Best reasonably-priced hotel on South Beach
Posted Jan 11, 2017
Over the years I've stayed at many hotels around South Beach and, all-in-all, this is the best.
I never feel justified in splurging on holiday hotels, as I'm not in them much and instead prefer to spend that money on having a good time once I step out the door. So in Miami Beach I've always tried, and failed, to find a well-located hotel offering good service and plenty of style, luxury and comfort, without breaking the bank. Finally, that place turns out to be the Tides.
It's right on the beach, in the middle of the action. 12th St is perfect, as the main stretch of stores, bars and clubs begins around 7th and goes up to Lincoln Rd at 17th. Staff are charming and helpful. The lobby is beautiful, and the marble theme extends through the rooms, all of which (I believe) face the ocean. My room (studio, corner unit) was huge, with a spectacular double aspect. It was luxuriously appointed and seductively lit. Big flat-screen TV, lovely bathroom, with a shower of truly awesome power.
There is only one downside, and if you're sensitive to noise it could be a deal breaker. The Palace bar next door has twice-daily shows, lunchtime and after dinner, which pump out pop anthems at top volume. The din ends at around 11pm, but if you need to sleep earlier (though if you do, why on earth are you in South Beach?!) there's no escape. I was on the 6th floor and the noise was just a mild irritant, but I wouldn't stay on a lower floor.
Overall though, the positives vastly outweigh. It's