The Betsy South Beach
This colonial-style building sticks out like a stylish sore thumb amid Ocean Drive’s Art Deco infrastructure. The sophisticated façade embodies the hotel’s ethos, which is dedicated to the promotion of local art and culture. Indeed, the Writers’ Room has hosted more than 800 artists from beatnik poets to chamber choirs. The lobby also plays host to nightly jazz sessions, which helps set the mood for guests returning from a night strolling down South Beach.
The hotel has a wide range of dining rooms from the formal LT Steak & Seafood to The Alley, a casual trattoria serving excellent Neapolitan-style pizza. The Lobby Bar is also a popular place for cocktails and is successfully designed to feel like Old Havana. Here you will find a curated list of cocktails inspired by literary heavyweights such as the F. Scotch Fitzgerald and the Hemingway Daiquiri.
Top suite: Skyline Penthouse
It may only have 710 square feet of living space, but what this suite lacks in size it certainly makes up for with style. This beautifully-designed space includes a baby grand piano and a Viennese chandelier that spent 70 years in the Zimbabwe home of the matriarch of the family that owns the hotel. The suite also has a stunning wraparound terrace with plenty of space to host a sophisticated al fresco dining event. For those needing more space, the suite can also be connected to three more one-bedroom suites via private elevator.
1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
+ 1 305 531 6100