The James hosted a professional summit, and so I spent two days locked in meetings staring longingly at the ocean during breaks. No swims, no workouts, no spa treatments or late night drinks for working stiffs. But the staff and hotel experience more than made up for it. The staff was extremely attentive and accommodating. One valet thought to bring me a glass of water while I waited for a taxi. Buffet breakfasts and lunch on the patios gave us a chance to feel the sun on our faces and smell salt air. The original art was a nice touch in this arts-mad city.
My room had a view of the sea and the neon lights of the Art Deco district below came alive at night. The room itself was quiet and beautifully appointed with contemporary artworks, a warm palette, and a deliciously comfy bed. The bathroom was elegant and roomy with a window in the shower. I noticed a step stool tucked under the sink which is a sweet idea for shorter guests and children who would have to reach to turn the fawcetts.
I was so disappointed not to get outside to experience more of the area, but did have two fine meals within walking distance. Okay, I did run out to the beach one morning for 15 minutes and put my feet in the water. I also found seashells as keepsakes.
I'd love to return with some friends and explore with the James as our delightful home base.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps away from the beach and world famous Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, The James Royal Palm hotel is located within the coveted and culturally rich area of South Beach, Miami. The James Royal Palm hotel provides guests with a location immersed in luxury retail, endless entertainment and an unmatched shopping experience.Featured as one of Forbes Magazine's "Top 10 Most Anticipated Openings of 2012," the ideally-situated, oceanfront hotel offers a total of 393 guest rooms, including studios and suites, with the majority offering ocean views. Personalized comfort, generous complimentary amenities, residentially-styled guestrooms and suites, artistically-inspired details and impeccable service create an environment that is ideal for both business and leisure travelers.Designed by Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio, The James Royal Palm serves as a modern tribute to the 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, artistically-inspired, green glass front desk and porthole windows in the lobby lounge has been preserved and restored. The hotel features two swimming pools, poolside bar, lobby lounge, full-service spa with salt-infused treatments, Lil' James Offerings for children, give the shop offering carefully curated items and more than 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Guests may enjoy two dining options including signature restaurant Florida Cookery; featuring hyper-regional Florida Fare led by local Miami Chef Kris Wessel, and CATCH; a globally-influenced seafood restaurant, as well as a coffee bar. ... more less
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