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“Nice,old,but a little bit dirty”

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Ranked #41 of 212 Hotels in Miami Beach
Reviewed January 8, 2013

First let me say that I love a nice hotel. That being said, Fontainbleau was nice, but needs a little bit more attention to cleanliness. I understand that most hotels on south beach are old, but that shouldn't mean dirty. Our room was a little bit on the gross side and the windows were an eyesore. No need to pay for the view, because the windows were disgusting to look out of. The pool was very nice, and the staff around the pool was wonderful! We ate at Scarpetas (sp?) which was wonderful. Everything was very good at this hotel, but I was a little it disappointed in the quality of cleanliness. For the price that we paid, they should be able to do a few renovations here and there. I would stay here again but would make sure to address these issues. Maybe no one has ever pointed it out to the hotel before.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Fantastic hotel well run amazing beach service from KENNY D AND THE BOYS who work very hard keeping the beach clean and well organised all day
the hotel and pool areas are great too and all the restaurants
from karen in london

Room Tip: high floors best
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We spent New Years at FB and it was an experience. The party was loud, packed and did I say loud?

Our room was very pleasant. Check-in and check-out was efficient. The pool was awesome. The beachfront is clean and well staffed. The restaurants were all great.

Valet parking was a bit hit and miss regarding rapidity of service, some times the call done service worked, some times it did not. Some times the car would be available in five minutes. 1-2 it took 30 minutes.

The only small down side I have is that the room includes only a single wireless device. My wife and I each have laptop, iPads and smart phones. We need 6 connections. FB needs to upgrade this!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

I have previously written a review about this property. Although the first time we stayed here was not positive, this second time around made up for it.

We arrived Friday afternoon and we were immediately greeted by the valet staff who were very friendly. Although there was a wait at the outside check-in area we were directed to the desk inside the hotel. At the front desk was this very delightful gentleman at around 2pm-4pm who was very nice in cheking us in. He gave us a nice room with a spectacular ocean view. He also sent the valet to take our luggage to our room.

The luggage was sent quickly. Our room was well appointed, more spacious than the last room we stayed at. We ended up in the main building which was conveniently located for parking and common areas. I recommend the main building for your booking,

We ordered breakfast for our second day. The staff was very friendly and delivered breakfast on time to our room. The food was warm and tasty. I recommend the eggs over the pancakes. That same day we decided to use the Lapis spa all day. We wanted to schedule our treatments within a certain period of time so we could enjoy dinner and the spa accomodated our needs.

The spa was just amazing, we recommend the water journeys. It was a nice relaxing day. The staff at the spa was professional and very much patient and understading of our needs. The treatments were amazing and we recommend you to consider their spa. It was private and relaxing.

That night we had trouble with our rooms power system but they sent an engineer very quickly to fix the problem. The valet staff was on top of it and got our car in a promtly manner, although I wished there was a luggage service on the entrance near the check-in desk as there are just steps and no ramps to carry luggage.

So if you plan to carry luggage avoid the entrance by the check in desk and use the main entrance. Also plan to cheak-out in your room rather that at the front desk as there were long lines. The TV check out is easy and hassle free. The valet staff was great and they even knew who we were as we came in.

We enjoyed our stay at this property and the staff was extremely friendly and I would recommend for anyone to stay here.

Room Tip: Main building rooms
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We loved our stay at this historic Miami hotel. The service was lacking but the atmosphere made up for it. The lobby almost turns into nightclub in the evenings. I would say that it isn't a relaxing venue.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Stayed there the first week of January 2013. Service was excellent. Amenities were excellent. Pool was awesome. Food was great. But it is very costly. For example, we ordered two drinks at the bar and it was $38 dollars. You cannot have breakfast for four for under $120. Maybe all the hotels there are this way, I'm not sure.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

As a guest at the hotel and seasonal member of the Orange Bowl Committee my experience has been marked with great service and dedicated staff, most of which have been very friendly and accommodating. Parking at hotels can often be hectic and time consuming. Working with the Fontainebleau and their valet staff has however proven to be a successful feat. Dale has provided one of the best examples of values customer service that I have seen in a while and is a definite benefit to the hotel's transportation and valet services. The staff in general is great but the simple things matter and this is a concept that Dale and the Town Park valet has mastered

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Additional Information about Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Address: 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140-3227
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection 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:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Miami Beach
#10 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#16 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#18 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#19 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#27 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#34 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: $343 - $857 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4.5*
Number of rooms: 1504
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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