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“SUPER BEACHSIDE TIKI”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Riptide Hotel

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Riptide Hotel
Ranked #7 of 66 Hotels in Hollywood
Certificate of Excellence
Becancour, Canada
1 review
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“SUPER BEACHSIDE TIKI”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

We have been in Holly Beach many times since 3 years, and I would say it s the best spot on the Beach, good music, excellent service, I ll be back in may to see my prefered bartender Tarah!!
Eric Joyal

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Jeremy N, General Manager at Riptide Hotel, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Eric,

Thank you so much for this amazing review and for your business!

We are all looking forward to seeing you again in May!

Until then, a bientot!

Jeremy Noy
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Navarre, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

We were on our way from North Florida to the Keys and needed a place to stay for the night. After looking online at several hotels in the Miami area we became discouraged by the price but then saw a room available at the Riptide. After reading previous reviews, it became a no brainer that this was the one for us...small, charming, right on the beach.
Getting there was easy and parking was not a major issue since there is parking on the premises with a permit you get upon check-in. Check-in was quick and simple and we found our room without a problem. My first impression was good. It’s a typical small beach hotel (maybe 28 rooms), with a laid-back atmosphere and Tiki bar out front. There were lots of people in the small courtyard next to the bar, and all seemed to be having a good time drinking a few beers and listening to the guy playing music on the side. The bar had very reasonable prices and good friendly service, but many of the guests brought their own drinks which didn’t seem to be an issue.
We had a double room (#24) on the ground floor, with a full kitchen and sitting area with couch, table and chairs. The room was basically a stand-alone building with no rooms bordering any side, however there was one above us on the 2nd floor. The room was a quite dated but clean. All main windows (three walls) had blinds instead of curtains that helped to brighten the room. The beds were comfortable and the AC worked perfectly. The bathroom was a little small but had a full tub/shower, and sink (with unfortunately little to no counter space). The water pressure was pretty weak, but not really a problem unless you have really long hair. The view from the room was the Atlantic…just across the boardwalk, with a wide sandy beach and turquoise colored water. There was lots foot traffic on the boardwalk, right outside our window, but it mellowed to a trickle by 10:00 PM and was not an issue. There were BBQ grills right outside the door but we didn’t use them. I thought it was a little bit weird to have a have to sign an agreement that I would pay totally ridiculous prices for any lost/stolen items from the room. They told me Housekeeping inventories everything everyday so they know it is all there, but I wasn’t given a checklist in order to verify. Not really a customer-friendly way of greeting the guest, however it may be the norm in a Spring Break destination.

That said, we really enjoyed the short time we were at the Riptide, and wished we had time to stay a few days longer. At half the price of big chain and boutique hotels around the area, the charm and location of the Riptide can’t be beat. We’ll be back!
Additional thought: There are quite a few restaurants along the boardwalk but beware that at the restaurant we chose, our party of four was charged an 18% gratuity that we were not made aware of, and therefore almost tipped 38% (service wasn’t THAT good!).

Room Tip: Room 24 was ground floor, far enough away from the bar but with an awesome view of the beach/ocean.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

We ended up here by accident because it was raining and hung out by the bar...we loved it. Tarah was super friendly and the live music was great. We will definitely be back. Thank you Tarah for making us feel like one of your usuals

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

Good little hotel on the beach. We had a first floor room right on the courtyard. Room #4 was clean and in decent condition, beds were good, bathroom tiny with shower only, and it had a kitchenette that included a larger fridge. Bring your own drinks out to the courtyard/bar area, we did. Being 20 steps from the Tiki Bar the room was a bit noisy until about 10 pm but no big deal. We were the ones making the noise! Live entertainment was good quality especially for week nights. Good and friendly service from all the staff. Well done.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jeremy N, General Manager at Riptide Hotel, responded to this review, 25 May 2014
Thank you so much for choosing us for your stay in Hollywood and for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope to see you again in the near future!

Regards,

Jeremy Noy
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Fremont, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

Great location. Many locals at the bar, when we arrived in jeans and were walking through the area with bags, someone yelled welcome! And everybody clapped! 15 min walk to many good restaurants on beach. Nice brick boardwalk with lots of activity. Great view of ocean. No breakfast, but coffee in office. Friendly staff. Bar was loud but ended about 9:30. Room was nice, my only complaint is the bed was not very comfortable. We are both 50 and our son is 13. The activity at bar didn't bother any of us, it was the most lively place! Would stay again!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Jeremy N, Manager at Riptide Hotel, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Thank you so much for choosing us for your stay on Hollywood Beach!

I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Riptide Hotel! We are planning on replacing our beds and should be done by the end of the year!

Until next time!

Regards,

Jeremy Noy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

Just checking out after 6 wonderful days at the Riptide. We were in the North Building, room 27. The hotel looks to have been built in the fifties but was very cleaned and brightly decorated. Room had great view of the ocean, a new flat screen tv and excellent wireless internet. We had a full kitchen with microwave and coffee maker. The bathroom was clean but dated in the old green colored tub and sink. Careful when you shower, if someone flushes the toilet you will get scalded! The best part about this place is the Tiki Bar. The bar staff was great. Princess, Tara & Rocky were all very personable. Really made you feel welcome. The bar has only a beer & wine license, so mixed drinks are made with vodka,tequila & rum made from Wine. I stuck with beer. They also have food that was very good. Another nice feature was the availability of beach chairs and umbrellas. Gene at the front desk was very helpful. We will definitely stay at the Riptide on our next visit to Hollywood Beach.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Jeremy N, General Manager at Riptide Hotel, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thank you so much for writing about us!

I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at The Riptide and that our staff made you feel right at home! Our Tiki bar is definitely a special place where people from all over the world meet while enjoying the view!

We will be updating our food and beverage selection in the next few month as well as our rooms by next year and would be delighted to have you as a guest again!

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at (954) 589-2220 for your next stay in Hollywood Beach!

We are looking forward to seeing you again!

Regards,

Jeremy Noy
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Avenue, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

We have stayed at the RipTide on and off since 2002. Although it has been four years since our last stay.The location cannot be beat in my opinion. Great beach, clean massive boardwalk and good restaurants in walking distance. The rooms are adequate and we are very familiar with them and know what to expect. What we did not expect was the NOISE. If you are looking for a QUITE vacation this is NOT the place. With that said, I did not mind the entertainment all of the time and some of the musicians were pretty good (johnny D in particular), but it doesn't need to start at noon and it doesn't need to be so loud you can't get away from it unless you leave the property. While we did not have encounters with all the employees we did have with some that were very helpful and one that DOES NOT belong at the Rip Tide. I am not 100% certain of some of their names so I will use descriptions ( I hope no one is offended when I describe them in skin color terms) and I am sure the management can determine to whom I am referring. Two office people, Kristin and Will were extremely friendly, professional and helpful. Kristen always had a smile and I witnessed Will helping a foreign couple with accommodations at 11:30PM one night. The bar tenders were definitely a "bitter/sweet" mix. There was a black girl, Princess I think, that was always smiling and very personable while being professional and making you feel welcome. There was a dark haired white girl that was OK, but really needed to be more customer friendly and make the customer feel like she really wanted to serve them. Then there was the blond hair girl with a personality that was almost offensive. This is the one that does not meet the standards of the Rip Tide and they should either retrain her or terminate her. When the musicians stopped playing at 9PM she would put on her own "rap" music that had horribly offensive language. People are paying for rooms and certainly DO NOT expect to be subjected to that type of music or language. There was one young couple there with daughters around 3 and 5 years of age who were cringing even though the girls were inside, maybe sleeping! As a businessman I understand the expansion of the Tiki bar hours and the addition of entertainment to increase revenue. You just need to tweak it a little to make it more palatable to your room quests. There were many other employees that opened in the morning, worked steadily and almost always offered a nice greeting. There was also a BIG black guy that must work 14 hours a day. He was always doing something around the property and very pleasant. Will we be back? Probably, because it is better to know what you are dealing with than not know. I just hope the management makes some adjustments to make the stay more enjoyable for the room guests as they grow the business.

Room Tip: The North rooms away fro the Tiki Bar are quieter.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jeremy N, General Manager at Riptide Hotel, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Jim,

Thank you so much for choosing the Riptide Hotel for your stay in Hollywood beach!

I would like to sincerely apologize for any inconvenience experienced during your stay at the Riptide Hotel.

The issues you mentioned in your review are taken very seriously and were dealt with immediately.

Thank you so much for bringing these issues to my attention. I sincerely hope we will see you again soon here at Riptide!

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 954-589-2220 for your next booking inquiry.

Jeremy Noy
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Property: Riptide Hotel
Address: 2300 North Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019-3518
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Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Hollywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
#8 Business Hotel in Hollywood
#13 Family Hotel in Hollywood
#14 Romantic Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Riptide Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riptide Hotel Tiki Bar & Restaurant is an oceanfront hotel located on the broadwalk in beautiful Hollywood Beach. We offer Live Music daily from 1pm-9pm at our Tiki Bar. It is the perfect place to relax, have a cold drink and a meal, listen to our talented Musicians and soak up the sun and gorgeous views of the best beach on the East Coast. Our rooms are simply furnished with kitchens containing all the glass & cookware essentials, flat screen TV's with cable and DVD players, WiFi, and more. We have many complimentary amenities available to our guests such as bicycles, beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and more. Daily parking fee of $10. ... more   less 
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