irma damages the tides hotel

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

irma damages the tides hotel:

closed "at least until october 1st"

The closure of Epicure – following Hurricane Irma but not entirely due to Irma – may have people on edge. Concerns were expressed on Facebook earlier today with regard to The Tides Hotel, which remains closed after the storm.
Here’s the story: According to a recorded message on a hotel "update" line, the building suffered damage to its rooms, lobby and kitchen areas due to Hurricane Irma. “Restoration crews will be working to repair these damages,” the message which was updated Saturday afternoon states. “Unfortunately this may take some time. Therefore The Tides South Beach will be closed to guests at least until Oct 1st, 2017.”
According to the hotel's website, The Tides at 1220 Ocean Drive has 45 guest rooms. Built in 1936 and designed by architect L. Murray Dixon, “It was, briefly, the tallest building in Miami Beach,” the website states. 

New York City developer The Chetrit Group and Miami developer Ari Pearl purchased The Tides in 2011. Chetrit Group local project manager Derek Evans has not yet walked through the property himself but he has heard through the hotel manager that “There was a lot of damage, water intrusion from the roof.” He said claim adjustors are on-site and he plans to survey the property later this week. “I don’t know the amount of damage,” he said. “I know it’s big.”
The hotel’s recorded message advises guests with reservations through October 1 to find alternative accommodations while those who booked through third party reservation sites such as Expedia, or others should contact those providers. “Guests who made a prepayment will be refunded as soon as possible,” according to the message.
The hotel recording indicates it will be closed “at least until Oct 1”, though it also notes “Those with bookings beyond Oct 1 are urged to contact the hotel seven days prior to arrival to determine the status of the hotel.” Evans said the opening date will depend on the extent of the damage but that they are hoping to be back up and running soon.
The recording concludes with a hopeful message, “We would like to thank our guests who have been so kind as to leave words of encouragement during this difficult time and we strive to return even better than before as soon as possible.”

Photo: Shutterstock, February 2017 

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