My last stop on my 7 Hotels In 7 Days: Miami Beach reviews was The James Royal Palm Hotel. NOTE: as of March 2015 this property is know as the Royal Palm South Beach, a Starwood Hotel. And what a treat. This is a great beachfront property. Located just two blocks from the heart of the historic South Beach art deco dining and entertainment district. The central portion of the resort was first built in 1939, but today it is very comfortable and current.
Checking in was quick and easy. Bellmen are available if needed. Valet Parking. Key-card required to access the elevators and to enter the resort from the beach.
Room 846 is an Oceanfront Balcony King. A bright and airy room with a variety of whimsical accessories. Lots of custom items make the room unique.
Was very pleased that this beautiful room included a very comfortable bed with high quality bedding. A heavy comforter and a lightweight blanket. Each side of the bed had an LED reading light. Rest of the room had plenty of light, most of it indirect.
One of the many accessories that made this room at The James Royal Palm very unique. I was also impressed with the room's air conditioning system. It was very quiet, even with the fan on high.
No desk, but this table was enough for me. Plenty of pop-up power outlets around the room. WiFi was very fast. This room had medium signal strength, 13Mbps Down / 18Mbs Up. Other areas of the hotel had strong WiFi.
A very well stocked mini-bar in a custom cabinet that keeps the refrigerator quiet. No coffee maker. Door to the bathroom was interesting and included a large mirror, but didn't contain noise coming from the bathroom.
Small but very usable bathroom space with plenty of towels. Good lighting at the mirror.
Large shower with a frosted window letting in outside light. Having bath products mounted on the wall isn't my favorite; I prefer small personal bottles.
The unique lamp shade, bulb, and clever positioning of the cloth covered cord made this lamp a work of art. NOTE: as of March 2015 this hotel is now called the Royal Palm South Beach.
Sliding glass door opened to a very shallow Juliet style balcony. The expansive view was perfect for my last night in Miami. One set of sheer curtains and a set of blackout curtains. A quick security note: there was no evacuation/floor map on the back of guestroom entry door. For more about Miami Beach click here.
The welcoming lobby of the James Royal Palm resort has lots of seating areas along with a nearby bar. Note: My stay at this property was thanks to my sponsors/supporters. This property provided one night of discounted accommodations.
Time for a snack or a little caffeine fix? A coffee shop is conveniently located in the lobby across from check-in.
These wooden stairs lead up to one of the restaurants. It is an impressive structure.
The James main pool area felt a little crowded. A second pool is nearby, and so is the beach.
Patio restaurant, the Florida Cookery, was excellent. Its open air design was very much what I would expect in Miami. No view of the ocean.
In addition to the patio seating, the restaurant has more formal seating upstairs with views. Another restaurant, The Catch Miami, is a fine dining seafood offering.
On the 4th floor is the spa Renew. It has a deck looking out over the ocean, where some treatments are given. Renew Massage is the signature service here. Many treatments are salt based. Each visitor receives a complimentary salt scrub. Check website for latest services. Nice gym with view of the pool and ocean.
The James Royal Palm is just a few block away from the historic and popular South Beach art deco neighborhood. Plenty of restaurants and nightlife.
It is a short walk to the beach. The hotel provides services via beach attendants and offers a variety of lounge chairs and day beds. Nearby vendors offer jet skis and parasailing. I also spotted a few food trucks along the beach.
This resort has two towers. The room shown above was in the tower closest to the ocean. Checkout was 2 pm. Now that is nice! The property also has party and meeting facilities.
If you make the trip to Miami Beach/South Beach for your vacation, you should enjoy it. And The James Royal Palm has everything you will need. Great guestrooms, services, public spaces and location. NOTE: as of March 2015 this resort is called the Royal Palm South Beach.