Fontainebleau

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Address: 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 33140, United States

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.8

History, architecture and 21st Century cool come together in one of Miami's most famous hotels.

The Fontainebleau is where the showbiz glitz of Miami’s golden yesteryear meets modern-day luxury. The hotel’s iconic curved façade was showcased in the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, and celebrities including Hollywood Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Sammy Davis Jr were frequent winter visitors. Elvis Presley and The Beatles also favoured Miami Beach’s premier resort in its heyday, before its 1977 bankruptcy. Newly reopened following a billion-dollar makeover in 2008, two new towers complement the landmark original, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, for a total of 1,504 rooms and suites, seven restaurants and two upscale nightclubs that have become a magnet for celebrity spotters.

Location
4.5
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Eating/drinking
4.8
90%
Leisure facilities
4.6
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.8
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Bedrooms
4.7
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Public areas
4.7
90%

Location

Three miles from the Art Deco district and pavement cafes of South Beach, the Fontainebleau and adjacent luxury hotels along Collins Avenue, such as the Eden Roc, are still close enough to the action to form part of Miami’s millionaires’ playground. For those without a limo, a regular and reliable bus service runs north and south along Miami Beach, and the attractions of “mainland” Miami, the arts and entertainment district and the airport are all a short cab or car ride away.

Bedrooms

Pastel linens and uncomplicated designs lend an air of understated elegance while modern European-style furniture defies the hotel’s 56-year history. Waking up to sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean is a memorable experience, while rooms on the west side offer outstanding views of the Miami skyline. Apple computers in every room, in place of directories, give guests an innovative and interactive way to access hotel information and plan their stay.

Public areas

Liv is one of Miami’s, if not the world’s premier nightspots, attracting celebrities, VIPS and high-rolling locals, while the newly opened Arkadia club moves the action poolside. An expansive lobby leads to the richly decorated Bleau Bar, where there is no cocktail the bartenders cannot fix for you.

Eating and drinking

The three signature restaurants are a steakhouse, Chinese and Italian but for cheaper, and often less pretentious fare head for the four casual dining outlets, especially the French-themed La Cote and its wonderful oysters in the shell.

Leisure facilities

A full range of treatments, with prices to match, is available at the Lapis Spa. The swimming pool’s appealing bow-tie design nods to the tuxedo-clad movies stars of the 1950s.

Service

Immaculate and attentive.

Who stays there

Celebrities, music stars, business executives, double-income couples and families treating themselves.

Price advice

Higher end prices reflect hotel’s exclusive status but look for regular specials, such as free breakfasts and off-season discounts, to bring costs down.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Stunning views
  • Hotel’s rich history and celebrity factor
  • Nightclubs
  • Crowded pool areas
  • Late-night noise from public areas
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