The "new" Betsy-South Beach is ready and it's gorgeous!

It was one of Miami's Beach most anticipated luxury project. The Betsy-South Beach Hotel, which opened in March 2009 on Ocean Avenue in busy Art Deco District, debuted a massive and impressive two-year transformation by merging with the historic Carlton Hotel located directly behind them. Last month (December 2017), I had the chance to visit this gorgeous and impressive property, just days after every element of the "new" Betsy was completed. And, spoiler alert, it is absolutely wonderful. 

A new wing to celebrate Betsy's 75th anniversary

After taking over the Carlton Hotel on Collins Avenue to debut a new “Art Deco” wing, the only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond rated boutique hotel in the Greater Miami area: the Betsy-South Beach Hotel,  features 130 guestrooms, two restaurants by award-winning Chef Laurent Tourondel, a Panthers Coffee bar, a brand-new rooftop pool, a gelato counter located in "The Alley", among many other new (and exciting) features. The additions/renovations come as the original Betsy Ross Hotel celebrates 75 years on Ocean Drive in 2017. And what better way to celebrate than to improve an already almost-perfect product?

The "new Betsy" in a glimpse... 

  • Hotel name: The Betsy-South Beach
  • Number of rooms: 130
  • Opening date: March 2009
  • Last renovations: December 2017 - a new wing, rooftop pool, and new restaurant offer, just to name a few 
  • In room amenities: features hardwood floors, cabinetry and desks, stately poster beds, raffia ceilings, Sferra® linens, oversized plush robes, MALIN & GOETZ bath products
  • My room pick : Deluxe Balcony
  • Restaurants and bars: 3 under the direction of executive superstar chef Laurent Tourondel 
  • Fitness: 24-hour fitness center, complimentary morning yoga on the rooftop deck  
  • Spa : rooftop outdoor spa
  • Pools : two (rooftop & courtyard)

Why I liked it? Where to start... 

The completed hotel now includes the original Ocean Drive building now called the “Colonial” wing, where guests check in, and the new Collins Avenue building now known as the “Art Deco” wing. The rooftop area of the new wing features a gorgeous pool, a sundeck and a large event space. In the Art Deco wing you will also find The Conservatory, a refined Espresso (serving Panther's Coffee!) and Wine Bar and a library/lobby lounge. But, despite the new additions that are absolutely spectacular, the original building is nothing-to-be missed either with its cool sun deck, relaxing courtyard pool, gorgeous Colonial-style lobby and the exquisite LT Steak & Seafood Restaurant. Both structures are joined as one unified hotel by a bridge, conceived as a massive piece of art called the "The Orb" that wants to -literally- connect history and modernity. While talking about art, it is taken very seriously at The Betsy as you can find art pieces everywhere around the hotel. And, last but not least, between the two buildings there is now a cute gelato counter and a casual restaurant named The Alley. These two new restaurants, in addition to Panther's Coffee Bar, are definitely the new "foodie" hot spots in South Beach for a (quality) quick bite before hitting the beach, located just across the street. 

*photos by Aubrie Gerber   

Catherine Maisonneuve