I took this picture of the Fontainebleau Resort construction site last month. The Fontainebleau project in Las Vegas suffered some setbacks when the economy took a nosedive. Fontainebleau Las Vegas LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June of 2009. At that time construction was 70% complete. Since then control of the Fontainebleau has been purchased and given to new owners. At this point future plans for the property haven’t been detailed. The only sure thing is that the 2009 opening date wasn’t met.
In the pictures below you can see the tallest Las Vegas icon the Stratosphere. You also see one of the few remain old school Vegas properties the Sahara. Keep in mind when walking in this neighborhood at night that it isn’t the best part of town. I took a long walk from Harrah’s to Sahara that evening. It looked as if the walk to the convention center monorail station would have been just as long. So instead of heading there I went to the Sahara to pickup my ride back to the Monte Carlo.
The Fontainebleau is on the same side of Las Vages Strip as Riviera Casino. Unfortunately there don’t seem to be many public transportation options other than a cab in this area. You could pickup bus with the locals. Las Vegas monorail skips past several major properties on this side of strip. Granted across road none of those tourist destinations have a constant passenger rail system. I’m always amazed at how shortsighted city planners and developers are. In many cities those in charge of making decisions seem fairly clueless.