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“We Enjoyed our Stay at the Betsy” 4 of 5 stars
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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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“We Enjoyed our Stay at the Betsy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Located at one end of South Beach in the middle of the Art-Deco area stands the Betsy which is more colonial in appearance than art-deco.
We like a little bit of comfort in the hotels we stay in and the Betsy certainly supplied it. When you enter the hotel, the restaurant is to your left and a bar which looks more like a colonial living-room to your right. We ate in the restaurant on our first night and I had one of the best steaks I have had in many years. The downstairs lounge/bar was very laid back but sophisticated at the same time and the barman mixed a mean Bloody Mary & Cosmopolitan. The rooftop bar was nice, but it had just finished a brief downpour so it was a little damp. The views from the bar over South Beach were excellent. On South Beach itself the Betsy has an allocated area with sun loungers and the staff are very helpful.
The only slight disappointment for me was the room. As ours was a late booking the only available room was the cheapest available and we would have preferred a room not located on the ground floor with two double-beds in it. That said we had a great time at the Betsy and recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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 26, 2012
Dear AvidTraveler12,

Thank you for your recent visit and your review! I was happy to read that you had such a great time - including dinner! True, some of our rooms are small, (even if not so by South Beach standards) but nearly a third of our rooms are are suites - hopefully next time you will give us just a little notice and your stay will be absolutely perfect from all perspectives!

Best regards,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

I have been to Miami several times...but by far the best stay was at the Betsy. First class all the way, a boutique environment that's exclusive but not pretentious. The restaurant is my favorite in all of south beach. It's known for steak but the sushi was phenomenal. A must do for anyone looking for the perfect getaway

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 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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TheBetsyHotel, General Manager at The Betsy - South Beach, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Mkruesi,

Thank you so much for your kind words - you used the best ones to descibe what we do here: First Class, Exclusive and a Must-do! I hope to meet you the next time you are in Miami Beach - feel free to reach out to me directly for your next booking.

Warm regards,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

What more can you say about a place? well yes, large clean beautifully appointed rooms. Great bathrooms, stunning roof top deck for relaxing and enjoying the sun or having a drink.
the service was very friendly.
The pool area was an inner court yard so not so much sun, but with the beach across the road who needs a pool?
BLT was FABULOUS food and wonderful service.
A slight down side was we had booked a package with inclusions and I had to keep asking about the various things that were supposed to be included (welcome drink etc.) and so it made me feel a bit "cheap"
A lovely south beach treat for people that wish a more intimate hotel

Room Tip: we could hear a couple of kids running in the room above - request top floor
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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TheBetsyHotel, General Manager at The Betsy - South Beach, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear BelliBoop,

Thank you for your review - we are indeed fortunate to have the best location on the quiet end of Ocean Drive- one of South Beach's best kept secrets. I'm sorry that we didn't execute all of the details of your package as well as I would like - please let me add those items in to your next visit, booked direct with the hotel, and see if we can't have a more seemless experience. Some of our packages are a bit elaborate...but they certainly should add a special dimension to your stay. I look forward to hearing from you about your next visit!

Sincerely,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We stopped for one night only at the Betsy on a stopover in Miami but honestly would have liked to have stayed there for another few days. The staff were all extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble - due to our early departure time (pre-breakfast service) the staff arranged for a fruit plate and coffee to be sent to our room that morning which was perfect. The roof deck bar was a lovely pre-dinner drinks option and the consierge had been in touch a couple of weeks before to make our dinner reservations for us that evening. All nio all a very pleasant experience, a lovely hotel and would definitely stay again for longer next time

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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TheBetsyHotel, General Manager at The Betsy - South Beach, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Holsrock,

Thank you for your review - we are ready for your longer visit as soon as you are! London is really just one stop away from Miami Beach now, so maybe a summer getaway is in order! We have some amazing Early Booking options out there already...

Best regards,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We were offered an alternative room with a sea view but it was a lot smaller than the room we had booked, so stuck it out for the larger suite. Room very clean, nicely presented, can't fault the room at all or staff. Decided to dine at the hotel BLT restaurant that evening. The service was excellent, staff very pleasant, but a bit dissapointed with the meal that we ordered for the price we paid. In the morning we returned to the restaurant for our inclusive 'continental' breakfast. We were handed a very limited menu and only allowed to select three items which were very basic and not substantial and service very slow. Looking at other tables if you paid for a breakfast you appeared to get much better service and portions. , guests and staff, is an issue as mentioned by others, but a good excuse to use the stairs if you can.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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TheBetsyHotel, General Manager at The Betsy - South Beach, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Carl T.,

Thank you for your visit earlier this month, and for taking the time to write your review. I was happy to read that the hotel met your expectations, and equally sorry to read that your BLT Steak experience was not up to expectation. We are currently working with Laurent Tourendel to create a more "Betsy appropriate" experience for the breakfast that is included with some of our room packages. You will surely see that on your next visit, which I am happy to reserve for you personally - hopefully over a weekend where you can indulge in our one of a kind Weekend Brunch!

Until then,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Spent a few nights at the Betsy and it was great. The rooms are very nicely appointed, the bathrooms are very modern and the location is perfect for a weekend retreat in the SouthBeach restaurant/bar/club area.

Room Tip: I stayed in a corner suite which was "fantastic"!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 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, January 16, 2013
Dear rrredford,

Thank you for your recent visit, and your review. Fantastic is a big word for a person as well travelled as you are - I appreciate that accolade and we look forward to being your Miami Beach host in the future!

Best regards,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Stayed here for four nights as part of our honeymoon trip to Florida. Overall, this is a chic boutique hotel and the reality matches up to the descriptions and photos on the website. The lobby and bar areas are very calm and stylish and the staff are incredibly hospitable and helpful. Rooms are small, but not excessively so and certainly more than adequate by European standards and are clean and very stylishly appointed.

The location is at the 'right' end of Ocean Drive away from the nosier bars and clubs and tucked away from the tourist traps. Turn left out of the hotel and you are at the beach bars and famous hotels of South Beach and immediately behind the hotel, you are on the shopping streets of Washington and Lincoln. All in all it's a great location which offers the best of all worlds, however, it does lack the South Beach vibe and pool scene of some of the better known hotels such as the Delano or the W. The pool here, though nice, is essentially a small courtyard with no views and no music/scene to speak of so those looking for that vibe would be better off elsewhere.

Other criticisms are that, during a four night stay, the rooftop bar was closed for private functions for two - a shame that residents are denied access to such a key feature. Also, we dined one evening at the much vaunted BLT restaurant and found it to be somewhat over-hyped and very over-priced. They food and service were very good, but steak and chips is steak and chips and at $250 for two with no starters (or puddings) and half a bottle of wine, it's hard not to feel a little mugged. The same meal in any major city like London, New York or Paris would have cost half as much, but then again you don't come to Miami for a bargain.

All in all, this a proper boutique hotel with an intimate feel and excellent customer service and stylish surroundings. It's easily the best on Ocean Drive, but perhaps lacks some of the pool/beach side amenities that other South Beach hotels offer.

Room Tip: The lift is very small and very, very slow, so lower level rooms to be recommended.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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TheBetsyHotel, General Manager at The Betsy - South Beach, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Hambon,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. You certainly do know South Beach - the Betsy prides itself on being more about comfort and kindness than a sexy scene, as you point out. There is something for everyone here - but at the Betsy, peace and solitude, and a place to have a good conversation about things that matter, come first. As you point out, though, step outside the front door and everything that is South Beach awaits....

Best regards,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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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
#6 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#7 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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