The James Will Open in the Royal Palm Hotel in Miami Beach
Finally, something good is happening to the abandoned Royal Palm Hotel in Miami Beach--The James Hotels brand, with their NYC and Chicago properties, is set to reopen the hotel next year after a massive $42 million renovation.
Initially the hotel was set to become an Affinia Hotel but the hotel was sold yet again last month and the new owners decided on the James instead.
The WSJ reports:
Brad Wilson, Denihan’s chief operating officer, acknowledged that Miami Beach is a highly competitive market for hotels. It already features stylish hotels such as Morgans Hotels Group Co.’s Mondrian South Beach, the Fontainebleau, the Shore Club and the Gansevoort South. “It’s a market that really welcomes more independent and artistically minded brands,” he said in an interview. “We think it’s a perfect match for the James.”
Since we're huge fans of both the James Chicago and the James New York, we're excited to see what they bring to Miami. But we hope their staples of peekaboo bathrooms, carefully cultivated art and of course free WiFi remain.