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“Great value and fantastic views (if you get the right room)!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Riptide Hotel

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Riptide Hotel
Ranked #7 of 66 Hotels in Hollywood
Certificate of Excellence
Minnesota
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“Great value and fantastic views (if you get the right room)!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2011

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.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2010

Staff. location, extra amenities awesome. Water bottle under bed, night stands had trash and dust hidden under them, the refrigerator had left over food from prior guests, rotten grapes in the bottod drawer. Room very dated, hole in ceiling of kitchen exposing wires. All in all, we had a good time, great location to the beach.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2010

We searched for a hotel/motel around $100...The Riptide is what we found! When we walked into the office it was very "homey". The gentleman behind the desk was very friendly and helpful. We took a look at the room which was very small but quite clean and decorated brightly! We told him we would take the room which was right in front of the "tikki bar". We had been out late the night before so mainly just waned a quite relaxing night! Not exactly the case here! The first thing we noticed was the very loud air conditioner that went on and off every few minutes. We wanted to settle in for a nap but the tikki bar was right outside and quite loud....a room around the corner would have been quieter but there were none available. (Don't get me wrong...the tikki bar was great, the room was just too close!)
After returning from our chilly evening out...we settled into our comfy bed and tried to sleep. We noticed the walls were pretty thin. We could here the people upstairs walking around and our neighbors next door in the bathroom! I think a room on the second floor would help that problem a bit. The bathroom had black hairs in the corners and the furniture was dusty but otherwise it was clean.
The Riptide has bicycles, movies, beach towels, internet use, and many other "FREE" extras.
I would absolutely reccommend the Riptide especially for the friendly staff....just do not get a room by the tikki bar on the first floor!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2010

When I drove up,Easy locale and easy parking, the band in the Tiki Bar was playing something by the Eagles.A charming Sunday with super casual staff,and guests.My room was great,clean and a nice big flat screen TV. The bartenders,are marvelous,Daisies smile will rock you.
All beach ammenities are included, And don't let the Fiberglass Pirates fool you, There are real live treasure hunters on site to keep you entertained! My hats off to the Riptide!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2010

We only stayed here briefly during a cold front, so really couldn't enjoy the tiki bar or the beach. The location on the beach is great, and they have parking onsite. The amenities such as use of free bikes and beach toys, as well as grills in the courtyards, tiki bar, and live music, are great.

The rooms want to be nice, but are are in need of some TLC. They were relatively clean, and some aspects seem to have been recently remodeled (new tiles in shower), but other aspects seem old and tired (bed linens, windows, etc.).

The walls are also paper thin, so take that into consideration. Depending on your neighbors, you might want to be good and drunk so you can sleep.

The staff was extremely friendly from what little I saw of them, and the building itself is quaint and has character. It's very old school. And you can't really argue with the rate. It's also very close to the FLL airport.

  • Stayed December 2010
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Kansas City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2010

It's right on the beach, the tiki bar is a lot of fun at night. Great atmosphere, great music, beautiful neighborhood. The rooms were clean and quiet. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ljubljana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2010

We found this hotel by accident. As we stopped at the beach to have a swim and a beer we first saw the tiki bar. Had a few drinks and decided to stay, because the atmosphere was very friendly and cosy.
The rooms are average but clean. The view is great and you can almost jump into the ocean from your room.
The owner was great! As we were travelling across Florida and passed Hollywood a few days later, we called him at 11 pm, if we could get a room for the night. He got up and gave us the keys! This is the kind of hotel, where you get the impression that they are your friends and that you are always welcome! They even remember your name!!
Would recomend this hotel to all the travellers that like small friendly hotels. Just to make it clear, it is not a high end hotel. I belive that people who search for big hotels with posh names would not like it....it's just to basic and simple, which is great. At least for us it was!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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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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