Rottet to design interiors of ex-Royal Palm.
The James hospitality brand has unveiled plans for its third luxury hotel, The James Royal Palm in Miami. The new James will be located in the former Royal Palm Hotel in South Beach, with renovations at that locale slated to be completed in late 2012.
“Having successfully opened hotels in two of the most stylish and cosmopolitan cities in the world [Chicago and New York], it seemed only natural to expand The James brand to Miami,” said Brad Wilson, coo of Denihan Hospitality Group and one of the founders of The James brand. “The culturally rich neighborhood of South Beach is the ideal choice, and, thanks to the history of the Royal Palm, The James Royal Palm is automatically embedded in the traditions of this vibrant community.”
The James Royal Palm will have 179 guest rooms and 211 studios and suites, the majority of which have ocean views. The hotel will also be home to two swimming pools, a beachfront restaurant, a poolside bar, a lobby lounge, a full-service spa and over 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The interiors of The James Royal Palm will be designed by Lauren Rottet, of Rottet Studio. The overall renovation will pay homage to the art deco roots of the original hotel, as well as the local area. “We strive to ensure that the interiors reflect an essence of approachable luxury as well as the proud history of both these legendary buildings and the dynamic community in which it resides,” said Rottet.
The property is owned by KSL Capital Partners, a private equity firm specializing in travel and leisure enterprises that bought the locale for $130 million from Sunstone Hotel Investors in a deal that closed last month, The Miami Herald reports.