Jennifer Isicoff

The Betsy Hotel

  • Where:Miami, Florida
  • Why:My cousin’s wedding!
  • When:June 2018
  • Who:My wedding friend-date.
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Beachside beauty.

Views from The Betsy’s rooftop pool and deck area.

Home sweet home…for the night.

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

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

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

Rooftop pool overlooking the beach.

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

Breakfast feast at LT...not pictured: already eaten Cuban Molletes.

The Betsy’s fabulously furry mascot, Betsy.

The Betsy’s enchanting outdoor, rooftop spa.

A view of the rooftop pool from the atrium area.

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

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

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.

  • Children

    Bring the whole family!

  • Price

    Affordable luxury.

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