My new wife and I have just returned from a brief stay at the Besty on our last night of Honeymoon. The hotel location is superb if you want to be in the heart of South Beach, with Ocean Drive and Miami beach on the doorstep of the building.
The important thing about The Betsy is that it manages to provide a beautiful boutique hotel that achieves everything a small boutique should do. The furnishings are esoteric and comfortable, the rooms are tastefully decorated and the restaurant is amazing (there are few finer spots to people watch than from the outside space of the BLT or the wonderful roof terrace).
As a boutique, it doesn't have the size and scale of some of the larger hotels further up the beach. The rooms are not large and the pool is suitable for cooling off and doing a few short lengths but there is no loud pool party atmosphere or tiki bar style drinking atmosphere, this is certainly a plus as (although I enjoy the alternative sometimes) you come to this hotel to savour a slice of tranquillity a few metres from the mayhem of Miami's biggest party district.
The key advantage of a smaller hotel over a larger resort style accommodation is the ability to provide a more personal style of service. This is where The Betsy excels! I asked the concierge prior to our arrival for a couple of things for our honeymoon and my requests by email were replied to promptly. We received prosseco on arrival (which appears to be delightfully standard at that time of day) and a congratulations on our wedding with a room upgrade and some extra, very kind offerings for free. This was far beyond what I had requested or expected. Even though we were staying in Miami for about 5 hours after checking out, the hotel informed us that the Betsy was still our base if we wished it to be and all amenities were at our disposal until we left for the airport. This type of attention to detail in customer service, along with a series of other attentive actions from the staff, really set this hotel apart from others I've stayed with.
It is a little pricey but it is South Beach and it is certainly worth it.I would absolutely recommend the Betsy and we're most excited about returning in the future.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Betsy Hotel Miami Beach