Jennifer Isicoff

The Betsy Hotel

with Jennifer Isicoff
  • Where:Miami, Florida

  • Why:My cousin’s wedding!

  • When:June 2018

  • Who:My wedding friend-date.

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Highs & Lows

  • A true renaissance hotel, The Betsy is home to an unusually large collection of literary and visual artwork-most of which is by local Miami artists.

  • The hotel sponsors a writer in residence program. The writer in residence is provided a complimentary room in return for providing creative work.

  • The Betsy is a historical masterpiece best observed through a brief guided tour-definitely ask for one!

  • The hotel is pet-friendly - please see photo of Betsy the hotel mascot above for reference.

  • Showcasing some of Miami’s finest musical talents, the hotel offers live music 6 nights a week including the best live Jazz on South Beach.

  • Breakfast! Specifically, the Cuban Molletes at LT (not pictured in the photo of breakfast-as it was eaten before it touched the table)

    The Barometer

    • Design

    • Website

    • Life Changing

    • Environmental Consciousness

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Stealable Stuff

    • Refer a Friend

    Total: 47/50

    Important Bits

    • Type

      Boutique hotel

    • Vibe

      A marriage of art deco, contemporary colonial, and rock and roll.

    • Location

      Located right on Miami’s historic Ocean Drive, this hotel is across the street from one of Miami’s most stunning beaches.

    • Rooms

      130

    • Music

      Perhaps the birth of a new genre: Tropical Jazz.

    • Year Opened

      Constructed by L. Murray Dixon, The Betsy first opened as, The Betsy Ross Hotel, in 1942. An anchor of architectural consistency despite its ever-changing surroundings. The Betsy Ross was one of the few structures to maintain its Florida-Georgian façade as art deco design dominated Miami. The Betsy Ross exterior was completely renovated in 2003 and was reborn as the boutique hotel, The Betsy, in 2006. After a complete interior and exterior renovation, the spectacularly timeless Betsy, reopened in 2009.

    • Designed By

      The Betsy is the brainchild of a masterful meeting of architectural and interior design minds. The original building architects were L. Murray Dixon and Henry Hohauser. While the interior is the product of Diamante Pedersoli and Carmelina Santoro.

    • Pool/Gym

      Yes, the gym is perfect for a quick vacation workout and the hotel boasts two pools. The rooftop pool is particularly amazing.

    • Restaurant

      LT and The Alley are the hotels two delicious restaurants.

    • Bar

      Yes. You can also enjoy live music at the lobby bar 6 nights a week.

    • Minibar

      No mini bar. However, there is a yummy tray of snacks in the room.

    • Wifi

      Yes, it is complimentary for hotel guests.

    • Children

      Bring the whole family!

    • Price

      Affordable luxury.

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