Betsy Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
South Beach, Miami, Florida

Oyster Review Summary

Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators

Pros

  • Convenient Ocean Drive location, across the street from the beach
  • Stylish, elegant rooms with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • All bathrooms have TVs embedded in the mirrors
  • Great steakhouse from renowned restaurant group BLT
  • Roof deck features sweeping ocean views
  • Popular lobby bar offers craft cocktails
  • Spa treatments are available in a lovely outdoor cabana
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Rooms are on the smaller side
  • Street noise can carry to the oceanfront rooms
  • Fitness center is cramped

Bottom Line

The Betsy is a four-pearl boutique hotel that does just about everything right: Stylish but informal decor and an attention to detail make for a luxe, yet laid-back ambiance. The 61 rooms are a tad small, as can often be expected in historic buildings, but they feature chic white-on-white, beachy decor and teak accents, as well as high-tech amenities including flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, bathroom mirrors embedded with TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Guests rave about the rooftop sundeck, scene-y lobby bar, and excellent BLT Steak restaurant. The pool is small, as is the fitness center, but many feel that the hotel's highlights -- including its convenient Ocean Drive location -- outshine these minor setbacks.

Oyster Awards

We investigate in person.
Like your mother-in-law.

Categories

, , ,

Oyster Hotel Photos

View All 9 Albums

Customers Who Viewed Betsy Hotel Also Viewed

Delano Hotel
36% viewed
Delano Hotel
South Beach, Miami
The James Royal Palm
17% viewed
The James Royal Palm
South Beach, Miami
The Tides South Beach
14% viewed
The Tides South Beach
South Beach, Miami
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
12% viewed
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
South Beach, Miami

Oyster Hotel Review

 Scene

This upscale boutique property exudes laid-back luxury.

The Betsy's intimate lobby -- outfitted in soft, neutral colors -- resembles an historic gentlemen's club, with awning-striped sofas and wingback chairs, and this sophisticated vibe continues throughout the hotel. A grand piano sits near a curved wooden bar area beside the lobby, and hotel guests, visitors, and locals enjoy the space during cocktail hour. Yet though the hotel has an upscale feel, it nonetheless embraces a laid-back, beach-y ambiance; framed black-and-white photos of iconic '60s British rock bands add a playful touch. The hotel also features a rotating exhibition of fine art and photography in its lobby and public spaces.

 Location

On a (relatively) quiet stretch of Ocean Drive

The Betsy sits on Ocean Drive between 14th and 15th Streets, in one of the few areas of South Beach that could be considered tranquil. Lummus Park beach is across the street, and the shops of Lincoln Road are less than a 15-minute walk away. It's an ideal location for those who don't want to be overwhelmed by the tourist hordes a few blocks to the south, yet still want easy access to bars and restaurants. The airport is about a 25-minute drive away.

 Rooms

Rooms are on the small side, but feature elegant, beach-y decor and high-tech amenities.

Rooms here are loaded with charm -- picture white-on-white walls, furniture, and fabrics offset by dark wooden floors -- but are a bit on the small side. Modern touches, such as large flat-screen TVs, blend seamlessly with 19th-century plantation-style shutters and four-poster beds -- which guests report are "blissfully comfortable." All rooms also include mini-fridges, laptop-sized safes, irons and ironing boards, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi.

Bathrooms are narrow, but highlights include marble mosaic floors, glass enclosed showers, and mirrors that feature built-in TVs. Unfortunately, all this luxury is marred in some rooms by the views of (and noise from) an unattractive alley. Many guests report that rooms overlooking the pool are more peaceful.

 Features

Open-air beauty treatments and a small fitness center

The hotel offers a rooftop lounge area with sweeping views of the ocean. Also located on the roof is the Wellness Garden & Spa, where guests can enjoy a massage or beauty treatment in a private, open-air cabana. In addition to the lobby bar, there's an underground cocktail lounge as well as an outpost of BLT Steak, a popular, upscale steakhouse with locations all over the world.

A cramped, 24-hour fitness center features a few cardio machines, as well as free weights and other exercise equipment, and there is a small outdoor pool in the interior courtyard.

The Betsy is pet-friendly, though fees and weight restrictions apply, and the hotel also offers free Wi-Fi access throughout. Valet parking is available for an additional fee.

 Bottom Line

The Betsy is a four-pearl boutique hotel that does just about everything right: Stylish but informal decor and an attention to detail make for a luxe, yet laid-back ambiance. The 61 rooms are a tad small, as can often be expected in historic buildings, but they feature chic white-on-white, beachy decor and teak accents, as well as high-tech amenities including flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, bathroom mirrors embedded with TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Guests rave about the rooftop sundeck, scene-y lobby bar, and excellent BLT Steak restaurant. The pool is small, as is the fitness center, but many feel that the hotel's highlights -- including its convenient Ocean Drive location -- outshine these minor setbacks.

Things You Should Know About Betsy Hotel

Address

  • 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL, 33139, US

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Betsy Hotel Miami Beach

Room Types

  • Betsy Classic
  • Betsy Classic Ocean View
  • Betsy Classic Pool View
  • Betsy Grand Suite
  • Betsy Master Suite
  • Betsy Master Suite Pool View
  • Betsy Royal Suite

Find the Lowest Price - Enter Dates

Check-in
Check-out
Guests
Compare rates on dozens of sites
 AVG/NIGHT 
Hotels.com  
Expedia.com  
Tingo.com  
Booking.com  
Travelocity  
Otel.com  
Priceline.com  
CheapTickets.com  

All About Oyster

You Can't Return a Bad Vacation.

Our special investigators visit, photograph, review and rate each hotel. We uncover the truth, before it's "uh-oh" time.

Go undercover with an Oyster Investigator The Today Show
Go Undercover with an Oyster Investigator
See 70 Videos of Oyster on TV

Nearby Hotels to Consider

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at South Beach
Penguin Hotel
  • Penguin Hotel
  • South Beach, Miami
  • Rating: 30 Pearls
  • Distance: Less than 0.1 mi
Carlton Hotel South Beach
Z Ocean Hotel South Beach

Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 63
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
View All

Hotel Information

Location: South Beach, Miami
Address: 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL, 33139, US
(See Map)
Loading Live Rates
Loading...