The Fontainebleau - Miami Beach, Florida

Featuring 14 acres of resort pleasure, world-famous Hotel Fontainebleu has won international acclaim for its superb service and facilities. 1,000 rooms. Complimentary golf, tennis, ice-skating, bowling, billiards and galas in the evening.


Mailed from Miami beach, Florida to Joan Somervell c/o L.T. Kinsell of Newfield, New Jersey on May 7, 1967:


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  • landseer312 4y

    A fabulous place!
  • Averyl 4y

    During the early and mid 1980's while visiting my grandmother I spent a lot of time in the Fontainbleu game room playing Q-Bert, Paper Boy, and Elevator Action...when I wasn't at the bar (yes, they served me!)
  • landseer312 4y

    I have similar memories, though was younger, so no drinking! (And it was pinball) Here and at the Americana, which I'm sad to find out (after seeing this) was torn down just recently.
  • Jim 4y

    Neat video with some history and what its like today:
  • Averyl 4y

    landseer312, I was only 13 years old! Can you believe I got served?! Pinball, fun!

    kocojim I'll have a look!
  • scaturchio 4y

  • landseer312 4y

    Averyl, We went every year or two for a while, spending the week. I think I was 12 the last time we stayed there. But even though girls are of course more mature than boys at those ages, it is remarkable that they were giving you drinks! Maybe you were the Eloise of the Fountainebleu. It's hard to imagine parents turning kids loose all day down there anymore, let alone the staff serving them alcohol.
  • Averyl 4y

    landseer, what a riot! I never thought of myself that way, but yes, I did find lots of mischief and dodged a few scrapes. I actually wrote a small narrative about it in the lobby, handwritten, that I still have.

    Were you there in the early to mid 80's, too, by chance?
  • landseer312 4y

    I've been trying to remember more details about when we went there, and I am pretty sure the last time at the hotels maybe was 1979, though went to Florida a few times after that still. Some of my memories of these trips are so clear that it's amazing how fuzzy other parts are. If you kept a written record, it must be a real treasure by now. But I think back and wonder where in the heck my parents were during the day, and details like that, and really have no idea.

    The mischief highlight for me was probably meeting some kids who were staying in the penthouse, and playing a game with them where we were climbing over walls on the roof of the hotel at night, which seemed very secret agent-like. It definitely was not the age of helicopter parenting.

    Seems like I must be 3-4 years older than you so probably just missed running into each other once upon a time, which would have been amusing to find out. These were fun places for kids back then, maybe because they weren't really for kids?
  • Averyl 4y

    I think I may have gone in '79, too!

    Supervision? : )

    One time in particular I met up with some other kids my age and some older. I recall cruising down Collins Avenue listening to Bruce Springsteen with the windows rolled down as the sun set.

    You could be right about the forbidden factor but to be honest I'd have fun doing some of those things today!
  • landseer312 4y

    I'd love to go back today someday, and nice that at least the Fountainebleu is still there! I think it was fun not so much in the forbidden, but just not in being kid-targeted. I think I liked Disneyland much better as an adult, but was maybe a picky kid. Everyone went to the theme park, and knew what to expect, but having a Miami Beach resort to roam was uncharted landscape at 8 or 10 or 12.

    I remember the pool at this one back to when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old, even. I think it was more elaborate. I've got to dig out some pictures and see what else come to mind.
  • Averyl 4y

    I see what you mean about not kid-oriented unlike a theme park.

    I recall getting ice cream sundaes in a casual restaurant in the lower level next to the game room. And also the small shop where I bought CIGARETTES! Yes, they sold those to me, too!

    : )

    (I quit over ten years ago.)

    Please let me know if you post any pics with stories to tell!

    Oh, my grandparents LOVED going out dancing at The Casablanca!
  • J. Smith 4y

    Thank you both for the wonderful comments. it makes me happy to know that these places evoke memories for people. i wish I had some Miami Beach memories but, alas, I have never been.
  • Averyl 4y

    Thanks for posting all of your pics. They give me needed breaks from 2011.
  • landseer312 4y

    Thanks both of you, too. It's fun to think of those trips, and I hadn't really tried to remember them in detail in a very long time. Averyl, I enjoyed your stories, you were obviously a bit more sophisticated than I was. :) I'll let you know if I find any pictures fit for posting (the only one I have handy is way too unflattering).
  • Del Callman 2y

    My father worked at the Fountainebleau in the early 60's when I was about 10 years old. It was truly an amazing place with the likes of Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley all staying and performing there. My buddy from high school played bass in the house band that was in the Boom Boom Room back in 1974-6. It's gone through a lot of changes. I was there just last night and I can't even afford a cocktail. Crazy!!!
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