Sense of Place
The Betsy is located in the heart of Miami’s fashionable South Beach, the most iconic neighbourhood in an iconic city. Famous for its pastel-coloured Art Deco architecture and vibrant nightlife, South Beach is instantly recognisable, and The Betsy, built in 1942, is a local landmark.
Rooms at The Betsy
The Betsy’s rooms and suites, much like the rest of the hotel, are elegant and traditional in their design. Features include plantation-style shutters, rich dark wood floors, and bathrooms hewn from Thassos marble. Striped upholstery lends a beachy feel to the rooms, to match the views over the golden sands and the Atlantic Ocean, which can be enjoyed from the Royal Suites. Rooms in the Art Deco wing pay tribute to L. Murray Dixon, who designed the hotel along with many other iconic South Beach buildings, with a funky, vintage design.
Food & Drink
LT Steak & Seafood, the hotel’s in-house restaurant, is an acclaimed eatery which draws visitors from across the city. The brainchild of award-winning chef Laurent Tourondel, the restaurant specialises, as its name suggests, in sumptuous steak and fresh seafood – but offers much more besides. The lunch and dinner menus feature a range of steak and seafood options alongside salads, sandwiches and other light bites. In the evening, enjoy cocktails and live jazz in the elegant Lobby Bar.
At breakfast, you can start the day in hearty, all-American style with stacks of pancakes and waffles, steak and eggs or huevos rancheros; or opt for something healthier such as fresh fruit or granola.
The Betsy is home to the only outdoor spa in Miami Beach, an area of wood, stone, canvas sails and private cabanas on the scenic rooftop Ocean Deck. A range of therapies and treatments are on offer, all based on the use of organic, plant-based products. Yoga classes are also held on the Ocean Deck, and a sunrise class (held four days per week) is a great way to start the day. The hotel’s rooftop pool is a stunning place to watch the sun go down over the city.
Activities at The Betsy
Miami is a vibrant city and a hub of artistic activity. Those who are interested in urban art should head to the Wynwood Walls, an area of ever-changing, but always eye-catching, colourful street murals and graffiti by artists from around the world. If your tastes are a little more traditional, head to the Vizcaya Museum, a lavishly grand villa built in the early-20th century by the industrialist James Deering. Older still – in a sense – is the Ancient Spanish Monastery, built in Segovia in 1141 and bought by media tycoon William Randolph Hearst in 1925. The church was dissembled, shipped to America, and reconstructed, brick by brick.