1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida, United States, 33139
- Recommended for:
- Couples, First-time travellers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, People watching, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness
Best for The Beach - Expert review of The Tides
Of the many impressive Art Deco facades along Ocean Drive, I don’t believe any can match the beauty and presence of this 1936 ten-storey classic from feted architect Lawrence Murray Dixon. The building oozes elegance and chic, and hotel staff back it up with an extraordinarily level of personal service I just couldn’t find anywhere else in Miami.
Midway along Ocean Drive, The Tides puts you central to everything South Beach has to offer, especially the beach, where the hotel has its own exclusive area for guests. You get noise from the neighbouring bars and restaurants of course, and it’ll probably keep you awake late at weekends, but why are you staying on South Beach again?
These can best be described as cavernous. A complete renovation in 2007 replaced The Tides’ original 115 rooms with just new 45 suites and moved the elevators to the back of the building so that every room is long and flowing, and has an ocean view. I stayed in a luxurious second-floor oceanfront studio, which included a closet as large as the bathroom, faux animal-hide rugs and cloth wall hangings, but a better deal is an identical signature studio on a higher floor that gives a superior view of the ocean above the palm trees.
With original marble flooring and period-style furniture, the huge lobby looks pretty much as it would have 75 years ago, although the giant Roman Centurions cast into stone seats flanking the entrance are a striking addition. I enjoyed people-watching from the comfortable sofas on the multi-level terrace fronting the hotel on Ocean Drive.
La Marea is the hotel’s signature restaurant adjacent to the lobby, and is awaiting the appointment of a new executive chef to enhance a perfectly acceptable yet unadventurous Mediterranean-style menu. You’d barely know it was there, but the cosy Coral Bar opposite is an intimate hideaway.
The mezzanine pool deck is a tranquil suntrap but the occasional dustbin lorry or delivery trucks revving up in the service alley behind can sometimes break the moment. But when the hotel looks after you just as well on the beach, why sit looking up at concrete?
About the best there is. Every guest gets the services of a personal assistant for the duration of their stay.
Mature travellers (mainly over 45s), families treating themselves, couples seeking intimacy and a large number of European visitors.
You’ll get 15 per cent off standard rates by booking direct online, and 25 per cent if you pick a non-refundable rate for stays Sunday to Wednesday only.
More information on The Tides:
- 1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida, United States, 33139
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool