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“Lovely place to stay in South Beach” 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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“Lovely place to stay in South Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The Betsy is at the top end of Ocean Drive, so a bit quieter than a lot of the party-oriented places lower down, and a bit calmer and more sophisticated. Service was excellent, and everyone very friendly. The staff is really nice and helpful. Our room was also very nice and comfortable, and though not huge, was generous enough. We had a one bed suite with inner pool view. The pool was very small and too cold, but the beach is right across the street, with lounge chairs complimentary for hotel guests. The roof terrace is also beautiful and a nice place to have a drink or just relax in the sun. We ate one night in the steak restaurant, which was OK, but a bit overpriced and not as good food as other steak places we have been to in Miami. We had brunch on Sunday which was nice as well. Otherwise, there is a Starbucks right across the street which is handy for a lighter breakfast. Staying here, everything is pretty much walking distance so we did not bother to rent a car. Notice some of the bigger hotels have their own beach area behind the hotel (Ritz, Loews) which this hotel is lacking, but otherwise it's a very nice, luxurious hotel.

Room Tip: We chose a room that looked over the pool, which was very quiet, at least in February. We also had...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Manchester, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

My future daughter in law, her mom and I spent a wonderful weekend at The Betsy in January. My son proposed at The Betsy last spring and after his glowing review of all aspects of the hotel we decided to have the wedding there. It was my first time at the Betsy and from the moment we walked I knew we made the right decision. We had a fabulous weekend planning the wedding, tasting the amazing BLT food and enjoying the beautiful roof deck. The hotel staff was amazing and we left knowing in our heart that that The Betsy was the perfect location for the wedding. We are looking forward the big day on June, 6 2013!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The location was great and the courtyard rooms don't get any noise from the street. Beach is literally across the street and the hotel resort fee covers chairs + umbrellas. There are lots of restaurants and margarita places around and the art deco district is beautiful.

Overall, The Betsy seems to cater for probably a more 40-50+ crowd so wasn't quite our style, but overall everything was well maintained and tasteful. The room wasn't huge, but perfectly adequate size, bed was comfortable etc.

We were not best impressed with the reception staff in terms of professionalism. For example, could not get restaurant recommendations or help with bookings - just got a generic list with no info, just rough categories and names.

Rooms aren't very well insulated - you can hear everything from the corridor and rooms next to the stairs are especially unpleasant in this aspect... The way the beds are positioned, your head would be next to the wall to the stairwell.

Roofdeck was nice. Pool is in the courtyard, kind of dark and not a very inviting area unfortunately. Was clean though and chairs around it to hang out at.

I might stay here again because of the location and having things within walking distance. Although, might look for somewhere a bit more my style / better value. Service was the main aspect why I gave this hotel *** rather than ****.

Room Tip: Pick a room away from the stairs, courtyard rooms are quieter and much better value for money
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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TheBetsyHotel, General Manager at The Betsy - South Beach, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Dear Emilia S,

Thank you for your visit, and your review. This was certainly the busiest week in Miami Beach in a very long time - 2 different music festivals, Spring Break, and a beach filled with many people escaping the brutal winter to the north to enjoy very warm, balmy days and nights. I do apologize that your stay was not the usual tranquil respite that the Betsy offers, and would be happy to make that up to you on a return visit, as our Repeat Guests always get extra special focus from both me personally and my staff! Please let me know directly when you are returning and I will do my utmost to make your stay perfect in every way!

Sincerely,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This boutique hotel was in the perfect location for my best friend and I to celebrate her 50th birthday get-away for a spa weekend sans kids. We wanted to get sun and cocktails and spa treatments and have access to restaurants and clubs w/out being smack in the middle of the ruckus of Collins Ave or in one of the massive places like the Fountainblue. The Betsy completley fit the bill. The ambience was perfect and the service was spectacular. We had a room facing the pool which was not large, but large enough and equipped with everything,including a properly sized lighted make-up mirror (one of my BIG must-haves) stashed in the closet.
The roof-top spa was different, not sure how I'd like it mid-day w/ more traffic noise, but we had early appointments. The therapists were really good. The roof top bar is defimitley the place to be for relaxation and full service. We never left! OK, not completley true, we dined at BLT one night and it was delicious. When I go back to South Beach, I will definitely be staying at The Betsy.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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, March 25, 2013
Dear Etakwill,

Thank you for your visit, and I am so happy that you had such a great stay! We look forward to your return as much as you do!

Warm Regards,

Jeff Lehman
General Manager
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Montfort-l'Amaury, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Great interior design with lost Beatles and Rolling Stones pics. Comfortable, well equipped and designed room. Roof deck with small spa. Veryy Tasty food at hotel restaurant ( very European, almost French:)) Malin+ Goetz cosmetics

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Betsy for MLK weekend. We loved it.

-were upgraded to a one bed suite... very nicely furnished, comfortable bed... facing the water. was a little loud, but manageable (we live in NYC).
-BLT Steak and bar were great. We ate at the bar, had fantastic service... sushi was fresh and yummy and drinks were well prepared. We had brunch outside on Monday and it was a great spot to watch the world go by.
-Roof deck -- was very quiet the weekend we were there, but a perfect place to read a book and relax.
-Spa: got a pedicure... was cold and outside. The service was nice (they wrapped me in blankets!) but was odd that there wasn't an indoor option. If you are looking for a spa day, I'd suggest you go to a bigger hotel with a full spa experience.
-Pool: small and in courtyard. If you are looking for a big pool with sun and people watching, this isn't the place.
-Beach: a short walk across the street... had chairs and towels available, but no drink/food service. Was fine for us, but something good to know ahead of time.
-Location: was fantastic. Walking distance to lots of great places, but quiet enough to be out of the fray if you chose.

Would highly recommend the Betsy.... it is pricey, but definitely worth it.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Dundee, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Stayed here for 1 week as part of Florida holiday in Sept 2012 and loved every minute. The Betsy Service is fantastic and really made our first trip to Miami memorable. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. The welcome note and complimentary bottle of wine on arrival was a really pleasant surprise and much appreciated. The hotel is situated at a quieter end on Ocean Drive but only minutes walk from all the main action so you have the benefit of being able to walk everywhere to enjoy the nightlife but then are far enough away to get a good night sleep when you return. The hotel breakfast was average and could be improved with a better offering of more fresh fruit and cereal rather than warmed pastries however don't let this put you off as the hotel itself and Miami more than make up for this. Be sure to book a trip on The Thriller high speed boat ride when you are in Miami, it's amazing and the views spectacular.

Room Tip: Check Hotel's own website for rooms, we had a pool view room and loved it
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  • Stayed September 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 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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