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Betsy Hotel Review

With a beginning as the Betsy Ross Hotel, one would think that the Betsy Hotel South Beach would not possess the sophistication and high style that hotels found along Miami’s legendary South Beach have come to be known for worldwide. Yet, the Betsy Hotel South Beach has become the newest destination hotel in South Beach. When it opened its doors in 1942 as the Betsy Ross Hotel, it was distinctive for its colonial architecture that was stylish for its time even amongst the legion of Art Deco hotels in Miami Beach. With a complete renovation in 2009, the historical landmark has returned to prominence with modern-day grandeur and a fresh new style. Incorporating its colonial architecture with the tropical style one would expect on South Beach, the Betsy Hotel utilizes its floor-to-ceiling windows to illuminate the lobby with natural light. The tropical colonial style is further enhanced with elegant chandeliers that hang from its coffered ceilings; plantation style shutters that help define the spaces in the public areas; and other luxurious furnishings such as antique wooden globes, potted palms, natural fiber rugs, and safari-themed covering on the furniture. The openness in the lobby highlights the light-colored terrazzo floors that are reminiscent of the era in which the hotel was built.

Betsy Hotel Room

Betsy Hotel Room

There are 61 rooms and suites with sophisticated and contemporary colonial style in the Betsy Hotel. From the dark walnut floors, plantation shuttered windows, white lacquered dressers and desks, and the white poster beds, the guestrooms continues the light and airy feel that is found throughout the hotel. The bedding is outfitted with Frette® linens and the room is tastefully decorated with splashes of color that follow the tropical Colonial theme. The white-marbled bathrooms are well appointed with modern features and walk-in showers. The designer fixtures, faucets, and countertops give the bathroom a spacious feel and even feature mirrors with built-in televisions. The Betsy Hotel offers several guestroom choices: the Betsy Classic that has either one king or two double beds; the Betsy Master Suite that has either one king or two double beds and a separate in-room living area; the Betsy Royal Suite which has one king bed, separate in-room living area, walk-in closet, and ocean views; and the Betsy Grand Suite that has similar features to the Royal Suite and includes a cathedral ceiling. Every room has plasma televisions, iPod docking stations, entertainment systems, and other features designed to make your stay pleasant one.

The Betsy Hotel South Beach offers a world-class restaurant, BLT Steak. The iconic New York restaurant has garnered rave reviews since opening in the Betsy Hotel. With a class steakhouse-bistro menu, it offers the finest ingredients, a wide variety of offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Its chef, Laurent Tourondel, has been recognized by several magazines such as Bon Appetit, Esquire, and Food & Wine for his culinary offerings. The BBar is a popular spot for nightlife located in a setting that captures the glamour and sophistication that complements the Betsy’s Hotel image. In addition to the dining and bar offerings, the Betsy Hotel South Beach has a Wellness Garden that has great views of the ocean from within the palm-encased sanctuary that provides a soothing and Zen-inspired setting. A variety of spa treatments and therapies are available for spa guests. Located in a private and tranquil setting, the Betsy Hotel pool is the ideal contrast to the crowded pool areas found in other South Beach hotels. A fitness center is also available for those wishing to take advantage of the state-of-the-art equipment and the luxurious gym setting.

A stay at the Betsy Hotel South Beach puts you right in the heart of the South Beach with its nightlife, restaurants, shopping, and beaches. Located at 1440 Ocean Drive, the Betsy Hotel is just moments away from the turquoise waters of the Atlantic. The fashionable boutiques of Lincoln Road are just steps away from the hotel. Other shopping areas such as Bal Harbour Shops are just a short drive away. Many of the popular restaurants, bars, and clubs found among the Art Deco district of Miami Beach are within walking distance. Attractions such as the Bass Museum of Art, the Jackie Gleason Center for the Performing Arts, and other art museums and art galleries are also nearby. By taking a short drive across the Causeway into Miami, additional shopping, nightlife, and other attractions are available. Attractions include the Miami Design District, Miami Art Museum, Bayside Marketplace, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Seaquarium, and Dolphin Stadium. Your stay at the Betsy Hotel South Beach will provide you with luxury accommodations and access to the things that make South Beach one of the most exciting beach areas in the world.

Betsy Hotel
1440 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach Fl 33139

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