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
Very civilized and charming hotel. Staff throughout very ! friendly and helpful. Quality in every detail. Especially Andrea and Kyrie made me feel very welcome - a big thank you to both of them.
Fantastic brunch, service, and vibe. The Betsy is the perfect vacation hotel for couples looking to check out South Beach. The design of the hotel is super cool, the live music is awesome and the restaurant is five stars. Kyrie the bell boy was awesome as well.
After a long day of travelling, it was so nice to feel genuinely looked after on arrival by Kyrse. The service was great from start to finish and we will definitely come back :)
Lou and Becks (street rappers)
We rented the penthouse and three suites below for a week. The penthouse is one floor above the suites, served by a private elevator and the suites are secluded from the main hotel hallway. The penthouse is private, but the suites would only be strictly private if you rented the entirety. Nevertheless, it's a neat setup, albeit pricey.
The hotel is nice, the service was decent and the location is excellent. Our specific complaint was related to our expectations when spending this much with a hotel for an exclusive experience. Penthouses typically have associated concierge service, butler or other amenities. This was not the case at The Betsy. We couldn't ever reach a concierge. The hotel restaurant made no accommodation to meet our needs. We had one room issue where the Tv and phones went down. An engineer supposedly came to the room and fixed the issue while we were out, but as we returned the issue remained. We called (from a cell phone due to the non working house phone) for service and were told engineering was gone for the night.
These are relatively small issues, so this review is only meant to speak to expectations when renting the most luxurious accommodations. This penthouse experience did not compare to other experiences for our family
The hotel is ideally situated on the promenade in front of the sea. This luxury hotel provides all the facilities one would expect. Our room was very spacious and fully equipped with patio doors leading to a large courtyard with comfortable seating and the ability to smoke either cigarettes and cigars. The hotel is ideally situated for access to a variety of beachside restaurants and local shops.