I stayed two nights in October while at a conference. I was very impressed by the vastness of this resort. It is huge, but it becomes small and manageable quite quickly and while it is located in a fantastic area, one could never leave the property and still find plenty to do over a mulitple-day period. There is a wide array of places to soak up the sun, various pool settings from "club" with the attendant ceaseless music and bar scene, a kids' area with a waterslide, and "zen"-like adult-ony areas of peace and quiet. There is, of course, the beautiful broad, endless beach (well-attended by the hotel staff) and between the hotel and the beach there is a fantastic enclosed miles-long raised wooden walkway that is perfect for walking, running, or just sitting and watching the surf. The complex has eight restaurants offering just about any dining experience you could want and five bars, ranging from the pool/beachside La Cote to the cavernous velvet-roped Arkadia nightclub literally underneath the lobby (many celebrity sightings while i was there!). I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful and despite the throngs of people constantly leaving and arriving and the Grand Central Station-feel of the massive lobby, I could usually get my questions answered and get where I needed to go without delay. The Fontainbleau also has one of the best and most complete hotel gyms I have ever been to - clean, bright, all manner of weight training and cardio equipment and the space to use them, a very helpful staff, instructors for training, yoga sessions, plenty of water, and the most outstanding views I have ever enjoyed while working out. I did not have a chance to use the spa, but the physical layout and menu of services looked fantastic. I would endorse this hotel for a couple's getaway or a family vacation - just be ready for the size and high-energy level. If you're not up for that, you probably shouldn't be in Miami Beach anyway!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, Fontainebleau today reinvents the original vision of legendary architect Morris Lapidus – a stage where everyone plays their unique part. At Fontainebleau, striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and technology merge into a vibrant new kind of guest experience. We invite you to enter a world where you are free to play, shop, dine, spa, meet or simply relax – however you define your perfect day. Express yourself in an environment that surrounds you with every kind of pleasure and invites every sort of adventure. Following a $1 billion renovation, the 22-acre oceanfront hotel features signature restaurants by award-winning chefs; two chic nightlife venues; a two-story, 40,000-square-foot spa, expansive poolscape, a pristine Atlantic Ocean beach and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities. A landmark since its debut in 1954, Fontainebleau has been restored and transformed by a team of renowned architects and designers to create the most dynamic destination resort on the eastern seaboard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach
- Fontainebleau Resort Miami Beach