Miami Beach, FL
Completed Oct 2012
The James Royal Palm is the brand’s first hotel in Florida. The James brand is synonymous with the seamless blend of modern, residentially styled spaces and guest-centric service. Located on Collins Avenue in South Beach, just steps away from Ocean Boulevard and the crystal blue ocean, the hotel provides guests with a location immersed in luxury retail, endless entertainment and tropical serenity.
Designed by Lauren Rottet, The James Royal Palm is a modern tribute to the local area and art deco roots of the historic Royal Palm which was built in 1939. The entire design vision behind the hotel was to transport guests into an era of nostalgia reminiscent of Art Deco Miami in the 1920s through 1940s. Several design elements pay homage to this art deco period including a grand sweeping staircase on the first floor and a “moon gate”—shrubbery that frames the front entrance and serves as an air of privacy for the living room garden behind its walls which features oversized topiary lawn furniture including chairs, sofas and lounges. Many signature design elements original to the hotel were also kept intact such as the decorative compass rose on the terrazzo floor in the lobby, porthole windows in the lounge and the green glass reception desk which was restored and converted to a fresh juice bar.
Each of the 393 studios and suites were designed to feel clean and bright with an emphasis on the hotel’s stellar ocean views. In fact, each room has a mirror strategically placed so as to ensure that a beach view is possible from multiple vantage points. Signature guest room elements include a custom designed wooden headboard that extends along the wall to a work/dining niche, featuring a table adorned with a sunken blue glass top; simple and clean white lacquer bed stands; and a floral rug employing shades of cerulean and sea blue. The majority of rooms offer step-out balconies, large windows and uncompromised views of the Atlantic Ocean, Miami cityscape and Biscayne Bay. Features include two swimming pools, a plunge pool, poolside bar, a beachfront restaurant, a lobby lounge, a full-service spa and over 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Lauren Rottet was the official curator for the James Royal Palm’s permanent art collection entitled “An Ocean Apart”, referring to the unique micro-culture found in Miami—the confluence of American, European and Latin American cultures, all of whom are unified by the lure of the ocean and the costal culture found within the city. The hotel’s collection features an eclectic array of art from local artists as well as nationally and internationally recognized art world luminaries. The private collection of paintings, photographs, prints, furniture and specially-commissioned pieces are spread throughout 200,000 square feet of guestrooms and 70,000 square feet of public spaces. The James Club, located off the lobby, features an interactive art piece and game table designed by Lauren Rottet and manufactured by Houston-based artist Troy Stanley, which features an engraved map of Miami on the surface and includes boxes with models of bridges from all over the world inside so when you align the box with specific points on the table they will illuminate to signify bridging the gap from where that bridge is located in the world to Miami, Florida—USA.
Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA
David Davis, AIA
Anja Majkic, LEED AP
Enrique Vela, AIA