Drew Las Vegas Renderings Tease What Might Have Been

Hopes were high Drew Las Vegas could be a thing.

The purchase of the abandoned Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a widely-ridiculed eyesore, held the promise of new money, new ideas and a shot at bringing a “new” resort to the Las Vegas Strip.

Yeah, not so much.

Still, the team at Drew Las Vegas has released a batch of renderings, so we can get a glimpse at what might have been. We love the optimism!

Drew Las Vegas rendering

Las Vegas was built on optimism. And denial. But mostly that first thing.

Fontainebleau was purchased in mid-2017 for $600 million by two investment companies, Witkoff and New Valley.

The Drew gets its name from the son of Witkoff’s CEO, bajillionaire Steve Witkoff. Drew Witkoff died of a drug overdose in 2011.

Drew Las Vegas renderings

Drew’s lobby seems to have about the same capacity as Allegiant Stadium. Shout-out to May-December romances.

We were fairly skeptical about the Drew project from the beginning, given the massive investment needed to complete and open the new resort. And that was before the COVID-19 crisis.

The owners and management continue to insist the project is viable, but mounting legal challenges say otherwise. Lawsuits by contractors and former employees (many who jumped ship at Resorts World for the promise of lucrative contracts only to find the project had stalled) continue to pile up.

But rather than all that drama, we’d rather gaze upon Drew Las Vegas renderings.

Renderings aren’t just renderings. They’re dreams waiting to be realized.

Drew Las Vegas rendering

Epic pool complex, complete with social distancing.

This particular batch of renderings was found on a Web site for meeting planners.

Big thanks to Twitter follower Jesus V. for pointing us toward this treasure trove of Drew renderings.

Drew Vegas meetings

Every brandable pre-function space should have a tightrope walker.

Should Drew Las Vegas ever move forward again, by some miracle, at least we have a better idea of what it will look like inside.

The hotel is massive. It’s 63 floors, and at 735 feet tall, it’s the second tallest building in Nevada. The Strat is first.

Drew is set to have 3,780 rooms. That’s a lot of new rooms, especially when Las Vegas visitation was flat for two years prior to the pandemic.

Also a big number: Drew Las Vegas would have 550,000 square feet of convention and meeting space.

Plus, apparently, a Hospitality Garden.

Drew hotel rendering

We’re defining “garden” a little loosely here.

As with so many Las Vegas projects, the situation at Drew Las Vegas is “fluid.”

We’re rooting for the place, but the completion and opening of the Drew (Steve Witkoff continues to insist it’ll happen in 2022, despite a $3.1 billion cost) is the longest of long shots.

Here’s a sexy night shot.

Drew Vegas rendering

It’s like somebody at the club before the lights are turned up.

Enjoy more renderings, including rooms, a Batcave-inspired porte cochere, meeting spaces and other goodies.

17 thoughts on “Drew Las Vegas Renderings Tease What Might Have Been

  1. David White

    I hope Mr W, is right about the Drew. It’s a gorgeous property and could bring that area up to par with Wynn and Resorts World!

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  2. Matt Orchowski

    I tried to tip you off on Twitter first but I guess you missed the memo. No biggie 😀 and the opening is now pushed back to October 2023. Sales and event bookings are open for these dates, and there are people still on the payroll. Just only essential employees. Marriott isn’t backing down as is witkoff, his key project right now. It will take the path the MSG sphere is, slow and steady.

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  3. Bogan

    Rooms look too small too small to compete with Venetian/Palazzo and Wynn/Encore who are getting a significant portion of the convention crowds currently. The Marriott relationship would have helped.

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  4. Mike Alexakis

    Bad Timing Matters… Look at City Center, they too suffered from bad timing, good ole Harry Reid saved it from certain death, but when you walk around the place you get really weird vibes, that mall Crystals is like an empty tunnel that smells like stale flowers… I rooted for City Center, but it ended up doing not much for me, I don’t shop, I don’t play high limit table games, I don’t have conventions… Aria is OK, I liked Viva Elvis and Zarkana, but the only thing left in that entire over the top development that I continue to appreciate is the sculpture art in the public walkways. Build the Drew, don’t build the Drew, it’s on the corporations that ended up building too many monsters, it’s not on us Las Vegas lovers, we will always be there and always visit and have a good time…

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  5. happy hour 101

    I really need bars to open. Like today. Because I spend my days/nights wholly engaged in pedantic fault-finding. Apologies to Scott in advance but the Strat is not a “building”–it’s a “structure”. A building cannot be a building (huh?) if it’s not fully habitable which the Strat is not.

    Sincere regrets to all Vital Vegas fans that took time out of their lives to read this.

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    1. Michele

      I was just about to say the same thing….revel/ocean or whatever its called nowadays is so similar to this. theyre monstrosities with no personality, not inviting, theyre just big for the sake of being big.

      tear it down and start over again.

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  6. Curious

    speaking of ‘what mightve been’…..has anyone said anything of whats planned with the demolished Harmon Hotel at Aria?

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