Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels in the world. Designed by celebrated architect Morris Lapidus, the plush hotel first opened its doors in 1954. Among numerous works designed throughout the career of Lapidus, which include several retail stores, residential buildings and more than 15 hotels, Lapidus regarded Fontainebleau as the highlight of his career stating, “I don’t think I ever surpassed this creation.”
Situated on 20 oceanfront acres in the heart of Miami Beach, Fontainebleau is one of several examples of Miami Modern architecture in the region, famed for its curved angles and flamboyant design. Pronounced “fountain blue”, the hotel underwent a two-year $1 billion reinvention, reopening in 2008 to much fanfare, including the nationally televised Victoria Secret Fashion Show on CBS. In addition to developing a new contemporary identity for the hotel, designers strived to also retain many of the original design elements, including the “Staircase to Nowhere,” also known as the “floating staircase.”
A revered landmark and symbol of style and sophistication, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 lavishly appointed guestrooms and suites, the world-renowned LIV Nightclub, 12 restaurants and lounges including Stripsteak, Michael Mina 74 and two AAA Four Diamond signature restaurants, Scarpetta and Hakkasan, the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and invigorating treatments, a dramatic oceanfront poolscape offering luxury cabanas and sun loungers, and is home to BleauLive, the concert series that combines intimate performances by today’s top artist with memorable weekend escapes.
In addition to having been featured in a number of motion pictures such as The Bellboy, Goldfinger, The Bodyguard and Scarface, the hotel has also welcomed a throng of famous guests including Barack Obama, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and many others.
A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, Fontainebleau Miami Beach merges striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and technology into a vibrant guest experience. The hotel has received many accolades in its time. It was added to the American Institute of Architects list of ‘America’s Favorite Architecture’ in 2007, was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2008, and in 2012 was named “Best Building in Florida” by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
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