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The Betsy - South Beach
Ranked #12 of 207 Hotels in Miami Beach
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Nice stay in a fabulous location”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

The Betsy is in an absolutely prime location front and center on Ocean Drive. We loved that we could walk outside and be in the heart of the action right away. The rooms are nice and the hotel is decorated with photos of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. There is a rooftop deck with comfy sofas and outdoor lounges that is a beautiful atmosphere to enjoy a cocktail in the evening. The main drawback for us was the pool. It is in a courtyard that is pretty blah compared to some of the other phenomenal pools at other properties. We had a super dinner in the restaurant (fabulous steaks and delish popovers). All in all a great location and charming boutique property.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

My (now) wife came here for her bachelorette party and she wouldn't stop talking about it, so we decided to come here for our honeymoon as well. As soon as we walked in, we felt like we were home. Everyone was so welcoming, polite and pleasant. We were greeted at the front desk with mimosas and they quietly handled our check in while we had drinks on the rooftop deck. We walked into our room and I was pleasantly surprised. This is a very boutique hotel, so I didn't know what to expect. The room was very tastefully decorated and was spacious enough for the both of us. The bed/bedding was very comfortable and the bathroom was pretty cool - there was a tv in the mirror! Of course, that channel was immediately turned to ESPN (haha). I can't stress how great everyone was and how amazing the location was. We were centrally located to everything that we wanted to do in South Beach! Also, can't rave enough about BLT Steak. The fact that this is the hotel's restaurant and "room/bar service" was a major plus for us. We ate lunch there every day because of how great the food was. If you want a really nice experience in South Beach, with an actually reasonably priced hotel, this is the place to go!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

This is a great Boutique Hotel right at the north end of Ocean Drive in SOBE Miami. Everything was seamless and smooth from check-in to getting into the room and getting our bags delivered although we did wait 5/10minutes for the bellhop to bring them.

The room was well decorated and the bed was huge...the facilities were superb but although some booking sites claim this is 5 star, it is not...it is a very good 4 Star hotel although with 5 Star charges.

You are paying comparable prices to the 5 star hotels in NYC with drinks at @ $20 a pop with a tip included and parking was $37 a night ($74 plus tips for our trip) never mind the odd tip every time we took the car out of parking.

But it was nice...just a shame the weather wasn't good enough to enjoy the resort on the beach with beds and towels included and the sun terrace on the top of the hotel. We also had a continental breakfast included...it was ok but nothing flash,croissant, muffin etc and coffee, juice....but I refused to pay the high prices for the cooked options....why on earth they don't just give you a cooked breakfast I'll never know!!


If you don't mind paying over the odds for a bit of boutique then stay at the Betsy...otherwise use Airbnb and get a great apartment in SOBE cheaper

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

The wife and I decided to spend our (8 months delayed) honeymoon at the Betsy after reading all the positive reviews on TripAdvisor, and they did not disappoint in the least. Everything about our 4-night experience fully lived up to our expectations (and in some cases exceeded them). Excellent service from everyone - the valets, room attendants, front desk, concierge (thank you to Paul for all the local recommendations and to Margot for the Prosecco waiting for us in our room), waitstaff at BLTSteak, even the beach attendants - made this an unforgettable trip. Yes, there are resort fees; yes, it's not the quietest place in the world. Please get over yourselves - I dare you to find a better location right on Ocean Drive with the beach right outside your front door. Thank you Betsy - we will be recommending you to all who ask, and we WILL be coming back!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marshfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

From the moment we arrived until we jumped in the car with chilled water bottles our service and experience at the Betsy was first rate. Everyone was helpful and attentive. We arrived early and the young men at the front desk worked their best to get us into our room as soon as possible. In the meantime we enjoyed drinks on the roof terrace. Absolutely love the details that make this a boutique experience - great art, in room library and fine restaurant. Can't wait to go back!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Taunton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed for three nights in October.

It was spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished.

Excellent front desk and concierge service etc.

My real gripe is charges. $16 per day resort fee (resort, what resort? its a hotel on the beach). I think nearly $40 per day to park the car and I made one fairly short phone call to try and book our next room and they charged me $18 for that as well.

So overall a good experience and maybe being from the UK we are used to paying a final price for an item and maybe in the US resort fee's and the like are accepted but I think it is out of order. I have no idea how I generated nearly $200 in fee's (with tips on top) but did not actually buy anything.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2013

We only ate at the Restuarant and had the best steaks ever. Service food and wine was superb. Better steaks than Mortons or Ruth Chris and the most amazing bread starters. It is right on the beachfront at the top end of South beac.
Expensive, but worth every cent

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Property: The Betsy - South Beach
Address: 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139-4108
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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:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#7 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#9 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#11 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#12 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Betsy - South Beach 4.5*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Betsy - South Beach is an elegant, beach-side haven located in the heart of South Beach. Its relaxed tropical interiors create an aura that is passionately low-key, cocooning its guests in timeless luxury and service, while offering exquisite amenities, world-class cuisine by celebrated Chef Laurent Tourondel, and a unique presence for art and culture that invites travelers to relax, refresh and renew. The Betsy's Ocean Deck is expansive with sweeping views of the Atlantic, offering a Wellness Garden with a full range of spa treatments and sunrise yoga. Other amenities include private beach service, a 24-hour fitness center, and an intimate courtyard pool. Guests can also enjoy live jazz music and signature cocktails in our lobby bar. While located in the heart of the Art Deco District on famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy is within walking distance to shopping and nightlife, yet offers a uniquely serene experience in one of the world's great beach destinations. ... more   less 
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