Located on Ocean Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, this hotel has boutique character to it but doesn’t suffer from the small footprint that many SoBe boutique hotels do. In fact, when you walk past it, you can’t help but notice wide steps and a grand entrance inviting you to take solace from being harassed by pretty girls with thick accents promoting daily food and drink specials all along Ocean Ave.
I reserved an Oceanfront Studio for the night and it was a surprisingly large room. There was a spacious sitting area with sofa right by the window that faced Ocean Ave. and the beautiful beach. The bathroom featured a large shower/tub combo and a single vanity. There was also another room where the bell hop put our bags. The minibar was also in this little room. At that point, we wished we had two Hotels.com free night credits because we were so thrilled with our accommodations.
After grabbing a bite to eat, Joann and I decided that we should head to the pool. This was probably a good idea since we arrived in the middle of a heat wave. The heat index was about 110 degrees. The Tides pool is small but it does the trick. There were only 2 other couples there so it was quiet and relaxing. The one attendant who served us was friendly and prompt; drinks strong and plentiful. It was a nice way to wind down our arrival day.
The next morning, we went to the beach. All guests receive complimentary beach chair setup – 2 chairs, 2 pads, 1 umbrella. One glorious umbrella. Without a cloud in the sky, I could not be happy that the umbrella was directly on top of me while Joann baked in the sun. This free setup is valuable because if you had to pay, it would cost about $50!
For more details and photos, please visit my blog: http://thehustleblog.com/2012/06/26/another-birthday-back-south-beach-king-grove-tides-z-ocean-hotel/