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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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Ranked #6 of 203 Hotels in Miami Beach
Leesburg
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beach Bumin'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

Great location. Helpful staff, particularly knowledgable concierge (Paul). Our too brief two day stay in South Beach could not have been more fun - much due to the Betsy experience!

  • Stayed November 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011 via mobile

You couldn't ask for a better location if Miami Beach nightlife is your destination. The Betsy is in the middle of it all, right on Ocean Drive.

We saw some of the neighbouring properties such as the Hilton Grand Vacation Club, Waldorf and The Tides and were very happy to have booked The Betsy.

It has a good feel, the rooms are nice and all the public areas are well appointed and fit the Miami Beach style.

The concierge was only moderately helpful when asked about Bars she could recommend, she reeled off three or four but didn't volunteer where they were situated in relation to the hotel or how they differed from each other.

That was the only minor fault we found, apart from a $15 resort fee and $35 parking fee. A resort fee does not feel appropriate for this type of hotel, just add it to the room price and be upfront about it. The parking added to the resort fee became slightly annoying.

I can still recommend The Betsy, just factor it into the room price.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

In my opinion, this is what this hotel is all about. If you want to stay in Miami Beach, more specifically Ocean Drive, I would definitely recommend it.

Trust other Tripadvisor reviews: that's why we booked here, why we have booked several times and why we will continue to do so.
Go to the terrace: We did on our last day...a nice view of the beach. Worth it.
Rooms are smaller than I thought, a bit tight in my opinion, at least ours,
Public areas are VERY nice, lobby, breakfast area. Pool is small.
In general, I had the idea (before getting here) that the hotel was going to be very large, and it wasn't. Not bad nor good, just the idea that I had in my mind was not matched to reality.
Beach service was nice, prompt and helpful.
Valet parking can take some 15-20 minutes since traffic is an issue here.
Staff really nice, helpful, willing to assist at any question.
Exercise room? Forget it! Go and run in the beach..it's lovely out there.
If I had to stay in Miami Beach again, this would be my choice if money wasn't an issue.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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West Hollywood, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

I booked a deal on Jetsetter.com to stay at The Betsy, and I was so happy I did! I was in town for a wedding, and while other hotels were charging $450 a night, I was blissfully happy with my ocean front hotel with amazing food and an incredibly friendly staff. Each morning I could simply walk across the street and be on the beach, and the hotel was close to everything! Don't get sucked into bigger hotels with bigger price tags- The Betsy is sublime.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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TheBetsyHotel, General Manager at The Betsy - South Beach, responded to this review, December 14, 2011
Dear Stacy,

Thank you for your review - it's great to hear from our Jetsetter family, and to know that you had such a great stay on your recent visit. Please feel free to reach out to us the next time that you find yourself in South Beach - we are happy to be your "sublime" home away from home!

Sincerely,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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Interlaken
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

We stayed five nights at The Betsy in South Beach. The Hotel staff is the best. We were made to feel very welcome by almost all of them. Marissa the concierge was super and very helpful (the other concierge a bit stuffy for our taste). All of the busmen, front desk people and restaurant personnel were well trained and friendly. BLT Steak is a fabulous restaurant and you must have one dinner and one breakfast at the restaurant. Exceptional food. The rooms were very nice, but very small. No chair in the room and no dresser for putting away clothes, etc. The shower was also problematic. I don't think the design was well thought thru - every time you used the shower it leaked out all over the bathroom floor. Trying to make a walk-in shower in a small space just doesn't work! They should have stuck with a tub/shower combination. We prefer a firm bed so the soft mattress was not our fav! The pool area was also disappointing. We loved South Beach and will return. Not sure at this price point I would come back to The Betsy but if we did it would be due to the wonderful staff.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011 via mobile

We planned our trip last minute so we first decided to stay 2 nights, but we loved it so much so we expanded our stay at the betsys for another 2 nights - cute rooms, great service, perfect location!!
U definifely have to try The BLT Steak Restaurant at the betsys. One of the best steaks i ever had in south beach!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auchterarder, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011 via mobile

As mentioned by all others, a beautiful hotel with lovely public rooms having great attention to detail. Our only downside was as we were on a three week vacation there was very little room for our luggage. Also having the sea view has a downside with noise from below. Even though we were only staying three nights, the receptionist kindly allocated us a suite for our last night. The difference was amazing and allowed us to get sorted for our next destination! The walking tour is well worth doing!

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#8 Business 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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