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Hotel Fontainebleau Resort Hotel 5 star
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4441 Collins Ave Miami, United States of America -
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The Fontainebleau is Miami's hotel of legends. Known throughout the world, it was a celebrity haunt in the 50s and 60s. Competition was fierce between the Fontainebleau and the Eden Roc, and it's still not sure which establishment was the more popular among stars. Now it's your turn to be the star, so enjoy a night or two of unadulterated luxury in this sprawling establishment where nothing is lacking.

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    Location 5.0 /10

    Standing on Collins Avenue, next to the Eden Roc, the Fontainebleau is quite far from the centre of Ocean Drive and its entertainment. In fact, the Fontainebleau is located in a residential neighbourhood with nothing in the way of restaurants, shops, or bars, however, you'll find everything you need in the hotel. You actually won't ever really have to step outside. The international airport is 45-50 minutes away by taxi.

    Accommodation 8.60 /10

    The hotel has exactly 1504 guest rooms, that's right, 1504, no more, no less. The interior decorating is refreshingly modern and makes abundant use of different shades of blue. The designer light fixtures add a zany touch to the atmosphere. The rooms are best described as calm, peaceful, and relaxed. Most of them afford a view of the Atlantic but all of them boast an ultra-modern level of comfort, with a flat-screen TV, an iPod dock, free Wi-Fi, and a 20 inch iMac with all the hotel's information as well as a map of the rooms. This feature is dictated by the environmentally-friendly, paper-free nature of the hotel. The bathrooms are spacious and entirely marble-clad. Access to the gym and the deckchairs is included in the price.

    Overview 9.00 /10

    The Fontainebleau is a sprawling establishment that was designed and built in 1954 by architect Morris Lapidus, some two years before the Eden Roc was erected. This huge, grandiose building is impressive both in terms of size and architecture. It's no coincidence that famous director Brian de Palma chose it for the final scene of 'Scarface', in which Al Pacino falls to the bullets of his Columbian foes, or as the set for some of the scenes in 'Goldfinger'.
    When it opened, the Fontainebleau rapidly became a haunt for stars who enjoyed the lively atmosphere and the quality of the service. There are no less than 10 swimming pools (ranging from quiet to animated) open to guests, one of which is a children's pool with games and a slide. The hotel also features a spa, a gym, massage rooms, some boutiques, night clubs, and even a shopping mall. In fact, the establishment is a small town in itself.
    To find you way back to your room or to the other facilities, ask for a map, as the hotel is divided into 4 building: Trésor, Sorrente, Versailles, and Château. Strewn across a wide area, among various swimming pools, restaurants, bars, and boutiques. You'll be spending a lot of time at the beginning of your stay trying to locate all these places. Be patient, you'll soon find a way to the beach or the spa for some well-deserved relaxation. Or you might not...! In the evening, there are numerous bars with different atmospheres where you can enjoy high-quality cocktails and spirits. Then you can draw the night out in one of the two night clubs. A special welcome is reserved for children, who can participate in an array of activities throughout the day (music, games, theatre, sports, and arts and crafts). Guests of all ages will find something to do at the Fontainebleau.

    Food and drink 8.50 /10

    As for the cuisine, you have nothing to worry about, with a choice of 8 restaurants serving Chinese, Italian, American, and French cuisine, or a good old steak or seafood; whatever your preference, you'll find something you like. The hardest part will be finding these establishments before closing time. The refined interior decorating of the restaurants has been carefully executed. They each have a unique and special setting.
    For a seaside atmosphere, head for the La Côte restaurant, close to the beach. With background music, the ambiance is laidback and the cuisine includes salads, seafood, grilled meat, etc. The Scarpetta plays the sultry Italian heartthrob card in a chic interior that shows influences from the world of Italian haute-couture. If you're in for something a little more Zen, head for the Hakkasan, where numerous Chinese and Cantonese specialities are on offer. To satisfy a sweet tooth, the Solo serves pastries, cakes, and tarts throughout the day, along with coffee, cappuccino, and other goodies.

    To know

    Don't forget to ask for a map of the hotel at the reception desk, as you'll be lost without one; the hotel is huge.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, beach volley, golf, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Ski zone
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • It has everything; bars, restaurants, nightclubs, boutiques,...
    • 10 swimming pools

    disadvantages

    • It's possible to get lost in this sprawling establishment

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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