MIAMI BEACH --
The Royal Palm Hotel, recently taken over by Sol Melia, is
undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation.
The renovation of
the art deco gem in South Beach, which was previously managed by
Crowne Plaza, is slated to be completed at the end of the
At that time, the
name will be changed to the Melia Royal Palm, as the company tries
to heighten its U.S. profile. One of Europes biggest brands, with
more than 350 hotels worldwide, Sol Melia has barely penetrated the
The Melia Royal
Palm will be Sol Melias fourth U.S. hotel; the others are in
Chicago, New York and San Juan. The company said it intends to
expand that number to 10 over the next five years.
The Royal Palm is
an oceanfront hotel with two seven-story towers and 417 rooms. In
the course of the renovation, 167 of the rooms will be converted to
condo-hotel units. The remaining 250 will continue as traditional
rooms and suites.
In keeping with
the preservation laws of the South Beach art deco district, there
will be little change to the hotels exterior. But extensive work is
being done on the inside.
The property will
get new furnishings and new color schemes. The room redesign aims
for cleaner lines and intense colors. All rooms will have
flat-screen TVs, DVD/CD players, and high-speed LAN and wireless
Internet connections. The restaurant on the second floor and the
meeting room on the first floor will change places.
previously the lobby check-in area will become a bar serving
martinis at night and water during the day. The new lobby will move
to a larger space farther back on the ground floor.
connect a wading pool with the main swimming pool, which will be
surrounded with cabanas. An outdoor bar will stand near the pool. A
second pool will be built on the second floor, connected to a
private lounge with a view of the beach.
continues to operate during the renovations.
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].