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“Another Lovely Night at the Betsy” 5 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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Ranked #8 of 205 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Another Lovely Night at the Betsy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is our second stay at the Betsy, and I was a bit nervous as often things don't live up to your memories. This did. In fact, I think it's gotten better. There was a major writing theme that I loved. Turndown service included a bookmark embedded in seeds (that you can plant) with a poem on it. The books in the room are excellent, not just the castaways you often find as decoration in hotel rooms. Of course, this being South Beach, we didn't exactly spend much time in the room reading, but I did start a new book I enjoyed and will pick up at some later point. The rooftop lounge was as relaxing as I remember and a great place to start your evening out. Still love the Malin+Goetz toiletries. Still love the fluffy, comfy beds. Our room was overlooking the street, which was a little noisy and not a nice view, but it's a noisy part of town and all in all, our room was pretty quiet.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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TheBetsyHotel, General Manager at The Betsy - South Beach, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Dear brown68,

Thank you for your return visit, and for taking the time to write a review on your stay. Meeting expectations is a challenge in and of itself; recreating memories is even more important, I think. In the few years since we re-opened as what the current Betsy is today, we have Guests who have stayed here dozens of times - I hope to count you in that group soon! We look forward to your next visit - please reach out to me directly the next time you are coming and I'll see if we can't make each visit better than the last one!

Warm regards,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Had an AWESOME experience at the Betsy Hotel bar! I wish we hadn't eaten because the food at the BLT Steakhouse looked amazing! Next time! The atmosphere was perfect and our bartender, KEDAR, was the best in town. Honestly. He made our experience at the Betsy so enjoyable! Thank you!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheBetsyHotel, General Manager at The Betsy - South Beach, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Dear CynCynGr,

Thanks for your review - Yes, Kedar is one of our best. We appreciate your mentioning him. Actually he has been woking with me for more than 10 years, on and off, at various properties. Happy to have him here for you....a good bartender is SO important....next time - BLT-Steak!

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Jeff Lehman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Stayed for 6 nights - fairly expensive but then it's Miami. Valet service was very good, and prompt. The room was well appointed, albeit a bit noisy as it was next to the elevator and just below the top deck. On weekends it got especially noisy. However the bed was very comfortable and Internet was charged.
Bar services were slightly sloppy with no service for about 10 minutes - never went there again.
Did not have any meals there, so cannot comment on the food.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 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 RoadWarrior0,

Thank you for your recent visit with us, and for taking the time to complete a review. We are happy that you had a good time - next time you must try BLT Steak, our award winning restaurant. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Jeff Lehman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

The Betsey has a great atmosphere, beautifully decorated and perfectly positioned. Right on the beach we enjoyed jogging with the locals every morning. We did not eat breakfast in the hotel preferring the better value Front Porch next door.

If I had any disappointments it would be the pool. It is tiny and you are made to pay extra for seats around the pool whether you use them or not (we didn't). Our room faced over the pool which is not unpleasant however it is difficult to see the weather from this position. That said we would definately recommend The Betsey and would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 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 DASands,

Thank you for your revioew - I was happy to read that you had a good stay. Our Courtyard Pool View Rooms are indeed our quietest (and most of our rooms do face that way). Of course, we also like to give you options, and you have the Roof Deck and Beach, too! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Sincerely,

Jeff Lehman
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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!

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Jeff Lehman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

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
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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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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:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#5 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#12 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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