Sense of Place
The Betsy sits on the famous Ocean Drive 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. It retains its history and heritage while showcasing 21st-century style and flair.
Rooms at The Betsy South Beach
The Betsy’s rooms and suites, much like the rest of the hotel, are elegant and traditional in their design, with a tropical, low-key vibe. Features include plantation-style shutters and rich dark wood floors, and the bathrooms are hewn from Thassos marble.
The ocean blue, white and coral colour theme and whitewashed oak and striped furniture lend 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 architect L. Murray Dixon with a funky, vintage design. Splash out on the Skyline Penthouse for a quintessential Miami experience.
Food & Drink
LT Steak & Seafood 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, including salads, sandwiches and other light bites, which you can enjoy on the terrace on Ocean Drive. Try the artisan pizzas in The Alley, and in the evening, linger over cocktails and live jazz in the elegant Lobby Bar, or relax poolside with a glass of wine.
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's rooftop pool is a stunning place to watch the sun go down over the city, and the hotel is also home to the only outdoor spa in Miami Beach. The Wellness Garden is an inviting space of wood, stone, canvas sails and private cabanas on one of the scenic rooftop Ocean Decks, which offer sweeping views of Miami and the Atlantic. The wide range of therapies and treatments use organic, plant-based products. Yoga classes are also held on deck, and a sunrise class is a great way to start the day. If you fancy a workout, there is a 24-hour fitness centre.
Activities at The Betsy South Beach
Indulge in private beach service on the sands, right on the doorstep, while you should also immerse yourself in Miami's unique cultural vibe - it 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, make a beeline for 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.
The Betsy taps into Miami's rich arts scene with its PACE (Philanthropy, Arts, Culture, Education) programme, which showcases art, music and literature throughout the hotel, including distinctive artworks such as the Orb bridge and the Poetry Rail - poems etched into metal by water jets - as well as limited edition photography prints and specially selected books in each room, carefully curated playlists and a jam-packed calendar of events.