Friday, May 8, 2009

Fontainebleau Miami

The newly renovated Fontainebleau in Miami is beautiful after its' $1 billion dollar face lift. Rooms start around $350, but they are offering all kinds of promotions to get people to come and stay, including prepay discounts, a fourth night free, and a breakfast package.

The hotel itself consists of two parts, the renovated original building and a new adjacent tower with views of the beach. As they say in Real Estate, the best thing about this place is the location, location, location; the hotel is literally steps from the boardwalk that runs the length of the beach and the beach itself just behind the pool area of the hotel.

The pool area is huge, with a poolside bar area and private cabanas that include plasma screen TVs, telephones, and food service. The pool is large enough for several people to swim laps while others wade, and although it is heavily chlorinated, it is a great place to hang out for the afternoon if you don't want to get sand on your bikini and toes.

The interior is as luxurious and hip as James Bond, with the jaw dropping Bleau Bar in the center of the lobby area shimmering in light, the hip LIV lounge with 30,000 square feet of partying area, complete with skybar service and little locked drawers for purses in the banquettes! For spa lovers there is also a new 40,000 square foot spa

Food options include a classic steak house, Gotham, by Michelin-star chef Alfred Portale, and the trendy chic Blade sushi restaurant, but you can get anything from real French macaroons at Solo Patisserie, to American comfort food at Fresh.

Get dressed in your finest warm weather party outfit and live like Marlene Dietrich for at least one night or week, after all, as James Bond used to say, you only live once.

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