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The Betsy South Beach

Address: 1440 Ocean Dr.

Neighborhood: South Beach

City: Miami

Phone: 305-531-6100

Website: www.thebetsyhotel.com

Expert Review

Formerly the Betsy Ross, this revamped property is stepping out on Ocean Drive in March 2009 with colonial-meets-tropical decor, a Laurent Tourondel BLT Steak restaurant, and an invite-only lounge. In a turn away from the trend of piling rooms on top of condos on top of nightclubs, the Betsy is intimate in size and feel. The 61 elegant rooms come with dark walnut floors, poster beds, and original photography on the walls, while the spacious bathrooms are outfitted with Malin+Goetz amenities and mirrors inlaid with LCD televisions. Several of the wooden plantation-style shuttered windows boast unobstructed ocean views. There’s a pool, spa, and rooftop solarium, plus a plot of beach with “beach butlers” at the ready—tell the hotel you’re spending the day on the sand and they’ll pack you a picnic basket filled with snacks, wine, and magazines.

Tags: luxury | expensive | spa | boutique hotel | beachfront | swimming pool

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