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Now That The James Royal Palm Is Arriving Next Door, Loews Miami Beach Needs To Spruce Itself Up

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February 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

With all the hawt hotels and re-brandings going on in Miami, we can totally understand why a more established hotel like Loews Miami Beach would feel the pressure to keep with the Joneses.

Make that The Jameses.

The James Royal Palm is moving in right next door to the Loews at the end of the year and it looks like the stalwart is preparing for the hot, young newcomer with some glam new additions of its own—like new cabanas.

Loews has recently undergone a big renovation (new lobby, refreshed guest rooms, an ice-cream parlor and boutique), but when we saw this construction in the hotel's backyard the other day, we realized that the hotel wasn't done sprucing itself up just yet.

According to the hotel's website, the cabanas were going to debut in early 2012. Clearly, that's a little ambitious but with any luck the fancy new digs will be open before it gets really hot on the beach. In comparison to the more basic draped-style cabanas Loews already has, the new cabanas will be bi-level permanent structures with private rooftops, sliding glass doors, plush furniture and flatscreen TVs.

No word yet on how much it will cost to rent one of these babies but, based on prices at other SoBe hotels, expect a rental fee of $200 or more.

We're also waiting to hear which lucky chef or restaurant will take the place of Emeril's at Loews Miami Beach. The celeb-chef's restaurant closed here last summer and so far there has been no announcement of what's moving in. (For now, guests can dine at Preston's, a Mediterranean/Floribbean restaurant, or the lobby sushi bar Sushi SoBe.)

Perhaps Loews is waiting to break the big news during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival , which kicks off in 10 days? The hotel is the official HQ of the festival, and will be full of star chefs and foodie fans.

Heard anything about the Loews resto plans? Share your scoop in the comments below!

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