Loved this hotel. It's a small boutique hotel with great amenities and staff. The beach front was the Best on the strip with gorgeous orange umbrellas, plush lounge chairs and luxurious towels. There is a resort fee ($40) but no additional charges for chairs/towels. They also give you a complimentary basket with fruit and bottled water on the beach. The pool and hot tub were elegant and not over crowded. There is also a popular bar and restaurant adjacent to the pool. I used the gym which was medium sized and well equipped. There is a gorgeous walk behind the hotel (between hotel and the beach) and my boyfriend and I walked/ran to the Boardwalk. It is also very conveniently located near Lincoln rd. and ocean drive. so we didn't need to use our rental car. Parking is $40 per day. So between that and the resort fee - add in an extra $80.. But It was well worth it. I was concerned prior to the trip when I saw people complaining about the tile floor but I found the design of the room very comfortable and chic. There were not many drawers to unpack in and not enough hooks in the bathroom but for the two nights we were there this did not pose a big problem. We are in our 40s and found the crowd to be a nice mix of families, business people and mature spring breakers. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I do have one negative to report. The bed has a wood frame and no box spring and every time one of us got up it made a LOUD cracking noise. This did disrupt my sleep. I never complained about it but perhaps the staff could have found a solution if I had.
- 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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