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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 arrived at 1130am and just before getting here, the power went out for part of the block. It didn't come back on until 3pm the next day. As you would expect, this created quite a bit of difficulty for everyone. Because there was no computer system to use, there was no way to create key cards for the rooms. Nor did the elevators work. Nonetheless, the hotel staff did everything they could to accommodate us (and everyone else!). They were unable to assign us a room until late in the afternoon but luckily the room we acquired was in their other building with electricity. The only real difficulty was that we needed one of the hotel staff to let us in our room every time we left it. But they never made us wait and the staff was running around the entire time (sweating!!) to accommodate all of us. Because of all of this, they allowed us to check out very late (3pm), breakfast was complimentary (which the taste of was unmatched!), water was provided in a abundance AND they brought out ice cream the day it went out. Lots of people will complain about the difficulty of this but truly, the staff did the utmost best they could. My fiance and I have nothing but words of praise for the ladies at the front desk and bell hops! Barbara and Annie were exceptionally helpful making sure we were taken care of. Also special shout out to Kyrie, Evans, Ronald and Juan for their help escorting us to our room and carrying our heavy luggage. Thank you all!
Stayed a couple of nights with my wife and we had a great time. Beach during the day and rooftop pool in the afternoon. Dinner at the Seafood Steakhouse at the hotel. Will Def be staying again in the future.
Terrible room. No room at all for hanging clothes. The worst view I've ever had in a hotel. Surrounded by large noisy air conditioning units on the balcony. Loud, disruptive neighbours and the hotel staff did nothing about this. Very young hotel staff, limited experience.
Dog foul on the corridor.
Room service trays left for over 24 hours on the top floor corridor.
Totally useless reception staff when faced with a problem or request
Only plus was the restaurant staff on the main street.
The hotel/website pictures tell a very different story to what you actually get, excellent photography work! DO NOT BOOK THIS HOTEL. We checked out 2 days early and moved hotel's, as a final disappointment, the hotel refused a refund. Great customer service. If I ran my business like this I wouldn't have one.
Was here for three nights over the Memorial weekend. We had a warm welcome with a glass of champagne. Our room was in the renovated art-deco wing which got some getting used to in finding it! It involved a lift to the third floor, then a walk along a corridor, followed by another lift down to the second floor! However the room was a good size and overlooked the inner court yard. The room was clean. the amenities good, the shower very good and the air-con worked perfectly. There were just two downsides. Firstly it was very noisy overnight (perhaps due to all the parties) and a couple of members of staff had an attitude problem.
Would be my first choice if we came back to Miami.
The Betsy is one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in! It is gorgeous and has everything you need to relax and enjoy South Beach. The location is perfect and convenient, and the hotel’s restaurants are top notch.
The best part of The Betsy is the staff! When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly and helpful bellhop, Andrew. He even welcomed us with champagne! Andrew helped us throughout our stay and answered all of our questions. He is a true professional!
If you need tips on what to do and where to go in Miami, go see Paul. He knows everything there is to know about Miami and all of his recommendations were on point! He connected us with an amazing, private boat ride which was unforgettable. Our weekend would not have been the same without Paul.
The rest of the staff was kind, social, and friendly. I don’t remember all of their names but I wish I could give them an individual shout out.
We were lucky enough to chat with one of the owners and meet the Betsy’s sweet goldens. He took the time to speak to us and was just a pleasure.
This place is the best. I’m already planning my next trip back to The Betsy! 🏖💕🎉