If I had to describe The Betsy and our stay in one word (which is nearly impossible), it’s “wow”. The history, the art, the beauty, and the staff make the stay at The Betsy an exceptional one. This historic boutique hotel dates back to the 1940’s when Mr. L. Murray Dixon decided to create The Betsy Ross Hotel. Dixon was a well-known architect who built many famous Miami Beach Art Deco hotels, and The Betsy is one of the preserved survivors. This beautiful hotel stands three stories tall on Ocean Drive overlooking the Atlantic. Florida Georgian architecture and Colonial chic meet 21st-century modern technology. Recently, The Betsy has expanded while still preserving their mission, “Expect no more. This is happiness”. Henry Hohauser was the original architect of the new Art Deco building, formerly known as The Carlton Hotel which dated back to 1937. I guess you can say that Dixon and Hohauser are the “architect kings of Deco South Beach” and what better way to experience the collaboration of these two architects than in this one location. The Colonial wing and the Art Deco Wing are joined by a bridge whose “orb” design has become quite a statement of public art in Miami Beach. The white orb looks like a giant, smooth pebble stuck in between two buildings and is a “must-see” if you’re in Miami Beach. Of course, the interior of The Betsy does not fall short of its admirable architecture and that’s because two interior designers by the names of Diamante Pedersoli and Carmelina Santoro were the creatives behind it all. The interior of The Betsy is charming, chic and will have you calling it “home” within the first 20 minutes. The idea behind the expansion was “to further The Betsy’s existing commitment to the community by providing more platforms for our guests and partners to utilize and enjoy – we wanted to create a residential sensibility through a design that was accessible, comfortable and visually compelling,” said owner Jonathan Plutzik. With that effort in mind, the team created a diversity of exclusive spaces for guests and locals to enjoy.
There are far too many things I enjoyed about The Betsy so I’ll run through the top 5 things I feel stood out most.
1. The roof top pool. With the expansion, there is a brand new 3,200 sq. ft. pool deck overlooking the ocean, Art Deco District, and the Miami Skyline. No matter what time of day it is, you are sure to get a stunning view!
2. The Conservatory – Previously the lobby area to the historic Carlton Hotel, this new lounge space was reinvented for guests and locals to enjoy. It is fully equipped with an espresso and wine bar offering coffee, light fare, and drinks curated by the award-winning mixology team, Alambiq. You can also get small bites and food from LT Steak and Seafood. You know where to catch me on my work days… I’ll be here sipping on some La Colombe coffee. Starbucks, who?
3. LT Steak and Seafood by Chef Laurent Tourondel. The restaurant serves varied dishes that draw inspiration from the distinctive energy of Miami. Oh, and one of the most mouth-watering popovers…ever!