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The Betsy - South Beach
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (City Center)   |  
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Perfection!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

We just completed a 3 night stay at The Betsy and fell in love with Miami Beach and The Betsy Hotel. Everything about The Betsy was exceptional!! It is in a perfect location to enjoy the vibe of South Beach - but just step inside or on the rooftop patio or porches to relax and enjoy the great ambience created with the art deco renovations. The entire staff was ever attentive and friendly- a special nod to Anthony on wait staff, Robert and Jonathan- bell hops who were always friendly and attentive and Ryan our afternoon bartender who greeted us every day when we returned. Can't say enough good things about our stay at The Betsy! We can't wait to return

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

The Betsy is a boutique hotel, sporting beautiful wooden floors, white shutters and airy rooms all graced by a friendly, approachable and knowledgeable staff. Stayed here for 4 days in mid-May and am already hoping to go back soon! The BLT Steakhouse is a must-visit for dinner - the steaks are perfectly done (don't be fooled by the charring on the outside - it seals all the flavour in) and their sides are delicious and not your standard-issue steakhouse extras (think jalapeno mashed potatoes, BBQ corn). We got upgraded to a suite (thanks again, Kayla) and the stay only improved from then, with Robert not only bringing up our bags, but giving us a great rundown when he learnt it was our 1st trip to South Beach. Bartenders also lent to the cool vibe with great cocktails (again not standard-issue). Can't say enough as well about the location, on Ocean Drive, less than a minute's walk from the beach, great restaurants, bars, shopping on Lincoln Road, but still affords a relaxing ambiance from the time you hit the pavement outside the hotel. Worth every penny!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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West Orange, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed 2 nights for a girl's wknd.

Lobby area is gorgeous!

Drinks are very pricey... $15 on avg but that's standard for South Beach.

Rooms are small.

Rooftop is cute - wld be even better if there was a pool at the rooftop.

Pool in courtyard gets no use really since there is no sun.

Beach access is fabulous! Beach chairs and an umbrella each day incl per the resort fee.

Location is at the very beginning of Ocean which I loved because it was quiet and away fr all of the noisy action further down ocean.

BLT which is located in the hotel serves great lunch. I highly recommend the lobster Cobb style salad! Pay attention to your checks as the gratuity is often automatically added in.

Overall a great experience...

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

Just returned from a 5 night stay at The Betsy. We are a couple in our 40's and we found The Betsy to be almost perfect.....the rooms are beautiful, we had the master suite with a separate living room which we found nice and roomy. The decor was lovely as was the pool and roof top patio. Food at The Betsy is fabulous - Asian salad was to die for. As other's have noted the garbage truck's are a real issue - we had room 314 - and every morning, Saturday and Sunday included, the trucks arrived right under our window at 7:30 am. Yes it woke us up, and the first morning the trucked idled for an hour!!!!!
We are lazy in that we didn't asked to be moved, but the last day I asked the front desk about it ( the noise) and they are very aware of the issue, but there is little they can do about it. The quiet rooms, I'm am told, were the ones facing the pool.
Overall, I loved The Betsy, I wish it was in a quieter area, but it has so much going for it. We almost booked Setai, however we were happy with the location of The Betsy, the food, and the staff. Everyone was so nice. A big shout out to Robert and Joe and the front desk people......very welcoming. I would just warn anyone who needs to sleep on a vacation to be aware of the noise issue ....booked carefully.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheBetsyHotel, Manager at The Betsy - South Beach, responded to this review, May 22, 2011
Thank you for recently staying at the Betsy. We sincerely welcome authentic feedback such as yours, especially your comments about your roomy master suite, our popular Asian salad and the attentive service of Robert & Joe. We are committed to the peaceful comfort of our guests and regret the garbage trucks lessened your experience to an almost perfect stay. We are working closely with local delivery companies and others services, in addition to future window enhancements to prevent the type of disturbances you noted. I welcome you to contact me directly for your future bookings or arrangements. Warm Regards, Ed Ponder, Director of Guest Services.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

I've only visited Miami once but the Betsy set the bar pretty high for any future visits. The property is beautiful and fully takes advantage of the real estate that it has (as most hotels in Miami Beach, specifically South Beach along Ocean View Drive have relatively smaller spaces compared to mega resorts found elsewhere). Service was incredible, from doormen (including the super gracious and helpful Robert, who is mentioned in other reviews on TA) to front desk (bumped us from tiny pool-side Classic room to corner Royal suite) to management (Ed - very friendly guy who took the time to meet us and offer us breakfast "on the house" on our last day of stay). Room and decor was clean and very well done - you will not be disappointed with the huge marble bathroom, the electronic mirror w/ embedded TV, walk-in closet, dark hardwood floors, ultra-comfortable king-size bed, and more . Rooftop lounge/bar offers a refreshing oasis to relax and have a drink above the noise and bustle that comes with Ocean View Drive each night. Fitness center (really, a room but comfortable to be in with one or two other guests) features modern equipment that I actually haven't found in other more-contemporary properties. BLT Steak is comparatively-priced and while we didn't eat dinner there, I'm sure it's well worth it (and provides great people-watching). If you go, don't forget to take advantage of the partnership with Boucher Brothers on the beach which provides beach chairs and umbrella, which are a must if you're going to spend any time out there! My wife has previously stayed at the Loewe's up the street and was blown away by the Betsy. Definitely would recommend to anyone else, and will definitely consider staying here again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

I must admit, we did not STAY here. What I mean is, we were in Miami and YES we were IN The Betsy Hotel and walked the beach there, but we didn't rest our heads in a room. We specifically went in to meet ROBERT the DOORMAN, whom we had read all about on tripadvisor. I swear!

He was ALL that you could imagine. Charming, delightful, informational and more importantly took time out to give us some brief history on the hotel AND gave us a tour... including the roof deck where he snapped our photo even!

I would stay there just to see his smiling face!

Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2011

We stayed for two nights at The Betsy during a recent visit to Florida. Reception staff were very welcoming and we were very happy with our room. We dined one evening in the restaurant and would happily have eaten there again had they had space. Do reserve to avoid disappointment. Paul the Concierge was extremely helpful and his recommendations and help with reservations etc made our holiday even better. Also thanks to Robert the doorman for his friendliness and helpful manner. Indeed all the staff were great. Lovely roof bar, great mohitos....we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > City Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#6 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#6 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Betsy - South Beach 4.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Betsy is an elegant, historic landmark hotel located in the heart of South Beach. Relaxed tropical interiors and an intimate courtyard pool create an aura that is passionately low-key. Sharing The Betsy's lobby is BLT Steak, an iconic modern American steakhouse featuring a full Sushi & Raw Bar. Betsy's rooftop Deck is expansive with sweeping views of the Atlantic, offering a Wellness Garden with a full range of spa treatments and complimentary sunrise yoga. The 61 room property cocoons its guests in timeless luxury, while offering an incredible view of the beach, exquisite amenities, and a unique presence for art and culture that invites travelers to relax, refresh and renew. ... more   less 
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