For a long weekend we stayed in the Tresor in an ocean view suite. What this meant was that while on the balcony you have your ocean view to the right. The main building of the hotel is in front of you including a view of the pool action. We were on the 23rd floor so we could also see over the hotel for a nice view of the city lights at night. So it was a view that covered it all. Only thing to make it more perfect would be a spritz of glass cleaner so you could sit in the chairs with an unblemished view.
The bed was out of this world for me. Too soft for the boyfriend. I've never stayed in a luxury hotel before so all I've ever experienced are the typical bedcovers. Here you've got a very soft duvet you can just sink into and lots of plush pillows. In the closet was an extra blanket along with a couple of robes. Lots and lots of towels and toiletries so you never run out. Great whirlpool bath and separate shower. Tiny kitchette tucked in, lots of drawer space and more than enough hangers. Stereo, PC with select free sites without paying a fee, flat panel TV, iron, hair dryer...
The hotel is huge so be prepared for some exploring until you get your bearings. The majority of the staff we passed the entire stay, from the guy painting a fence to anyone with a name badge, offered some sort of pleasant greeting every time. You get so used to it that you find yourself even smiling at other guests. At poolside we were allowed to relax without any bother. But there is plenty of staff available the moment you have any need at all. In the restaurants (Blade and Vida for us) our servers were not only nice but extremely happy. It's almost surreal they're so happy but I'll take it!
At night the place explodes with people. I imagine in Miami Beach this is a main destination for a night out since it has a great lobby bar, nice restaurants, a nightclub and lounging by the pools. (Funny side note, there was an actual bouncer by the restrooms at Blade being sure that any sort of line had some crowd control. Also another guy very eager to give you a shoulder massage while you waited and a spritz of cologne or hairspray on your way back out. I admit I avoided the massage guy since it felt kinda weird!)
Before the trip I was wary because I read that the staff was on the snobbish side. We never encountered this happening except one incident when we were lost the first night and just trying to get out of the pool area and back to the main lobby area. The pool bartender we unfortunately asked must have been who all the reviews were referring. If there are lost guests trying to find the Reception Desk they surely don't realize there are several spread out in different buildings. How about just assume it's the main one instead of a lecture about the property being 22 acres and we obviously have no clue where we're trying to get or we'd be more specific. (Minor vent I apparently still haven't gotten over.)
As for location, can't say there is anything in walking distance to do. There was a Walgreens nearby but never got around to walking to it. A quick cab ride to the South Beach areas doesn't take long at all. If you get Aldo as your cab driver then you're in for a great driver who will truly take care of you. We got him twice so I think your chances are good!
All in all, very beautiful hotel and a great stay!
- 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