The James Royal Palm

The James Royal Palm

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Set in the heart of South Beach, The James Royal Palm in Miami is an art deco dreamboat of ocean views, sweeping grounds and sunloungers speckled around two pools. Inside, it houses two trendy restaurants, a rum bar and a nightclub, giving it more hip than a Rubens painting.

Highlights:

  • Prime South Beach location

  • Some of the biggest rooms in Miami

  • Exceptional, rejuvenating spa.

Smith extra

Daily breakfast for two in the restaurant, excluding alcohol

In the know

Also need to know:

Renew, The Spa in the adjacent Lanai building offers ocean-inspired treatments, including salt scrubs and salt-water soaks. There are also yoga classes, wellness consultations and couples’ massages.

Packing tips:

Stock up on glamorous beach attire, along with dancing clothes for the clubs along Collins Avenue. But don’t fret if you forget anything important: the concierge promises to fetch anything you need.

Dress code:

Don’t hold back: these restaurants attract Miami’s most tanned and glam. Wear oversize sunglasses for covert star-spotting.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Easing our way through the warm night air, over the bridge onto Miami Beach, I recognised the broken French of our cab driver but not the accent. ‘Creole,’ our welcoming driver told us. This was a world away from the USA we’d last visited. There was none of the chaos of New York or the calmness of San Francisco. There was something beguiling about Miami, the sparkling lights of a welcome party on the horizon.

Set in the revamped art deco buildings that once housed the glamorous Royal Palm, the James has one of the best spots in South Beach, with sweeping views and direct access to the Atlant

Accommodation details

Address:

1545 Collins Avenue , Miami Beach, Florida 33139, United States
Miami Beach
USA

Location:

1.0 mi / 1.6 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Two. Florida Cookery serves regional specialties with a focus on local ingredients. The seasonal menu includes lychee-roasted quail, frog’s legs and mahi mahi with Indian corn. Catch, the dimly lit Philippe Starck-designed restaurant from Top Chef star Hung Huynh, serves globally-inspired seafood dishes, including sourdough-crusted halibut cioppino, and whole snapper with peppers and chilli. Huynh makes his own olive oil, and pairs dishes with a 500-bin wine list.

Top table:

At Florida Cookery, snag a spot on the patio. The second floor of Catch offers better views and less noise.

Last orders:

The bars open at 5pm, with South Shore closing at midnight, and Lobby Lounge at 11pm. Florida Cookery serves from 7am until 4.30pm, then from 5pm to 10pm; Catch is open from 6pm until midnight.

Room service:

Items from the Florida Cookery menu can be delivered to your room anytime. The hotel also offers boxed meals to eat by the pool or ocean.

Hotel bar:

Four. South Shore is a guests-only Cuban lounge with superlative rum cocktails. SL Miami is a local outpost of New York’s trendy club, with booths, international DJs and 200sq m of dance floors. The Lobby Lounge serves coffee (with free iPad usage) by day, then transitions to classic cocktails with bar snacks in the evenings. There’s also a poolside bar for tropical cocktails.

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