Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Miami, Florida - The Tides South Beach Hotel

My favorite boutique hotel in South Beach Miami is the The Tides on Ocean Drive. I have stayed here on multiple occasions and love the fact that it is located right on the beach, but on a much quieter section of bustling Ocean Drive (between 12th and 13th Streets) and a short walk to trendy Lincoln Road.

Frequently featured in design magazines, this Viceroy Hotel Group property was decorated by the famous interior designer, Kelly Wearstler, and is an absolutely beautiful setting to wake up to each morning.  From the lobby lounge, to the Coral Bar, the outside terrace patio, La Marea Restaurant, the roof deck pool, and tastefully appointed rooms, the design aesthetic both inspires and relaxes.
Photo © Tides South Beach
The ideal rooms at the Tides are those on the front of the building that face the ocean. Make sure your room is at least on the third floor so that you are at a high enough elevation to clear the palm trees and see right onto the beach. The front-facing studio suites feature spacious bathrooms and walk-in closets that can double as dressing areas. Here is a picture of one of the rooms I recently stayed in:
Photo © Tides South Beach
This is the view you wake up to from beach facing rooms
For early risers, there is complimentary pastry and coffee in the lobby. You also have the opportunity to catch peaceful early morning photographs, like this one I snapped from my room:
A close up view of the beach I captured early in the morning
The front of the hotel has a magnificent terrace right on Ocean Drive, which serves as the perfect spot to people watch, have morning breakfast, lunch, a late afternoon snack, an early evening drink, dinner, or just to relax and catch an ocean breeze. You can order from the in-house restaurant, La Marea, and eat al-fresco. I like to order the 'small bites' such as Wagyu sliders, fish tacos and freshly made guacamole and chips paired with a cold Tides Royale cocktail (coconut rum, pineapple, splash of Chambord) before getting dressed up and hitting the dinner and nightlife scene.
My daily morning pineapple juice on the hotel patio on Ocean Drive
For those who love the beach, the Tides has their own section of lounge chairs and umbrellas on a section of the beach in front of the hotel. The front desk will give you towels and bottled water before you head out for the day. Once on the beach, you show your room key to a man who will arrange your chairs and umbrella where you wish.

Another wonderful feature of the hotel, for those who want a change from going to the beach, is the roof deck pool. A small and intimate setting, lounge chairs line either side of the pool and there is always a pool attendant on duty should you need a cold beverage or an extra towel. I would come to the pool everyday around 3pm and lie on the white leather couch (shown below) and have a lovely nap in the shade. The set up you see below is mirrored on either end of the pool so there is plenty of space. Also, being situated towards the back of the hotel, it is extremely quite. I felt like I was in my own private mansion on South Beach.
Photo © Tides South Beach
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  1. Enjoyed reading this. My husband and I are staying at Tides for a few days post cruise in April 2011. Thoroughly looking forward to it - we hear that it is where Harrison Ford filmed the love scenes in Random Hearts (HF and Kristin Scott Thomas) - even more atmospheric. I'm sure it'll be worth the long trek from Uk
    Thanks again for an excellent review
    Eileen and Peter Salt (UK)

  2. The Tides Hotel South Miami Beach is a clean and big space hotel. We spend vacation there and they friendly and nice accommodation