Ross’s Comments – What you Need to Know about Fontainebleau Sorrento
Fontainebleau III or “Sorrento” is an upscale condo hotel building that is part of the infamous Fontainebleau Hotel and Resort in Miami Beach.
The Sorrento tower is the newer of the two condo hotel towers and was a complete gut rehab of a 1940s building and completed in 2008, whereas the Tresor tower was completely new construction in 2005.
The tower has 19 residences per floor and range from small 522 SF studios to large 980 SF one bedroom units. Many owners own two adjoining units to create a larger space, or rent out one side while utilizing the other as a vacation residence.
Lines 09, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 offer unobstructed ocean views, all the remaining lines have either a view facing north over the beach / resort, or south over the city / beach.
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UNIT SIZES 550 – 1,742 sq. ft (51 – 162 m²)
UNIT TYPES Studio, 1 and 2 bedrooms
# OF UNITS 286
# OF FLOORS 19
# OF PARKING LEVELS Valet Only
ARCHITECT Nichols, Brosch, Sandoval & Associates
DEVELOPER Turnberry Associates
PET POLICY Pets allowed subject to restrictions.
24-hour concierge, valet & security
18 acre recreation estate
1,200 feet of oceanfront beach
Beachfront and poolside bar with a raw bar and snack bar
Lighted tennis courts and pro shop
Room service, maid service, turn-down service, laundry/dry cleaning service
World-class spa and fitness center
Exclusive Owner’s Lounge for breakfast, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres
Family-oriented water playground featuring a large water slide, cabanas, and a supervised children’s activity center
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