Fontainebleau Ups Ante On Hotel Tech

Stepping far ahead of the curve on in-room technology at hotels, the potential Fontainebleau Resorts plans to provide an Apple iMac computer, for complimentary use, in each of the 5,300 rooms at its soon-to-reopen, remodeled flagship in Miami and its $3 billion hotel-casino being built on the Las Vegas Strip.

The in-room equipment will be preloaded with music playlists that can be downloaded to iPods or other portable music devices; include an interface for downloading photos from a digital camera to email, and offer digital versions of some guests’ hometown newspapers.

Apple technology will also be used for many hotel operations, including check-in kiosks that will store customer details such as a prior request for a hypoallergenic pillow.Now putting the finishing touches on a $1 billion rebirth, the 54-year-old Fontainebleau in Miami Beach will have 1,504 rooms, 200,000 sf of meting space, 11 restaurants and lounges and a 40,000-sf spa when it reopens in September. The Las Vegas resort will have 3,889 suites, 400,000 sf of meeting space, 24 restaurants and a 60,000 sf-spa come October 2009.

Originally published July 7, 2008