Fontainebleau Miami Beach Review

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4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL 33140
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Editor’s Review of Fontainebleau Miami Beach

The Fontainebleau is every bit as grand as I was expecting. But when we walked into the recently renovated lobby -- this enormous space centers around a sunken bar with a glowing blue floor overlooking meticulously landscaped grounds -- it didn't exactly scream family friendly.

This place is glamorous in a big way, and has a long history of hosting actors, dignitaries and presidents (former President Clinton was also a guest during our stay). Movie buffs may also recognize it from the James Bond film "Goldfinger." After a nearly one-billion-dollar renovation, Fontainebleau has retained its appeal to Miami's trendy crowd, but lurking below its glamorous facade is a hotel that remains as family-friendly as it is hip.

... more /> Fontainebleau has long been a favorite for families looking to experience the Miami Beach scene first-hand. Over the years it has been home to South Florida's first ice-skating rink and numerous waterslides; and while today's Fontainebleau is perhaps more understatedly kid-friendly (the big waterslides have been replaced with one tiny one, and an interactive waterscape), families are absolutely welcomed here.

That being said, don't expect the concierge to greet your kids at the door with a hug and a teddy bear. It's Miami Beach.

What's appealing about this place for families are all the options you'll find here. The kids will have no shortage of choices for food, entertainment and activities. With more than 1,500 rooms, 11 restaurants and lounges, 10 pools, 22 oceanfront acres, and a kids' program, I dare them to get bored. It's worth pointing out that despite its Collins Avenue address, the Fontainebleau is about two miles (a 10-minute cab ride) to the real action in South Beach. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Spacious rooms for families
  • Kids Night Out program
  • Supervised kids activities for ages 4 to 12
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kitchenettes
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Don't go with family
Reviewed on 05/26/2015
I completely agree with comments made by Fonmom0. This is a all time party place with smokers sitting all around and everything is setup to make money. The behavior of the service staff has no consideration for families. I spent ...
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Fontainebleau is huge, and there is no shortage of accommodations to choose from. There are 1,504 guestrooms, with everything from basic rooms (even these are lavish, though rather small) to presidential suites. All of the basic rooms, and some suites are located in the two original Fontainebleau buildings, Chateau and Versailles, and during the recent renovation 658 new suites were added in two all-suite towers, Tresor and Sorrento.

All rooms include robes, 400-thread count Egyptian cotton, marble baths, high-def flat-screen TVs, mini-bar, high-speed wireless Internet access, iPod docking station and 20-inch iMac computer.

Junior suites have quite a bit of extra space (standard rooms are about 300 square feet, and junior suites range from 500 to 860) with a sitting area and extra full-size sleeper sofa; it's worth the extra money to upgrade from a standard room for families.

One-bedroom suites have a separate living space and bedrooms, oversized bathrooms with a separate bathtub and shower, full-sized kitchen and a full-sized washer and dryer. They vary in size based on which building they are in, and many have balconies with ocean views.

For families who require more space, two-bedroom suites are created by combining a one-bedroom suite with a junior suite or guest room and guestrooms up to three bedrooms can also be adjoined for even larger family gatherings.

Cribs are free but you'll pay for a rollaway.

We stayed in a Sorrento one-bedroom oceanview suite. It was big, at 1,000 square feet, very simply and elegantly decorated in neutral tones, and immaculate. We had a large kitchen area with a bar and stools, a breakfast table, huge bathroom with double sinks and a separate bath and shower. Unfortunately the chic floor to ceiling glass shower door leaked. There was a large private balcony with a table and chairs. The bedroom was a decent size and the closet was enormous, a walk-in bigger than the one we have at home! We heard rumblings that housekeeping wasn't the greatest, but we didn't have any issues with our room.

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