We had a great two night pre-cruise stay at this hotel. We weren't expecting a whole lot, since we Hotwired a nice rate and were expecting to be treated like second-class citizens.
Rooms are clean and mid-century modern. We had a very small balcony that wouldn't even fit a chair - sort of like a small ledge with a railing - but was useful for hanging wet swimwear so they could dry in the heat.
Location can't be beat. Right next to the Loews hotel and a block away from Lincoln Road. Walk out the back and they've got their own "private" beach section with orange umbrellas and chairs. Minor complaint we had was that when we checked in, we were told that chairs were $10 each and an umbrella was $15. Expected to pay $35, when we got to the beach stand they said it was $45. I think gratuity is probably rolled in there, but who pays $10 tip on a $35 charge? If it's going to be $45, then they should just tell you that it's $45.
Somehow we got free continental breakfast each morning, but really they just bring you a croissant, banana, and coffee. No continental breakfast buffet, even though we saw a lot of stuff as part of the main breakfast buffet that we didn't want to pay for. Skipped it the second morning and just went to the Starbucks around the corner.
Another small nuisance was that we could hear some club music thumping at 3 am, even though we were nine floors up. But is there even a club in the hotel? I didn't think so. It was definitely coming from within the hotel as I opened the balcony and didn't hear it from the street. Couldn't figure it out but wasn't enough to keep us awake all night.
We would definitely come back to this hotel the next time we're in Miami. Especially if we can get a good rate on Hotwire!
- 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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