King & Grove Tides
Travel Blogs from Miami Beach
Our second night in Miami, Jessica and I met my Aunt Red at Wish, a fancy restaurant in Miami Beach near my Aunt's apartment on Collins Avenue. It is a beautiful restaurant and it was designed by a very famous designer, Todd Oldham. We sat outside in the garden so we could feel the fresh air on the rooftop. It’s so hot in Miami that every …
My friend Jessica and I decided to spend our April vacation in Miami. She used to live there and had many happy memories from her time there. I just wanted a nice vacation and thought it would be fun to see a new city. Also, I have a Great-Aunt who lives down there and she said she would pay for my trip so I knew I could afford to have a nice time …
We have already come to the final night in Miami before we head off to north Florida and the wilds of the south tomorrow... god help us! First a little update on the last 24 hours. Scarred from the horrors of Miami International Airport we started drinking like sailors on shore leave. We met up with Laura's friend Desiree' at Oceans 10 where we …
J'arrive!! After many travel issues we have finally managed to rendez-vous in Miami. Laura spent a darling 4 hour flight crammed in between a Parkinson's sufferer and a furious Australian club owner after being bumped from 1st class.... the HORROR! She then spent another period of delight esconced in the waiting lounge at Avis rent a car for 3 …
... guilty as I'd agreed this morning that I'd the trip with Mike and Danishhhh girl but then told him I had other plans, whoops. It's my bloody holiday though so there. I will be honest with him, if the occasion arises. Of course.
Finished my last beer after booking the Mustang (I've had 5 bottles of beer and a huge chicken and chips lunch so not too bad). I then had a nice phone call with Liz, she couldn't believe my news and was so excited ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews King & Grove Tides Miami Beach
We stayed At The Tides in late october 04. We called the hotel to see if we could check in at 11am instead of the 3pm check in time. They said that should be ok. We got there around 11am and the room was not quite ready. They gave us a free drink from the bar and we talk to the concierge for a while and our room was ready. The Room was very large and beautiful (flat screen tv) also had a ocean view(all do). The hotel employees were very nice. The hotel restaurant was great, but a little expensive($150. for 2 people). Once the doorman did not see us coming and walked away without opening the door for us( it was no big deal), but an employee saw it and bought us free drinks from the bar. The beach stuff was first class and free. there was a nice young girl who put a cover on the loungers for us. The Tides is not cheap, but if it is within your budget it is worth the extra you pay. Also, then location is great. We ask the maid to leave ice in our room every day and she did. She also left a lot of the bath stuff. (we gave her a few #/day) I can not think of even a small detail that was not perfect about this hotel. I don't think I we will ever stay anywhere else in SoBe.
Use it for business
Just stayed four nights at The Tides Hotel. I liked it. Nice room, nice view, friendly staff and ok service. But it's not the best ever hotel I've stayed in, and I'm glad I paid nowhere near their standard rate for the room.
I will recommend the hotel for business and a short vacation - but it's not a totally pampering place. I had breakfast on their sun terrace on morning.
I don't like having to pay $8 for water. That's what I asked for and they wipped out a liter of expensive bottled water. Why not just ask?
I just got back from 5 nights June 30 - July 5th at the Tides.
My fiance and I stayed here for a weekend get-away at the beginning of June 2004. We got there on an early flight and asked the front desk if they could accomodate us by trying to get us a room before the "4:00 pm check-in". The hotel seemed practically empty. We arrived at the hotel around 11 am and ended up checking in around 5pm! (thank goodness for the drinks at the Cardozo next door...) We just thought that since we paid $400+/night, the hotel might be just a little more accomodating.
Definitely watch out for tipping
We enjoyed a lovely dinner on New Year's Day at the Terrace Restaurant.
The service was good (not excellent). In spite of this I provided a 20% tip (there was no indication that a gratuity was included). When I returned home and happened to peruse my bank statement I noticed that the amount the the restaurant submitted and the amount that I signed for were vasty different. This is unacceptable in any hotel, certainly not in the "Diva of South Beach".
My wife and I had a great romantic getaway at The Tides. The hotel has one of the few topless pools at South Beach (although the beach is always topless, of course). My wife enjoyed tanning topless there with a constant supply of wonderful mudslides to drink provided by the wonderful pool side bar tender.
The only problem with this hotel is that you have to cross the street to get to the beach, and they do not serve drinks on the beach.
Great - with a baby!
we had a great time last winter with our then 8 month old baby. the staff was so freindly and kind to her (and us) and the space is just gorgeous. Room service was terrific, and the concierge helped us find a sitter so we culd go out one night. We can't wait to go back.
This is living
The Tides is the place to be, when you walk into your room music is playing, BREATHTAKING views of the ocean, telescope next to window, fluffy slippers and the most comfortable bed in hotel history.
I just returned from a 3-night stay at The Tides with my 15-year old son. I have nothing but great impressions of the Tides: everything about this hotel is first rate. I would particularly comment on the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. They were all eager to please without being intrusive. I did not detect one ounce of "attitude." While the rooms are relatively expensive for South Beach, they are enormous and they all have direct ocean views. Both public rooms and guest rooms have simple, elegant decor--not in the strange end of the design spectrum like some other celebrated hotels in the area.I travel almost continuously in my job. The Tides has become one of my favorite hotels in the world.
Watch out for the tipping
when we were at the tides on the weekend we were not informed that the 15% gratuity was already included in the cost of our meal. so, we tipped our server an extra $60.00. so he walked away with $85.00 on a $167.00 bill. we gave him such a hefty tip because service was fantastic, and we believe in tipping ( even though we are from canada and everyone thinks canadians don't tip). i think it should have been pointed out. the server knew we were unfamiliar with miami and the "law of the land". needless to say i won't return. so watch out in south beach...tips are already included!!!