Built in 1942 by L. Murray Dixon, it’s the fashionable street’s last remaining Georgian building with a stunning four-column portico.
Set on South Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive, the Betsy is an architectural marvel. Built in 1942 by L. Murray Dixon, it’s the fashionable street’s last remaining Georgian building with a stunning four-column portico. Inside, the 61 rooms and suites, mixing plantation-style shutters and white lacquered cabinets, conjure the hotel’s breezy surroundings. But walnut floors and bathrooms crafted with Thassos marble create a highbrow juxtaposition to the relaxed beach vibe. The Betsy flaunts quite an impressive literary theme, with rooms featuring libraries and bookmarks. Additionally, visiting artists flock to the Writer’s Room to hunker down at a desk donated in the memory of the hotel owner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning father, Hyam Plutzik. For pastimes of another variety, head to the courtyard pool or the Ocean Deck, which morphs from sunrise yoga terrace to afternoon chaise lounge hangout to energetic cocktail lounge come evening