Royal Palm Hotel


Savino & Miller Design Studio was the Landscape Architect responsible for the open space design at the Crowne Plaza Royal Palm Hotel. The design concept for the hotel’s open spaces compliments and provides a counterpoint between the historic Art Deco architecture and new buildings. The entry plaza is designed as a simple “urban grid”, composed of bands of colored concrete and coquina shell, a grass paver lawn – for overflow parking and taxis – and native Royal Palms. The plaza ascends to an oval terrazzo fountain and terrazzo bollards which complement the hotel’s interior terrazzo floors. An elevated pool and pool deck provides an outdoor dining area/bar with panoramic ocean views, overlooking the beach level pool and spa. At the beach level pool, a geometric lap pool and spa (set below the cylindrical stair tower) are sited with a lush tropical setting of coastal/native plants, keystone paving and grass “carpets”. A courtyard promenade provides a transition between the hotel lobby and pool deck, with rustic terrazzo paving, vine and orchid covered lattice, raised planters and seatwalls, designed to create an outdoor extension of the pre-function interior space. Outdoor lighting was designed to accent the entry, highlight the planting, and provide a gentle illumination for the walkways and pool decks.

Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Client: The R. Donahue Peebles Companies, Inc.
Project Cost: $ 650,000
Service: Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Documents/Administration for Water Features, Planting, Paving, Irrigation, and Site Lighting
Architect: Arquitectonica
Landscape Architect: Savino & Miller Design Studio
Date: 2001