We stayed here a few years ago and were kind of wowed by the place. The energy was great, the staff was superb. We loved our room.
This time, it was hard to put a finger on just what had changed, but there was a terrible lack of energy to the place when we walked in. The positives: the bellman and front desk staff were very welcoming and helpful. Our room was clean and beautiful. The bed was comfortable, with good quality pillows. Great shower pressure.
In the public areas, they had renovated the dining room and put in a big bar, which would have been wonderful if it had been welcoming. It wasn't. There needed to be the right kind of music playing. Also, both nights we were there, the bar was staffed by a sullen bartender who acted like she was doing a favor getting you a drink, and who seemed more interested in talking to her friends hanging out on the stools.
The old bar, which is gorgeous and tucked away and special, seems an afterthought now. It sits empty.
The other thing that doesn't help is they've added outside tables and umbrellas to the sidewalk, and now it's hard to differentiate The Tides from all the other places hawking their menus on Ocean Ave.
Breakfast service was very slow, but friendly, and the breakfast was good. We did not eat any other meals there. (LOVED Khong River House, near Lincoln Rd).
The Tides is still nice, but we won't be back.
- 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