Miami’s breathtaking beaches with turquoise waters are the perfect setting for guests choosing Hotel Fontainebleau as their place to stay during their visit to Miami.
Built on the seaside Collins Avenue and the oceanfront washed by the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this 20th century architectural landmark keeps its elegance and fame as one of the most spectacular hotels in Miami intact.
Hotelier Ben Novack’s vision gave rise to the idea of building not only one of the most opulent hotels but also one of the most magnificent recreation centers inspired in the American Dream ethos of the post-war era. Morris Lapidus, who was considered an architect ahead of his time by many during the ‘50s, was in charge of the construction of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
The doors of this fantastic hotel opened in 1954, thus becoming the largest and most luxurious and sought after hotel in South Florida. Fontainebleau’s privileged location, beautiful views, French-themed interior spaces inspired in the gardens of Versailles, and its 7,000-square-foot vast lobby still featuring the popularly called “Stairway to Nowhere,” all have turned it into the holiday destination par excellence of the rich and famous.
Interesting and surprising facts
Legendary music stars such as Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball or Frank Sinatra once performed in the hotel, decking out Fontainebleau’s halls with their presence; while political figures such as John Fitzgerald, John F. Kennedy, and more recently, artists like Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, among others, have all made it into its list of celebrities.
Unforgettable are also the scenes of 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, the third in the literary series by Ian Fleming, and the third to be starred by the legendary Sean Connery, shot in the renowned facilities of the Fontainebleau.
A design that will leave you spellbound
With an investment of approximately $ 13 million, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach was built on the piece of land of the former Harvey Firestone Estate, which was located on the oceanfront known as the Millionaire’s Row of Miami Beach.
Architect Morris Lapidus, challenging the precepts of traditional architecture at the time, which was characterized by straight lines, opted for a curved structure criticized for “compromising the principles of architectural design.” Despite these judgmental remarks, the Fontainebleau was back then the golden hotel of tourism and entertainment in the United States.
After undergoing a 2-and-a-half year renovation between 2005 and 2008, on April 18, 2012, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach was granted the award for the Top Building in Florida in the “100 years. 100 Places.” ranking by the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida Chapter).
To have fun is a matter of perspective
The Fontainebleau Hotel offers its guests all the amenities and services expected of its quality, always striving for an unmatched experience; its distinctive restaurants count on award-winning and distinguished chefs serve exquisite dishes that will embark you on a palatable adventure across a diversity of cuisines abound with modernity and tradition.
Fontainebleau’s two main clubs are the nightlife sensation for those who love spending nights full of music, dance and rhythm. The first club, LIV, is all about dancing devoted to house, hip-hop and rock music; whereas the other one, BleauLive, specializes in live music and live concert performances.
The hotel also has a two-story spa, where all guests will be able to enjoy a truly relaxing experience thanks to the various modern beauty treatments they provide.
Doubtless you will spend most of the time either strolling along Fontainebleau’s marvelous beachfront or hanging out at its poolscape which features an incredible free-form shaped pool that gives off the impression of a seamless ocean.
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
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