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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 #5 of 201 Hotels in Miami Beach
Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I visited the Betsy hotel In the summer of 2012 and I really loved it. Especially the dining was excellent and also the location so close to the beach was great. Throughout my stay I couldn't not find any fault in the hotel, and the only negative thing I can think of was losing my phone in the pool. Something that of course has nothing to do with the hotel!
I would really recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Miami! :)

Stayed July 2013
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Our recent trip to South Beach had us at The Betsy for our hotel, and we were not disappointed. First off the property is really handsome upon arrival, and is truly the gem along Ocean Dr. The location I think is ideal as it is at the end of Ocean Dr. and far enough away from the chaos further south.

When we arrived we were greeted warmly by the staff, and that hospitality never wained the entire time. This team works well together, and from the front desk, all the way down to the cleaning staff, this is first rate friendliness. We were guided to great restaurants by Adam the concierge, who steers Betsy clients to the places that are hassle free, and serve terrific food. Throughout our stay the bartenders, the doormen, everyone was just great.

As with all of South Beach, The Betsy is not inexpensive, but the suite we had was clean, quiet, and well decorated. Being an old hotel that was remodeled, they have done a wonderful job. The lobby area is real nice, as is the bar area in the lobby, but little will beat the porch seating on that expansive outdoor seating area. The complaints I read about with the elevator size really didn't matter to us, we are in shape, and stairs are good for us!!

Pro's:
Great location, beautiful property.
Wonderful staff.
Great beds, and pillows.
Clean and well kept.
Fast internet.

Cons:
Expensive.
Pool area is limited, and restaurant exhaust was billowing around strongly when we visited the pool.
Minor item - didn't recognize that we needed wine glasses in our room.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at The Betsy. I would have rated this hotel 5 star but a few small things like no wine glasses in the suite for guests to enjoy a bottle, and turn down service was hit or miss. Neither are deal breakers for us, and I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Miami Beach.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We had a wonderful stay at The Betsy. Paul, the concierge, was very helpful with the process of us getting a boat hired for the afternoon (Club Nautico) and just all around helpful and so knowledgeable about the Miami Beach area attractions and restaurants.

Stayed February 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The Betsy rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed (I stayed in the king suite). No detail was left out of the experience - from a well stocked mini bar, keurig, slippers with turn down service, robes and quality bathroom amenities. The room also featured details that make life on the road easier including a full-length mirror, iPhone docking station, spacious living area and large, comfortable desk. The rooms are clean without feeling "cold" or "impersonal" like some of the more modern hotels. The Betsy also stands out for its service. Staff are attentive and responsive--greeting guests with champagne, opening doors and going out of their way to make staying at the Betsy a memorable one.

Although it is not located directly on the beach, the rooftop deck offers views of the water and the beach is only a short walk through the park immediately across the street from the hotel. Restaurants and shopping are also within close walking distance. Our group appreciated the front porch and sidewalk level dining where we had lunch daily and congregated before heading to dinner each evening.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We visited the Betsy in January. A great location in the heart of South Beach the rooms were small but location outweighed the room once you got used to it. The roof terrace was very enjoyable and a little oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Ocean Drive, albeit the service was a bit slow. The stay was made even better by the staff, in particular Paul the Concierge and Emmanuel on Reception these guys could not do enough for you to make your stay even better enhanced by the guys on the door. The downside for us was the gym which although adequate could do with a revamp and the restaurant and bar area we found out that they are NOT owned by the hotel where the staff need happy pills and should take a leaf out of the hotels staff book because you were not made to feel welcome eating there, once in 9 days was enough for us they do the hotel no favours. However overall great stay .

Peter UK stayed Jan 2014

  • Stayed January 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

My husband and I just returned from an anniversary "stay-cation" at The Betsy Hotel. We live about 45 min away and go down to South Beach to celebrate every year. This was our first visit to the Betsy. Like most hotels on Sobe, the rooms are swanky and a bit on the small side, but the Betsy stood out to me in so many positive ways. From the doormen to Emanuel at the desk, everyone is hospitable and so nice (not snooty like some of the other high end hotels on the beach). Even though we were right in the heart of the action, our room was quiet and it felt like we were away from it all. The bed linens, pillows, mattress, etc. were to die for...the best I have ever slept in. With the blinds closed and the drapes drawn, I slept the latest I had in a really long time, which was well needed. And, check out the television in the bathroom, which is actuall part of the mirrored wall...so cool. The tropical trees and orchards by the pool were beautiful, however for a beach view, you need to go to the rooftop lounge and relax for awhile in one of the fluffy lounges or chairs. One more mention, the American breakfast sitting outside on Ocean Drive at BLT was awesome...everything super fresh and plentiful. Now I know why TA always rates this hotel so high.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Brooklyn, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Wonderful staff, terrific room, great beach access. What more could we ask? We booked a couple of extra days pre-cruise in case we had a snow delay leaving home and were thrilled with no delay and time to enjoy South Beach. Perfect location to adjust to sunshine! Loved the rooftop bar with a sunset backdrop to watch the Super Bowl without the craziness of a sports bar.

Room Tip: While we initially thought about the ocean view, we appreciated the quietness of the pool view away...
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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
    • 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*
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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