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Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Hotel Contact:
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
United States
Main: (305) 538-2000
Email: Email Hotel Scott Flexman
Vice President of Sales & Marketing: Scott Flexman
Website: www.fontainebleau.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.2
Chain Independent
Opened 1954
Renovated 2008
Guest Rooms 1,504
Kings/Suites/Doubles 949 / 658 / 555
Room Rates High $325 - 450 Low $199 - 250
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Ideal Group Size 250
Max Group Size 1200

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee NA
Room Tax 6%
Sales Tax 7%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 31,358ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 107,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 160,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Fort Lauderdale International Airport
35 min 23 miles (37 km)
Miami International Airport
20 min 11 miles (19 km)
Miami-Opa Locka Executive
16 miles (26 km)

Business:

FedEx Office
FedEx Office Print & Ship Center; state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and support; digital signage and wayfinding
including a new
198-inch LED video wall; conventional and exotic car rentals.

Recreation:

Spa; salon; 11 pools and 33 cabanas; beach; marina; ocean sports; BleauLive Concert Series; shops; children’s programs; nightclub; and a dozen restaurants and lounges.

Nearby:

Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach Golf Club
The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
Lincoln Road
Bal Harbour Shops
Frost Museum of Science
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Wynwood Arts District
and Design District.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Blade
158
Japanese
Chez Bon Bon
0
Café & Patisserie
Fresh
75
American Comfort Food
Hakkasan
130
Chinese/Cantonese
La Cote
405
French Mediterranean
Michael Mina 74
184
American Bistro
Scarpetta
307
Italian Cuisine
StripSteak by Michael Mina
333
Steakhouse
Vida
231
Pan American

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $25-48 Cont. $25-40
Lunch Buffet $50-78 Plated $42-78
Dinner Buffet $78-98 Plated $70-185
Coffee Break $20-26
2-Hour Open Bar $36
Elite Overview Planner Ratings & Reviews
Elite Rating Average Planner Rating
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4.2
3 reviews
Arrival Experience:
4.3
Accommodations:
3.2
Food & Beverage:
4.5
Guest Service Experience:
4.3
Conference Services Staff:
4.0
Meeting and Function Facilities:
4.8
Activity or Recreation Options:
4.2
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
Property News
Socialites, A-listers Jetting in to Help Miami Beach's Iconic Fontainebleau Hotel Celebrate Its Renovation in Decadent Style
Posted November 17, 2008
By Madeleine Marr, The Miami HeraldMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

Nov. 13, 2008 --Recession? What recession? Sssshhh, the R-word isn't uttered 'round these parts. There's nothing fabulous about being low on cash, my dear.

This weekend it's time to party like it's 1989. The Fontainebleau Hotel -- 2008 version -- will host two soirees lavish enough to make the resort's late, great architect, Morris Lapidus, groove in his grave.

Jetting in: socialites (the serious kind from Manhattan), A-listers (Lindsay Lohan, Martha Stewart, A-Rod, Sean Combs, Usher) and Victoria's Secret models (Heidi Klum and her ilk).

Too bad Morris -- whose autobiography was titled Too Much is Never Enough -- didn't live to see the day. His baby, the 54-year-old grand dame that catapulted our little hamlet to the world stage, has returned to her glory days with a glitzy $1 billion makeover. The Fontainebleau now boasts 1,504 rooms, an infinity pool elegantly lined with SoBe-style teak cabanas, and a 40,000 square-foot spa in a blue-glass structure that looks like something conceived by I.M. Pei.

This weekend's festivities probably make this the most high-stakes hotel opening in South Florida's history. Wednesday afternoon saw scores of pink-badge-wearing production staffers filming models throughout the hotel's grounds, as fire marshals conducted final tests for an occupancy permit the hotel had hoped to have months ago. The elusive permit forced the Fontainebleau to cancel dozens of events scheduled in recent months, including the Republican Governors conference that drew Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to Miami this week.

Klum was whisked through the hotel's makeshift lobby in an adjoining condo-hotel tower Wednesday afternoon while more than a dozen staffers crowded behind the main front desk awaiting clearance to check in their first guests.

Howard Karawan, the Fontainebleau Resorts executive charged with reopening the Miami Beach hotel, ducked into a conference room to cull VIPs from wannabe VIPs.

"How many more guests do we have for our sold-out party?" he asked staffers fielding last-minute add-ons to the invite list for the weekend.

HIGH-FIVES

By the end of business Wednesday, Fontainebleau posted a worker at the city's building department to obtain the permit Karawan expected to come by sundown. He was in the lobby when word came the hotel had passed its final fire inspection -- a milestone that prompted high-fives from fellow executives.

All the stops are out for this weekend's $5 million festivities, celebrating the rebirth of Lapidus' bodacious icon by the sea. It took three years to give the sagging duchess her facelift, and she deserves a decadent blowout.

How decadent? Let's start with the stunning invitations, which reportedly cost $200 a pop. You know you've arrived when you receive the satin-lined gift box in the mail. Inside, wrapped in felt, is an acrylic block encasing a black and white photograph of a woman's legs on a beach; the etched-in date "11 14 08" runs across the bottom. Hang onto the thing; you may do well with it on eBay someday.

Friday night's affair will be the first test of the Fontainebleau's famed ballrooms -- home to many proms, weddings and bar mitzvahs past. For the ribbon cutting, featuring performances by Robin Thicke, actor-jazz singer Terrence Howard and a "mystery" A-lister, 1,500 guests can expect a feast for the senses. The night's event planner is New York's David Monn, creative force behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala, among other extravagant soirees.

"You're going to be blown away," said Monn, nursing laryngitis from his various plane trips south. 'I did my homework on Morris' vision -- he believed in refinement and formality, but in a fun way. For him, more was always more."

On Wednesday, dozens of workers stapled boxwood sprigs onto plywood for the landscaped decor designed to resemble the Fontainebleau's original French gardens. Out of sight: the 15,000 orchids and 20,000 white roses shipped in for the parties.

Monn -- who won't disclose his fee but reportedly made about $300,000 for his museum gig -- developed his own soundtrack (a pop blend with Rat Pack classics) as well as a custom jasmine-orchid fragrance. The theme is Hollywood '50s glamour -- gobs of white on white.

"You're in a 35,000-square-foot room, and when we're finished it will feel very intimate," Monn said. "I think in this economy, it will be a very special party."

SWISS CHEESE WALL

A living sculpture -- "phenomenal in scale," Monn said -- camps out in the lobby, where oldtimers will recognize the famed marble floor tiles shaped like bowties (Lapidus' signature accessory); the so-called Swiss cheese wall; tiered crystal chandeliers; and the famed Stairway to Nowhere, which once led to a coat check room, now executive office space.

"I hope women will take their Scarlett O'Hara moment there," Karawan said.

No one will leave hungry, says executive chef Sean O'Connell, formerly with the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Among the offerings: stations of rotisserie meats, carpaccios, ceviches and pastas; white truffles; freshly baked cakes; and tastings from the property's four signature restaurants, Vida (Med-Latin), Hakkasan (Britain's only Michelin-rated Chinese), Alfred Portale's Gotham Steak; and Scarpetta (Scott Conant's glam Italian).

Saturday's bash, organizers say, will be a bit more low key -- if you consider the world's hottest lingerie models convening in one place low key, that is.

LINGERIE SHOWS

A pink carpet will be rolled out for 2,000 guests who will be treated to a spectacle by Victoria's Secret's finest. Adriana Lima, Marisa Miller and Miranda Kerr, to name a few, won't actually skimp around at the resort, but at two lingerie fashion shows. A hulking five-story tent with a 150-foot runway and seats for 1,000 gawkers was specially built for the occasion. It comes down Sunday.

"It's taken 200 workers a month to erect a structure for an 88-minute show," said Karawan, with an ironic laugh. (The fashion show airs at 10 p.m. Dec. 3 on CBS).

Saturday's party continues until the wee hours at the hotel's new state-of-the-art, 30,000 square-foot nightclub, LIV, where the poison's a mix of today's cucumber mojitos and the shaken-not-stirred martinis of the Goldfinger era (the Bond movie was shot there in 1964).

It goes without saying that no expense was spared. But in this economy, what are they thinking?

"It's not about '80s style excess," says the resort's PR manager Mabel De Beunza. "It's about the place, the people, the see-and-be-seen element. That's what Morris wanted -- to create a stage. I think we accomplished that."

Source: Hotel Online
The 1,504 room Fontainebleau Miami Beach Seeks to Reclaim Center Stage Upon Reopening Fall 2008
Posted May 13, 2008
Resort Will Have 11 Restaurants and Lounges Including Three Signature Restaurants by Chefs Alfred Portale, Scott Conantan and Alan Yau

MIAMI, May 12, 2008 - When it debuts this fall, Fontainebleau Miami Beach will be poised to recapture its place among the world's most celebrated resort playgrounds. Morris Lapidus' emblematic curvilinear building, originally the subject of outrage by critics before being embraced by the world's architects, designers and travelers alike, today defines Miami Beach's often-exuberant architectural aesthetic. His once avant-garde building is now an enduring architectural masterpiece, and perhaps more importantly, his spirit now shapes a spectacular $1 billion rebirth. Lapidus once wrote "If you create a stage and it is grand, everyone who enters will play their part." Few would argue that the new Fontainebleau will succeed in offering a pulse-quickening setting in which guests can make an unforgettable entrance. Virtually every aspect of the 22-acre showplace will celebrate the architect's flair for the theatrical.

"We are moving the resort into the future with a nod to its iconic past," said Jeffrey Soffer, Fontainebleau Resorts' Executive Chairman. "Fontainebleau will be infused with the sexy, glamorous, ultramodern spirit of the idiosyncratic original. With the help of a team of internationally-acclaimed architects, designers and artists, we are harnessing the resort's storied setting and striking architectural details to create a 21st century showplace that will cater to a new generation of tastemakers."

Fronting the Atlantic Ocean, the new 1504-room resort's most distinguishing features will include two new towers; 11 restaurants and lounges; a 40,000-square-foot spa; and dramatic oceanfront poolscape featuring a free-form pool shaped as a re-interpretation of Lapidus' signature bow-tie design.

In re-envisioning the resort, its owners assembled a team of eight international architects, designers and project managers to infuse the space with a modern sense of style and sophistication. From its public spaces, lobby and highly-stylized restaurants to its guest rooms, spa and pool, the resort will sparkle with an intoxicating mix of old and new. In the process, the original Lapidus buildings were stripped to steel studs and bare concrete in order to entirely recreate guest rooms, public spaces and resort facilities. Painstakingly, the design team preserved or recreated many of Lapidus' historical design elements -- including the circular ceilings, bow-tie design motifs and famed "Staircase to Nowhere."

Rooms and Suites with a View

The resort's two original towers, Chateau and Versailles, comprise 846 guest rooms. Complementing these legacy buildings are two new, luxury all-suite towers -- the 37-floor Tresor and 18-floor Sorrento -- offering a combined 658 junior, one- and two-bedroom suites. Stylishly residential, the suites will feature fabrics, furnishings and finishes with an easy tropical elegance. Ranging from 500 to 1,742-square-feet, the rooms will include flat panel televisions; kitchenettes with mini-refrigerator, sink and microwave; marble bathrooms with granite counters, oversized jetted tubs and roomy walk-in showers. Spacious balconies will offer views of the Atlantic Ocean, South Beach, Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami.

International Dining, Trend-Setting Nightlife

Fontainebleau Miami Beach will bring together noted chefs and designers to create dining destinations that are both dramatic and extraordinarily diverse. The resort's 11 restaurants and lounges will include three signature restaurants by celebrated chefs Alfred Portale (chef and owner of perennial New York favorite Gotham Bar and Grill), Scott Conant (formerly of L'Impero, Alto and the soon-to-open Scarpetta in New York City) and the stateside debut of Alan Yau's Hakkasan (Britain's only Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant.)

Designed by Jeffery Beers International, Gotham Steak will be a two-level restaurant with indoor and al fresco dining. Portale's menu will expand beyond modern American steakhouse fare to include fresh seafood, specialty cuts of meat and 500+ wines from around the world. Design highlights will include a brilliant chandelier of hand-blown glass, an open exposition kitchen and a two-level, glass-enclosed wine cellar.

Conant will be at the helm of Sprezza, the resort's Italian restaurant. His regional menu will feature clean, crisp flavors prepared in layers to reflect the quality of locally-sourced ingredients. Celebrated for bringing out exquisite flavor from simple ingredients, Conant will rely on Florida's bounty of farm-fresh and organic produce to craft lunch and dinner menus of surprising complexity. Located ocean and poolside, the David Collins-designed restaurant will offer expansive outdoor wrap-around dining terrace.

Yau's award-winning Cantonese cuisine will be the focus of Hakkasan, the resort's sleek and contemporary Chinese restaurant. The diverse menu of New World wines and sake will complement Yau's classic fare. Designed by French design firm Gilles & Boissier, the restaurant is located atop the fourth floor and will afford guests stunning views of the beach.

Inspired by the Cote d'Azur, Fontainebleau will open La Cote, a chic, two-level restaurant situated beach and poolside. At the bar, guests will find fashionable cocktails and tapas-style snacks while the restaurant will serve simple, flavorful cuisine of the South of France. Additional dining experiences at Fontainebleau will include Vida, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; Glow pool bar; Bleau lobby bar and Fresh, offering on-the-go fare, as well as in-room private dining. Overseeing the property's restaurants will be Executive Chef Sean O'Connell, a Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong alum whose culinary training includes top kitchen positions at the Bellagio (Las Vegas), Legian Resort (Bali) and Banyan Tree Resort (Phuket, Thailand).

In an area known for its thriving nightlife, Fontainebleau Miami Beach will have three dynamic nightlife venues: its marquee nightclub, LIV (the Roman numeral for 54, symbolic of 1954, the year the original Fontainebleau opened), which will be located in the former famed Tropigala lounge, dye ultra-lounge, and Blade sushi bar and exclusive pool.

Picturesque Poolscape

Under the design direction of Jeffrey Beers and Lifescapes International, Fontainebleau's new poolscape boasts "walls of water" intermingled with a free-form pool. Guests can also relax by an exclusive European-style pool with a sexy enclave surrounded by cabanas and sun loungers. Those with families can spend the day in multiple small dipping pools and an interactive children's waterscape play area. This renowned ocean-side focal point will remain as glamorous as when James Bond and Goldfinger sat by the pool for a heated game of gin rummy.

Tapping the Essential Element

The two-level Lapis spa at Fontainebleau, designed by Richardson Sadeki, will harness the natural qualities of water to create a shared experience that is both restorative and renewing. Mineral-rich water in many forms -- including mist, rain and steam -- will be used throughout the 40,000-square-foot spa that features 30 private treatment rooms as well as a co-ed pool and lounge area.

Lapis will draw upon thermal therapies, the oldest spa treatments that transfer energy from heated elements of earth, water and air. Merging these age old techniques with the latest contemporary technology and design, Lapis will provide guests with stress-relief, anti-aging and wellness solutions -- each a sensory experience designed to energize and rejuvenate.

Spa interiors, treatments and programs will be unexpectedly re-interpreted creating an environment inspiring social engagement that is contemplative, pure and sophisticated. A communal sanctuary, Lapis provides intimate moments within a quiet collective.

Historical Highlights

With the dream of creating one of the world's most opulent and magnificent resorts, innovative hotelier Ben Novack purchased the Harvey Firestone mansion on Collins Avenue in 1952 for $2.3 million and appointed Morris Lapidus as the project architect for a new hotel. Lapidus' plan was to create the largest hotel in Miami Beach including 554 guest rooms in an 11-story gently curving faade. Fontainebleau Hotel opened in late 1954 with an inaugural grand ball attended by 1,600 people, including the mayor of Fontainebleau, France.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, Fontainebleau reigned as the top resort hotel in Miami Beach. Every major entertainer stayed or performed at Fontainebleau, including the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Judy Garland, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Marlene Dietrich, Debbie Reynolds and many others.

A New Beginning

Now, with its grand opening in fall 2008, Fontainebleau will reclaim its seat as a top U.S. destination, attracting today's more discerning global traveler with its high-end resort experience, fine dining and nightlife attractions, all providing a stage for visitors and guests alike.

About Fontainebleau Resorts, LLC
Fontainebleau Resorts, LLC, a privately-held Las Vegas based resort and casino developer, was established in 2005 to create the "next generation" of hotels and resorts around the world. In addition to renovating the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach, the company is setting a new standard of resort in Las Vegas with the creation of Fontainebleau Las Vegas (Fall 2009).

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Contact:
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www.fontainebleau.com