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.