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
Dirty sheets on bed for 5 days In the morning we had to wait in a long line for breakfast then wait ages to be served We could never get a reservation in the restaurants as they were always fully booked no effort made to accommodate guests staying in the hotel just first come first served We had come 4,500miles to celebrate Valentine’s Day we were told earliest dinner booking was 10pm needles to say we had no dinner that night we went to bed without any food and a romantic evening spoiled The staff seem aloof and disinterested and need to remember who is paying to be there We stayed last month at the Savoy in Londoner was a truly wonderful 5 star experience it’s a shame this hotel cannot at least even make you feel welcome We will not ever return to the Fountainbleau 5 days was 5 days too long
I wanted to leave a review for the fountainebleau hotel at the pool. The music was good, the drinks were good and the staff was exceptional! Thanks to the awesome server Maria. Can't wait to go back!!
I took my family on a little vacation to Miami and we decided to stay at the Fontainebleau. The service here is absolutely amazing! Zarina took great care of us down by the pool. She was very attentive and so sweet to my family! We will be back to visit for sure, thanks Zarina!.
I really loved the stay... I had so much fun staying in my room and out... Especially the people on the beach were super friendly (Rafael made an effort to find a great spot by the water, even though the place was crowded that day;-) I’m definitely coming back :-D
Honestly great service can’t complain Chriss D. Our beach side waiter was great !
Our drinks were never empty thank you will be back, the food was awesome such a relaxing day with the beach bed totally recommended