Here's a movie trivia question for you. In the first scenes of Goldfinger, a James Bond movie shot in 1964, a murdered woman covered in gold paint is discovered in a hotel room. Where were these scenes shot? Why, at the Fontainebleau, this huge, iconic, five-star hotel in Miami…
Opened in 1954, the Fontainebleau was where Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley performed. It was renovated in 2008, and the facelift, which cost a billion dollars, did it a great deal of good. It has even been expanded: there are 1,504 nicely furnished suites with sea views and balconies.
Don't be put off by the lobby, with its marble columns and chandeliers: the staff is efficient and competent. And, the pool, even though its Hollywood decor is gone, is immense.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
+1 305 538 2000
Rooms: from 459 USD