Long-awaited Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort announces “global debut” for December

Real estate developer group Fontainebleau Development announced that its long-awaited Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort will make its “global debut” in December 2023. The company also launched its online recruitment portal on Tuesday as it looks to hire “thousands of hospitality professionals.”

“Fontainebleau Las Vegas represents a rich heritage of luxury hospitality, chic elegance, and unforgettable experiences, all of it rooted in the creativity and contributions of our members,” said Fontainebleau Las Vegas Chief Operating Officer Colleen Birch. “We have only just begun to build the foundation of the culture and member community at Fontainebleau Las Vegas, and we look forward to cultivating a culture that celebrates our collective passion for delivering distinctive luxury experiences.”

While the company did not announce an exact opening date, it will occur after the much-anticipated Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix, which kicks off on November 15.

Render of the  Fontainebleau Las Vegas 

The 3,644-room resort is expected to offer visitors a collection of restaurants, shops, pool experiences, nightlife, spa, and wellness services, as well as 550,000 square feet of convention space, according to the release.

Job recruitment will be done in phases, with spring and summer focused on hiring for management and leadership positions. A wider recruitment push will be made in the fall for front-line positions that include hotel operations, casino, food and beverage, and other roles.

Named after Miami Beach’s 1950s-era Fontainebleau hotel, the luxury resort is one of the tallest buildings in Las Vegas. Construction on the 67-story Fontainebleau Las Vegas began in 2007 amid the U.S. real estate bubble and was expected at the time to open in October 2009, but work stopped when it went bankrupt during the Great Recession. 

In the decade that followed the original project’s collapse, ownership changed hands several times. In 2018, the resort got a new name, Drew Las Vegas, after Steven Witkoff and Miami-based investment firm New Valley LLC bought it for $600 million. But the rebranded project was short-lived: construction was suspended in March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic triggered Nevada’s statewide shutdown.

Jeffrey Soffer

A year later, the blue tower project came full circle after it was reacquired by Jeffrey Soffer, one of the original Fontainebleau Las Vegas developers. At the time, Soffer estimated the property was 75% complete and said it was in “mint condition.”

We are grateful to have the opportunity to finish what we started and finally introduce the iconic Fontainebleau brand into one of the world’s largest hospitality destinations,” Soffer said in late 2021.

Brett Mufson

At the beginning of the year, the group appointed Brett Mufson as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Mufson will still remain as President of Fontainebleau Development. 

As President and CEO, Mufson will be responsible for leading what Fontainebleau calls “the development of one of the largest construction projects in the United States,” valued at around $3.7 billion. The developer says the new resort will pioneer “the next generation of the Las Vegas luxury hospitality industry,” with Mufson leading “every detail of design, operations, and guest experience.”