We stayed at the James Hotel in May 2007 because it seemed to offer very good rates compared to the rest of South Beach. In reality though it is more of a 'hostel' than 'hotel' and for a hostel it's quite expensive. The James is in a really good location - near the sea and a short walk from the hub of South Beach, however, there were aspects to it that some people may find unacceptable. For example fixtures and fittings were basic and very tatty, light bulbs that had blown had not been replaced, the floor and some surfaces were unclean (the floor was so sticky I would only walk on it in flip flops!) and unprofessional staff. Despite this though, essentials at the James Hotel were covered: bed linen was clean and beds comfortable, as was the bathroom and the shower was powerful. We also had a TV and fridge in our room which was useful. My conclusion is that if you want a practical hotel to just lay your head then the James is one to consider; but just bear in mind that its standards are not high and I would certainly not recommend it for people who intend to spend evenings in their room or who need it for business purposes.
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