Stayed here while Hurricane Sandy passed to the east. Was there on a business conference, so between the weather and meetings, really didn't have a chance to use the pool area, so I can't really comment on that. The beach is only a few steps away... either choice looked very inviting. My room was in the northern tower (Versailles?) where the meeting rooms where. The room was very clean and fresh, with a king size bed and flat screen. And a free Imac in the room for unlimited use!!
Cleaning and other staff were all uniformly nice and willing to help with any need.
I had brought my Verizon Mifi hotspot to avoid the $15 daily cost for wireless. It did not work on property without being reprogrammed, supposedly because there are so many wireless hot spots being used in the convention center area in the Versailles tower. So be prepared.
The spa is excellent, with two areas for hot soaking and two areas for rain style showers. Massage was excellent, and there are often discount coupons or specials to help bring down the very high costs.
All the food I had was well prepared and tasty, but oh so expensive. $15 for a pool panini? Really? Drinks in the lobby bar were also pretty steep. The only hotel I ever paid more for a glass of house merlot was the Wynn in Vegas. Valet parking was steep, and there was a $24 fee for a beach chair on the ocean beach. Cabanas at the pool were some of the steepest fees I can recall ever seeing. And be really careful around the weight sensitive snack tray in your room....
This is a nice hotel... but the only reason I gave it four dots is because they price their product at Bellagio type prices, but its not nearly of that kind of quality... its just because of the location.
- 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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