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What We Love

  • At the quieter end of Ocean Drive, facing the beach
  • The chic and cozy rooftop bar and lounge area with its ocean views
  • There's live jazz on Wednesday and Thursday nights and sunrise yoga every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday (included in the resort fee)

What To Know

  • Valet parking only for a fee
  • B-Bar is only available for private events

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

SoBe’s demure Southern Belle is a standout in a sea of flamboyant Art Deco divas

The Lowdown

You can immediately tell the Betsy is different: situated at the quieter end of Ocean Drive, the hotel’s white Georgian facade and sweeping front porch look like something from the oak-shrouded Deep South rather than sexed-up South Beach. Inside the 1942 property (reopened as the Betsy in 2009), colonial-style fans hang from the lobby’s coffered ceilings while safari-inspired touches (wooden carvings from Africa, mirrors fringed in zebra prints) add some whimsy to the equation. Upstairs, the 61 guest rooms are stylish and comfortable, with dark hardwood floors, white lacquered furnishings, and four-poster beds decked with lush Sferra linens. The hotel has a gym and a small courtyard pool fringed by tropical foliage, but if swimming’s not on your agenda yet 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. The New World Center, also nearby, is home to the New World Symphony. Time your visit for one of the Wallcasts, when you can sit in a park outside as a concert is projected on the building’s wall.

How to Get There

The Betsy – South Beach
1440 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139 United States

Reviews

Pleasure
fashion61

The Betsy Hotel was fantastic!!!
What makes a fabulous hotel is the staff and the Betsy has a wonderful staff
Let us single out Mario, Fritz, Yusely,Mario, Barbara and Evans....Nothing was too much for them to do.Also, Marcus and woman who is in the hut on the beach. Terrific.
The breakfast staff and the food, especially, the popovers made the experience so great
We usually stay at the Faena but the staff here made us fans!!
Thank you to all of u See u soon

The Betsy Private Dining Event
Tammy L

We selected the Betsy Hotel- B Bar for a private dining event for 20 people. It did not disappoint. It was the PERFECT venue. Miguel was our host for the night and provided top level service. Our glasses were never empty, the food was amazing and the Betsy Team helped create an event that will not be forgotten. In addition, Bertha and Julie helped with all the predinner planning. Again, nothing but the best service. They were able to customize an event specifically for our needs. For anyone interested in a private dining event in South Beach, look here first! Thank you Miguel, Julie and Bertha!!! I hope to visit again some day.

Disappointed...
AngelaG5109

I'm confused how this hotel has such great reviews. The lobby is nice and the room was fine. The bed was very comfortable, but the room was a bit small. It had nice amenities (a ceiling fan!) and products. I think the service at the hotel left a bit to be desired however. The pool is small and on the roof with a pretty mediocre view of the tops of buildings. When we could only find chairs far from the service station, we were barely served and the server asked us to "flag him" so that he didn't have to walk all the way down to us. The beach has no service at all, you can't order any drinks or food and when we got to the beach, we had to wait 20 mins for towels. The restaurant wasn't great and I just don't understand why there are so many 5 star reviews. Would not stay again, there are so many more hotels with way better service in Miami.