The Tides towers over South Beach, a 12-story monolith in gleaming white vaguely nautical, like a moored cruise ship, complete with telescopes in the guestrooms for scanning the high seas. Distinctly un-ship-like in their spaciousness is the cabins: the hotel's 1936 vintage floor plans have since lost many interior walls, leaving just 45 very large suites.
All of the suites face the ocean, and all are filled with streaming sunlight, making some of South Beach's lesser hotels feel almost dank by comparison. And the by-now boutique all-white colour scheme, which can look preverse in a Manhattan skyscraper or under London's drizzly skies, seems perfectly sensible in this sun-drenched locale. King beds are standard, and in fact look barely big enough in these vast spaces.
The suites on the topmost floors are above the rooftops of Ocean Drive, and have dramatic views of the architecturally rich district- and they have telescopes too.
The Tides south Beach is impressive, whether the mezzanine deck with its fifty-foot pool, or the baby-blue rooftop patio, which feels a bit like the top of the world. The restaurant and bar are elegant as well as eclectic, and you never know who you'll see, given Miami's current status as the centre of all things hip in America.
restaurant - pool - fitness centre - bar/lounge - valet parking(charge)
45 rooms - air-con - flat screen TV - DVD player - mini-bar - Wi-Fi (charge) - Room service