Best Hotels in Miami & South Florida
Sinatra's favorite spot and still the quintessential Miami Beach hotel.
On the north side of the famed Art Deco district is one of the most recognized landmarks in Miami Beach. Designed by Morris Lapidus, whose architecture defined 1950s South Florida, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach features beautiful curves and a rich history. As guests laze around the multiple oceanside pools, including a European-style pool with an exclusive Island Cabana, they will be in good company --- the spirit of James Bond and Auric Goldfinger, who played cards here in the iconic film “Goldfinger.” Guest rooms and suites (many with Atlantic Ocean and/or city views) include 846 in two original Fontainebleau buildings and 658 in two newer all-suites towers. Breezy sea colors set the mood, and amenities include high-definition, flat screen TVs and twenty-inch personal iMacs. The property is a destination unto itself when it comes to dining, with Gotham Steak by Alfred Portale (owner of New York’s Gotham Bar and Grill); Scarpetta, serving regional Italian dishes; and Hakkasan, with a Cantonese menu. While Lapidus’s swooping lines ensure the resort’s historical tone, the Lapis spa takes guests into the future, with a space-age façade and sleek stone interior. On-site are plenty of bars and clubs to keep the resort competitive in the Miami nightlife arena. There is also a marina for docking one’s yacht during a stay or for booking private yacht charters.