The James Hotels Introduces Amenity Program for Kids

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The James Hotels has announced that it is introducing lil’ james, an amenity program developed by the luxury boutique hotel brand for its littlest visitors. With properties in Chicago, New York and Miami’s South Beach, each location delivers unique, intuitive children’s components, furthering The James experience for families and their little travelers.

The James Royal Palm, which opened in Miami on South Beach in November 2012, unveiled its lil’ james Play Space, a dedicated indoor and outdoor area designed in partnership with the Miami Children’s Museum, filled with kid-friendly activities for inspired playtime including artist easels, activity tables and sand and water play stations, as well as complimentary healthy snacks and water. Parents can entertain children with an exclusively-created Lifeguard Station reading nook, offering a library of children’s books and brightly-colored bean bag chairs. In addition, the lil’ james beach experience features a sandcastle building area and tables with umbrellas. Family beach boxes filled with refreshments including water, fresh fruit and sanitized hand wipes are also available.

Upon arrival at each property, little guests will be treated to a James welcome backpack filled with an activity crate from Kiwi Crate. Projects from Kiwi Crate are complete with all the materials, instructions and inspiration for children and parents to create, discover and explore the arts, science and crafts. The James will provide access to the innovative service that traditionally delivers a different theme, such as Ocean Exploration, Colors, and Dinosaurs each month to subscribers’ homes.

In addition to the creativity-inspiring arts and crafts, the lil’ james welcome kit provides families with information on various activities and services, as well as recommendations on ways to experience local culture as a family. Brochures for area cultural partners, such as children’s museums, parks and bike paths, are also included.

“Inner City Artist” pouches, travel-friendly roll-ups containing crayons, and a little coloring book are available upon request at all properties. The coloring kits are the creations of Urban Infant, a Chicago-based boutique specializing in planet-friendly baby and toddler accessories.

lil’ james’ dedicated food and beverage menus, available at David Burke’s Primehouse in Chicago, Florida Cookery in Miami and David Burke Kitchen in New York, are tailored to satisfy a child’s palette, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Common Threads. The James is the national hotel partner for Common Threads, supporting children in developing an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking, in addition to the importance of nutrition and physical well-being.

The James also provides amenities by request tailored to the age range of children who traditionally stay at each location. Sample elements include: dedicated children’s menus; partnerships with local children’s museums; turndown service with milk and cookies; children’s book collections and interactive games; pre-loaded iPads and Kindles with kid friendly books and apps; Wii and classic board games; portable cribs; bathtubs for children up to 24 months; car seats; and children’s bikes and helmets.

The lil’ james Family Adventurer package is curated for parents interested in each city’s top cultural attractions, featuring activities to keep the whole family active. The package includes tickets to local children’s museums in each city, an Urban Infant recycled skip rope and milk and cookie turndown service.

The James Hotels has properties in Chicago, New York and Miami.

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