Fontainebleau Wants Approval To Remove Up-Lit Flooring From Lobby Bleau Bar

Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Resort is planning renovations that will redesign the Bleau Bar in the lobby.

An up-lit glass floor, installed in 2008, will be removed and replaced with more conventional terrazzo flooring.

The bar area, which is now open to the lobby area, is proposed to be screened off.

Another change: Instead of a round bar, the shape will become elliptical. The round column at the center will also be removed.

In a letter, President and COO Philip Goldfarb explained the rationale:

Expanding the diameter of the round bar will minimally increase the seat count yet significantly increase the overall footprint of the bar.

Additionally, the existing shape of the Bleau Bar design exposes the service area and trash receptacles, creating an eyesore for the guests. The proposed Bleau Bar design conceals the service area and trash receptacles, making them less visible to the guests.

Lastly, the proposed design incorporates the ADA seating more seamlessly than the round bar, creating an identical experience for all guests.

Seat count will rise from 110 to 168 under the new design.

The Fontainebleau has historic protection, and Miami Beach’s Historic Preservation Board must approve the redesign. Review is scheduled by the board on July 10.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Looks like a downgrade, and honestly its just so they can make more money off the drunks at LIV. RIP classy bleau bar

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

That floor has gotten me to buy drinks before LIV

Anonymous
3 years ago

I completely agree. I LOVE that bar, it is completely different than anything else in Miami. Judging by the photos I am very disappointed that they will make it into something so bland and boring. This is Miami for crying out loud. SMH!

Anonymous
3 years ago

This might be the first post where everyone agrees this is a downgrade.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hell no! The current look is 100x better than the renderings, they should just save their money.

Anonymous
3 years ago

big mistake, terrible 10 year investment

Polo
3 years ago

Keep it as it is!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Round bars are what you see in the movies, keep the thing.

Justin
3 years ago

This is a stupid decision.

Anonymous
3 years ago

TBH, terrazzo is more authentic the the character of the hotel. However, removing the pillar in the center with the drinks seems haphazard, as the ceiling feature won’t removed, which complements it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“TO the character” and “won’t BE removed” Oops…

suomynona
3 years ago

Absurd that this site is “reporting” about flooring.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Who cares!!! Crappiest Hotel in Miami Beach. I stayed there with friends NY eve, the rooms interiors were designed by Los Pichiboys and the furniture was purchased in an RTG clearance center.