The hotel has a colonial style that stands out from any other hotel in Miami. Crisp, contemporary and chic, it isn't hard to see why The Betsy bears a Small Leading Hotel label. Its white washed boarded exteriors complete with arched front porch with rattan furniture, leads inside a spotless soothing casual steakhouse (the BLT Steakhouse). Adorned with floor to ceiling windows, potted palm trees, comfortable couches, the elegant African themed restaurant takes up the entire lobby. The reception desk, where a friendly face awaits to greet you, is just opposite the entrance. To the right of the main door is the bar area of the BLT Restaurant. Adjacent you will find the chic evening B Bar lounge with its black bouncy stretch vinyl ceiling. The bar is at the height of Miami contemporary chic. Back into the lobby, an elevator takes guests up three floors of rooms. Behind the elevator shaft you will find a small art gallery area boasting rare photographs taken by famous artists from across the globe.
A detail which really makes The Betsy what it is today, is its fantastic photography collection that hangs throughout the corridors and restaurant. Although technically the hotel rents them from Rock Archive, they are originals and give the hotel unrivalled charm.
Upstairs on the rooftop is a peaceful haven of decking and trellises of lush green vegetation, creating the perfect solarium for guests not wanting to venture out to the beach. To the back of the deck is a sensual zen spa with outdoor massage tables and soothing music that is well worth a try. If you fancy a dip at the hotel, you can also make the most of the pool in the backyard. Private and calm, the pool is handy, but the downside is that it does remain in the shadow for most of the day, meaning that the solarium will be your best bet for the ultimate tan.
The hotel is filled with pretty objects that add a personal touch to an atmosphere that may otherwise have been cold. The overall atmosphere is that of a cosy South African lodge, which is the only one of its kind in Miami and is a welcome addition!