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Oct 26 2017

Latest News 9/29/10 It looks as though Carl Icahn is getting ready to unload the

Icahn is reported to have said that he has no plans in sight for the completion of the resort. Can the depressed Vegas hotel market handle another 4,000 rooms anytime soon? – I think not.

Fontainebleau (as it would have been)

The 3,812-room, 68-floor, 730-foot, Fontainebleau Las Vegas hotel/condo-hotel/casino is a
$2.9-billion development being built on the Strip (just north of the Riviera) on the 24.5 acres where the El Rancho and Algiers casinos once stood.

The Vegas project will have a condo-hotel element, based on an alliance between Fontainebleau and Turnberry. Construction is under way with a planned opening in fall of 2009

The project will be modern and chic in design (reflecting the spirit of their famed Miami Beach hotel) and include:

– A 100,000-sq.-ft. casino
– Lapis, a 60,000-sq.-ft. spa
– A 3,200-seat performing arts theater
– 1,018 condo-hotel units
– 300,000 sq.-ft. of retail space
– 390,000 sq.-ft .of indoor and outdoor conference space
– State of the art nightclubs
– 27 restaurants and lounges

Signature dining experiences will include:

– The Michelin-star rated cuisine of executive-chef Alfred Portale at Gotham Steak
– A regional Italian menu by James Beard Award recipient Chef Scott Conant
– A renowned Chinese restaurant featuring Michelin-star rated Cantonese cuisine
– Indulgences, a 5,000-square-foot chocolate factory

The latest renderings (below) show:

– (below-left) The lobby will play host to a modern interpretation of Morris Lapidus’ Stairway to Nowhere The original is in the lobby of Fontainebleau Miami

The seven-acre pool deck, floating 72-feet above the Las Vegas Strip, is designed as an 18-hour-a-day experience and the ultimate in adult playgrounds. Called Cloud 9, it includes five pools, three spas, three restaurants, a nightclub and ultra lounge, cabanas, and an open-air casino.

Model Shots 12/23/08

Various shots of the sexy model in the sales center
Photos 12/23/08 by Mark Adams

The video (below) shows the animated video screens on the podium levels
and the pool deck above.

If you enjoy this video, please visit its page at YouTube and rate it. You can leave a comment there as well.


The latest exterior renderings of Fontainebleau Las Vegas has a cleaner look. Compared to the earlier renderings (below), the overall design of the podium levels is much cleaner, the penthouse level is thicker and more pronounced, and the corners of the tower are a tighter radius. There are no balconies in this project.

Click images to enlarge.

NEWS 1/19/10 Carl Icahn buys Fontainebleau for only $156.2 million. Turnberry paid $140 million for the land alone. so now it’s a wait-and-see. Will Icahn continue developing the resort or will he wait for the recession to ease and unload it for a hefty profit. Time will tell

NEWS 6/10/09 Fontainebleau files for bankruptcy while desperately seeking funding to complete the project.

Sales Center looking good and almost ready to open
Photo 4/20/08 by Aaron Auxier


Fontainebleau sales center is getting a MiMo
treatment. Random round holes in the triangular
Porte Coch�re supports are reminiscent of
50’s-era Miami style. This is a big clue
as to what we can expect in the resort.
Photo 3/1/08 by Aaron Auxier

The Fontainebleau sales center is being built
across the strip from the resort, next to Sky
Photo 10/10/07 by Mark Diederichsen

Photo 7/30/07 by Mark Adams, shows Fontainebleau Vegas is blocking views from Turnberry Place (which is causing lots of turmoil from the residents there) due to the height of the parking/convention structure.

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