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
This hotel is amazing. The location is absolutely perfect and we were able to walk everywhere down ocean and Collins as well as along the beach path. The rooms were a great size and exactly what we needed. Also - we ate lunch and dinner there and the food was fantastic. We loved the pool as well and had such a nice time hanging there!! Lastly, the massage was the best. I’ve. Ever. Had! It was so amazing and relaxing. Such a cool experience outside on their rooftop as well. We’ll be back!!
First, the things we liked about the Betsy: It's an oasis of genteel calm at the edge of the craziness of South Beach. The lobby is classy with a nice bar with comfortable seating. The rooftop pool is very nice. The vibe with emphasis on art and books is high class.
My goodness, the staff were fantastic! Every individual we met was friendly, helpful, and eager to please. Our bellman gave us a recommendation for Bolivar, a South American restaurant we liked so much we went two nights in a row.
Now, the less good things. Our room was not only small but there was extra space in the bathroom that was wasted. Wednesday morning is trash day at the Betsy- I know because I was awakened at 7 AM by trash cans rattling, trucks beeping and revving, etc., all QUITE audible in our room due to poor sound proofing. The hall outside our door (room 405) was a breezeway- nice- but provided no sound barrier to noise from the alley- not nice.
Whoever chose the furnishings for the last remodel did not do me any favors- Not a single drawer in the room and no place in the bathroom to place our toiletries. The shower routinely flooded the floor of the bathroom. The bed was hard with no hint of a pillow top mattress. I think there must have been a bad spring on my side because there was a hard spot.
So, I would consider returning to the Betsy for the staff, the vibe, and the location but only if I could spring for an upper level room.
OK - so we were headed out for a cruise and spent the night on South Beach. Our friends chose this hotel - and you can't beat the location. Right across the street from the beach - and just a little up the street from all the crazy SB action. So that was nice. The reception staff and bellmen were excellent. Helpful and attentive. Nice lobby and bar area. The roof top pool and spa area were small, but very nice. Let me preface this next comment by saying that I get that these older hotels have smaller rooms and I get that South Beach is pricey - BUT - our room was super tiny - overlooking the HVAC system and the garbage pick up area. Nice. And our bathroom was also tiny - and NO place to put anything. The tissue box kept falling on the floor because it was just too big for the shelf (if you could call it that) it was just not comfortable. Linens, towels were nice. Bed comfortable. TV - OK they were having trouble with their cable so we couldn't get any channel under 51. Anyway, for $500 a night - meh.
Attended a wedding at The Betsy back in November 2018. It was a phenomenal experience. The hotel itself is so unique and laid out in such an interesting way (not gonna lie, got lost a few times but it was all part of the fun). The hotel is a beautiful location for weddings — it’s right across from the beach, and there were at least four different, beautiful large spaces throughout the building at which the wedding events took place. The service is phenomenal, and I loved their famous popovers. Way too good. Wish I could relive this awesome weekend.
The Betsy has an ecclectic mix of scheduled performers in the evening from all types of music, opera singing, to poetry reading. The restaurant in front of the hotel on Ocean Drive is expensive but the service and food are unusually good