Fontainebleau Miami Beach – Hotel Tour and Review


The Fountainebleau Miami Beach is a world-renowned hotel with an amazing history that is located directly on the ocean in Miami Beach, Florida.  This 1,504 room, 22-acre property was originally constructed in 1954 and underwent a two-year, $1 billion renovation / expansion in November 2008.

The Fontainebleau is one of the most famous hotels in the US and has been featured in a number movies, television shows and music videos.  A number of Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes frequent the Fontainebleau making it one of the hot spots to see and be seen in Miami.

This hotel enjoys an excellent location along the shores of Miami Beach, just a few miles north of South Beach and the Art Deco District.  It is a short distance to the Miami International Airport and downtown Miami.  

Hotel amenities are what you would expect for a property of this caliber and include an extensive pool area & beach club, world-class spa, state-of-the fitness center and a number of on-site dining & entertainment options.

Our most recent stay was in April 2021 so COVID protocols were in place.

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The Fontainebleau Miami Beach – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hotel rates at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach?

Hotel rates at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach typically range from around $300 per night for a standard room to mover than $1,000 per night for the suites depending on the time of year.  We paid $299 per night for a 12th floor room queen room in the Tresor Tower mid-April 2021.

How close is the Fontainebleau Hotel to South Beach?

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is less than three miles to the heart of Miami’s South Beach and the Art Deco District.  Per Google Maps, it is a 15 to 20 minute car ride and a 55-minute walk along the Miami Beach Boardwalk.

Is there a Resort Fee or Parking Charge at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach?

There is a $33 per day Resort Fees at Fontainebleau Miami Beach which includes free WIFI, gym access, beach chairs and entry to the Refresh Lounge.  Valet parking costs $49.00 per night for hotel guests ($75 per night for oversized vehicles).

Is there a spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach?

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach features the 40,000 square foot, two-level Lapis Spa that features 30 treatment rooms and five water elements including a 75-foot lap pool.

Is the Fontainebleau Miami Beach family friendly?

While there is a kid-friendly pool with small water slide, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is better suited for adult travelers due to the “party” vibe that is present throughout the hotel.  It is, however, perfect for a romantic couples getaway.

What is the pet policy at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach?

The Fontainebleau Blue Miami Beach is a pet friendly hotel and pets up to 50 pounds are welcome (non- aggressive breads).  There is a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee during the stay.

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About the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Although the Fontainebleau is one of the older luxury hotels along Miami Beach, it underwent a massive $1 billion renovation and expansion in 2008.  Today, the resort includes four individual buildings (the original Chateau Tower, the Versailles Tower, the Sorrento Tower and the Tresor Tower) that comprise more than 1,500 rooms, a world class spa, multiple food & beverage options, more than 100,000 square feet of meeting & event space and a massive pool area with adjacent beach club.

Fountainbleau Miami Beach

4441 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, Florida  33140

866.629.2573

The Fontainebleau has been featured in a number movies, television shows and music videos including the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger”, Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988), The Soporanos (2002) and the movie “The Bodyguard” starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.  The hotel also hosts the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

It will take about 25 minutes to get to The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (barring major traffic) from the Miami International Airport and around 20 minutes to get to downtown Miami.  South Beach and the Art Deco District is just a few miles south of the Fontainebleau.  

Amenities at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The Residence Inn is a value based hotel so while it may not have all the features of a full service resort, it does not lack on amenities.

  • Resort Pool Area:  There is a fairly large resort style pool with beach entry and jacuzzi tub.  There is also adequate patio seating surrounding the pool and private cabanas throughout the pool area.
  • Fitness Center: The hotel features an exercise room that includes cardio as well as strength training equipment.
  • Marina:  There is a private marina for guests to dock their yachts as well as charter a private yacht.
  • Shopping:  The hotel features a number of magnificent shops and boutiques including Ida and Harry, Aquamarine, Morris & Co, Timeless, Bleau Signature and the Lapis Retail.
  • FB Kids Camp (Currently closed)
  • Exotic Car Rental On Site: Rent a Lamborghini or Ferrari during your stay.

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach On-Site Dining Options

The Fontainebleau has a number of dining options.  From casual to fine dining, there is something for every guests palette.

  • Hakkasan
  • Scarpetta
  • Stripsteak
  • Pizza & Burger
  • Chez Bon Bon
  • La Cote
  • Vida
  • Blade
  • Fresh

The hotel also offers in-room dining for breakfast.  In-room dining hours are 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM Monday to Friday and from 7:00 AM to Noon on weekends.

Nightlife at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The Miami / Miami Beach area is known for its sizzling nightlife as some of the hottest bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues are located in this area, several of which are located at the Fontainebleau.

LIV

LIV nightclub is the crown jewel of nightclubs in the greater Miami area.  This club is all about the music and features an array of house, rock and hip-hop with both DJ’s and live performances.

This ultra-exclusive hot spot attracts some of the most popular celebrities and consists of 18,000 square feet of architectural amazement with four full-service bars, fifty banquette areas and six private skyboxes.  There is a state-of-the-art Dynacord Sound System with 50 intelligent lighting fixtures, 11 in-house video monitors and LED lighting throughout.

Click here to visit the web site for LIV.

Fontainebleau Bleaulive

The Fontainebleau has been features live events since its opening in the 1950’s with the lives of Elvis, the members of the Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Humphrey Bogart). 

Some of the more modern artists who performed at the Fontainebleau include Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Pitbull and Maroon 5.

Signatures Bars and Lounges

If you can find a place to party at the Fontainebleau then you are just not trying.  From casual and poolside to elegant, there are a number of signature bars and lounges at the hotel.

  • Hakkasan Bar & Lounge
  • Scarpetta Bar & Lounge
  • Stripsteak Bar & Lounge
  • Pizza & Burger Bar & Lounge
  • La Cote Bar & Lounge
  • Glow Bar
  • Bleau Bar
  • Arkada Day Club

Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach consists of 40,000 square feet in two levels that features 30 treatment rooms, five water elements and a 75-foot lap pool. In addition to spa services, Lapis also offers hair and nail services.

Click here to learn more about Lapis.

The Rooms at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

There are a number of differing rooms types at the Fontainebleau.  Details on the suites at the hotel are as follows:

  • Deluxe Bay View Guestrooms (King Bed)
  • Deluxe Bay View Guestrooms with Balcony (King Bed)
  • Ocean Guestrooms (King Bed)
  • Ocean Guestrooms with Balcony (King or 2 Queen Beds)
  • Bay View Junior Suites (King Bed)
  • Bay View Junior Suites with Balcony (King Bed)
  • Tresor Bay View Junior Suites with Balcony (King Bed)
  • Tresor Ocean View Junior Suites (King Bed)
  • Sorrento Ocean View Junior Suites (King Bed)
  • Oceanfront Junior Suite with Balcony (King Bed)
  • Sorrento Oceanfront Junior Suites (King Bed)
  • Executive One Bedroom Suite (King Bed)
  • Grand One Bedroom Suite (King Bed)
  • Oceanfront Two Bedroom Suite Versailles (King or 2 Queen Beds)
  • Sorrento Ocean View One Bedroom Suite (King)
  • Sorrento Oceanfront One Bedroom Suite (King)
  • Tresor Ocean View One Bedroom Suite (King)
  • Tresor Bay View One Bedroom Suite (King)
  • Oceanfront One Bedroom Suite with Balcony (King)
  • “Le Ciel” Oceanfront Suite (King)
  • Sorrento Penthouse (9,850 square feet; 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathrooms)
  • Tresor Penthouse (4,500 square feet; 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathrooms)
  • La Mer Presidential (1,525 square feet; 2 bedrooms)
  • La Baie Presidential (2,400 square feet; 2 bedrooms)
  • Le Sable Presidential (1,600 square feet; 2 bedrooms)

Hotel Rates

Like most hotels in the greater Miami Beach area, rates at the Fontainebleau are highly seasonal and we have found that rates and availability do vary quite considerably throughout the year.  

The rates shown below are the best available rate for two adults in three different room types offered at this hotel.  

The following rates were obtained from the hotel web site at the time of publication.  Please note that nightly rates can change at any time.

Rates for 2021   June 15th October 15th December 1st
Deluxe Bay View Room   $364.00 $394.00 $344.00
Ocean View Guestroom   $394.00 $424.00 $374.00
Oceanfront Guestroom with Balcony   $509.00 $539.00 $489.00

Taxes: There is a 4% resort tax on top of a 7% sales tax.  There is a daily resort fee of $33.00 and a valet parking fee of $49 per night.

The resort fee at the Fontainebleau includes:

  • Access to the fitness center
  • One fitness class per day
  • Wireless internet
  • Daily newspaper access
  • Refresh Lounge Access
  • Beach Chairs

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Fontainebleau Convention Center

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach has approximately 107,000 square foot of indoor meeting, convention and event space.   

  • Fontaine: 8,580 square foot ballroom – deal for for up to 595 guests.
  • Sparkle: 8,619 to 31,358 square foot ballroom – ideal for up to 2,300 guests.
  • Glimmer: 1,879 to 18,876 square foot ballroom – ideal for up to 1,210 guests.
  • Conference Suites: 430 to 714 square feet – ideal for up to 24 guests

In addition to the indoor event space,the Fontainebleau has a number of outdoor venues which are as follows:

  • Ocean Lawn:  8,000 square feet – ideal for 400 to 500 guests.
  • La Cote Lawn: 6,000 square feet – ideal for 350 to 450 guests.
  • Tropez Lawn: 16,000 square feet – ideal for 700 to 1,000 guests
  • Lapis Circle: 3,250 square feet – ideal for 60 to 75 guests
  • Sea Green Lawn: 4,000 square feet – ideal for 200 guests

There is also the Bleaulive Stage which is an 8,000 square foot outdoor venue suited for live performances.  This space is ideal for up to 500 guests.

The Local Area

Miami is a cultural mecca with a number  of outstanding things to see and do including:

  • South Beach / Art Deco District
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Wynwood Walls
  • Everglades National Park / Airboat Tours 
  • The Miami Zoo
  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Bayside Marketplace
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
  • Deering Estate
  • Cape Florida Lighthouse
  • Monkey Jungle
  • Lincoln Road Mall
  • South Pointe Park
  • The Dolphin Mall
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

What We Liked about The Fontainebleau Miami Beach

There are a number of things to like about the Fontainebleau.  Following are some of the highlights:

  • Amazing pool area
  • Located directly on a beautiful white sandy beach
  • Luxury spa
  • World-renowned night club (“LIV”) on site

What We Didn’t Like at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach

There are some things about the Fontainebleau we do not like which include:

  • Long waits for everything (valet, check-in, coffee shop, poolside dining)
  • $49 per day parking fee
  • Overly crowded bars, restaurants, pool and beach areas
  • The pools close at sunset (which we found very odd)
  • Some parts of the hotel were not up to the standards of a “luxury” hotel.

As we stated above, the hotel bars, restaurants, pool and beach area were so crowded that we could not enjoy any of those amenities during our stay.  

During our stay we found areas of the facility that were in need of maintenance and cleaning.  This could possibly be due to the hotel not being fully staffed due to the remnants of the pandemic – however, there were things we found that should not be acceptable at a “luxury” hotel.

What We Think The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is Perfect For:

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is well located on the clear blue water of the Atlantic Ocean and we find that it is perfect for:

  • Adults looking to experience the Miami “scene”
  • Weekend getaways & staycations for local travelers
  • Spa weekends for the ladies

As we indicated earlier, we would not describe the Fontainebleau as “family friendly” as there are better options in Miami Beach for those traveling with children.

 Our Endless Summer Hotel Rating

We gave this hotel 3.5 out of a possible 5 stars during our visit.  It should have been higher due to the overall quality of the hotel but the level of service was substandard for a luxury hotel. 

While we can give the hotel the benefit of the doubt due to COVID and inadequate staffing levels, it will definitely impact our decision as to whether to visit again during our next trip to Miami Beach.

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