I have never written a review but I just got back from a weekend at the James. It was AMAZING! I never wanted to leave. My biggest compliments was the staff. Well, the door men in blue and the beach workers. Mine was Edwardo and I wish I could bring him home with me! He was so helpful and had great suggestions on food and clubs. He and all the other guys went above an beyond for us and made us feel great! This hotel location was perfect! We saw everything we wanted from shopping to beach to bars and clubs by a short walk. I cannot wait to return here and to eventually visit the NY location! The Only negative was at check out they tried to charge me $250 smoking fee when no one smoked! She did however state she would remove the charge. And the web site states they have infused fruits, water pails for feet and iPods and nooks but when we asked we were told no all 3 days. BUT- this absolutely didn't hurt our stay and I highly recommend the James and Edwardo!
- 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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