I had been watching “Grand Hotel” the soapy series for a couple of weeks when poor ratings cancelled the show after the first season.
I like shows that are filmed Miami, not always because of its content, but because I often recognize some of the locations.
Grand Hotel” was shot at the Fontainebleau Hotel, a place where I have an occasional cocktail or meal when I am in Florida.
The Fontainebleau Hotel is also associated with good memories of our family, where we have shared with friends significant moments of our lives.
It is an extremely busy place with multiple conferences or conventions and where parking is an impossible mission if you don’t make friends with valet services .They are so busy that you have to walk to a drop zone, miles away from the concierge , to collect your car keys.
Very few places in Florida have such a long tradition of involvement with American entertainment and show business celebrities like the Fontainebleau Hotel.
The splendorous holiday resort has been the stage for many classic movies such as Sean Connery’s James Bond “Goldfinger “, Jerry Lewis’ “Bellboy” and Al Pacino’s “Scarface “, just to name a few of so many other film productions.
The Fontainebleau was also Frank Sinatra’s Miami preferred destination, where he also appeared in films and TV shows.
The other day I took some snapshots for this post of Fontainebleau’s photo gallery in the hotel lobby passage leading to the beach waterfront.
I apologize for the poor quality of the images of Sinatra’s golden era “Rat Pack” group with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop, among others
Although many other new hotels have been built in the area since the middle fifties, when Fontainebleau Hotel was open, it continues to be one of the most iconic and amazing landmarks of Miami Beach.