The Royal Palms Converts to Boutique Hotel

By: Joe Thompson

The Royal Palms in Fort Lauderdale, which many LGBT travelers recall as being a simple gay guesthouse property, has undergone a major renovation and been transformed into a sleek, full-service boutique hotel. The property will reopen next week, April 11.

Still located one block from Fort Lauderdale Beach, the new property now boasts 62 rooms, courtesy of two additional buildings. The makeover also added two heated swimming pools (one clothing-optional, natch), a bar and grill, as well as a spa and fitness center.

According to the press information, "The Royal Palms team took their design cues from the up-and-coming North Beach village neighborhood and added a modern slant. Visitors will find crisp white exteriors, grey tumbled marble pavers, and contemporary lush tropical foliage with splashes of bougainvillea blooms accenting the palm studded outdoor spaces."

It continues by saying that the guestroom "vibrate with pops of color against a white backdrop; rain showers spill onto pebbled floors; and original artworks from photographer Dennis Dean hit a sensual note." Rooms come with all the electronic amenities you'd expect, as well as complimentary WiFi throughout the property, and access to iPad 2s, mobile phones, white bicycles and the ultimate guest amenity: a sleek 54` private luxury yacht, available for guest excursions, celebrations and commitment ceremonies.

Richard Gray, who founded the Royal Palms in 199, explains, "It was time to take gay accommodations to the next level. While many boutique hotels have begun catering to the gay market, our new hotel uniquely combines world-class luxury with the sexy, social vibe that will never be found at mainstream or 'straight-friendly' hotels. It’s the first Fort Lauderdale gay property to incorporate the full range of services and amenities that travelers expect from a mainstream hotel.”

Rates for standard rooms start at $159, but it should be noted that day passes are available so that non-guests can "savor the Royal Palms experience." If you don't mind that addition, then this could definitely be the place for you.

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