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 had amazing night at this hotel. From first contact with carrier guy to the end amd check out point...everything was perfect! We wish to have more time to stay but in our next visit to Miami now we know where to go :) Thanks!
My friends and I stayed at the Fontaine Bleau for a weekend. The hotel is very clean and the ambiance is great but most importantly the staff was so friendly! RONNY gave us exceptional service at the pool. So friendly and professional we will not forget him!!
This is my second review for this hotel, this time it’s about my experience at the beach. I got a daybed each day because I like to be close to the water and I also like to have some type of privacy, the employees did there best to accommodate me to areas that weren’t so busy, which I really appreciate! On my last day there it rained and the servers did there best to keep me happy and comfortable. They helped me build a fort lol to keep the rain out with towels all around! Kaylee was especially nice coming by and chatting with me and making sure I was very comfortable and happy, even tho it was raining and she was getting wet it didn’t matter to her as long as i was comfortable! Also Armando was so nice and friendly, right there both days I was at the beach making sure I have what I need and was very comfortable! They made those 2 days very comfortable for me and made me feel at home. They are probably 2 of the best servers I’ve ever had! I hope they are there the next time I go to the Fountainbleau! Great experience! Also I want to add that the guys that set up the chairs and day beds are great and very nice. I don’t remember there names but every single one that I had was amazing! Another trip to Miami and at Fountainbleau was a great experience which is what I always expect from this great hotel! Definitely recommend this Hotel!