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The Betsy South Beach

1440 Ocean Drive | Miami Beach, FL 33139  [SEE MAP]Miami Beach, FL  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Recent guests had high praise for the friendly staff, tasty cuisine and comfortable accommodations
Room rates are expensive
Miami Beach, Florida, travelers appreciate that the beautiful Betsy isn't like the other hotels along Ocean Drive. As opposed to poolside parties and a lobby that doubles as a runway, this hotel is decidedly quieter and more laid-back than its competition. And the 130 rooms and suites definitely aim for substance rather than style – though that isn't lacking, either. In the accommodations, you'll find marble bathrooms with Malin+Goetz beauty products and walk-in showers with shower wands and rainforest shower heads. Techie touches abound here, too: Rooms and suites feature the basics, such as free high-speed internet access, plus over-the-top perks like TVs built into bathroom mirrors. The Betsy also adds thoughtful extras (think: alpaca bed throws and curated book collections) in all accommodations. Despite some complaints of high room rates, recent guests claimed to have thoroughly enjoyed their stays here, chalking their good experiences up to the excellent customer service. The Betsy's lobby bar and main in-house restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood, also garner praise, while previous guests said that lounging in the rooftop infinity pool and The Betsy Wellness Garden & Spa helped ease them into a relaxing stay.
Miami Beach, Florida, travelers appreciate that the beautiful Betsy isn't like the other hotels along Ocean Drive. As opposed to poolside parties and a lobby that doubles as a runway, this hotel is decidedly quieter and more laid-back than its competition. And the 130 rooms and suites definitely aim for substance rather than style – though that isn't lacking, either. In the accommodations, you'll find marble bathrooms with Malin+Goetz beauty products and walk-in showers with shower wands and rainforest shower heads. Techie touches abound here, too: Rooms and suites feature the basics, such as free high-speed internet access, plus over-the-top perks like TVs built into bathroom mirrors. The Betsy also adds thoughtful extras (think: alpaca bed throws and curated book collections) in all accommodations. Despite some complaints of high room rates, recent guests claimed to have thoroughly enjoyed their stays here, chalking their good experiences up to the excellent customer service. The Betsy's lobby bar and main in-house restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood, also garner praise, while previous guests said that lounging in the rooftop infinity pool and The Betsy Wellness Garden & Spa helped ease them into a relaxing stay.
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Location
Miami Beach, FL
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Hotel, 130 rooms
Primary View
City center, Ocean
Style
Traditional, Modern

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  • 4.5Hotel Class

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Fodor's

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An art deco treasure elegantly refurbished and totally retro-chic, The Betsy sits directly on world-famous Ocean Drive and delivers the full-throttle South Beach experience with style, pizzazz and cultural twist—the Betsy offers cultural programs year-round such as poetry readings, live jazz, and art shows.

An art deco treasure elegantly refurbished and totally retro-chic, The Betsy sits directly on world-famous Ocean Drive and delivers the full-throttle South Beach experience with style, pizzazz and cultural twist—the Betsy offers cultural programs year-round such as poetry readings, live jazz, and art shows.

Oyster.com

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Yet though the hotel has an upscale feel, it nonetheless embraces a laid-back, beach-y ambiance; framed black-and-white photos of iconic '60s British rock bands add a playful touch. The hotel also features a rotating exhibition of fine art and photography in its lobby and public spaces.

Yet though the hotel has an upscale feel, it nonetheless embraces a laid-back, beach-y ambiance; framed black-and-white photos of iconic '60s British rock bands add a playful touch. The hotel also features a rotating exhibition of fine art and photography in its lobby and public spaces.

Travel + Leisure

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Opened in 1942, the L. Murray Dixon-designed landmark continues to distinguish itself with top-notch services and amenities, including an outpost of chef Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak, a rooftop deck offering views of the Atlantic Ocean, a crafted cocktail lobby bar, and a tranquil outdoor spa and wellness garden.

Opened in 1942, the L. Murray Dixon-designed landmark continues to distinguish itself with top-notch services and amenities, including an outpost of chef Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak, a rooftop deck offering views of the Atlantic Ocean, a crafted cocktail lobby bar, and a tranquil outdoor spa and wellness garden.

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In a prime location across from the beach and close to shops and restaurants, the hotel offers a variety of room types and four different color schemes, such as coral and natural wheat. All guest rooms feature highlights, such as luxurious bedding, upgraded technology, a small book library and walk-in showers.

In a prime location across from the beach and close to shops and restaurants, the hotel offers a variety of room types and four different color schemes, such as coral and natural wheat. All guest rooms feature highlights, such as luxurious bedding, upgraded technology, a small book library and walk-in showers.

Condé Nast Traveler

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With its spacious accommodations, helpful staff, and breezy feel, The Betsy is really the only choice for someone who wants to be a part of the Ocean Drive action without being a part of the Ocean Drive craziness.

With its spacious accommodations, helpful staff, and breezy feel, The Betsy is really the only choice for someone who wants to be a part of the Ocean Drive action without being a part of the Ocean Drive craziness.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 3845 have reviewed the The Betsy South Beach, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3845 reviews 4.5 (based on 3845 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Betsy is home to 130 accommodations. Each room and suite contains a curated library of books and yoga mats, among other unique amenities. Decor is mostly white with accents of blue, purple, yellow or coral, and standard room features include beds dressed in Sferra linens, plush bathrobes and marble bathrooms with mirrors that have built-in LCD TVs.
  • Daily resort fee covers in-room Wi-Fi access
Nightly resort fee$40

Standard room size250-275 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Located on Ocean Drive, which is known for its art deco hotels, The Betsy stands out as the last remaining example of Florida-Georgian architecture in the area. South Beach is a short walk across Ocean Drive, and ocean views are available from a few of the rooms. The Betsy's location at the end of the street offers a more tranquil atmosphere while also remaining within walking distance of several nightlife options.
  • The Lincoln Road Mall's shops and restaurants can be reached on foot from property
  • Excursions to local attractions can be booked through hotel's concierge
  • Miami International Airport sits 12 miles northwest; Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport can be found about 30 miles north
  • 24-hour valet parking ($45)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

The Betsy's main on-site restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood, highlights its namesake ingredients in a variety of American dishes. And at the back of the property, visitors will find The Alley, an Italian-inspired eatery serving everything from homemade pastas to pizzas to salads. A lobby bar with drinks and live jazz music nightly and a bar by the rooftop pool are also available.
  • Room service available 24 hours a day
  • Grab-and-go lounge with coffee, pastries, sandwiches and more
  • La Ventanita at The Betsy offers pizzas and gelato to go from a walk-up window beneath the property's exterior Poetry Rail

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesItalian, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Pool

The Betsy's Courtyard Pool is located in a secluded courtyard surrounded by white lounge chairs and tropical plants. Additional seating and umbrellas are provided by beach attendants at the hotel's beach. There's also the Rooftop Pool, which boasts panoramic views, an adjacent bar and daybeds with umbrellas.
    • Lap pool
    • Wading pool
    • Lazy river
    • Family pool
    • Infinity pool
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Adults-only pool
    • Lifeguard on duty
    • Poolside service
    • Waterslide
    • Deck chairs or cabanas
    • Pool bar

    Spa

    The Betsy Wellness Garden & Spa is one of the only open-air rooftop spas in South Beach. It provides treatments under retractable sails that open to views of the ocean or inside guest rooms. Treatment offerings include standard and signature massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs, manicures and pedicures. Nighttime treatments allow guests to experience a massage under the stars.
    • Spa open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Spa packages

    Services offered:

    • Massage
    • Facial
    • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
    • Salon services
    • Outdoor treatment area
    • Steam room
    • Sauna

    Kids

    Kids books are available in each accommodation's library, and children are welcome to play in the Courtyard Pool or at the adjacent beach.
      • Kids Club
      • Free Kids Club
      • Fee for Kids Club
      • Cribs
      • High Chairs

      Fitness

      The Betsy offers a fitness center with cardio and weight-training equipment. Complimentary morning yoga classes are also available four days a week on the rooftop, where guests can experience panoramic views of the ocean.
      • Fitness center open 24 hours a day
      • Additional yoga classes can be arranged through hotel's concierge
      • Two Peloton bikes available inside fitness center
      • Weight equipment
      • Cardio equipment
      • Yoga mats
      • Free fitness classes
      • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

      Business

      Two traditional meeting rooms and several indoor and outdoor spaces are available at The Betsy for business functions. The Boardroom offers seating for up to 40 people, and there is also an outdoor break space with an herb garden. Meanwhile, the larger Gallery offers a downtown loft vibe and space for up to 200 attendees. Other venues found on-site include a library, an atrium, a penthouse and the pool deck. The property's restaurants and bars can also be reserved for corporate events.
      • Largest space can accommodate up to 600 guests

      Number of meeting rooms2

      • Business center
      • Meeting rooms
      • Meeting and event planners available

      Pets

      The Betsy welcomes dogs that weigh 40 pounds or less (or larger dogs with the hotel's permission) for a one-time fee of $150 per pet. Half of the property's pet fee is donated to local dog shelters and Zimbabwe's branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
      • Special pet and owner side-by-side massages can be arranged for a fee
      • Lobby bar hosts pet-friendly meet-and-greet cocktail receptions with Betsy and Rosa, the property's resident canine executive officers, every Friday at 5 p.m.
      • Pets allowed (with fee)
      • Dog walking
      • Pet-sitting

      Wedding

      The Betsy offers multiple spaces that can be used for wedding ceremonies and receptions with up to 600 guests. The Ocean Front Deck, the property's largest outdoor venue, and the Skyline Deck offer sweeping views of the ocean, while the Rooftop Pool Deck is ideal for couples who want the Miami skyline and Art Deco District as their backdrop. Other venue options include an atrium, the Skyline Penthouse and the property's food and beverage outlets.
      • Catering from LT Steak & Seafood
      • On-site atrium is the largest venue option

      Maximum wedding guest capacity600

      • Hotel hosts weddings
      • Outdoor space for weddings
      • Wedding planners available

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