Fontainebleau Miami Beach
What We Love
- Faithful nods to the hotel’s history despite a $1 billion overhaul in 2008
- On-property outposts of famed New York and Las Vegas restaurants like Scarpetta and StripSteak
- Celebrity sightings from Bieber to the Kardashians at LIV nightclub
- Treatments at the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa include access to mineral-infused water therapies like a 35-foot rain tunnel
What To Know
- Located about 1.5 miles from the Lincoln Road Mall and South Beach Art Deco district
- Only two of the hotel’s four lodging towers, Chateau and Versailles, are original to the property
- Basic rooms have views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami; ocean views for an upcharge
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
A fixture on oceanfront Collins Avenue for more than six decades, this South Florida landmark oozes over-the-top glamour reminiscent of the area’s Rat Pack heyday. When it opened in 1954, the hotel’s curving, avant-garde design drew plenty of detractors, but, over time, architect Morris Lapidus’s ultramodern masterpiece became emblematic of Miami Beach itself—a destination for Hollywood A-listers from Elvis Presley to Lucille Ball. A two-and-a-half-year, $1 billion renovation and expansion completed in 2008 restored the historic hotel to its original opulence, The 1,504 rooms—ranging from the standard 300-square-foot bayside king to a lavish five-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot Atlantic-view penthouse—now feature sleek decor in soothing neutrals and ocean tones, while on-property attractions include the sprawling Lapis spa, twelve restaurants and lounges including chef-driven hotspots like Scott Conant’s seasonal Italian Scarpetta and StripSteak by Michael Mina, and LIV nightclub, where a new generation of young celebs mingle with the city’s social elite.
In the Area
Situated at mid-beach, you’re just over a mile north of the pedestrian-only Lincoln Road Mall, a palm-shaded hub of shops and outdoor eateries that buzzes with locals and tourists alike. A few blocks further south is the famed Ocean Drive, the epicenter of Miami’s renowned Art Deco District. The Miami Design Preservation League, which was instrumental in the district’s historic preservation in the late 1970s, hosts daily 90-minute walking tours of the area’s restored hotels, restaurants, and other pastel-hued structures. You won’t lack for dining options in South Beach, be it farm-to-table fare at the James Beard-recognized Yardbird Southern Table & Bar or refined tapas at the Philippe Starck-designed Bazaar by José Andrés in the SLS Hotel.
How to Get There
We recently spent a 5 night family stay at the Fontainebleau. Service was good, staff weren’t pushy or in your face but at hand if needed. Pool had plenty of loungers and was always clean as was the rest of the hotel. Lots of food options, though most were expensive even by Miami standards. Overall we enjoyed our stay, only downside was my son left a Samsung tablet under his pillow which wasn’t handed in by housekeeping.
Wow, wow, wow!!!
The hotel is amazing. #Stripsteakmia is a beautiful fine restaurant serving the best steak we’ve tasted in the world. Thank you to Janine, our very friendly, helpful and super kind server for making our first visit truly remarkable and memorable! The complimentary birthday handmade sorbets and ice cream for desert was a very thoughtful touch. Thank you very much Janine xx
We came here last year and fell in love with a property, quality of service and delicious foods . This time it was a complete nightmare . Check In process brought me to tears and I wanted to go home . Very rude Asian lady told us that all of the double queen bed rooms are sold out and either my husband , 10 year old kid and I sleep on a king bed or pay 2100 dollars extra for junior suit . We got our travel agent on the phone and she confirmed that we booked two double beds . Check in ady told everyone that she doesn’t care and when my husband demanded to speak to the manger she said oh I spoke to him already. At that point I didn’t care how much money we spent for a 8 night stay ..I was tiered , crying and wanted to go home . After 45 minutes arguing the manager came and we were finally offered a similar room but without a balcony . Then twice our room wasn’t cleaned ..and we were at the pool from 8-5 every day . My husband has to run around looking for towels so we can take a shower . Every day we were spending about $65 dollars on breakfast at Chez Bon Bon ...our order was severely messed up twice . We had to go back from the pool for them to correct it .
Also Im very concerned about food safety at the pool area . I was served severely spoiled coconut drink . Not only coconut was soft but it had mold everywhere . Next day I got a spoiled humus . Also to get a service girl to come to you is next to impossible ...you have to jump around ..set up “smoke signals “ and they still wouldn’t come to you . And they always approach you with such bad attitude is not even funny .
Couple of things we did enjoy ... pool and property is still amazing . Towel guys are always helpful and nice . Steak and Italian restaurants are out of this world.
We were thinking of coming back in August for a week but we might be choosing another hotel.
I wonderful experience at the fountain Bleu beach today! Me and my sis came for a “staycation”. Nino the beach attendant set us up with some front row seats at the beach and was very nice, and the water was beautiful! I ordered drinks from Val the wonderful server, she was attentive and very kind and our drinks came very fast! The drink runner Alicia brought us the drink with a smile, and told us about the spa!
Over all a great experience at the beach and will definitely be back again!
we came from mexico and our beaches are beutiful but i got to say, miami is a really nice spot to come to relax with the family. there was enouh stuff to do for me and my parents. we spent 2 days on the beach and the service that we have was amazing. david and emilio took good care of us and we really apreciate them