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The Fontainebleau Las Vegas in December 2009.
Those dreams of having iMacs in every room at the Fontainebleau Las Vegas have officially been crushed. The long-stalled project in Vegas, which our little sibling VegasChatter has dubbed "The Fontaine-bust", is now holding a fire sale, according to the New York Post.
All furniture that was bought for the hotel, on which construction was stopped when it was 70 percent complete, is now up for grabs. That includes "beds, dressers, TVs and other furnishings"--iMacs perhaps?
President Obama has been on a bit of a hotel tour lately, doing his Democratic Party fund-raising at a series of fancy dinners across the country. Last night, his arrival at one of these events was marked with protests as about 200 people carrying placards lined Collins Avenue across from the Fontainebleau.
Inside, around 450 people paid between $500 and $15,000 a head to hear POTUS talk, raising an estimated $1.5 million all up. (We’re guessing that’s just a little over what LIV or Hakkasan rakes in on an average Monday night.)
You’ve probably already heard that the still-under-construction Fontainebleau Las Vegas went bankrupt. (Although the Miami Herald reports that the property’s lawyers won an additional three weeks in bankruptcy protection this week, as they try to sell the sucker off.)
But what about the Fontainebleau Miami? Well, things aren’t quite so sunny in SoFla either. While the former Rat Pack playground was re-launched with grand Victoria’s Secret-fanfare last year, it appears that the Soffer family who owns the landmark hotel might have overdone it with the $500 million they spent on renovations.
More bad news out of Sin City happened late yesterday as the Fontainebleau Las Vegas filed a $3 billion lawsuit after a group of banks canceled a critical round of financing needed to finish the project. The WSJ reports:
The suit says that, without the money, the project, "which was nearing completion, is doomed to failure, and thousands of Las Vegas residents will lose their jobs." Around 3,300 construction workers are employed at the site, and an additional 6,000 hotel and casino workers were expected to be hired to staff the resort, projected to open in the fall.
Vegas has already been hit hard by the financing woes surrounding CityCenter and the shutdown of the Echelon Project. While the Fontainebleau LV says they will do everything they can to keep the project on track, we say expect delays ahead. In the meantime, (shameless plug alert) check out what's still happening on The Strip at our new site, VegasChatter.
[Photo: Nick Barlow]
Oh, Page Six. Not only can we always come to you for the dirtiest gossip, but we know we can always count on you for the classiest ledes. Like this one, kicking off a story about the newly renovated Fontainebleau in Miami: "Miami Beach has changed a lot from the days when so many thousands of elderly Jews retired there, it was called "God's waiting room."
Delicate wording aside, Page Six in today's NY Post does raise a pretty good question: where did the kosher kitchen go? Apparently, the property closed for the massive renovations and reopened minus the separate, entirely kosher kitchen. Oh noes!
From the Post:
Not that there won't be Orthodox bar (or bat) mitzvahs or Jewish weddings anymore - the hotel will use kosher caterers for those events. A spokeswoman informed us, "Fontainebleau will provide kosher meals for holidays upon special request and for private events."
See, super rich kids? You can still have your over-the-top bat mitzvah at the Fontainebleau; no need to throw a fit.
The Fontainebleau Miami Beach just (officially) opened and already they are offering guests a chance to win a four-days/three-nights vacation to a Fontainebleau Resort of their choice (the Las Vegas property is opening Fall 2009)
Called the The Anticipation Vacation Sweepstakes, the contest asks guests to "share a memorable experience" they have had with the Fontainebleau. Or write up how they would spend their time at a Fontainebleau if they had the chance. Guests can also upload a photo if they so desire.
While party-goers were gaping at the Victoria's Secret Models, Mariah Carey, Usher and Heidi Klum during the Fontainebleau Miami Beach celeb-studded grand-opening party, real guests who stayed at the hotel were apparently not so happy with the behind-the-scenes "construction chic" look the hotel was sporting. According to the NY Post:
Sources said the Fontainebleau, reopened after a $1 billion renovation, had no running water, dust-covered windows, three-hour waits for lunch in the lobby cafe and faulty elevators. "The resort was supposed to be up and running, but it wasn't," said one source. The snafus didn't stop celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow (photo opposite page) from catching Adriana Lima, Karolina Kurkova and Marisa Miller strut the catwalk in lingerie.
And despite a false fire alarm that cut off the music at 2:30 a.m. in the hotel nightclub, Busta Rhymes and John Stamos danced into the night. Fontainebleau president John Rolfs said, "Like all new hotels, we are working through some issues. Our goal was for everyone to have a great time and enjoy the party and the show, and we did that."
It seems the Fontainebleau has been working through these "issues" for a few months now as the hotel began its piece-by-piece opening back in June when Barack Obama cruised through. We aren't trying to be mean to the Fontainebleau, but it's just that if you are asking for $350 a night, shouldn't the place be finished? Just sayin'....
· The Fontainebleau Coverage [HotelChatter]
Question: who would wait on a month-long waiting list just to get crap extracted from her pores? And what kind of person would fork over $300 for it?
Answer: devotees of Tracie Martyn, acclaimed NYC facialist to stars like Diane von Furstenberg, Susan Sarandon, Madonna, and Sandra Bullock. People clamor to get an appointment at her five-room treatment center in NYC -- and now she's just been tapped to team up witn the Fontainebleau Miami to offer her famous(ly expensive) Resculpting Facials and Resculpting Body Treatments at the property's new spa.
Since her treatments are historically incredibly hard to come by and highly sought after, her expansion to Miami and partnership with Fontainebleau is a pretty big deal: at the new Fontainebleau spa (Lapis), 10 Tracie Martyn treatments can be performed per hour. Madonna will probably still get priority over you when it really comes down to it, though. Sorry.