The almost-almost-almost complete James Royal Palm Hotel is having their press unveiling this Thursday (rescheduled from last Wednesday, so they could secure a temporary Certificate of Occupancy), and is already open to some lucky guests. Although it's not yet actually open to the public, and certain spaces (the pool deck, the pool bar, the pool rum bar, a couple of public areas) were teaming with construction workers finishing things up, they gave us a big tour last week with Curbed photographer Adeline Ramos in tow.
Most of the new stuff is on the inside, but the extensiveness of the redesign by architecture and interior design firm Rottet Studio is obvious. The front lawn, with its topiaries (not yet pruned to geometric perfection when we showed up) gives the hotel a more civic, perhaps less cloistered-in-exclusivity disposition than most other velvet-roped South Beach hotels. A sculpture made entirely of clothespins looks deceptively like driftwood. Art is all over the place. A magnificent giant wooden grand staircase wends its way up to Florida Cookery, one of the restaurants. The guest rooms are eclectic, with sliding barn-style bathroom doors, CTRL ALT DLT sofa cushions, and squiggly lamp cords. But the real money shot might be the living rooms in the south tower's suites. They're round, and surrounded in glass.
· James Royal Palm coverage [Curbed Miami]