Fontainebleau Las Vegas: A Towering New Resort on the Strip


Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a new 67-story hotel-casino tower, reminiscent of Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau, opens on the Las Vegas strip after a decade-long saga of starts and stops.


Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a 67-story hotel-casino tower, brings the vibe of Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau to the southern Nevada resort corridor. The $3.7 billion project, after more than a decade of starts, stops, and changing ownership, aims to offer a luxurious experience for its guests.

The Long Journey to Completion

The Fontainebleau project, which started in 2007, faced funding challenges during the Great Recession, leading to its abandonment in 2009 with the building 70% complete. It changed ownership several times, with plans to rename it The Drew, but progress stalled, especially during the pandemic. The recent reopening was made possible through a partnership with Koch Real Estate Investments.

Features and Facilities

The resort offers 3,644 rooms, a bowties theme paying homage to the architect Morris Lapidus, and an array of art, architecture, and design inspired by Miami’s Fontainebleau. It will employ over 7,000 workers and features 1,300 slot machines, 128 gambling tables, and more than 36 bars and restaurants, some with Miami-rooted chefs. Room rates for the opening started at around $300 per night.

Iconic Location and Surroundings

The Fontainebleau is the tallest occupiable building in Nevada and is adjacent to the newest section of the Las Vegas Convention Center. It also offers a view of the brightly lit Sphere concert and entertainment venue, providing a luxurious experience for its guests.