Fontainebleau Gets New Name

The Fontainebleau if your not familiar is a huge resort hotel on the North end of the Strip near Circus Circus that was never finished with the shell of the hotel nearly finished and has sat as a big blue window covered eyesore since. Work is now under way to complete the resort with a planned 2020 opening around about the same time as the nearby Asian themed Resort World Las Vegas huge hotel and casino. Because the Fontainebleau never opened under that name and sat for years vacant with that name we were expecting the new owners would rebrand the resort with a new name for the opening and they have it will be called The Drew. I’m not sure what i think about the new name i guess The Bob or The Fred were taken but The Drew does sound like a luxury hotel so i guess it works

So far the amenities announced for the The Drew when it opens includes a casino and clubs of course plus over 20 places to eat as well aS 500,000 square feet of convention space which makes sense as the properties location near the convention center which is also having a major expansion. The new hotel will have 4,000 hotel rooms which will be managed by JW Marriott which hasn’t had a presence on the Strip before.

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Expansion Complete At Mandalay Bay

The first stage of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center expansion is complete with the first 350,000 square feet done and being used by the huge annual MAGIC Fashion Expo which ends today. When the Mandalay Bay opened there was discussion how the convention space would do so far from the Las Vegas Convention Center with the view at the time that new space should be next to the existing space and act more as an overflow to the main convention center. MGM has made their convention center space at Mandalay Bay a success even with its South Strip location although being attached to a good resort with great restaurants and attractions such as the wave pool beach must have helped. Apart from the new exhibition space at Mandalay Bay the expansion also includes a new 20,000 square foot foyer as well as underground parking. When the project is completed in early 2016 the facility with have over two million square feet which will help it compete for conventions with the soon to be expanded Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues such as the Sands Convention Center.