on January 11, 2011
My husband and I stayed at the Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach ("FB") during the month of November 2010. My husband stayed for 4 nights on business and was joined by myself and our nine-month old for an additional three nights of personal vacation. This was our second visit to the Miami Beach area having stayed at the Hotel Victor farther south on the beach in July 2010. This review consists of overall comments regarding our one bedroom suite. For a review of the hotel property, please refer to my review titled "Pricey, but Gorgeous – Part One."Room: During our stay, we were provided a one bedroom suite located in the main building of the hotel. Upon entering the suite, the master bedroom is on your right. If you turn to your left, a long hallway awaits which takes you to the living room space. In the hallway between the bedroom and the living room was the master bathroom. The layout of the suite was good and felt spacious. Being newly renovated, the suite felt fresh and clean. Our suite was located on a corner of the building which allowed for multiple views of Miami Beach. The living room afforded views of the ocean, pool and bay while our bedroom and bathroom spaces overlooked the bay side. Located on the 12th floor, the views were amazing. Large windows throughout the suite enhanced visibility and drew natural light into the space making it feel bright and cheerful. The décor of the suite had a modern feel with a calming white, blue, grey, and green color scheme that complemented the Miami views. Glass and lacquered wood furniture were situated throughout the suite. Overall, the space was contemporary, yet comfortable. The master bedroom contained two double beds, a dresser, a flat screen television, a large closet, and in-room safe. The bedding was clean and comfortable; however, my husband and I both felt the mattress was too soft for our taste. Overall, though, the size of the room was huge (especially for Miami Beach standards) and we were pleased with the sleeping accommodations.The master bathroom was gorgeous and spacious. Wall to wall marble surrounded the space. Upon entering, the sink area was directly ahead with a soaking tub to your right and an enclosed glass shower and toilet area to your left. The sink area offered plenty of counter space with a large area below for multiple towels and wash rags. The only minor comment regarding the bathroom was the shower head. Given the recent renovation of the property, I was surprised that the hotel had not included a rain-head shower in the bathroom. For the cost of the suite, comparable options would have included this little detail. However, the shower offered plenty of good water pressure and temperature control. The living room area was sizeable and contained an L-shaped sofa, bar area, console, flat screen television, and desk area with computer and internet. Even with multiple ‘functional’ areas, the room did not feel cramped or crowded. Large curtains could be drawn to black-out the light from the large windows which proved helpful during our daughter’s nap time. The living room area was a perfect place for our nine month old which allowed us to seek privacy in the bedroom after she went to sleep for the night. The FB provided a complimentary crib which we placed in the living area of the suite. The crib was stable, clean, and comfy for our daughter. Further, they provided Johnson and Johnson baby toiletries including travel-sized Desitin, wipes, baby powder, shampoo, soap, and lotion. A highlight of our suite was the cleaning attendant. During our stay, we had the same sweet lady who cleaned our room daily. She was always friendly and allowed us to stay in the room while she cleaned. She never commented on taking out the stinky baby diapers and inquired as to our schedule for the weekend. Once she found out the timing of my daughter’s naps and when we would likely be out of our room enjoying the pool, she arranged her schedule so the room was cleaned while we were out to avoid interrupting my daughter’s naptime. The only drawback of the room was the noise in the late evening/early morning hours. For those staying at the FB, be aware that the hotel has a very popular night club and regularly holds high-profile events. Even though we were in the main building all the way up on the 12th floor, we were able to hear the music pumping down below at the lobby level. Further, during our stay, the FB had some sort of parking issue surrounding the lobby entrance of the hotel. Attendants delayed cars trying to enter the portico of the hotel entrance which bogged down traffic on the right lane of Collins Avenue. The longer cars were stuck on Collins Avenue attempting to get around the mess or waiting to get into the hotel, the harder they would blare their horns. Believe me when I tell you that you can hear a car horn blaring 12 floors up from the street level, and you can REALLY hear multiple car horns. Thankfully, our daughter is a sound sleeper, but I am not. Our final night at the FB, I finally put some ear plugs in to drown out the noise. Overall, the suite is beautifully appointed and is perfectly suited for the rest of the hotel décor. It is well laid-out and spacious. However, for light sleepers, it might prove useful to request a room in one of the hotel towers located away from the main building where the club activity is situated.
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