Big renovation at Fontainebleau causes no service disruption

MIAMI BEACH -- The Fontainebleau Hilton Resort & Towers is in the midst of a major renovation that will continue into 2000, though it will not inconvenience guests, according to Leo Salom, managing director.

The Fontainebleau Hilton Guest units, hospitality suites and corridor upgrades as well as new play areas and a new banquet room are all part of the $20 million project. More than 600 rooms will be overhauled by the time the refit is finished.

Renovations to the 275-room, eight-story Normandie Building, which houses a 40,000-square-foot spa, were already completed. Rich yellows and blues were used to accentuate the sun and sea, according to Lynn Wilson, the designer retained by the hotel. The colors were used in the furniture, carpets, drapes, lights and decor.

Replaced in rooms were the bed frames, bedspreads, end tables, lamps, carpets, drapes, wall covering and throw rugs, while corridors and elevator landings were revamped. A face-lift also was completed on the 365-room, 17-story Versailles building, including carpets, drapes, bedspreads and decor. Also finished were structural and cosmetic improvements to the roof, windows, balconies and patio doors. Set for August completion is a renovation of the corridors, some of which have marble.

The Versailles' 44 hospitality suites on the 16th and 17th floors will have a new look by October, when they will have been redesigned, reconstructed and redecorated. Plans for the Chateau building call for exterior work (windows, balconies and patio doors) to be completed by October, but a renovation of all bathrooms from the fourth floor to the 11th floor, is expected to be finished during 2000.

In April, the hotel will begin construction of the Octopus Pool -- a children's water playground with an octopus design. There will be slides, aquariums, swimming lagoons and pools. Completion of the $2 million project is set for October.

Another project aimed at children, to start in May, will be the conversion of the Monaco meeting room. This room will be turned into a kids' playroom called KidsCorner. Completion is scheduled for October.

The Fontainebleau Hilton also will replace the Dining Galleries-Steak House complex, serving beef and seafood, with a luxury banquet facility. Work will start June 1, with completion set for December. Fontainebleau Hilton, Phone: (800) 932-3322 or (800) 548-8886. CRS: all major systems

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