The Betsy, South Beach
Lovingly made over in contemporary plantation style and effortlessly chic, the Betsy - South Beach is one of Miami’s most beguiling hotels, ideal for couples and families alike, and boasting a prime position on Ocean Drive right across from Miami Beach.
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At a Glance
Classic contemporary cool in one of South Beach's prime locations
BLT is one of Miami's top restaurants and well worth trying
Friendly efficient service, including a full beach service, and a knowledgeable concierge
The vibe is cool and arty, and instantly relaxing
Quieter part of Ocean Drive, but still plenty on offer nearby
Seconds from the beach, and private pool
Rated the top resort hotel on Miami Beach in 2017 by Travel and Leisure
Look out for the priceless collection of Beatles and Rolling Stones photos that adorn the walls.Scott Dunn team
The new Art Deco building belonging to the Betsy has a beautiful rooftop pool to enjoy the views of the city and the oceanCharlotte Smith
The Betsy - South Beach is one of those places that doesn’t have to try too hard. Behind its plantation-style shutters and columned façade is a cool haven of colonial beach front chic. Quietly luxurious, fresh and understated, it’s the perfect place to retreat to after a day on the beach or a night out on the town.
The Betsy - South Beach is located in a fantastic position at the quieter end of Ocean Drive, but there are a number of cafés and restaurants close by, and the rest of the Art Deco district is within walking distance. Enter the hotel lobby and instantly you will recognise the soft hum of contented guests. The space is open-plan, and includes the hotel’s hip BLT restaurant and a lounge bar that is perfect for lazing as you sip a Sea Breeze and enjoy the constantly changing art collections on show. There are of course plenty of spots for would-be paparazzi in Miami, but the Betsy is not one of them. Our advice is: stay here and go out to party if that’s what you want.
The hotel’s 130 rooms and suites come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are split across two wings of the property; the Colonial wing and the Art Deco wing. Colonial rooms and suites offer a nod to classic antebellum style, but blended with a contemporary South Beach aesthetic – think lavenders and yellows and whites, dark wooden floors and soft linens. Spacious bathrooms stuffed with Malin & Goetz products, plus all the technology you need, ensure that you certainly won’t be slumming it here. In the Art Deco wing, expect a fresh take on iconic art deco styling, with breezy rooms and cool wooden furniture.
The Betsy’s BLT restaurant is one of Miami’s best, and if you fancy an alfresco wagyu steak or tuna tartare in gently glamorous surroundings, you are in for a treat. Downstairs is B Bar, the hotel’s basement 'speakeasy’, a private art-filled bar with innovative mixology, moody lighting and a unique ambience, perfect for private dinners or events.
Other facilities include a peaceful courtyard swimming pool, a rooftop wellness garden and spa with sea views and a pool, a fitness center, and a poetry library. Across the road is South Beach, where the Betsy commands its own strip of white sand and a well-stocked bar serving soft drinks and snacks, perfect for watching the world go by as you recline under a parasol.
The Betsy has 130 rooms in total, spread across both the Colonial and Art Deco wings. The Classic Rooms are a little small, so we would recommend going for Superior and upwards.
Cribs can be added to all rooms at no extra charge, and the Suites all have sofa beds. There are children's menus, and babysitters and nannies can be organized through the hotel concierge. Miami is a great place for children of all ages. Apart from South Beach, Jungle Island is just a 10-minute taxi ride away.
Spa services on the rooftop, library, full gym, Wi-Fi access, full beach service, swimming pool, restaurant and lobby bar serving all of the same incredible food, wine and spirits offered in the restaurant. Please note that there is an additional charge for beach umbrellas.
Shopping, dining, clubbing and visits to galleries in Miami are all popular activities. Further afield are the Everglades, which makes a great day out, or head down to the Keys.
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When to go
Miami is a year-round destination but summers can be hot and humid from June to November. Ideal conditions exist between December and May, when temperatures average between 16°C and 30°C, and average rainfall is a mere 2.14in per month. Summer is hot and humid, with thunderstorms rolling in at 3pm or 4pm. August is both the rainiest and hottest month – and there’s always the chance of hurricanes during the season from June to November.