The Tides Hotel — When 2 Divas are Better than One

chris2x.jpgWhat do you get when two divas collide on South Beach? No, it’s not the latest in celebrity feuds, but a much-hyped collaboration between designing diva Kelly Wearstler and the iconic property known to many as The Tides Hotel.

As the creative visionary behind the Viceroy resorts and one of the judges on Bravo’s Top Design, Kelly Wearstler was the natural choice to helm The Tides’ long-awaited redesign. Featuring her signature beachfront chic style, the art deco boutique property is set to reopen in late fall 2007 with a stunning new look that encompasses coral in all public areas and suites. The hotel’s original exterior will remain in place, a nod to the handiwork of architect L. Murray Dixon, who designed the hotel in 1936.

The hotel boasts 45 stylish suites offering expansive views of the ocean, contemporary furnishings, and lots of space (rooms are 550 square feet). Not enough room? Hang your hat in the 2,600-square-foot penthouse. A personal assistant has been assigned to each hotel guest, and no request — no matter how outlandish — will be ignored.

Refreshed and refurbished, the hotel will also benefit from a new Mediterranean restaurant, La Marea, the sleek Coral Bar, and a completely remodeled Pool Terrace featuring Wearstler’s stylish spin on poolside cabanas.

Elina Furman