We were able to make it back to Miami after having had a prior stay cut short, and decided to try the Betsy, which we'd heard good things about.
Put simply: we were blown away!
When we arrived, we were enchanted by the lobby, which was both welcoming and stylish, and the service was outstanding. Our bags were taken and we were shown to the front desk, where they apologized that our room wasn't ready (even though we were five hours early!). They were so helpful in showing us where we could change for the pool while we waited. Within an hour (only an hour!) our room (upgraded!) was ready and it was marvelous. We overlooked the pool from a very spacious king room, and loved the books and literary feel of the place. Returning to the lobby, we enjoyed the high ceilings and overall feel it exuded, and the complimentary water came in handy after a few intense games of checkers.
Soon, we headed to the roof, which overlooked the ocean and was the perfect way to begin our escape from the cold northeast weather. The service there was great: professional but not intrusive. It was a great place to read and people watch if you want to (from four stories up) while you enjoy the warm Florida sun and the cool Florida drinks.
During our stay, every hotel staffer we crossed paths with (every one!) said hello, lending to the air of comfort in the hotel.
I will say that we were a little worried about being *on* South Beach but, honestly, the area around the hotel was pleasant, quiet, and not crowded at all. We slept great, and truly enjoyed and were able to relax in the room.
We tried to eat in the restaurant on our last night, but neglected to have made reservations, so were disappointed to find out there were no tables until late. But, the concierge, seeing us sitting in the lobby, offered to find us other places to eat. We elected to walk over to the bar and were oh so happy that we did. The bartenders were great (hey, what do you expect from someone from Mass.?) and we were still able to eat from the restaurant's full menu. An iffy evening was turned on its head and was the best night of our short stay.
I can't say enough about how much we liked the Betsy. We will definitely come back, which (in talking to others at the bar) is pretty much how most guests feel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Betsy Hotel Miami Beach