I'd always wanted to stay here so I'm glad I did but wouldn't stay again. Upon arrival I noticed how spread out everything is on the property. The signs are very helpful in navigating around resort.
The first room we got was on 3rd floor of Chateau Tower and provided a great view of the heating/cooling system along with the sounds. After complaining of noise, we were immediately upgraded to room on 11th floor of Versailles Tower facing ocean, pool with balcony. The room was nice, bed comfortable. I was surprised there were no bottled waters waiting for us nor a refrigerator or minibar but that's not the worst thing in the world.
I first noticed how impersonal the service is when we went to the pool bar and ordered a pitcher of mojitos.
We ate lunch at Scarpetta, shared a salad. They did a nice job splitting the salad for us, the presentation was nice and salad good.
LIV was not open Thurs night as I would've expected so we hung out at lobby bar instead, it was quite busy.
Lunch next day was at La Cote. I ordered the grilled Mahi-Mahi sandwich and although it looked really good, the fish was bad. This was first time in my life I got bad fish, the taste is unmistakable! She took it off the bill but offered no apology nor anything else to eat.
I found a pool attendant to get a couple chairs/towels who told me he had no chairs and to go find someone else in another area. I ended up on the lawn and no one ever did come to help me so I fixed up the chairs on my own. I did like how they had giant coolers full of ice cold lemon water in the pool area.
All I could think about when there was "This is NOT Shore Club!" What a difference between the two hotels. Staying here made me want to go to the Shore Club just to be treated well, with a smile and staff knowing me by name.
Fontainebleau is just too big. Too much for Miami Beach, perfect for Vegas as another reviewer noted.
- 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:
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