A Miami Icon Makes a Long-Awaited Debut in Sin City

A crack team of blockbuster hospitality partners, leading designers, and entertainment gurus team up to finally launch the highly anticipated Fontainebleau Las Vegas.

Bleau Bar. Photo by Connie Zhou.

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Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Designers: Carlos Zapata Studio, David Collins Studio, Rockwell Group, Lissoni & Partners, Peter Arnell Design, Jeffrey Beers International

On Offer: After 23 years of fits and stops, Fontainebleau Las Vegas unveiled itself to the world in dramatic fashion with a star-studded opening soirée featuring performances by Justin Timberlake and Paul Anka. When you show up that late to the party, you better come correct. In that regard, the iconic Miami import does not disappoint. 

The stunning 46-foot sculpture by Swiss artist Urs Fischer in the south lobby is the first tell that no expense was spared at real estate tycoon Jeffrey Soffer’s $3.7 billion resort, the second tallest tower in Sin City. Designed by architects Carlos Zapata Studio and David Collins Studio, with such big-name collaborators as Lissoni & Partners, Peter Arnell Design, and Rockwell Group joining the fray, the property is outfitted with 3,644 rooms and suites, 24 restaurants, a 55,000-square-foot spa, 3,800-seat live performance venue, and more. The collection of hospitality venues immediately rivals anything on The Strip. 

Standout Amenities: Miami nightlife king David Grutman brings hotspots Papi Steak and Komodo west, along with an outpost of his South Beach stalwart LIV nightclub. Chef Evan Funke’s buzzy L.A. Italian restaurant Mother Wolf joins Asian barbecue favorite KYU and forthcoming openings such as the revered New York City omakase den Ito and beloved Mexico City institution Cantina Contramar to round out the headliners.

When the sins of the city start wearing in, a visit to the 55,000-square-foot Lapis Spa should do the trick. Milan-based Lissoni & Partners took the lead on the design while spa director Jennifer Lynn helmed the elevated offerings. We’re talking infrared saunas, salt mist chambers, snow showers, and even an herbal inhalation room.

(LEFT) Porte Cochere. Photo by Peter Arnell. (RIGHT) Exterior at night. Photo by DREX Agency / Mark Mediana.
Panorama Suite Bedroom. Photo by DREX AGENCY.
(LEFT) Entry Hall. Photo by Peter Arnell. (RIGHT) Urs Fischer Gallery. Photo by DREX Agency / Mark Mediana.
Panorama Suite Bathroom. Photo by DREX AGENCY.
The interiors at Papi Steak. Photo by Jeff Green.
Komodo. Photo by Jeff Green.
(LEFT) Mother Wolf. Photo by Eric Wolflinger. (RIGHT) Don's Prime. Photo by Connie Zhou.
The Burrata E Crudo at Mother Wolf. Photo by Eric Wolflinger.
Inside KYU. Photo by Connie Zhou.
Lapis Spa. Photo by DREX Agency / Mark Mediana.
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