As most refurbished buildings of the Art Deco period in South Beach, the internal lay out presents limitations. Small rooms, limited elevators, no parking, etc.
In this case THE BETSY has done a major refurbishing of a charming old building trying to positioning itself in the upscale market segment.
The general impression and furnishings are pretty.
The rooms are small and the pool is so enclosed in an internal patio that the heat is almost unbearable except in the early morning or late afternoon. The beach is always an option just across the street but umbrellas, sunbeds and towels are contracted out to a third party that runs it and we found out that on June 10th at 4 pm they decided to close shop.
We had a suite consisting probably of two of the original layout rooms, which produced a bedroom so small that the space between the end of the bed and the TV on the wall was narrower than my shoulder. The living area was small and with a very uncomfortable sofa. The weirdest thing was the bathroom which had all the facilities for disabled people.
The air conditioning system instead of being smooth quiet and central is individually provided by under window mounted equipment very noisy and blowing directly on to your bed and pillows.
Although many of us trade location on Ocean Dr for optimum lodging, this hotel is a choice but only because there are no much better on the short strip of Ocean Dr. The Tides, and the Victor have some shortcomings to. Be aware of this before you decide where to stay on South Beach.
- 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