We had a great week at the Riptide! The location is fantastic, the beach is right there outside your room, and the people here are great.
This is a quite the interesting place, with several different characteristics depending on which room you stay in. Those towards the South side are louder since they are right by the Tiki Bar where live music is playing. Those on the North side are further away from the Tiki Bar and are "quieter", and I think have the best views. So couples that want to party will have more fun in the South rooms, while families with younger kids will have a better time in the North rooms.
The room we had was fairly spartan with a couple beds, a table, TV on a dresser, and a love seat. There is a closet, bathroom, and kitchen. Lots of space though, and great views out!
The people here were great to work with - very friendly and you feel like old friends right away. No issues at all with them.
The Tiki Hut is fun and I like that they had music playing. It was fun to sit and listen and watch the people go by.
Why not 5-stars? Some reasons: the rooms and bathroom were not tremendously clean (i.e. under the beds had piles of dust bunnies, etc). The beds were Ok, but not spectacular. It can be pretty loud - there is not much sound isolation so depending on your neighbors you could be hearing lots of stuff that you don't want to.... And the bathroom was old style, and the tub/shower drain was quite clogged (we took care of that). Just don't expect Four Seasons or Ritz Carleton levels of room appointments and you will be fine here.
Overall we thought this was a great value. Perfect views and location, but you may have to put up with some noise. The free parking was nice, though I was nervous each night if we would get a spot if we went out but we always did.
Make sure to check their website so you can figure out which room would work best for you: http://www.riptidehotel.com/rooms.htm
We would come back again without hesitation. Thanks for reading, and please click on "more photos" to see all the pics I attached.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riptide Hotel Hollywood, Florida