Fodor's Expert Review The Betsy-South Beach

1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice

An art deco treasure elegantly refurbished and totally retro-chic, The Betsy sits directly on world-famous Ocean Drive and delivers the full-throttle South Beach experience with style, pizzazz and cultural twist—the Betsy offers cultural programs year-round such as poetry readings, live jazz, and art shows. The front porch and outdoor eating space are perfect for quintessential SoBe people-watching. The lobby is busy, but not insanely so, and cultivates a social, trendy scene, especially in the evenings. White and flowery rooms are cozy and comfortable, with a vintage-luxe vibe that recalls South Beach of the 1950s. Though the pool gets little sunshine because of its odd location in the hotel courtyard, the expansive rooftop sun lounge and sumptuous LT Steak and Seafood restaurant is excellent.

Originally the Betsy Ross, this is the only colonial-looking facade on Ocean Drive's Art Deco playground.


With white furniture with sunshine yellow upholstery and dark wood flooring, the Betsy's rooms look like a page out of a classic Palm Beach cottage. Rooms are furnished with one king or two double beds and offer mini-bars and WiFi. Because this is considered a literary hotel, there's a specially curated library for guests.


Marble bathrooms feature walk-in glass-enclosed showers and mirrors with built-in LCD TV's. Indulge in Malin + Goetz bath products.


The warm lobby features an oversized porch to take in all of Ocean Drive's action from a quieter perch. The lobby has plentiful seating and the hotel's LT Steak and Seafood spills out into the common area.


A small pool is located in a courtyard, lending itself to lots of shade--a welcome retreat from the Miami Beach sun. There is also a new rooftop swimming pool (one of Miami's only) which was added as part of the Art Deco wing addition--you can get plenty of sunshine at this pool.


A fitness center offers 24-hour access to guests and features cardio equipment, a weight training area and yoga.


LT Steak and Seafood is chef Laurent Tourondel's ode to fresh local seafood and fine cuts of meat, including a shareable 36 ounce porterhouse. The Alley at the Betsy offers pizzas and lighter bites. Panther Coffee offers single origin coffeess roasted in Miami.

Try The Alley's breakfast pizza for a Sunday brunch alternative.


The lobby bar serves cocktails and a fine selection of wine by the glass.


Getting Around

The Betsy is walkable to most South Beach attractions. A Miami Beach trolley is available seven days a week for complimentary service throughout the city.


Taquiza (5-minute walk) serves Mexican street food and beer from chef Steve Santana. Lure Fish Bar (5-minute walk) serves fresh seafood and oysters, including an overstuffed lobster roll. The restaurant is also known for tiki-inspired cocktails.


Mac's Club Deuce (5-minute walk) is a classic dive bar that's a favorite haunt of celebrities like Anne Burrell and Anthony Bourdain. Naked Taco (5-minute walk) serves margaritas and mojitos in a lively atmosphere.


With its robust cultural programming and colonial facade, the Betsy stands out as being a unique destination in Miami Beach.


Near the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: 305-531–6100

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