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In the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, a new icon has risen, redefining luxury and entertainment in the US. The Fontainebleau Las Vegas officially opened its doors recently, marking a new chapter in the city's famed history.

This grand opening signified the culmination of an 18-year journey filled with ambition and perseverance and introduced a new standard of luxury and excitement to the Las Vegas landscape.

  • A Grand Opening Night

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Fontainebleau Las Vegas' journey began in May 2005, when Jeffrey Soffer of Fontainebleau Resorts envisioned a sister property to the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

With its construction starting in February 2007 and a series of development challenges, this project took 18 years from conception to completion, finally opening its doors on December 13, 2023.

The Fontainebleau Las Vegas opening was a spectacle of glamour and star power. Celebrities like Tom Brady, Cher, Kim Kardashian, and Madonna attended the event, adding sparkle to the night.

The highlight was Justin Timberlake, who captivatingly captured the audience with his performance and symbolized the grandeur and cultural significance of the new resort.

The presence of stars from various industries underscored the Fontainebleau Las Vegas as a new center of luxury, entertainment, and cultural intersection.

  • A Haven for Gamblers


Opposite notable landmarks like Hilton Resorts World and Circus Circus, the Fontainebleau Las Vegas stands tall with its 67 stories of luxury. The 67 stories also mark the new hotel as the tallest building in Nevada.

Offering a wide range of rooms and suites, each detail is meticulously crafted for comfort and elegance, from deep-soaking tubs to the latest in-room technology. The hotel's design merges modern aesthetics with tranquility, creating a serene oasis amidst Las Vegas's vibrancy.

With over 1,300 slot machines and 128 table games, the Fontainebleau Las Vegas promises an exceptional gambling experience. Its state-of-the-art casino floor, designed with lavish interiors and cutting-edge gaming technology, offers classic games and the latest innovations, ensuring something for every type of gambler.

Beginners are welcomed with open arms, with easy-to-understand guides and friendly staff, making the thrill of gambling accessible to all.

Fontainebleau Las Vegas is a destination for culinary enthusiasts and entertainment seekers, providing them with luxury accommodations and gambling experiences.

With 36 bars and restaurants, guests can embark on diverse culinary adventures, from high-end dining to casual dining.

The BleauLive Theater, capable of hosting 3,800 guests, and the vibrant nightclub LIV are set to host an array of renowned artists, beginning with Post Malone, making Fontainebleau a hub of entertainment in Las Vegas.

  • The Story of Perseverance

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The journey of Fontainebleau Las Vegas is a complicated story.

Announced in May 2005 by Jeffrey Soffer, the project faced numerous challenges, including bankruptcy and ownership changes.

However, in February 2021, Soffer revived the project in partnership with Koch Real Estate Investments, leading to its grand opening in 2023.

This narrative not only highlights the ever-evolving spirit of Las Vegas but also sets a new benchmark in luxury resort development. Check out the complete, incredible timeline of the Fontainebleau below:

The Fontainebleau Las Vegas Timeline

  1. May 2005: The journey begins when Jeffrey Soffer of Fontainebleau Resorts announces the plan to develop a sister property to the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach, marking the beginning of Fontainebleau Las Vegas.
  2. February 2007: Groundbreaking occurs, and construction of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas kicks off, setting the stage for what is expected to be a monumental addition to the Las Vegas Strip.
  3. November 14, 2008: The hotel tower is topped off, reaching its full height of 68 stories, becoming the tallest occupiable building in Nevada then.
  4. April 2009: Financial challenges arose as Fontainebleau Las Vegas filed a lawsuit against its lenders for cutting off funding. This led to a halt in construction and a series of legal and financial hurdles.
  5. June 2009: The project files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amidst numerous liens and financing problems, significantly delaying its completion and opening.
  6. February 2010: Carl Icahn purchases the unfinished project out of bankruptcy, but construction remains stalled as decisions about the project's future are pondered.
  7. August 2017: Witkoff Group and New Valley LLC acquired the project and plan to rename and revive it as The Drew Las Vegas.
  8. February 2021: In a full-circle moment, Jeffrey Soffer repurchases the project through Fontainebleau Development in partnership with Koch Real Estate Investments, reviving the original name and vision.
  9. November 9, 2021: A construction commencement ceremony is held, signalling the restart of construction with updated plans and visions for the resort.
  10. December 13, 2023: Fontainebleau Las Vegas officially opens its doors, marking the end of an 18-year journey from announcement to completion. The opening is celebrated with a star-studded event featuring celebrities like Tom Brady, Cher, and Justin Timberlake, among others.

This timeline summarizes the highs and lows of bringing the Fontainebleau Las Vegas to life. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this new luxury casino and resort!