Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami:
A Little Slice of Vegas on the Ocean!!
Located along Miami’s Millionaire Row, the Fountainbleau hotel first opened up in 1954 and quickly became one of Miami’s iconic hotels with its movie star clientele and high-end entertainment. Along with its notable guest list, the hotel has a rich history, including a landmark victory against neighboring hotel Eden Roc Hotel, Fountainbleau Hotel Corp v. Forty-Five Twenty-Five, Inc. where they successfully appealed an injunction to prevent the construction of an expansion that blocked sunlight from the Eden Rocs pool. I also found out that in the 1970’s, members of the Black Tuna Gang ran their operation in one of the hotels’ suites, which is retold in the documentary Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja. See… even the history has a Vegas feel to it!!
“If you create a stage and it is grand, everyone who enters will play their part.” – Morris Lapidus – designer
This is the thought that designer Morris Lapidus had in mind when designing the Fontainebleau Hotel back in the 1950’s. Some of its more noteworthy guests, like Frank Sinatra, would often perform at the La Ronde Supper Club as well as filmed several movies and television shows. Members of the Rat Pack were frequent guests at the hotel and the photos along the curved entrance pay homage to its legendary visitors.
Several other big movies and popular TV shows also used the Fountainbleau as a backdrop, including James Bond Goldfinger, Al Pachino’s Scarface, The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston and one episode of The Soprano’s (season 4, “Calling All Cars”)
In 2008, the Fountainbleau Hotel was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Along the coast, you have miles of warm water beckoning you into its refreshing embrace. Walk along the shoreline searching for colored shells or just relax in one of the free lounge chairs, or cabanas that you can rent for a fee. If you’re not the type to just sit on the beach and veg, the hotel has jet ski and paddle board rentals available. There will be a beach hut on the sand that you can rent all of these for a fee.
After checking into your room and throwing on your beach attire, head to one of their three pools. The Bowtie & Oasis pool, Arkadia Day Club by Mina (21 and over), and the kids’ pool with a slide and family cabanas for rent. The many waitresses dressed in 50’s style blue and white polka dot attire will keep your drinks full and you can order food from the poolside Cafe, which has a full bar and two levels for diners. After lounging on the beach for awhile, head to the oceanside bistro, La Cote, where you will enjoy Mediterranean-style snacks and exotic desserts.
The main pool has free lounge chairs available or you can relax in style with the many cabanas available for rent.
If you are on a child-free vacation, the Arkadia Day Club offers music by resident DJ K Razor’s while sipping on one of their signature cocktails. Looking to step it up a notch? Try one of their Ultra Cabanas. These swanky, plus-sized cabanas offer the ultimate in comfort, privacy, and luxury and feature a 46-inch HDTV, personal attendants, and wireless internet.
No matter where you go or what you want to do you will not be disappointed. Treat yourself and relax in ultimate comfort while enjoying some of the best foods and entertainment Miami Beach has to offer!!
Other Things To Do While Visiting
|Abbey Brewing Company
Miami’s oldest & only brew-pub
1115 16th St.
Miami, FL 33139
Open 7 days a week, 1:00 PM – 5:00 AMwww.abbeybrewinginc.com
|Raymond Rigazio opened Abbey Brewing Company in 1995 to the sound of the Naysayers giving him a six-month lifespan among the high-end cosmo and martini drinking socialites that dominate the Miami Beach scene. But his award-winning recipes and down to earth feel of the local brewery has won out and now Abbey Brewing Company is a well-known hangout spot for locals and visitors alike!!|
|Lincoln Road Mall
Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Open 7 days a week, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
|Just steps away from the beach, the 10-block long promenade pedestrian-only mall is a Must Do when you are in Miami. The people watching mecca has plenty of different shops and dining experiences to keep you coming back.|
|Art Deco Historic District: A Walking Tour
1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Art Deco District
|With around 800 historic buildings built between 1923 – 1943, Miami Beach’s Art Deco District is the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Tours range from $20-$30, or you can walk among the buildings by yourself starting around 5th St where it dead-ends at the ocean.|
1218 14th Ct, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Open 7 days a week, 5:00PM – 5:00AM
|With the first opening of its doors in 2011, the Foxhole quickly became a local favorite serving good drinks and food in a relaxed atmosphere. One interesting benefit to this hole in the wall, no cover.|
There is a lot more to do that what I’ve talked about here and depending on what you like there are a variety of things to enjoy that will fit any personality.
Go out, explore, and enjoy!!
Some Other Important Information
|Fountainbleau Hotel, Miami Beach
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
|Click on the links below for more information regarding:
Meetings & Events
Pools & Beaches
|Airport Transportaion||Not Available – there are taxis waiting at the hotel to take you to the airport. Miami International is a $35 flat fare. Super Shuttle is $22|