Historic Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Opens: An African-American Development

The highly-acclaimed 422-room Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort, located beachfront in the heart of Miami Beach’s famed Art Deco district, is now open.
The first-of-its-kind project, developed by Miami-based Peebles Atlantic Development Corporation, and operated under Six Continents Hotels’ Crowne Plaza flag, is the nation’s first and largest, African-American owned and developed, full service beachfront resort.

Located within walking distance of Lincoln Road and the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza blends vintage Art Deco spirit with first-class modern amenities and great value.

“This is a historic project on many levels,” says Peebles. “The opening of this hotel represents not only the completion of these magnificent buildings, but also the fulfillment of a promise made to this community.” The development of the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort was a key factor to ending the Black Tourism Boycott of Miami in the early 1990’s.

“We are extremely proud to be a part of this historic project,” says Steve Porter, COO, Six Continents Hotels - Americas. “We’ve had the privilege to share in Don’s dream, and look forward to a long, mutually beneficial relationship.”

The five-building Royal Palm complex includes the meticulous reconstruction of the historic Art Deco landmark Royal Palm Hotel, and the restoration of the Shorecrest Hotel - both of which date from the late 1930s.


Two new soaring towers, and all-suite two-story poolside lanai are among the property’s most compelling features.

The world-renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica designed the complex, seamlessly integrating two modern towers and beachfront lanai with the two historic buildings.
The blending of the historic hotels with the new, modern towers offers guests the best of the past and present, in an extraordinary beachfront location.

“The manner in which construction was realized affords extraordinary ocean, and/or city views from our guest rooms,” adds Jesse Stewart, Jr., the hotel’s General Manager. “From the lower floors to our most expansive suites, the views are extraordinary.”

As to the property’s association with Six Continents Hotels and the Crowne Plaza brand, Peebles notes that “Six Continents Hotels is the world’s leading hotel company, and consistently delivers a superior guest experience.” He states that Crowne Plaza was the ideal brand with which to affiliate the property in light of its brand attributes. “The Crowne Plaza brand combines a contemporary environment, with the practicality of the latest features and amenities. The Royal Palm Crowne Plaza is all this and more.”

Amenity-wise, the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort, features 6,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, two outdoor swimming pools - one at the mezzanine level with ocean views, and a second beachside, both complemented by poolside bars.

Guest room amenities include dataports, internet access, voice mail, coffeemakers, irons, hair dryers, mini-bars, in-room safes and complimentary daily newspapers, as well as Crowne Plaza’s signature guaranteed 7 am check-in.

Beach Concierge service includes complimentary non-motorized water sports equipment, including kayaks, aqua bikes, snorkeling, rafts and boogie boards. Additional beachside services includes cold facial towels, radio headsets, backgammon and chess. The hotel’s interior décor, designed by Lynn Wilson, are rich in design details that make staying at the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza a uniquely ‘South Beach’ experience. The lobby area features restored pieces of the original Art Deco furniture and flooring. Guests rooms are decorated with historic photographs of 1920s Miami Beach.

The resort’s signature ocean view restaurant, Britto, designed and named after renowned Brazilian contemporary artist Romero Britto, will feature ‘Floribbean’ cuisine, along with more than a dozen of the artist’s original paintings, murals and sculptures. For additional information on the Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort, log on to www.royalpalmcp.crowneplaza.com.