Marriott International and Witkoff to open 4,000-room The Drew Las Vegas resort

Marriott International and global development firm Witkoff announced on February 12 a plan to open a new resort at 2755 Las Vegas Boulevard South. Ushering in a new era of world-class hospitality, the integrated resort and casino to be named The Drew Las Vegas will debut the EDITION brand in Las Vegas and mark The Strip’s first JW Marriott. Anticipated to open in late 2020, the resort will feature nearly 4,000 rooms and suites as well as over 500,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. Once open, the hotels will be managed by Marriott International.

The previously stalled project Fontainebleau was bought by Witkoff last year which is now renamed as The Drew Las Vegas.

The unfinished project was previously known as Fontainebleau. Photo by Lasvegaslover (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

“The Drew Las Vegas will become a landmark property for Marriott International,” said Tony Capuano, EVP and global chief development officer, Marriott International. “The resort will give our more than 100 million loyalty members the chance to enjoy our brand of hospitality in one of the most exciting and popular cities in the world, whether the visit is for a convention or a leisure trip.”

“With Marriott International, we have the opportunity to leverage the world's most powerful group and convention pipeline as well as an unmatched loyalty program to ensure we unlock the unparalleled value of this asset,” said Witkoff Chairman and CEO Steven Witkoff. “This acquisition, made in partnership with New Valley LLC, is a well-designed, structurally-sound project with a significant discount to both replacement cost and the implied public market valuations of comparable Las Vegas Strip resorts.”

Two Blackbirds Hospitality, led by renowned hotelier and former Cosmopolitan CEO John Unwin, will oversee the launch and operations of The Drew Las Vegas. As an integrated resort, The Drew Las Vegas will be home to a broad offering including a casino, luxury hotels, together with convention facilities, entertainment, nightlife, retail and dining curated into one cohesive guest experience.

Source: Marriott International, Inc.

Feature image courtesy: Thomas Wolf, / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0