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“What can I say "great hotel" but don't make any International calls!!”

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Ranked #43 of 214 Hotels in Miami Beach
Reviewed 25 May 2010

We really enjoyed our stay at the newly $1bn refurbished hotel. Great room (Tresor Junior Ocean view suite) it has a electric hob & microwave in the room. Comes in handy when you want a quick hot meal.

Great views of the Atlantic Ocean & Miami they have great pools & is only a 2 min walk to the beach. The service was also very good, no complaints.

(BEWARE) One thing I must say whenever you make any International calls even if it last's for 1 sec they whack on a $30-50 connection charge every time. They even charge you for calling room service or the bell desk. (BE CAREFUL!).

If you are finding a place to eat ask the concierge desk to give you a list of places that deliver direct to the hotel. we ordered a $30 Pizza which lasted us for a few days as it was huge.

They have a great coffee shop near the main lobby with great cakes try the key lime pie & vanilla muffins (very tasty).

Book this hotel you can't go wrong!

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Reviewed 25 May 2010

I am 33 years old, and stayed at this hotel every time I went to Miami with my family, since 5 years old. I can be sure I stayed there for 6 times or more. Then It closed. What a pitty, I had such nice memories from it. And my parents too(so It´s not like I was a little girl who thought everything was magical and now I realize it doesn´t. Well, I went there with my hole family( 1 year and 11 moths son, parents, brother and his family). The hotel is still very nice but It is not for families on vacation anymore. That´s very sad. The swimming pool is so noisy(yes the music is beyond loud) and full of drunk people (not to mention hookers all around). I am not a saint but I was shocked! What happened to the nice hotel it used to be? I wonder...but I would never go back there.
The room was very nice, the bathroom small but good shower. Room service ok.
I was very upset that this hotel is not what It used to be. My father always told me: " Do never go back where you were happy" but I insisted. Guess he was right...

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

Before making reservations to this hotel I was scared after reading some of the other reviews. The service was fantatsic. Everyone from waiters to car attendents asked us if we needed anything and how they could be of
help. They loved high fiving my two year old son and playing with him.
We stayed in the tresor hotel and the room was very nice and quiet, perfect for a family. However only king bed and a tough sofa bed.

Food and service was very good at Vida. Breakfast and lunch were better. My son loved the side where the kids pool was. We also rented a car and went to sveral places in Miami always very happy to come back to the Fontainbleau.
Just one more thing its very very very very very very very expensive. Be prepared to have a 50 dollar lunch and that includes two salads and a diet coke.
I can't wait to just come back with hubby and I.

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Reviewed 21 May 2010

We were at the FB from Sunday to Friday and it was for my husbands company trip and it was a very nice relaxing get away, but I would not return if it was on my dime because it's not my atmosphere and well frankly too expensive for nothing. The FB is a very nice hotel but seriously overpriced! The hotel is a bit large and vacant feeling at times, I find it interesting also that the hotel itself is bankrupt even with the insane prices!

Check in was a bit lengthy the people behind the front desk are a bit slow but we were given a room with a great ocean view which was nice. I loved the bed it was VERY comfy. As far as the staff I have to say those that I encountered were cordial but not overly friendly.

If you want a "free" pool chair you have to get out to the pool early to reserve one otherwise there are beds, cabanas, loungers for a $, I did find the pool relaxing with soft trance like music throughout the day...great people watching!

EVERYTHING costs and there is an automatic 18% gratuity tacked onto EVERYTHING and IT IS NOT put on the bill so if you don't know about it you double tip. Some of the people in our group order room service that was over $100 for 2!!! I have worked in the service industry before and it is as if the staff doesn't go out of their way because they know they will be tipped regardless, somewhat sad!

The events we had scheduled were great and the food was good but I would not return if I was paying for it as I would have to take out a second mortgage to do so!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 May 2010

I traveled to the Fountainebleau with two friends for a girls weekend. The three of us are in our 30's, married, well traveled and had a pretty good idea how expensive the hotel was before we arrived. South Beach is not a cheap area to visit so if you are looking for a cheap Florida vacation try another city.
I had a wonderful time and definitly would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to South Beach. Yes you have to pay for some of the chairs/cabanas around the pool but this is typical of most high end resorts. There are plenty of chairs on the lawn, which we used. The service at the pool was kind of slow ... but when 2 average size drinks cost $34 maybe that is not a bad thing.
Our room was nice, clean, comfortable and we loved the free internet/MAC in our room. The gym was really nice but kind of hot. The spa was great... best facial ever!
The restaurant at the pool was wonderful! Lunch for 3, with 2 drinks and 1 coke was about $130 each day. Pricy for lunch but the food/service was good.
The only "issue" I had was access to the pool. I do wish that it did not close at dusk. It would have been nice to sit in the hot tub after dinner. Also, we did get kicked off of the lawn one night when they were preparing for an event...
Overall it was a nice place but if cost is a big deal try somewhere else.

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Additional Information about Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Address: 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140-3227
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Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Miami Beach
#10 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#16 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#18 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#20 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#30 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#36 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: €266 - €729 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fontainebleau Miami Beach 4.5*
Number of rooms: 1504
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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