Ocean Drive Original
An Art Deco classic, The Tides has presided over South Beach’s Ocean Drive since 1936. The hotel, popular among celebrities and international travelers, was designed by Lawrence Murray Dixon, one of Miami’s most prolific architects during the 1930s.
Now, after an eight-month renovation, The Tides is preparing to reopen. Shan Kanagasingham, the hotel’s new general manager, was brought in from the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong to oversee the restoration. She says the goal was to stay true to the building’s Art Deco design and history. “We didn’t take an old beauty and transform her into something else.”
Interior designer Kelly Wearstler, renowned for her hotel and restaurant designs, has melded The Tides’ original Art Deco style with contemporary touches, using top-quality furnishings and a palette ranging from muted beiges and dusty peaches to coral and mink brown.
Some of the hotel’s original pieces have remained, such as its front desk, made of coral, and its facade of limestone and white coral chunks excavated from the ocean floor when Carl Fisher and John Collins created Miami Beach in 1915. The building had been crowned with a pyramid, a key Art Deco symbol, removed five years ago because of structural problems. It will be restored and placed on its original perch.
The Tides South Beach
Location: 1220 Ocean Drive
Owner: Kor Hotel Group
Style: Art Deco
Architect: Lawrence Murray Dixon
Redesign: 2007, Kelly Wearstler Interior Design, Los Angeles
Daily rates: $435 deluxe oceanfront room, $5,000 penthouse