The Betsy Hotel Miami has been the darling of hip hotel lovers in Miami Beach since its renovation in 2009 having won accolades for being the best beach hotel South Beach has to offer from Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. The Betsy South Beach is not only a design hotel lover’s dream, but also family-friendly with multiple pools and a beach-side service. Between the great service staff and the dog mascot, you will be charmed by Betsy Hotel Miami.
Betsy South Beach Architecture
Betsy Hotel South Beach was originally two buildings built by famous Miami architects – the 1938 Art Deco Carlton Hotel designed by Henry Hohauser and the 1941 Florida Georgian building designed by Lawrence Murray Dixon.
Betsy South Beach is actually two buildings connected by a piece of modern art called The Orb. One building is furnished in a colonial manner (presumably European colonial) and the other building is the Art Deco you would expect in Miami.
The name above the Atlantic Drive entrance still says Betsy Ross Hotel, an appropriately patriotic name for a post-war hotel. Troops were even based here during World War 2.
There are entrances in both buildings although the main entrance is the colonial building building on Atlantic Avenue. The Art Deco building has its entrance on Collins Avenue.
Spread across the two buildings, you don’t realise that the Betsy Hotel Miami is actually quite large. The Betsy South Beach has 130 rooms (including 35 suites), 4 restaurants, 2 pools, a fitness center and a wellness spa.
For those of you who think Miami is a hedonist wasteland devoid of intellectuals, you will find solace at The Betsy South Beach. There is a poetry rail on the Art Deco side that pays homage to 12 poets who have celebrated Miami in writing. The Betsy Miami has the owner’s art sprinkled throughout the building. There is even an artist in residence program at the Betsy Miami Hotel.
Betsy Hotel in Miami Amenities
At The Betsy Hotel Miami, you have a choice of restaurants and bars, and a pizza cafe to keep the family happy.
There is also a great rooftop pool with far-reaching views and sheltered from the fierce Florida sun by plenty of umbrellas. Families may want to make sure you have plenty of suncream for little kids, though, or use the courtyard pool.
Betsy Hotel Miami Beach has a rooftop spa which does free morning yoga classes.
Don’t miss the beautiful golden retrievers, one of which is appropriately called Betsy. You can bring your own dog (with an applicable surcharge that goes partially to dog shelters in South Beach and Zimbabwe).
Is The Betsy Hotel Miami Family-Friendly?
Yes, The Betsy Hotel Miami is good for urban families. It’s a family-owned hotel with a family-friendly mascot, Betsy the dog.
The double rooms at Betsy Hotel Miami are spacious and can sleep up to four people. Ok, spacious by the standards of city dwellers – about 250 s.f. which is the size of a New York City or London studio apartment. Oh yes, baby cots can be added to certain rooms.
We found so many of the beach hotels South Beach very Vegas in many ways. Yes you get the positives like the great restaurants and the weather. You also get the neon, the party people and the noise.
It’s nice to be at a more laid-back yet hip hotel like The Betsy South Beach which has style, and great food.
The Betsy also has beach-side service at its own bit of South Beach across the street from Atlantic Boulevard. Considering children can spend hours in the sand, this amenity is a real help for parents.
The Betsy Miami Location
The Betsy Hotel has a great location on Atlantic Avenue but just north of the busiest parts.
Betsy Miami hotel is located at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach 33139.
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