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 Stayed for a week, the hotel is really lovely. Very clean. The beach is really lovely. We had Sophia C as our hostess at the beach she was very friendly and approachable whilst being professional as well. Would stay here again. The staff are really helpful.
Just returned from a 5 night stay. We were “upgraded” to a larger room in the Tresor Tower. While we were initially pleasantly surprised by this at check-in, I’m not entirely sure it was really an upgrade. We had booked a room with an ocean view. While this upgrade came with a balcony room, we barley were able to step foot out there due to the constant 1” of water that wasn’t cleared. So, not really an ocean view since we would’ve needed to go out to the balcony and look to the left. Wish that was the least of our problems.
We traveled with friends and we reserved pool cabanas for 3 of the 4 days. The first cabana had a broken tv and they refunded us $100 which we agreed would be fine. The last day we were in the cabana, crew decided they were going to power wash directly behind us. Needless to say, it wasn’t relaxing whatsoever and we would’ve gotten soaked had we not jumped from the couch. Very poor planning on their part to do this sort of task during cabana hours. My husband, who is typically very easy going, complained and I’m so glad he did because they actually refunded our friend her entire payment for the day.
The last thing that went wrong, although we are to blame for, has really been dealt with rather poorly. While we were at the airport on our way home, my husband suddenly remembered he hadn’t removed a considerable amount of cash out of the room safe which was still locked. He immediately called and spoke to someone in lost and found/security. He was initially told they would hold the cash but wouldn’t mail anything back which I found to be ridiculous. He called back again and spoke with a manager and was told that they would send us a check which is what they should’ve said to begin with. However, a short time later, my husband received a call stating the money was not in the safe. If the safe was locked when we left, then obviously a staff member with safe access had to have opened it. The latest response we got was “ we’ll see who had access to the room”. Like I said, it was our fault for not remembering to grab it, stupid actually. However, with the amount of money we spent, hotel management really should go above and beyond to ensure customers are taken care of. Especially since we were planning a return trip in April of next year. I can assure you, with the way this is being handled, we will not be planning any return visits to this property. Our friends have also decided not to return because it’s obvious that good customer care isn’t their thing.
Fontainebleau hotel is amazing, its staff work so hard to make your stay memorable. A big shout out to our beach server who took such a great care of us and quickly became the highlight of our stay. Thank you, Luciiieee! <3