spanning 105,200 square feet. This ambitious project has risen from the ashes of the former El Rancho Hotel and Casino site.
The path to Fontainebleau’s grand opening has been fraught with challenges. Initially announced in 2005 with a projected opening in 2008, the resort faced delays due to the Great Recession and the subsequent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a lifeline emerged when Koch Industries’ real estate investment arm, in partnership with Miami real estate developer Jeffrey Soffer’s Fontainebleau Development, acquired the project in 2021. This acquisition breathed new life into the iconic venture.
Last December, Fontainebleau Las Vegas secured a $2.2 billion loan from various banks and investors, solidifying its commitment to completing the long-delayed project, with the aim of opening in 2023. In June this year, the resort made strategic senior-level appointments to bolster its leadership team ahead of the December opening.
Fontainebleau Las Vegas promises a vertically integrated casino experience, reminiscent of the Cosmopolitan. The gaming area occupies the ground floor, while the second and third floors are dedicated to retail and dining. The casino floor boasts 1,300 slot machines, including multi-game options, video poker, keno, and blackjack. It also features 127 table games offering blackjack and three-card poker. Enthusiasts can anticipate a spacious sportsbook as well.
The resort will offer 90,000 square feet of high-end retail space, though specific retailers are yet to be announced. Culinary enthusiasts will have access to 27 upscale dining options, including Vida, offering American cuisine, and Komodo, serving Southeast Asian dishes, among others.
Entertainment seekers will have their choice of three distinct venues: a day club, a nightclub named LIV, and a massive 3,800-capacity theater, all curated by Miami-based Groot Hospitality and nightlife guru David Grutman. Fontainebleau has already attracted superstar DJs Tiesto and Zedd, setting the stage for thrilling nights on the Strip.
Above it all, the resort’s rooftop pool deck will offer seven different pool experiences sprawling across six acres, providing guests with a luxurious retreat.
With its impending opening, Fontainebleau Las Vegas aims to make a bold statement on the Las Vegas Strip and offer visitors an unforgettable experience.
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