Fontainebleau Miami Beach otherwise known as Fontainebleau Hotel is an important hotel (both historically as well as architecturally) on the Miami Beach. Morris Lapidus designed the hotel and when it opened to the public in 1954 it was regarded as the most expensive hotel on Miami Beach. In the year 2007, this hotel was ranked 93rd on the American Institute of Architects list of America’s Favorite Architecture. Now although the name of the hotel is in French the pronunciation of the hotel’s name has been Anglicized as “fountain blue” by locals instead of the original or actual French pronunciation of its name. Currently, the hotel is owned by Fontainebleau Resorts.
Interestingly, this hotel is 12 miles and 28 miles away from the Miami International Airport and the Fort Lauderdale International Airport respectively. In addition, the hotel has a total number of 1,504 guest rooms, which includes 846 rooms plus suites that are in the 2 initial Fontainebleau buildings as well as 658 suites in the two new all-suite towers, which offer extravagant comfort plus privacy. Most of the guestrooms as well as suites have wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the twinkling circle of lights that unveil the Miami Beach at night. Also, the rooms as well as the suites are completely equipped with high definition flat screen televisions plus other state of the art technology devices.
A large part of this hotel’s property was closed to the public sometime in 2006 although a building remained open to guests. After this, there was a grand re-opening of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach following a 2 year $1 billion renovation that saw the hotel’s 22-acre oceanfront featuring signature restaurants by elite chefs; 2 chic nightlife venues; expansive poolside; event facilities; a 2-story, enormous spa (actually 40,000-square-foot), a state-of-the-art conference and an untarnished Atlantic ocean beach. The transformation of the hotel was done by a team of well-known architects and designers. Notwithstanding this, the architects in the course of their work took special care in preserving most of the initial design elements of the hotel.
Alright the restaurants as well as the nightclubs that you will find in the hotel complex in particular include: Scarpetta (Italian), Gotham Steak, Blade Sushi, Hakkasan (Cantonese), Vida (Pan America). Fresh (Snacks and Gelato), La Côte (a two-level poolside bar and grille), Solo (Café and Patisserie), Glow Bar, Arkadia, Bleau Bar, and LIV (Nightclub, also known as ’54 used to be known as Tropigala lounge).
Lastly, a policy guideline for all intending guests to Fontainebleau Hotel including the following. First, to check into the hotel you will be required to present a valid photo ID plus a major credit card. Also, standard check-in and check-out time for the hotel is 4 PM and 11 AM respectively. Now although guests are allowed to come with their pets, a non-refundable cleaning fee is required. In addition, the Fontainebleau hotel is designated as a non-smoking hotel, therefore smoking is not allowed. However, registered members can avail themselves by patronizing LIV nightclub where smoking is allowed.