We arrived tired from a long flight (diverted to Gander en route), and two hours at Miami airport to a superb welcome, whisked up to our room by our personal assistant, Francisco, to be personally checked in, and then a welcome cocktail of our choice delivered shortly after. We were impressed! The building is a wonderful art deco restoration, very impressive, especially the furnishings and decor in the lobby. Unfortunately, it all went a bit downhill from there. We didn't have any further personal assistance, despite the brochure stating that our personal assistant would be present throughout our stay.
As we stepped out to find something to eat, we were pretty surprised by the noise and congregation of people all over the street of the drag bar next door, the music from the hotel could not compete with their 'boom boom' music.
Day 2, we set off for a stroll along South Beach which didn't disappoint, the hotels lived up to all our expectations and photo opportunities abounded. As we came back to the Tides, we decided to stop for an iced tea, before heading off in the other direction. There was an apparent lack of attention, for such an exclusive hotel we would have expected to be acknowledged as guests, and we had to ask twice for the bill. In the end my husband spoke to the reception, asked them to charge to the room, and we walked off up the street.
Before dinner that evening we had cocktails outside the hotel to sit and people watch, but again the music from the hotel could only be heard in one ear while the bar next door was impossible to avoid.
We came back at 11pm that night, and thought we would have a nightcap in the hotel bar - it was shut...!
So we left the next morning with very mixed feelings. For the art deco feel and exactly why we picked it, the hotel was excellent, but if you are looking for service and a bit of luxury, probably not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tides South Beach is an iconic hotel located on Ocean Drive, just steps from the crystal water of the Atlantic Ocean and Miami’s most exciting dining and nightlife locations. Originally built in 1936, the hotel’s architecture is rich with Art Deco influences, creating a nostalgic environment for The Tides’ unique brand of modern luxury. The Tides features forty-four stylish luxury suites all offering expansive ocean views. Spacious hotel accommodations range from Oceanfront Studio Suites of 550 square feet to the 2,600 square foot Tides Suite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- King And Grove Tides
- King & Grove Tides Hotel Miami Beach
- Tides Hotel Miami Beach
- Tides Miami Beach