My room would be called a mini suite in Europe. Kitchenette area, lounge area with 42" hd tv, bedroom area, another tv, bathroom with a walk in shower that was the size of our third bedroom. It was spotlessly clean and was kept that way.
Everything conceivable was supplied and it all worked beautifully including very fast internet connection. The bed was very comfortable and the air con silent. The hotel has been refurbed to a high standard and the staff are well trained.
Two gripes - a $19 per day 'retreat fee', when I queried this I was told it was for use of the external facilities including a guaranteed beach lounger. When I pointed out that I hadn't done any 'retreating' I was informed that this is not an option extra. This charge should, therefore,be added to the room rate otherwise it is plain deceitful. Secondly once you leave your room the
musak is unavoidable. It is so loud that reading anywhere except in your room, including the outdoor areas, is impossible.
Just thought of a third! Breafast coffee in polystyrene mugs.
A very good hotel that with a bit of tweaking could be a great hotel.
- 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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