The best way to describe The Betsy Hotel is the following: it is an oasis of elegance and tranquility in the heart of buzzing South Beach, Miami.
Staying in this iconic property is like going back in time, in a very good way. If you are nostalgic of the Art Deco era, Miami’s golden age and like the Cuban appeal, this is the place for you.
First the decor is a mix of vintage inspired elements and modern pieces. Every detail has been thought out carefully. The lobby is so pretty you will actually want to hang out there for hours, especially when the hotel’s talented pianist is playing some jazz tunes…
The restaurant is tastefully decorated, with very comfortable chairs and pleasant aesthetics, in keeping with the warm atmosphere of the hotel. There are orchids and palm trees everywhere you look.
The rooms are minimalistic but very cozy, characterized by predominately present neutral hues and natural materials such as cotton sheets, stylish wooden shutters, jute carpets. The bathrooms are spacious, clean, newly renovated, with Malin and Goetz toiletries. Nice touch…
The hotel is divided into two buildings, an older colonial one and an art deco one, joined in the middle by a “Ball Bridge”, an eye catching piece of art, observable from the outside.
At The Betsy Hotel you can enjoy two swimming pools, one on the roof top with amazing views over the Historic Art Deco district and another one sheltered and located in their magnificent patio. And if you prefer the beach, all you have to do is cross Ocean Drive to a an astonishing stretch of white sand, where you are given a free sun bed for the day as a guest fo the hotel.
The food is exquisite and refined but unpretentious, with a mix of sophisticated dishes and American classics. I would highly recommend The Betsy Crab Cake and the Boucher burger.
And finally the service is beyond excellent. The staff was extremely helpful, which is highly appreciated when you are travelling with children.
In a few words, The Betsy Hotel is perfect if you are looking for a classy, boutique style, and relaxing place to stay. Basically my kind of hotel.
The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Photography by Tatiana Katkova