I stayed at the James Royal Palm in January, 2013 on business for 3 nights. Here is my assessment: First, the good, if not great: The hotel is beautiful, the lobby exudes Miami cool. Its staff, while young, was uniformly good. Ceasar at the front desk was particularly helpful but I cannot find fault with any hotel staff I encountered. All were friendly, helpful and polite. The hotel also has a great beach club. The beach attendants were also A+. Upon arrival at the beach, you are guided to a chaise lounge chair (one of the most comfortable that I have ever experienced), an umbrella if desired and food/drink service that is fast. Guests are also treated to a "James Box" on the beach which is a wicker basket with bottled water, fresh fruit and other helpful sundries. This was a nice treat and I've never encountered anything like it. Nice work. The pool and restaurants were beautiful.
What I didnt like. First, the rooms are sterile. All white with white tile floors. The rooms are also noisy. Conversations in adjoining rooms were easily heard. Also, the hotel does not provide the usual toiletries. Shampoo, etc. is in the shower in wall-mounted Costco size containers. When the hotel goes to the effort of the James Box, the failure to provide what is a routine item in the room is inexplicable. The decor in the room is, in my view, what my 14 year old daughter would choose if I told her to decorate with items from Jonathan Adler. Not cheap; just weird. At first I was on a lower floor and later the hotel moved me to an oceanfront room. If you can afford it, go for the oceanfront. It was quieter. All in all, I would return to this hotel but would be choosy about my room. The hotel is not The Breakers, but it is beautiful and if you are going to South Beach, you could do alot worse than this newcomer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featured as one of Conde Nast Traveler UK & US Magazine's "Hot Hotels of 2013" and now a AAA Four Diamond rated beachfront retreat, The James Royal Palm is The James brand's third location and first hotel in Florida. Joining sister properties in Chicago and New York City, the ideally situated, oceanfront hotel offers a total of 393 guest rooms, including studios and suites, with the majority offering ocean views. A combination of personalized comfort, generous complimentary amenities, residentially styled, artistically-inspired details and impeccable service, create an environment ideal for both business and leisure travelers. Just steps away from the beach and world famous Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, the oceanfront beach retreat is located within the coveted and culturally-rich area of South Beach. The James Royal Palm provides guests with a location immersed in luxury retail, endless entertainment and an unmatched shopping experience.Designed by Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio, The James Royal Palm is as a modern tribute to the original Royal Palm Hotel's rich history, keeping intact many signature elements of the original architect's design. The compass rose on the terrazzo lobby floor, original green glass reception desk and porthole windows in the lobby lounge have all been preserved and restored.The James Royal Palm features two swimming pools, a plunge pool, poolside bar, The James Pool and Beach Experience, lobby lounge, coffee bar, renew the spa, a full-service spa with salt-infused treatments, lil' james Offerings and Play Space for children, give: the shop, a retail shop offering carefully curated items, and more than 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Guests can enjoy dining options including signature restaurant Florida Cookery; featuring regional Florida fare. A daily beach retreat charge includes: The James Beach and Pool Experience with Sun Concierge, children's play area, two beach chaise loungers and umbrella, poolside loungers, towel service, 24-hour gym, Lil' James play space access, and local & domestic long distance calls. The James offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, triple-distilled water refreshed twice daily and access to bicycles. ... more less
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