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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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York, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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“Clean and cozy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Moved to this hotel because the Loews had roaches. The room was not big, but it was very clean and made us feel comfortable. NOTE: most rooms on South Beach are small due to old buildings. We usually bring extra pillowcases and flip flops in case we feel like we need them, but no need here. The staff was extremely attentive and pleasant. Great location. Any further up the beach and you are too far from Ocean Drive. Any further down the beach and you won't get any sleep. The restaurant serves outstanding food ($$$). Rooftop patio is excellent. I would recommend anyone to stay there. I would certainly go back.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautifull hotel on the best imaginable location in Miami.
Perfect ambiance, great service.
Small rooms...but luxurious in every detail.

Great bellboys who make you smile and make you feel extremely welcome.

Restaurant is perfect, breakfast, lunch, diner....it's all the best!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a lot of searching, we finally settled on The Betsy and what a perfect choice it was. It was my girlfriend's first visit to Miami and we couldn't have picked a better hotel. Quite simply everything was pitch perfect. The lobby is delightfully decorated and the suite we stayed in was impeccably appointed. It was spacious and tasteful. I would recommend getting either the suites overlooking the ocean or the pool. Other places on Ocean Drive can be loud but we did not have any problems at all with noise level.

Another thing that stood out was the service. Professional and friendly almost at every facet of the hotel. Everyone from the front door to the reservations desk to the porter to the concierge and restaurant were excellent.

I honestly could go on and on but really we loved every moment of our time there. Yes, the hotel is a little on the expensive side as is the BLT restaurant, but to us it was well worth it for the experience and time we had. I can't imagine staying at any other place in Miami Beach.

  • Stayed June 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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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the hotel was very nice, clean great staff and right on South Beach (if that's your thing). but the rooms were pretty small, the rooftop was pretty but also small. even the rooms facing the ocean didn't have a view because of the tall palm trees in front of the hotel. for a one-night stay (which is why were were there) it was OK, but for the money, I'd rather stay a few blocks away from the main drag and have more amenities. one interesting note was the beautiful photos of the Beatles and Rolling Stones which were on (permanent?) display throughout the hotel. a photographer who traveled with both bands in the very early stages of their careers had documented those days. really beautiful photos.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Betsy was my treat to myself for my one night in South Beach, Miami and it did not let me down. Lovely staff and service, beautifully appointed room, wonderful lobby and excellent bar. I would have loved to have stayed their longer to better experience all there is to offer, I didn't have time to enjoy the rooftop deck. The bed was so comfortable and my room quiet, would definitely return.

Room Tip: If you can afford it go for an ocean view, it was out of my budget.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is a wonderful building with a very accommodating, efficient and pleasant staff inside the building. They check is in hours before typical check policy. The location is terrific for walking to the beach, restaurants and other venues. The pool is cozy and serene. The two negatives would be the walls are very thin so you can hear everything in the hallway and what your neighbors are doing in the bathrooms and the second would be the beach staff is horrible. They are supposed to have chairs, towels and umbrellas from the hours of 9 am to 5 pm. We got there at 10 am with only 4 other couples in the beach area. It took them well over an hour to set up the umbrella after we asked an additional 6 times. Yeah, the sun is that strong. The employee was extremely rude so he spoil the rest of out beach time hence we stayed at the pool for 3 days while in south beach. Crazy, huh?

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Betsy Hotel for 3 nights end of June, and while it's true the hotel location, and global design is great, we wouldn't recommend it to friends. Let's say that to the question "I've seen this Betsy Hotel offer online, what do you think ?", I would probably answer "Depends of the price rate you get, it's good, but not great".
So, the positive points :
- Well situated
- Very nice, elegant facade, and nice lobby (but quite chilly)
- Very clean room, with several cleaning inspections/day (bed opened for the night, towels changed in the evening...)
- Nice restaurant (but pricey, like in most places in Miami Beach)
- Email from the Concierge a few weeks before our stay to propose booking restaurants, events....

The negative points :
- On top of the price at which we booked the room, add 7% State tax + 3% city tax + 3 % county tax + 16 USD/day of "Resort Fees" (Beach lounge chairs and umbrella). While I don't mind paying for the beach chairs and umbrella, I do not like having it automatically added on my bill, whether I use those amenities or not
- Ocean view from the room is more a palm tree/street view, as we couldn't see the ocean at all (then, don't bother, just book a normal room)
- Drawers and closet too small to unpack suitcase (drawers about 20 cm wide, so forget about putting any cloths in there...)
- Room is not available for check in before 4pm, which is a major inconvenience when you wish to enjoy your first day there, and no late check out option was provided (the solution : take a shower by the pool, and change in the bar bathroom... Not ideal before a long international flight)
- Very nice roof deck, but it's just the deck, the swimming pool is in a little backyard, enclosed by walls at the back of the lobby/restaurant. Deserted, as no one really wants to sit there (unless you're totally sunburned and looking for shade, as it's very well sun protected by the 4 stories high walls around it)

To sum it up : be aware of all those negative points (especially budget wise), and compare with other hotels before to book.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 ( WiFi ) 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 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 Luxury 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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