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
ELI, DENNIS, CHRIS C are very friendly and helpful. They deliver our drinks and food as soon as they can. They always have a smile on their face and are willing to help out in any way they can! They make our stay here exceptional as they cater to our every need.
Our time at the Fontainebleau was great, and the service that we received at the beach was top-Notch. For the full duration of our stay, Tavares helped us get the best spots on the beach. He continued to provide outstanding service and was proactive in making sure that our stay was perfect. When you are at the Fontainebleau Beach, ask for Tavares.
ELISUAL, DENNIS, AND CHRIS C was amazing they all brought my drinks on time and was so nice. The Beach knows what they doing they work so hard having to walk in the sand and remember where we are but they get it done
I stayed at the hotel for three days, and the beach staff of the hotel was so nice. Tavarus was one of them, and he was so nice in getting me the perfect spot under an umbrella. So thank you, Tavarus! I will come back.
great experience here! staff on the beach and at the pool were always so helpful in getting guests chairs and food/drink. chris c and dennis on the beach went above and beyond to make sure my friends and i were constantly catered to... cannot wait to come back!