With a pool scene that's much more mellow than the rest of South Beach, it's easy to take things down a notch
The hotel processes an authorization of $150 for incidental charges upon check-in — this is required in cash if you don’t wish to use a credit card
Although there isn't a spa, the hotel staff is happy to arrange in-room massages
Parking on site
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South Beach sophisticate in an Art Deco icon with mesmerizing ocean views, a mezzanine pool and destination restaurant
The Tides has long been considered one of Art Deco architect L. Murray Dixon’s true masterpieces. And a 2008 overhaul by star designer Kelly Wearstler elevated the interiors to high art. In lieu of the oft crass SoBe glitz, you’ll find a sophisticated mix of oversized driftwood sculptures atop Deco credenzas and custom leather chesterfields fronting brass nautical tables. The textures are luxe but the palette is an understated homage to the sugary sand out front.
Bed & Bath
The hotel’s 45 spacious suites, all with ocean views, feel more like beachfront apartments than hotel rooms thanks to large walk-in closets and comfortable living spaces. The monochrome sand-inspired colors let the rich textures shine, from desks that resemble braided shells to overstuffed leather armchairs and petrified wood side tables. Frette linens and Vrai bath products add to the mellow spa-like vibe.
The dinner menu at the Tides Restaurant & Bar offers South Beach takes on bistro fare and excellent seafood picks like grilled salmon with lemon caper Israeli couscous and fruit salsa or Chilean sea bass with lemongrass coconut ginger broth and rice noodles. Although there’s an elegant, white-tablecloth dining room, the best place to eat is on the tiered perch overlooking the Ocean Drive action. Unlike many hotels on this strip, the Tides has a pool, and the two cabanas at each end are the most prized seats, worth snagging early in the day. The hotel also has free towels and chairs for guests across the street on the beach.
In the Area
One of the best ways to see South Beach is to take the beachfront path from South Pointe Park all the way to the top of the boardwalk, in the 4600 block of Collins Ave. Prefer to pedal? Rent a DecoBike from a kiosk. Inspired by your Deco digs? Take an architecture walking tour by the Miami Design Preservation League. Tours leave daily from the park across from the hotel. Then browse the edgy home décor over in Miami’s Design District. Or stay local with a visit to fashion icon The Webster, Miami’s answer to Colette, a short stroll away.