The Fontainebleau is the place to go if you want a "happening" scene with lots of life, youth and energy. The common spaces are very busy, loud and exciting all at the same time. The hotel is kept very clean and there is never a shortage of staff to help you with any questions.
We stayed in a one bedroom suite (le ciel, 15th floor) that was spacious but wasn't used as efficiently as possible. For instance, the room came with 1.5 bathrooms. Both bathrooms were huge and beautiful (lovely white marble) but they seemed to have an abundance of empty space. Why not put in a soaking tub (a la ritz carlton south beach) or a more roomy shower? Instead the shower was tiny and cramped. The bed was comfy, the sitting area was also adequately agreeable. Probably the best part of the suite was the wrap around balcony, stunning views to die for!
As for the pool area, as mentioned by previous reviewers, finding chairs was quite the challenge. Saturday we were lucky enough to find two chairs in Brittany's (server) section. She was very friendly and attentive. We ordered many drinks as well as lunch. I strongly encourage the mahi mahi tacos (loved that lime cilantro sauce!), but also strongly discourage the cuban steak sandwich (was gross and we only finished half of it). While our chairs weren't directly near the pool, the overcast weather on Saturday mitigated our desire to swim. On Sunday there wasn't a cloud in the sky so everyone was out sun bathing. We walked around for a good 25 minutes and eventually gave up. We ended the search by simply sitting with our feet in the pool and laying on the edge of the pool deck... it did the job, I guess. I will say the pool is huge and there is plenty of space to swim, splash and not feel cramped... we just wish there were chairs and places to sit.
The gym was very nice with plenty of machines and weights, I enjoyed running on the treadmill while overlooking the pool area.
The SPA was also nice but be prepared top dollar (more expensive than Wynn's las vegas spa or the Ritz Carlton Miami spa). Not sure I felt we got our moneys worth there.
All in all it was a nice stay and we were mostly comfortable. I think because of the chair game, I'd be more prone to head back to the RC South Beach.
- 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