Jennifer Isicoff

The Betsy Hotel

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The Betsy Hotel Beachside beauty.

Beachside beauty.

The Betsy Hotel Home sweet home… for the night.

Home sweet home… for the night.

The Betsy Hotel The Betsy’s fabulously furry mascot, Betsy.

The Betsy’s fabulously furry mascot, Betsy.

The Betsy Hotel The hotel lobby’s many idiosyncrasies allow it to embody old Hollywood glamour with a touch of modern detail.

The hotel lobby’s many idiosyncrasies allow it to embody old Hollywood glamour with a touch of modern detail.

The Betsy Hotel My lovely room at The Betsy. Not pictured are two spacious balconies overlooking the hotel atrium.

My lovely room at The Betsy. Not pictured are two spacious balconies overlooking the hotel atrium.

The Betsy Hotel The Betsy Orb connects the hotel’s colonial wing to the art deco wing.

The Betsy Orb connects the hotel’s colonial wing to the art deco wing.

The Betsy Hotel The Ocean Front Deck is a great spot to take in the morning’s sights and sounds.

The Ocean Front Deck is a great spot to take in the morning’s sights and sounds.

The Betsy Hotel Famed in-house library featuring work by Pulitzer Prize finalist Hyam Plutzik, a patriarch of the Betsy’s proprietors.

Famed in-house library featuring work by Pulitzer Prize finalist Hyam Plutzik, a patriarch of the Betsy’s proprietors.

The Betsy Hotel The delightful rooftop pool overlooking the beach.

The delightful rooftop pool overlooking the beach.

The Betsy Hotel The Atrium.

The Atrium.

The Betsy Hotel Seafood artistry.

Seafood artistry.

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. And Betsy, the hotel mascot, is a dream!

  • Showcasing some of Miami’s finest musical talents, the hotel offers live music 7 nights a week including the best live Jazz on South Beach.

  • Environmental consciousness: The Betsy is a founding member of Miami Beach’s “#PlasticFreeMB” campaign; uses locally sourced ingredients in their restaurants, natural products at the spa, organic cleaning supplies; and features eco-conscious appliances and interiors.

  • So hard to leave!

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique hotel

  • Vibe

    A marriage of art deco, contemporary Floridan Georgian, 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.

  • Health & Wellness

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

  • Restaurant

    LT Steak & Seafood and The Alley are the hotel's two delicious restaurants.

  • Bar

    Yes. You can also enjoy live music at the lobby bar 7 nights a week. hey also have a rooftop bar at the Rooftop Pool Deck

  • Minibar

    Nicely stocked minibar.

  • Children

    Bring the whole family!

  • Price

    Affordable luxury.

  • Website

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