Fontainebleau Las Vegas finally opened to the public in December of 2023 after sitting vacant and incomplete for over 15 years.
Boasting over 3,640 rooms and a cavernous 150,000-square-foot casino, the North Strip resort packs a luxurious punch.
I had the opportunity to stop in on opening day and figured it would be fun to share some unique things to do and see at Fontainebleau. As you’ll see, most have to do with the resort’s aesthetic.
Things To Do at Fontainebleau
Wander and Gawk: Put bluntly, Fontainebleau is stunning and unlike any other casino in Las Vegas. Everyone should take time to wander, explore, and see it all.
Fontainebleau’s logo is a bowtie, and I enjoyed wandering around and identifying all the bowties, both obvious and concealed.
Everything from outdoor planters to couches and ashtrays is shaped like a bowtie.
Be Mesmerized by “Oceans”: On the topic of gawking, track down “Oceans” a kinetic sculpture created by Breakfast.
The curved wall of 483 blocks called “Brixels” moves to create a wave-like motion and one heck of a unique visual.
Gaze Up at “Lovers #3”: Another “must-see” art installation is “Lovers #3”, a 46-foot tall sculpture that combines aluminum, stainless steel, and gold.
Calling an enormous atrium home, the display is surrounded by two large murals called “The Touch” and “The Eye”.
Grab a Drink at Bleau Bar: Let me preface this by saying there are several stunning lounges scattered about Fontainebleau.
That being said, the feature attraction is Bleau Bar, which is in the middle of the casino floor underneath a chandelier made up of glass stalactites that are shaped like bowties.
Explore More Art: In addition to the two main sculptures I referenced above, Fontainebleau is home to other works of art that include a car standing on end, murals, and more.
Catch a Game in The Tavern: The sportsbook at Fontainebleau is nestled inside a restaurant and bar called The Tavern, and it’s a cozy spot.
Place a bet. Grab a bite, or just belly up to the bar.
Things To Do Near Fontainebleau
The Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den is concealed behind a shelving unit in an active restaurant found in the Famous Foods Street Eats Food Hall.
Play Coin Slots: While Circus Circus’ casino is on the opposite end of the luxury spectrum as Fontainebleau, they offer a robust selection of $1 and $5 token slots that produce that endorphin-inducing “ting ting ting”.
Grab a Great Taco: Across the street from Resorts World in a strip mall is Tacos El Gordo, which produces some of the best tacos this mouth has ever ingested.
Ordering is a bit confusing, and the line can be long, but I’d argue that it’s worth it. I suggest getting there a few minutes before they open for lunch to beat the crowds.
Play at Sahara: The historic Sahara is a block north of Fontainebleau and takes about 5 minutes to reach by foot.
The recently renovated gaming floor reeks of class, and the table minimums are sure to be a rung lower than you’ll find at Fontainebleau.
While you’re at Sahara, check out the happy hour at Casbar, which runs from 3-5pm and again from 8-9pm and offers BOGO beer and 50% off featured cocktails.
Visit the “World’s Largest” Gift Shop: The Bonanza gift shop is located across the street from Sahara and offers the most diverse assortment of souvenirs, trinkets, luggage, and candy in town.
If you have some gifts to buy for folks back home, consider this a one-stop shop.
Catch the Monorail: Fontainebleau is located on a bit of an island on the north end of the Strip. Fortunately, you can catch the Monorail to the heart of the action at Sahara, which I mentioned is a 5-minute walk to the north.
A single ride costs just $5.50, and the Monorail makes stops at notable resorts like Paris/Horseshoe, Harrah’s/LINQ, and MGM Grand.
Although Fontainebleau’s location isn’t perfect, there are some notable things to do nearby and the monorail stop at Sahara serves as an easy connection to the heart of the Strip.
I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.