Marriott International to take over management of Fontainebleau Las Vegas (The Drew)

The Drew Las Vegas (Fontainebleau Las Vegas) will have a JW Marriott and Marriott’s Edition, the first of that brand in the city, and will be managed by Marriott. It is scheduled to open in late 2020 with a total of 4,000 rooms and 500,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

Tony Capuano, executive vice president and global chief development officer at Marriott, said the site would become a landmark property for Marriott. Two Blackbirds Hospitality, led by former Cosmopolitan CEO John Unwin, will oversee the launch and operations.

Work on the 63-story hotel started in 2007, when privately held Fontainebleau Resorts LLC began work on the US$2.9 billion, 3,900-room project. The recession forced a halt to the construction work two years later; it sat until 2010, when Icahn NV Gaming Acquisition LLC bought the property out of bankruptcy in 2010 for US$150 million.

“2755 Las Vegas Boulevard South is one of the best physical assets in the country, which is one of the reasons we were attracted to it,” said Steve Witkoff, chairman and CEO of Witkoff, at the time of the purchase last year. The hotel is across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center, which had been undergoing a significant renovation and expansion.

“The Drew Las Vegas will become a landmark property for Marriott International,” said Tony Capuano, global chief development officer for Marriott.

In addition to the hotels and casino, The Drew Las Vegas will also include convention facilities, nightlife, retail and restaurants. Marriott already manages about 20 hotels in the Las Vegas area under its various brands.

The Drew Las Vegas is expected to open in 2020