Airbnb manages to get its logo on display at luxury hotel in Miami Beach

In an ironic twist of fate, the Airbnb red company logo was all over Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

As the top sponsors of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the short-term rental marketplace's company managed to get their logo on the chest of mayors from around the country -- including Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine.

The logo was a part of the event's hanging identification badge that Levine and other participants of the nonpartisan organization's 85th annual conference were required to wear while at the luxury hotel.

"Airbnb is a fantastic, amazing company,"  Levine said. 

The mayor added that Aibnb works beautifully in other cities, but not in Miami Beach. The irony had Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis and Aventura Mayor Enid Weisman and others laughing.

The powerful members of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, who included a bottle of tanning lotion in the welcome bags for the conference, had Levine on their side when they moved to neutralize Airbnb's reach in Miami Beach. 

Airbnb hosts in South Beach were stunned when commissioners voted unanimously late last year to tighten regulations on the short-term rentals. City officials threatened Airbnb hosts with fees as high as $20,000 per violation. They issued millions in fines. 

Chris Lehane, Airbnb's policy chief, said he noticed there was "a little bit" of an irony in their presence, but said it wasn't planned. Airbnb sponsored the event last year and has partnerships with many of the participant cities in the U.S. 

Lehane said the company hasn't lost hope in developing a relationship with Miami Beach. Lehane said last year's conference helped the company to work out a deal with New Orleans.

"As we say to Miami Beach, we are always interested and happy, excited to sit down with a city," Lehane said.  But only "when it is ready to do so."

Lehane also had a confession to make about where he was staying until the end of the event on Monday. He was staying at an Airbnb outside of Miami Beach. 

Local 10 News Michael Seiden and Andrea Torres contributed to this story. 

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