The Royal Palms surprised me. It's situated about a 5 minute walk from the "action" on ocean drive, so it's zen enough when you're done partying. Though a new hotel, they had most things figured out. The walk way from the pool to the beach was excellent, as well as the $20.00 service fee, to have a bed and umbrella waiting by the beach- I appreciated. They were always on their game, I never waited for anything.
The bar / restaurant by the pool had some delicious salads, but once you order them prepare to wait. I will say the wait is worth it, I'm still day dreaming about the Arugala salad I ate there.
The one issue I faced was the elevator which broke while I was in it, the lights turned off (I'm clausterphobic). A word to the wise, don't use the middle elevator.
The coffee at the hotel was very expensive and not tasty, as a coffee Connesseur if I pay $6.50 for an espresso, I expect an Organic Arabica coffee bean, slow drip. There is a mis-conception to making coffee as "simple". This was brutal coffee, but the girls making it were very personable and provided excellent customer service. If you exit the hotel, turn right, there is an Aroma Espresso with better coffee.
Also Michael the "sun concierge" at this hotel was phenomenal at his job and made sure our large group had everything we needed.
I've stayed in the James in New YOrk and the James in Chicago and this is a sunny version of those two, very representative of Miami. I would definitely stay there again.
- 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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