Myself & my dad recently stayed at the James Royal Palm for 3 nights, it was really important to us that we had 2 beds in the room as sharing was not an option as I'm now 21. On Check in we received a lovely room with 2 big double beds and a small balcony with a nice view of the beach on one side and the city on the other; the beds were really comfortable. The room was clean and had plenty of cupboard and draw space and it was nice to have a fridge and a bottle of water which was refreshed each day. The location was amazing for both the beach and the city and we found all the staff were helpful and friendly. The main problem with this hotel is that it was really expensive to eat at and unless you had lots of $'s you should definitely find somewhere else to eat, we paid $76 for the 2 of us to have a self service buffet breakfast (including the unnecessary 18% gratuity), I know that 18% is common on South Beach however when you serve yourself, I don’t see how that much is justified! We had an evening meal in the Florida Cookery and it was delicious especially the ribs, they had a good selection of food and drinks.
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- 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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