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
- 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 decided to rent a cabana for the day and it was a very good time. What really made our day was Rey Lardoza! He went above and beyond everyone else to make sure we were satisfied. He was very personable and made us laugh a lot. I would definitely come back just to be in his section of the pool.
I think it is an overrated hotel. There are many good features, but overall there are many places that are just as accommodating and beautiful. I enjoyed my stay. The young man named Johnathan who works out by the pool area is AMAZING. He wants all to enjoy and have a good time. I would go back just because of him. He is going places. Good work ethic! Thank you Johnathan!
Just spent 3 days here and came away feeling very underwhelmed!
Staff in the main were pretty ignorant and didn’t engage with customers.
The number of rooms seems to have outstripped the facilities as there were constantly queues for breakfast and no sunbeds available after about 10am.
WiFi basically didn’t work in the garden areas as the signal was too weak.
Both of the latter - WiFi and sunbeds items were included in the daily additional service charge - what a cheek!!
Music in the garden areas incredibly loud and incessant.
All in all not value for money at all and you get the feeling that management aren’t motivating staff to look at the hotel from a customer perspective and that it is living on its past reputation.
A real shame that we didn’t enjoy it as much as we were hoping and came away feeling like we were ‘just another punter’
I took my husband here for his birthday. This hotel caters to all age groups. They have Club Liv, in the hotel, which has a nice live crowd, they have a great gym, offer yoga classes, different pools for different needs (party, kids, general lounge). This property is beach front. The beach is beeeeautiful. We stayed at a ocean front suite; it was beautiful and had great views. Overall very clean. They also have the restaurant Hakkassan in the hotel. They did great decorating the room for my hubby's birthday. I also booked a cabana by the pool, we were able to order drinks and food, enjoy our own space, watch tv. There's also a nice bakery that offers great treats!
I give a Huge shout out to Benjamin working the beach bar and keeping the drinks rolling for our 50th birthday celebration He was running all over the beach to serve the visitors quickly , and it was a hot sunny day , and it is hard to run on that beautiful sand in Miami Beach