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“MADE TO FEEL LIKE A CELEBRITY” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Betsy - South Beach
Ranked #9 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
NEW YORK CITY
1 review
“MADE TO FEEL LIKE A CELEBRITY”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2009

Have the feel of a upscale european luxury hotel. The master suite was upscale with a high tech television hidden inside the bathroom mirror. Fine restaurant (reasonable serving Kobe beef, excellent carefully prepared desserts. fine wine collection with an extraordinary wine cellar. excellent service, Sip mimosa on the porch or veranda. The lobby was upscale but cozy with a touch of carribean and some 40's. it was like waiting for Clark Gable to enter the room. Celebrity watching is great in this luxury hotel, I left a silver bracelet watch in my suite which was sent to me by Fedex

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2009

The Betsy is a nice looking hotel, with clean and nicely furnished room but, after that, it's not all it is advertised to be. We paid the same price as some of the larger service oriented hotels were charging, and according to The Betsy website they were service oriented as well. This was not the case. I will not get into all the details however, our introduction to the hotel starting with the bell hop was less than acceptable. Our room which faced another buildings wall was next to disappoint us. We were so discontent we asked to speak with the manager and were set on leaving for another hotel. She was great, and because of her we stayed. We were once again disappointed when we headed for the beach. The website states, "Before hotel guests depart for a day at the beach, we’ll happily set up a customized picnic basket with guests’ choice of snacks, wine, drinks, magazines, or other luxury beach essentials", this was not what we found at all. And, there is no food or even coffee to be found before 8:00 a.m. (expect in your mini-bar). And the room service food is from BLT steak, so real breakfast or lunch, unless you want a ribeye. Bottom line if you are used to service of The Ritz or even a Hilton, this is not the place. If you want a nice, clean, cozy place to sleep you will be happy here. But, I think you can find that somewhere else for much cheaper.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Paris
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2009

We really liked this hotel. Our room was quite big, clean and very quiet anfd fitted with flat TV screens everywhere (even in the bathroom).Nice Gym but dispointing small swimming pool. The bar is cosy with nice modern colonial atmosphere.
The restaurant BLT is way overpriced and disapointing, you'd rather go to a real steakhouse ( 2 main courses + 1 cheap bottle of wine = 250 USD).
Disapointed by the fact that they didn't provide free bottled water in the room (cost 2usd for a small bottle in minibar) and tap water too warm to drink

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank carlParis
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Long Island, NY
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2009

I visited South Beach with a few close college girlfriends and we found our hotel The Betsy to be a sort of haven set back from the hustle and bustle of Ocean Drive. We are in our twenties and enjoy going out and partying, but we also love our quiet and downtime just as much... this made The Betsy a perfect hotel for our needs! The staff was incredibly gracious, helpful and friendly and the atmosphere of the hotel in general was refreshing in that it was not like the other austentatious and busy hotels on Ocean Drive. The rooms--as well as the lobby--were clean, white and serene. Perfect for relaxing after a day at the beach and just before going out to a nice dinner or club at night.

Also, I strongly recommend having dinner one night at BLT Steak. The food was very good and the popovers are to die for (my friends and I made sure to order a few for our flight back home!).

Definitely do yourself a favor and book at this hotel the next time you stay in South Beach!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank onebigpond
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Betsy Hotel for two nights from Jun 3rd thru Jun 5th. From the moment we pulled up to the hotel entrance, the stay was wonderful. Check in with Eric was quick and efficient but still had a wonderful personal touch. The room was beautiful and had every amenity I would expect of a small luxury hotel. We have travelled extensively throughout the world and I would be considered to be extremely fussy when it comes to hotels, I have no complaints whatsoever. Any time we return to South Beach, we will be choosing The Betsy.

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New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2009

I recently stayed in master suite which was large enough to accommodate 2-6 people per room as there were two double beds and a pull out sofa bed in each room. The hotel was beautiful both inside and out. The gorgeous colonial architecture along Ocean Drive allows the Betsy to stand out . Since the hotel is not very large, it was very quiet and the service was impeccable. The hotel rooms were clean, comfortable and intimate (with the hotel's personal touches of fresh orchids, interesting books and stylish selection of toiletries in every hotel room). The hotel bar and restaurant (BLT Steak) were absolutely amazing. If you don't eat steak, I highly recommend the red snapper. When I return to South Beach, I will without hesitation stay at the Betsy again because the remarkable service accompanied with the friendly and intimate atmosphere are two things that are not easily found in a noisy, crowded city like Miami.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lhowe
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New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2009

I would describe my stay at the Betsy Hotel as an experience that will be hard to mimic. I have stayed at top notch hotels in the past and always leave the hotel feeling like I could have spent less and had the same experience elsewhere. The Betsy Hotel was the first time I left NOT feeling that way. The suite rooms were big, beautiful and clean. The staff was attentive and extremely polite. The location of the hotel, right across the street from the beach, can't be beat. And, as an added bonus, BLT Steak was delicious and by far the best place to grab a bite to eat within a few blocks. If I ever return to Miami, I wouldn't bother looking into other hotel options. The Betsy won me over!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SM09
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Property: The Betsy - South Beach
Address: 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139-4108
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Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > City Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#6 Spa Hotel in Miami Beach
#7 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#8 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#12 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Betsy - South Beach 4.5*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Betsy - South Beach is an elegant, beach-side haven located in the heart of South Beach. Its relaxed tropical interiors create an aura that is passionately low-key, cocooning its guests in timeless luxury and service, while offering exquisite amenities, world-class cuisine by celebrated Chef Laurent Tourondel, and a unique presence for art and culture that invites travelers to relax, refresh and renew. The Betsy's Ocean Deck is expansive with sweeping views of the Atlantic, offering a Wellness Garden with a full range of spa treatments and sunrise yoga. Other amenities include private beach service, a 24-hour fitness center, and an intimate courtyard pool. Guests can also enjoy live jazz music and signature cocktails in our lobby bar. While located in the heart of the Art Deco District on famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy is within walking distance to shopping and nightlife, yet offers a uniquely serene experience in one of the world's great beach destinations. ... more   less 
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