The Betsy – South Beach
What We Love
- At the quieter end of Ocean Drive, facing the beach
- Chic and cozy rooftop bar and lounge area with ocean views
- Preppy-chic rooms with plantation shutters and dark wood floors
- Live jazz on Wednesday and Thursday nights; sunrise yoga every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (included in the resort fee)
What To Know
- A resort fee of $20 per night will be collected upon check out from Jetsetter
- Valet parking only (available for $43 per night)
- B-Bar is only available for private events
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
You can immediately tell the Betsy is different: Situated at the quieter end of Ocean Drive in South Beach, the white building has a Georgian facade and a sweeping front porch that look like something from the oak-shrouded Deep South rather than sexed-up South Beach. Formerly the Betsy Ross, the property dates back to 1942. When it reopened as the Betsy in 2009, the new decor was strikingly different. The colonial-style fans hang from the lobby’s coffered ceilings pay homage to tradition, while safari-inspired touches (wooden carvings from Africa, mirrors fringed in zebra prints) pair with natural fiber area rugs to add some whimsy to the equation.
Bed & Bath
The hotel’s 61 rooms are not overly spacious, but they’re full of style and comfort. The contrast of dark hardwood floors and white lacquered furnishings creates a clean, calming vibe, while raffia-covered ceilings and four-poster beds decked with lush Sferra linens add romance. Plasma TVs and a tricked-out entertainment system with movies and music on demand head the list of standard techno touches.
The hotel has a gym and a small courtyard pool fringed by tropical foliage. If swimming’s not on your agenda but you still want to lounge in the sun, the Betsy’s rooftop lounge area, the Deck, is a great place to kick back. It’s kitted out with plush chaise longues and nooks for curling up with a cocktail or a book. Retractable sails add a somewhat clubby vibe at night, making it a good place for a pre-dinner cocktail.
In the Area
Cross the bridge to the mainland and Wynwood for authentic greasy spoon Cuban fare at Enriqueta’s or grab a café con leche from the takeout window out front. For a more natural take on South Beach’s hotel-backed scenery, grab a taxi and head for Key Biscayne National Park, where the beach is fringed with seagrapes and dunes. Ask the staff at The Betsy to provide you with a picnic basket for your day at the beach filled with snacks, wine, cheese, magazines and water. Hailed as one of the architect’s best new designs in years, the New World Center is home to the New World Symphony. Time your visit for one of the Wallcasts, and you can sit in a park outside as a concert is projected on the building’s wall.
How to Get There
We stayed at The Betsy because of the great reviews. By and large, it lives up to the great reviews. It is a beautiful hotel on Ocean Drive directly across from the beach and park. It is wonderful, inside and out. Nicely decorated and clean. The only two issues that I would bring up. The check in window was so busy and the lobby and front porch area was swamped with people. I think the attentiveness suffered because of this. We asked for early check-in but did not get it until 15 minuets before regular checking. When our room was ready we were advised our luggage would be just behind us. We did not get our luggage as promised despite a follow up call to the desk. I was advised it was on the way only to go to the desk myself and find them still sitting there. It was a bit frustrating.
The room was clean and spacious (we picked the suite) however I would not recommend getting a room on the alley. There was a lot of noise in the morning. Pick somewhere else. The toiletries were fantastic..much better than other hotels weve been too.
We did not eat at any of the restaurants so I cannot speak to the food.
All in all this is a fantastic, beautiful hotel in a perfect location. Just be careful of room selection and be patient on check-in.
I visit the Betsy every year for brakfast, lunch or dinner. This 2018, I had breakfast there during the Art Basel week. Love this hotel, very friendly staff. Ask for Martin the Argentinian waiter, he will make sure you have an unforgettable time.
The staff was the best! Absolutely every staff member we encountered was pleasant, smiling and very welcoming! It was the highlight of my stay.
Arixis on the beach (14th street) was great! He was very sweet and made sure we had everything we needed the whole time.
We had a wonderful time being looked after in Miami by the superb staff
The amenities are superb great gym and yoga on the roof
Be sure to eat at the LT restaurant downstairs If the weather is good then also enjoy breakfast on the patio
The best rooms are beach facing and try and get a suite Lots of space
Definite recommendation to stay in Miami esp on south beach
The cost was ridiculously high ($500 per night) the room was tiny with no ensuite amenities not even in room coffee. No separate dressing area and a small bathroom. Would not recommend this hotel at these prices