Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach
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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Built in 1954 by modernist god Morris Lapidus, whose dictum was "less is a bore," the Fontainebleau’s undulating curves and flashy style stood apart from the crowd. Back in the day, it was the pinnacle of excess: the lobby was a sea of chandeliers; a "staircase to nowhere" was built solely so that women could deposit their coats in the cloakroom at the top and make a grand entrance back down to the lobby; and air-conditioning was cranked up to protect all the mink coats. The Rat Pack, Elvis and Marilyn were regulars. After its fortunes began to fade, a consortium of architects joined forces to recapture its former glory, and gave the most famous hotel in Miami Beach a billion-dollar facelift. Reflecting the Las Vegas-ification of Miami, the "new" resort boasts 1,500 rooms; the first U.S. branch of Hakkasan, London’s glam Chinese restaurant; the Scott Conant-helmed Scarpetta; two concepts from famed chef Michael Mina, StripSteak and Pizza and Burger; and celeb-fave, nightlife spot, LIV. 

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Venue name: Fontainebleau Miami Beach
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Address: 4441 Collins Ave
Miami

Cross street: at 44th St
Transport: Bus G, H, L, S
Price: Rates $359–$629
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Fontainebleau is amazing. Not much else to say on that front. It is everything you could ask for, from a Miami beach resort. It's like the all in one venue, you see on the TV.

The outside is stunning, with letters spelling out FONTAINEBLEAU on a wall with water flowing over it.

Inside, is way more impressive. As you walk in, on the right, you have the famous LIV club, the hangout of choice for rappers, singers and A List celebs when in Miami. On the left, are the lifts and reception desk. Directly in front, you have the lobby, which is HUGE and gorgeous, I might add.

I have attended many a pool party at Fontainebleau Miami and if you are fortunate enough, there will be lots of celebs either popping by or come along to entertain the masses.

We chose to dine one evening at Stripsteak. The steak joint, led by Michael Mina, where thanks to the Miami Spice festival, were offering a wonderful set menu at $39 pp. The food was absolutely delicious, the service was second to none and the whole ambience was fantastic.

Other places to dine in Fontainebleau include the world famous Hakkasan and Italian restaurant Scarpetta, but there is lots to choose from.

Swing by Fontainebleau at least once, whilst in Miami, even if it's just to check out the loos!