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):
- 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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