On Our Radar: The James Royal Palm

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Our first girl’s trip of 2013 is less than a week away. Where are we headed? Miami, of course! In the two years that we were last there, a number of new hotels opened up and we knew we wanted to stay at one of them. In the running were the SLS, the Surfcomber and The James Royal Palm. We quickly ruled out the Surfcomber as being perhaps a bit too family friendly. Which left the SLS and The James. After a quick perusal of the reviews on TripAdvisor, The James was the clear winner. Most seem to feel that the rooms at the SLS are too small and the service is lackluster. While The James, which has barely been open three months is still working out some kinks, they won points for their service. Indeed, the manager has responded to each and every review—a sure sign that a property is trying its hardest to make things right.

Service and responsive management isn’t all The James has to offer. The refurbished hotel is the sister hotel to The James in New York, home to one of our favorite rooftop bars in the city. We love that the rooms are white with touches of color and a sense of humor; modern without being stark.

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The hotel features two swimming pools, a plunge pool, poolside bar and The James Pool and Beach Experience.

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One of the top selling points for us is its on site restaurants. There’s Catch, the super-fun clubby seafood restaurant that started in NYC and Florida Cookery. The latter is run by chef Kris Wessel of Red Light Little River fame. It features authentic Florida cooking and he uses recipes from his grandmother. Yes, that means alligator empanadas and frog legs, alongside less adventurous fare. Finish it up with a mojito at the lobby bar.

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Check back and we’ll let you know what we think! 

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