Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Culture. Elegance. Edginess. Wow factors. The Fontainebleau Miami Beach has all of those things and more following a $1 billion renovation and expansion. It’s one of Florida’s most famous hotels, and the latest renovation gives subtle suggestions of the resort’s storied past. Originally designed by legendary architect Morris Lapidus, the Fontainebleau first opened in Miami’s Millionaire’s Row in 1954. Glam and luxury have returned to the 1,504-room hotel, which has 11 restaurants and nightclubs, the 40,000-sq.-ft. Lapis Spa, an expansive pool (shaped like a bowtie, one of Lapidus’ signature designs) and retail shops. Dripping crystal chandeliers hang from the ceilings. Plush, teal velvet couches are placed throughout common areas. Guest rooms (including 658 suites in two new towers) have 20-inch iMac computers, oversized lamps, tall leather headboards and marble bathrooms—all in sophisticated and cool color palettes. With 107,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, the hotel can accommodate large corporate groups. Outside, the property has 20,000 square feet of event space, including the 15,000-sq.-ft. ocean lawn.