Just returned from four nights in the Sorrento Tower at Fountainbleu. Hotel location and view from our suite were excellent- ocean, pool complex, Biscayne Bay and the city in one sweep from our balcony, which faced North. The room has kitchen amenities, large screen TV and an iMac included. But for about $900 per night in an off-peak period it should be even better.
As a guideline for guests who will be dining in the hotel restaurants or equivalent, you should budget about $150 per day per person, not including drinks. Drinks will ramp up the tab dramatically, as other reviewers have noted. Menu selections for in-house restaurants should be expanded.
Many guests, including ourselves, wandered around lost on a regular basis due to extremely inadequate signage. Las Vegas resorts twice the size are relatively easy to get around because signs hang prominently overhead indicating directions to various towers, restrooms, elevators, etc. Nothing like that here.
All employees that I dealt with were extremely deferent and helpful. Staffing levels seemed haphazard, however. Staffing is high for bellmen, valets, restaurants, and security. It seemed low for housekeeping, which was late and decidedly superficial. Food and beverage service for sunbathers at the pool and beach is absolutely the worst I have ever seen. Management is foregoing a lot of revenue by leaving guests nearly unserved in this area.
To summarize by an analogy I will suggest that at the Fountainebleu, Miami Beach you pay for the Ritz-Carlton but get the Hilton- in a beautiful location.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel Miami Beach
- Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach
- Fontainebleau Resort Miami Beach
- Fontainebleau Miami Beach Florida