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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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“Traditional Elegance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Highly recommended if you're visiting Miami, even if you're stating elsewhere. Fantastic location overlooking Miami Beach with a superb elevated veranda to watch the world go by. The food is excellent, the Tuna Salad followed by Sword Fish, probably the best I’ve tasted anywhere in the World.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012 via mobile

This is such a great hotel- it is right across the street from the beach. The hotel arranges for your chair, towel, and umbrella. The roof bar and meditation garden are so great. Drawback is that bar closes at 6. We were there poetry month and poems are left on your pillow each night. The walls are filled with photos of writers and artists. The staff is great. Highly recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

My mother and I stayed at the Betsy for 7 nights and we loved every minute of it. The decor is beautiful, incredibly stylish and tasteful, the location at the calmer end of Ocean Drive just perfect.
The food quality and presentation at BLT (the restaurant) is also second to none. Steaks are cooked to perfection and the warm freshly baked bread is to die for!
The biggest asset is the staff however. The management must be congratulated on their hiring and staffing policy - they have assembled a great team. Everyone was incredibly courteous, helpful and charming - from the doorman to the housekeeping maids, waiters, concierges... The front of house team - Adnan in particular did everything they could to make us feel welcome and comfortable.
Miami Beach has a lot of stylish hotels but the Betsy delivers on all fronts - highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

We have stayed in many of the haunts in SB over the years: The Setai, the Delano, The Fountableu, etc. This is by far my favorite . The rooms are modern/classical meaning not the disco-romping, thumpy-bumpy crazy over-the-top you get at many other SB hotels. If you want to stay near the action but not be up all night hearing it, this is the hotel to consider. I saw many folks with children, and many that looked young and newly married. The rooms are beautiful, white decor with lime green accents. We had a suite which was perfect for us and well stocked (mini-bar, amenities). The staff was friendly and professional and BLT was a great place to have lunch. Excellent wines at the bar and very homey kind of atmosphere. I would stay here again for the location, the staff, the room and the food. The pool looked nice also though the weather was not cooperating for us to try it. Overall, great place.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed at The Betsy to get some sunshine and a break for a quick get-a-way (3 days). Cute lobby, enclosed pool, clean room with great tolietries. Not too modern like other nearby hotels and smaller feel. Beach is right across the street and we spent most of our time there. Roof top terrace great to enjoy the early evening. Small work out room but good running path along the beach. We enjoyed the location.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

We (two parents and a teenager) only stayed for a one-night pre-cruise, but were very happy with The Betsy Hotel. While the room was a bit on the small side, we expected as much given the vintage of the hotel, so no grounds for disappointment. Everything was sparkling and clean and the staff was very friendly and competent. BLT steak was good and worked to accomodate our needs (exceptionally windy evening, so they moved our reservation from outside to inside with little trouble even though the restaurant was full).
The Betsy is just far enough north of the BOOMING party scene that you can enjoy a peaceful stay, yet stroll easily to the fun.
If we stay in South Beach again, we'll certainly book The Betsy again!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

The hotel is in a great location at the quiet end of Ocean drive but close to restaurants and shops on Collins and Lincoln.
Nice and chic decorating, very nice roof terrace for sunbathing, drinks, lunch etc and close to the beach with bed and umbrella service. It definitely has the feel of a boutique hotel.
The downsides are that the 2 rooms we had for our family were both a little small (although not a problem), and if the pool is a big deal for you then there are hotels with better.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Betsy - South Beach 4.5*
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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