My critical eye never ceases to find what could be designed better, but at times I’ll visit a restaurant, hotel or even someone’s home and think “yeah this done!” the colors coordination is cohesive and expresses the right ambiance, the unique pieces placed ever so perfectly, the draperies are the right length, weight and fabric (this is so important, that I’ll have to do a full post on it).
This post is a hat-tip to The Tides Hotel in Miami Beach, which is the tallest and most elegant Art Deco Hotel on Ocean Drive since its original opening in 1936. I had the opportunity to stay here in 2002 and was mildly impressed. Since then the hotel went through an entire renovation and redesign with Kelly Wrestler design firm at the helm. Today it’s funky, chic place to hang out and stay if you are in town.
What I love most about the update, is that it’s glamorous and it looks as if the process of design was effortless (which means it wasn’t!). The colors are soothing and transitions through the entire place except for the coral bar which puts you in the mood to “ham” it up a little. Since it’s a little on the pricey side the rooms ranges about $500 to $5,000 per night, the guest are little bit more laid-back and not the flashy crowd that South Beach is known for.
Well I must admit that The Tides continues to be the bright beacon of Ocean Drive.