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Betsy

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© Moris Moreno
South Beach

The Betsy stands out among its South Beach neighbors, and not just because its colonial-style building à la Gone With the Wind is an anomaly in a sea of art deco. Situated on the northernmost end of Ocean Drive (read: the quieter part), the hotel boasts one of the best locations on the beach, with a generous helping of Southern hospitality. You won’t find bathtubs full of mineral water and rose petals here, but you will find charming little touches, such as poems left on your pillow, a pitcher of iced water with lemon by the pool and Malin+Goetz goodies in the bathrooms. The 61 rooms and suites are well appointed and comfortable, if occasionally a little on the small side and—in the case of the pool-facing rooms—missing out on that ocean view. If it’s vistas you’re after, head to the decked roof terrace, which is perfect for a day of baking in the sun or a romantic cocktail as the sun sets. The on-site restaurant, BLT Steak, is a New York City transplant that serves up some of the city’s best slabs of beef.

Venue name: Betsy
Address: 1440 Ocean Drive
Miami

Cross street: at 14th Street
Venue phone: 305 531 6100
Website: http://www.thebetsyhotel.com
Price: Rates $485–$685
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