The Betsy South Beach
Experience a contemporary, artistic haven on Ocean Drive at The Betsy South Beach. Situated in the heart of the Art Deco district and just half a block from the northern end of the strip, this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel has been an iconic landmark for over seven decades.
Originally designed in 1941 by renowned architect L. Murray Dixon, The Betsy is the only example of Florida-Georgian architecture in the area. Following a two-year, multi-million-dollar renovation, the oceanfront property known for its literary focus recently revealed a significant expansion, merging with the historic Henry Hohauser-designed Carlton Hotel on Collins Avenue. The updated property now includes the original Ocean Drive building, referred to as the Dixon wing, and the fully renovated Collins Avenue building, named the Hohauser wing, showcasing its jazz-era style.
The architectural marvel now boasts 130 guest rooms and suites, two restaurants led by esteemed chef Laurent Tourondel, and a spacious rooftop pool complex, among other exceptional amenities.
Highlights of The Betsy include the breathtaking rooftop Ocean Deck, offering 360-degree views of the sea and cityscape – the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail or light bite under the stars. The hotel hosts a range of cultural events, such as poetry readings, jazz concerts, literary festivals, book signings, and artist visits. Additionally, private art exhibits are displayed throughout the lobby, staircases, and hallways, and the Writer's Room offers residencies to creatives.
The expansive 3,200-square-foot rooftop complex serves as the hotel's magnificent centerpiece, featuring a stunning pool 50 feet above the city. For a more tranquil experience, the courtyard pool provides a secluded swimming spot. The attentive staff ensures your comfort and enjoyment throughout your stay, and outdoor dining is available at LT Steak & Seafood and across the property.
Important information to note: not all guest rooms have ocean or pool views – request a Deluxe Room, Betsy Royal Suite, or Skyline Level Bungalow Suite for the best vistas. Pets are welcome and receive royal treatment, with half of the pet charge donated to local dog shelters. The hotel is in high demand during Art Basel in December, so book early if attending the art festival. Beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels are provided on a nearby strip of beach.
Rooms in the Dixon wing exude charm and elegance, transporting you to a bygone era. The 70 new guest rooms in the Hohauser wing, designed by Diamante Pedersoli and Carmelina Santoro, feature a white and ocean-blue color palette with tropical accents. All 130 guest rooms and suites include Thassos and Carrera marble bathrooms, Malin and Goetz amenities, built-in LCD TV mirrors, dark walnut hardwood floors, and curated guest libraries.
Dine at chef Laurent Tourondel's LT Steak & Seafood, where New American cuisine takes center stage. Enjoy the sunset and beverages at the Ocean Deck, or visit the Carlton Room Café for Panther Coffee, local craft beers, cold-pressed juices, pastries, and sandwiches. The Lobby Bar offers daily jazz, rotating art exhibits, and a selection of drinks in a cozy, palm-filled setting.
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The Betsy South Beach is a refined, beachfront boutique hotel located in the heart of Miami's iconic Art Deco district. This historic landmark blends Georgian and Art Deco styles, offering a warm, inviting ambiance. The hotel features 130 elegant rooms and suites that boast contemporary decor with vintage touches. Known for its cultural programming, The Betsy regularly hosts art exhibitions, live music, and poetry readings, making it a cultural hub within the bustling South Beach scene. It also offers a rooftop pool, wellness garden, spa, and fitness center. With four unique dining venues, including the award-winning LT Steak & Seafood, guests can indulge in a variety of culinary delights. Owned by the Plutzik Goldwasser family, The Betsy South Beach continues to offer a serene, sophisticated retreat amidst the vibrancy of Miami.
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