The 67-story elegant resort holds a staggering 3,644 rooms and suites, 150,000 square feet of gaming space, an Urs Fischer art gallery, luxury retail shops, a vitality-enhancing spa, beach club and LIV nightclub.
During the black-tie opening night, the lobby was overflowing with red roses by celebrity florist Jeff Leatham (Four Seasons Beverly Hills) and buzzing with “Bleau Carpet” arrivals of A-list celebrities from Lenny Kravitz, Jessica Biel, Eva Longoria and Sylvester Stallone.
Cher walked hand-in-hand across the casino floor with boyfriend music executive Alexander Edwards while Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston sipped tequila, and 15-time Academy of Country Music Awards winner Keith Urban performed for the crowd.
While thousands of guests mingled amid some of the 36 first-to-market culinary concepts from acclaimed chefs, many of the high-profile attendees were crowding into booths at the Rome-inspired Mother Wolf by Evan Funke (of Funke in Beverly Hills) for pizza, pasta dishes and negroni cocktails.
Other celebrities, dignitaries, and VIPs checking out the vast offerings included Alice Cooper, Axel Rose, Tyga, Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis, Las Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, Food Network’s Gail Simmons, Gigi Gorgeous (Getty), and the onsite LIV club resident DJ John Summit.
While the hotel ushered in a new wave of sophistication – there are no neon signs on the property exterior – 10-time Grammy Award winner Justin Timberlake brought “Sexy Back” by opening the Bleaulive Theater with a surprise performance around 10:30 p.m. In the crowd were Kim Kardashian and Kendal Jenner who jetted in for the opening night performance, which included the pop stars repertoire from “Suite & Tie” to “Cry Me a River,” and plenty of smooth dance moves which sparked rumors of an upcoming residency.
Legendary Paul Anka opened for Timberlake with a set that included a rendition of his hit song “My Way,” along with nostalgic tales of performing at the original Miami location, his time working with Frank Sinatra and hanging out with the “Rat Pack” back in the day, bringing this new legacy full circle.
Following the performance, Timberlake was joined by football icon Tom Brady, Fontainebleau Development Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Soffer and President Brett Mufson in the high-limit salon to make history by rolling the first dice, signifying the official opening to the public.
“The Fontainebleau era in Las Vegas begins now,” says Soffer. “This magnificent resort is a testament to our 70-year commitment to excellence, a catalyst that will change the way the world views luxury hospitality and design on the Strip.”