Our trip took place mid-June. Our family comprised of grandmother, my husband, my 6 yr old daughter, my sister, her husband and their 2 yr old son. We ended up staying at the Fontainebleau as an alternate location when my sister discovered that the Loews on South Beach was undergoing construction. The Fontainebleau was by far the better choice. The resort is impressively huge and the entire staff was very friendly and helpful. At check-in, we discovered that the resort has 4 buildings of rooms and suites. We stayed in the Tresor building which along with the Sorrento building is newer and the rooms are a bit larger and a bit more. The best accommodation we have had while sojourning at the beach was the this resort. To accommodate families, the Tresor building has one-bedroom suite with 2 full baths, a full kitchen with dishwasher, stove w/ oven, microwave, full sized fridge and silverware/plates/bowls/glasses/cups/pot/frying pan, and, a stacked washer and dryer. The couch folded out into a full sized bed. The main bed was a king and we had 2 balconies with table and chairs. Our "apartment" had views of the bay but since we were on the 24th floor we also had a view of the ocean too. Adjacent to our one-bedroom apartment was a junior king suite with small fridge and microwave with balcony. Each room had its own entry door that led to a common foyer where my sister stored the stroller. The keys were programmed so that all would open the main foyer door as well as each room, so no need to try to keep each room key and foyer key separate. The beds were very comfortable and firm but not quite as comfortable as the Westin's Heavenly beds or the Ritz Carlton's beds or the W hotels' beds. Since I am a side sleeper, down pillows do not provide enough support even with 2. A hotel of this caliber should offer memory foam pillows. Also the rooms were not equipped with coffee makers or DVD players which is found at high end hotels we have stayed before, especially with young kids. The large LCD TV's were great and we had one in the living room and one in the bedroom. However, paying about $4 per kid-friendly programming got a bit old, though cost was not an issue for us. Our one-bedroom apartment was decorated in a relaxed beach style. The sofa was showing a bit of wear but having stayed at other beach condos, beach furniture especially family-geared will not look good for long. My sister's junior king suite was more tastefully furnished. The beach accommodations were wonderful. The water was calm, clear and warm. A boardwalk links several hotels down on the beach. The resort has beautiful pools but the beach is what we came for. The gym was one of the best-equipped and largest we had visited (the other large one was at the W-Dallas, Texas). The resort has quite an offering of restaurants. We ate at Hakkasan and Scarpetta's with the kids and the food was exquisite but not cheap, about $100-120 per person. The onsite bakery's offerings of various pastries and coffee was outstanding but also not good for budget-conscious travelers. We had croissants, donuts, and pastries which were quite close to being as good as the offerings from the bakeries we frequented when in Paris, France in the 7th arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower. The coffee was so good that my husband, my sister, and her husband did not mind the astronomical price. We were daily visitors of the bakery. The resort crowd was very well-heeled and kids were very behaved, though there were not too many families. The beach was not crowded. Now if you decide to pick the Fontainebleau as your beach destination, know that everything is quite expensive (I think Miami Beach in general is higher rent than say South Beach). However there is a Publix grocery store at 95th street in Bal Harbour (about 5 minutes drive from the hotel). For those who want great designer shopping, Bal Harbour shops has a Neiman Marcus and Saks with nothing but haute couture shops.
- 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