I've been to several other hotels in South Beach, and the Betsy is by far the best. Besides the great location, the atmosphere is cool, calming, and relaxing from the minute the doormen open the doors to the lobby. The lobby is very nicely decorated and has comfortable chairs and couches to relax -- even a few checkers games set up and the NYTimes available. The bar is very attractive (as well as the bartenders) -- great drinks served every time.
The rooms were immaculate and well-decorated. The bathroom was a bit small, but how much time do you spend in the bathroom anyway?
The roof deck has a perfect ocean view and breezes. The retractable sail shades provided shade when needed. Lots of comfy couches and chairs to lounge around in, and a few chaise lounges for sunbathing. A great place to take a book and read, or sit and chat with friends.
The Spa was great. It was smaller than I expected based on the brochure, but that ended up not mattering because the services were great. I had two massages and a facial during my stay and enjoyed them all. The manager/scheduler was extremely nice and accomodating. The therapists/technicians were happy and made me feel relaxed as soon as I arrived. I thought it might be too hot to enjoy the services on the roof deck, but I was wrong. With the fan going and cool towels on my neck it was perfect.
The restaurant, BLT, was fab-u-lous!!! Expensive, but worth every penny. I had the best filet mignon I've had in years. Their popovers are to die for.
The staff is simply amazing. The doormen, front desk staff, Paul the concierge, wait staff, cleaning staff -- everyone -- is helpful and friendly.
I don't know what else to say except The Betsy is the only hotel I will go to when I'm in South Beach!
- Also Known As:
- Betsy Hotel Miami Beach
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An iconic landmark hotel on Miami's Ocean Drive, The Betsy Hotel is a stunning colonial masterpiece offering a serene escape with exceptional cuisine, a rooftop solarium and spa with sweeping sea views. This beachfront property enables guests to enjoy the white sand and turquoise waters where Beach Butlers will attend to their every need. The hotel also created a peaceful sanctuary in its secluded courtyard where guests can enjoy the tranquil pool or relax in the lounge chairs. Home of BLT Steak, Laurent Tourendel's famous French spin on the traditional American Steakhouse. ... more less
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