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“Party hotel - like Vegas on the beach” 4 of 5 stars
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Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Oceanfront)   |  
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West Greenwich, Rhode Island
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“Party hotel - like Vegas on the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Just spent 4 days here on a business/pleasure trip. Staff was very nice, security was prevalent, and there were lots of amenities (on site restaurants and quick service, gym, spa, shops, lots of pools). That said, this is very much a PARTY hotel. Not our vibe, but probably a great place for a girls or guys weekend away if you're into a DJ by the pool and drinking all day). We spent most of our time on the beach because the pool was wayyyy too loud - DJ all day long, pretty much, and the bass is so loud you can hear it down the boardwalk. We did see some families who were enjoying the kids pool but I personally would not stay here again, especially with young children. The high point was the Lapis Spa, which is fabulous. Lots of amenities - if you go for a massage or other service, you have all-day access to the spa - steam room, mineral pool, jacuuzi and more. Nice showers, changing rooms, lockers, etc,. and really friendly staff. I got a mani/pedi and 25-minute massage for $150, which was a deal considering all that I was able to enjoy in the whole of the spa. The gym was also nice - just did the treadmill a couple of mornings and the view looks out over the pools and beach - this aint no YMCA! At night, the lobby and the bars are VERY loud, but thankfully the sound doesn't emanate to the rooms (we were on the 10th floor). The party atmosphere does invite partiers, though, and we were faced with a naked 20-something guy in our hallway in the afternoon. The room was nice but nothing special - I actually expected a little more for the price. Bathroom space was sufficient and housekeeping was good - always had plenty of towels and room was very clean each day. In all, I would only recommend this hotel if you're into the nightlife and party scene. For me, a boutique hotel is more the way to go. Also be warned that they onsite restaurants and quick service are very expensive - $7 for a bottled water, $50 for a steak. But if you're paying the Fontainebleau hotel rate, then you're probably expecting those prices.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Attended a conference there. Firstly - the conference organisation, food and general delivery was excellent.

As a leisure hotel it depends what you are after. It is MASSIVE, busy, loud, lively. Plenty of nightlife - with music in pretty much every public area (pool, lobby, bar) 24/7. I note some great reviews from people on 'girls weekends' for which it would be great.

It is a bit to brash for my liking - but well executed for that kind of hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Things started out shaky as the first three rooms they showed us would not work (first one occupied, second two had no bathtub which is tough with kids). The fourth, however, was perfect and suited us just fine. The staff was very accommodating to our family of four which is a bit of a paradox since optically this hotel is more oriented towards partiers and conference goers. Job VERY well done.

Room Tip: The main building is more convenient but likely louder, the southerly buildings have more suites and...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This is the third time I've stayed there in the past several months. The service was outstanding! I was given very personalized and professional treatment from all of the employees I came in contact with. David Arraya, Sam Sutter and Melissa H. were great with making sure I had the requested accomodations. Howard Williams went out of his way to help with an anniversary gift that was late arriving to the hotel, even as I followed up with him after my stay. Charles with your LaCote Restaurant is great. Both of the Kenny's at the beach are very helpfull. From reservations to us checking out, your staff has always provided us with exceptional service. Thank you! Pete Giuliani

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greeley, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Our experience at the Fontainebleau was wonderful. This gorgeous setting was breathtaking and just an overall relaxing place to be. We enjoyed our lavish room fully equipped with A jetted tub, a beautiful view, a complimentary Macintosh computer, coffee maker, microwave, dishes and lush robes to relax in. The service at the pool and the beach was outstanding and we never wanted for anything. We also shopped, and dined to our hearts content. There is never a reason to leave the hotel. Also, walking on the beach and the boardwalk was very romantic. We did not visit the spa, but the gym was outstanding. Beautiful views, top equipment and even a trainer that walked around and checked on you. We can't wait to book next year.

Room Tip: Our room overlooked the pool. We could also see the ocean and we were only on the 4th floor of the S...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights with friends to celebrate all of us turning 40 this year! We were so impressed with the staff from beginning to end! Not only did they take great care of us, but they were genuinely nice people! While we waiting for everyone to arrive, Charlie at the pool bar was great fun and got the weekend started off on the right foot! Had dinner at Scarpetta that night which was delicious-try the brussel sprouts, and mushroom polenta!! You really don't ever have to leave this hotel with all the great places to eat, places to hang out and people watch, etc!
A special shout out to Sarah and Kendra at the pool for humoring us ladies and helping us decide what drink we should try next, and Bryan for making sure we always had clean towels! When we finally pulled ourselves away from the pool, we went for a walk on the beautiful beach and enjoyed swimming. The color of the ocean was amazing!
We also enjoyed stopping at the 7th Floor pool/hot tub to enjoy the view on the way up to our room.
Have a drink (or many) at the lobby bar, definitely the place to be to watch everyone lining up to get into the nightclub "Liv!"

We were so sad to leave!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

I just returned from a girls weekend at fontainebleau and had the most amazing time. We treated ourselves to a beautiful suite that had a gorgeous view!! The suite allowed us to have a gathering place so we could all be together. The 2BR suite was wonderful and had a full kitchen, 3 full bathrooms, 2 pull out sofa's, 2 balconies with an amazing view and lots of space. It even had a washer/dryer! The food was unbelievable, the pool was beautiful, fun, and relaxing, the beach was gorgeous and the water was perfect, the bars were fun and VERY entertaining! The service was unbelievable!!! The staff was EVERYWHERE and no matter where we were, the staff always greeted us with a smile and they went above and beyond to make our stay special. The staff was friendly, accommodating, and always helpful. I have never been to a hotel that had a nicer staff!! They made us feel special the entire weekend. Thanks fontainebleau for making our girls reunion so special!!! This hotel has everything! If you don't want to you NEVER have to leave!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > Oceanfront
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Miami Beach
#12 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#14 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#20 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#20 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#28 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4.5*
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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