The Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a $3.7 billion casino-resort project, celebrated its official grand opening on the night of December 13. Only A-listers and VIP guests who were specially invited to the grand opening party got to witness the event. The night began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that lasted 30 minutes and took place before the midnight opening. Family and friends of Jeffrey Soffer, CEO of Fontainebleau Development, sang “Happy Birthday” to him after the ceremony. In total, 18 collaborators joined him on stage to celebrate the resort’s opening in the Urs Fischer Gallery.
According to Soffer, the building process of the resort, which was completed in under three years, was a remarkable feat. To mark the beginning of the ceremony, Chinese dragon dancers danced, highlighting the global style of the casino-resort. Additionally, a hundred specially invited guests, including dignitaries and Soffer’s development team, were in attendance. Before the official opening, various guests were spotted staying at the property and among the celebrities who attended the grand opening party were Cher, Aaron Paul, Tom Brady, Alice Cooper, and many more.
Steve Hill, the President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, spoke at the event as the organization is set to become an ally of the casino-resort due to its proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall. The grand opening party showcased high-end vibes, including stunning models and two live bands performing. Despite the large crowd gathered before the scheduled opening time, there were no fireworks to mark the occasion.
Regarding parking, on-site parking was not permitted, and early birds received free parking in the Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis. There were also no fireworks displayed due to the casino-resort’s decision to prioritize elegance over flashy displays.
As for room prices, they varied widely, with midweek bookings just after Christmas priced at $160 per night and the weekend before New Year’s Eve at $400 per night. There are no available rooms for the weekend before the upcoming Super Bowl. Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom described the new Fontainebleau as the “Miami of the West,” emphasizing the art, culture, and history that the resort brings to Las Vegas. He noted that Miami and Las Vegas are both thriving and characterized their union as a “perfect marriage.”