Fontainebleau Miami Beach
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3/10/2005 MILANO - MIAMI BEACH
(prenotazioni aereo e hotel fatte con www.expedia.it)
Premetto che il viaggio era previsto per 2 persone, ma, come dice Verdone, per una certa serie di situazioni ce so ito da solo.
Alle 8,45 (un'ora e mezzo prima del volo Delta, che poi è ancora Alitalia) mi presento al check-in e mi …
... this weekend. Then we did a bit of shopping. I got my make up done and stocked up on MAC. For dinner we ate some pasta we are really craving home cooked food... The music was pretty loud last night we have lots of clubs and bars around us and it was a Friday night. The night life goes off here in Miami! It's hard to party just the 2 of us though... Day 2 We went to the Lincoln Road Mall a famous shopping ...
... yet to recognize anyone from our tour group, but we did meet our tour operator Hillary Duffy at the gate. Not Hillary Duff, which is fortunate/unfortunate depending on one's world view, but she IS from New Providence, NJ, just a few towns over from Morristown amd just next to my old town of Chatham. Hillary introduced us to her old host family (weirdly on the same flight) who live in Old ...
... our way down miles of moving walkways we eventually find the National car rental office where we have pre booked car. We complete the paperwork and go down to the garage where we are told to pick any car from a particular row of vehicles. We select a nice sleek looking black Chevrolet Impala which is a really nice car and ease our way out into the Miami morning traffic.
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Had a GREAT time!
I attended a conference at the Fontainebleau this month in Miami. The place was great, the people were friendly, the pool and the beach are wonderful. I am not sure why all the bad reviews on this site! I had a great time and would stay there again.
After looking on the Hilton website and booking through an online agent I was so looking forward to my vacation at this Resort.
not worth the price they charge.the service is terrible. valet at 16.00 per day is a rip off.
overall not a very good place.
Very High Priced and lacked any kind of service. We were treated rudely by almost all staff. When contacting the manager, we were treated worse. We had to walk through the lobby and then a very long way to get to the pool and almost impossible to get to the beach. The rooms were disappointing. The spacious areas were void of any ambiance.....just big areas. This was probably a wonderful place to stay at one time but no more. It is just surviving on it's history. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
Very family friendly
I attended a conference in the hotel recently. After reading the reviews listed on this site, I was filled with apprehension. However, I found the hotel simply delightful. We received terrific service from everyone there. The decor was a little dated, but the pools and the view more than made up for that.
Despite what others might have written about the Fountainebleau, I got a cheap room ($75) on Priceline.com and it was at the Fountainebleau. I was a bit worried after reading the reviews contained here, but I can assure you, the experience was a delight and I can recommend it to anyone, with caveats. As for the room, because it was an internet budget room, it overlooked a rooftop and had no view, but it was immaculately clean, not too small, very comfortable. The bathroom was very tight, especially the tub, but for the money, it was fine. The resort itself is a joy, real throwback to a forgotten era when tacky cabarets (like the one presented for free to hotel guests in Club Tropigala) were the rage, and fifties decor wasn't yet vintage. The huge lobby is floored in marble, with high ceilings, giving one the feeling of unlimited space. The bar overlooks the gorgeous public areas and is itself a stainless steel and formica wonderland that just beckoned one to sit and have a drink. The restaurant is very attractive and serves a fantastic Sunday brunch. There are plenty of stores on the lower level, a decent japanese restaurant and sushi bar, and a coffee shop. The pool area is immense, with a few bars, an outdoor grille, a children's water park, plenty of places to rest, three fabulous jacuzzi's, beautiful landscaping, a tapas bar, and a boardwalk that stretches for miles north and south, past less expansive resorts. The beach is small, but very nice, however we spent all our time at the pool and in the jacuzzis. There are plenty of lighted tennis courts, but don't bother calling to make a reservation. As we were finally told by the spa, there is never anyone in the tennis shop and the courts are first come- first serve. Bring racquets and balls or rent theirs for too much money. Service was efficient, although a bellman who unloaded our car came to me at the check in counter to inform me his part of my transfer was finished, then he stood there, waiting for tip. I had to tip him and the
I never wrote anything like this before. however, I feel I should warn travelers about this hotel (well maybe also get some revange satisfaction for the room & service we got). I am young 29 old female, so I have not been spoiled to luxory hotels, but my demand is desent and clean. This is not what this hotel was. The main entrence is old, and carpets are dirty and thorn. However, nothing topped the room we got. The bathroom was 3 ft by 3ft. Old and rusty. The room was tiny, but most of all smelled horribly. Like a mildew or something even worse. I have been camping and slept in motels, but have not seen anything like that. I also came back with a rash on my hand (don't know from what, but probably from the dirt and rust and mildew) and 2 big bits on my legs that I and my husband both got so we think there was something in the bed!!
Don't consider staying at the Fountainebleau if you want any kind of service. Upon arrival, no one directed us to the front desk which was tucked between two entrances. After waiting in line for 30 minutes to check-in, the front desk trainee provided some cryptic directions how to reach our room. I should have known this would be a problem given the fact that a map was necessary to locate the room. After two escalators, one elevator, wandering without help through unmarked hallways and tropical areas, we located the complex (or dormitory). Nowhere was the entrance marked, and no one was present to help wandering travellers, as certainly occurs regularly. Finally, 25 minutes after wandering without assistance, we reached the room, only to be greeted with the stench of bad cleaning agents. Dirty tile floors, stucco walls, dated decor, soiled blankets and miniscule bathrooms welcomed us to this Hilton? resort. The only reprieve came when we unpacked and could enjoy the wonderful pool. Unfortunately though, we couldn't seem to get an order from one of the many waiters. Indeed, their attention was drawn elsewhere with continuous arguing and offensive langauge in front of the patrons. Finally, the $9.00 pina colada arrived, half frozen, with an automatic 15% tip included despite the 10 minutes it took to arrive. Retiring to the room again made me aware of the paper-thin walls at the Fountainbleau- we could hear all kinds of banging and screaming from the neighbors above us. The next morning we were greeted at the conference brunch with a waiter asking us for breakfast drinks. After entering the buffet line, again we found the same orange juice ordered- hmm? So, when the bill came (again with an auto-15% tip), the orange juice ordered showed up in addition to the buffet (which included OJ gratis)!! A confusing waiter/manager showed up arguing with us - whatever happened to the customer is right? At check-out, the bill deceivingly included an extra day's parking-$16 (no tip though).
A trip to the Fountainbleau
My company recently held a conference at the Fontainbleau. I spent six nights there. Bring your wallet for food, extremely expensive. Rooms were OK, our conference rate was $159.00-$199.00 for bayview or oceanview. I would not stay there again. A daquiri in the lounge was $9.00 and 12 ounce draft beer was 5.00, as other writers have advised the gratuity is added to everything so service is very poor. There are no restaurants in close walking distance out of the hotel so you are kind of stuck. Elevators in old part of hotel is very slow and it takes a long time to get to your room. Also hotel was filled with another regligious group that were RUDE beyond belief. Look elsewhere for your stay in Miami Beach, surely there are better alternatives.
Mind you, I am not one to complain. In fact, I am a "grin and bear it" kind of person. I read with amusement several negative reviews about this property before I left. Like you, I thought, "these people would probably find fault with any place they stayed -- my stay will be fine."