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The Betsy South Beach has just been named "One of the World's Greatest Hotels"!

Condé Nast Traveler selected The Betsy as one of only 3 hotels in Florida and one of only 42 hotels in the US, as their “Favorite Hotels in the World”

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Sydney Hodkinson and Michael Klotz at The Betsy

Syd was in town for a few days (with his lovely wife, Betty) for a performance of one of his string quartets at Miami Beach Urban Studios at Florida International University.

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New Women's Poetry Series at The Betsy Writer's Room

This November, a new reading series will hit Miami’s growing literary scene. Founded and curated by Miami-based poets Jen Karetnick and Catherine Prescott, SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami) will feature female and female-identifying writers from South Florida and across the nation.

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The Betsy's Escribe Aquí is an annual festival

The Betsy's Escribe Aquí is an annual festival that honors the diversity of writing in various languages by hosting authors across cultures and languages for events and residency in The Writer's Room

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Performing Arts Summit 2016

As part of our 2015-16 Salon Season, Funding Arts Network invited Natasha Tsakos to speak at The Betsy - South Beach for an exclusive, members-only event.

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October Arts at the Betsy

Arts at The Betsy

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Writer's Room Alum: Idra Novey, in the news

Idra Novey is a poet, translator, and newly-minted fiction writer. Ms. Novey was a Writer in Residence here at The Betsy Writer’s Room back in May, 2015. The Jewish Book Council recently interviewed Ms. Novey on her first novel, Ways to Disappear.

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Carlos Pintado

We are thrilled to read work by Carlos Pintado, a Writer’s Room alum, in American Poetry Review

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5 New Reasons to Love Betsy More!

With our expansion opening on November 1, 2016, groups get more at The Betsy - South Beach.

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The Hotel Culture: The Artist formerly known as Betsy Ross

“It isn’t that its one thing in particular, it is the chemical equation of how art, design, culture, history, community, food and drink all conspire with one another to create sweet solace for both the traveller and the neighbour.”          

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July Arts at The Betsy

July Arts at The Betsy

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The Betsy Team at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce 94th Gala, May

We are very proud that the Chamber took the time to recognize our community work at The Betsy. It's not just a validation of our programming but also a celebration of what makes Miami Beach great.

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Betsy Team wins at 2016 Inn Key Awards

The Betsy-South Beach was recognized with the Hotel Community Service Achievement Award on Friday, April 29, as part of the 22nd Annual Greater Miami and Beaches Hospitality Association Inn Key Awards.

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April Arts at The Betsy

April Arts at The Betsy

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March Arts at The Betsy

March Arts at The Betsy

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Four-legged friends at The Betsy

The Miami-Dade County Animal Services HOPE Express stops at The Betsy the last Saturday of every month.

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The Betsy presents Miami Music Festival to a packed house

MIAMI BEACH, FEB 10, 2016 – OPERA NIGHT at The Betsy Hotel

The Betsy Hotel presented singers from Miami Music Festival to a packed house in BBar last night, February 9, 2016

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Valentine's Weekend Dinner

Indulge in a 3-Course Prix Fixe Blackboard Menu crafted by BLT Steak Chef de Cuisine Carlos Torres. Menu highlights include a Cocoa Nib Crusted 22oz. Cowboy Ribeye and Braised Lamb Cheeks.

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Betsy Arts Calendar

February at The Betsy: A season of Gratitude

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The Brainy Side of the Beach

As 2015 comes to a close we're proud to share this article from the NY TIMES that brought The Betsy - South Beach's poetry readings and writers salons 

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New Year's Eve at The Betsy and BLT

Ring in the New Year at The Betsy with an extravagant four-course dinner at BLT Steak, a Laurent Perrier Champagne toast, Vintage Jazz by Vinyl Boulevard Quartet, and midnight fireworks viewed from our Ocean Deck.

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Baseling at The Betsy: NBC 6 in the Mix

NBC 6 in the Mix features The Betsy during Art Basel 2015

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Art Basel 2015 at The Betsy

The Betsy - South Beach, a luxury boutique hotel known for its commitment to philanthropy, arts, culture, and education, announces exhibitions for Art Basel Miami 2015 that include the work of Grace Hartigan (USA), "a monumental artist in the legacy of Modernist painting." Read more >

Eater.com lists BLT Steak #1 in Miami

The 10 Miami Steakhouses Eater.com thinks you need to know; BLT Steak tops the list. Read more >

About Time: You Discovered the Beauty of Miami

Forget everything you've been told about Miami. About Time Magazine visited South Beach and found revitalization and renaissance. Read more >

In The News: Betsy Writer's Room Alumnus Vanessa Garcia

Betsy Writer's Room Alumnus (Summer 2014) speaks with The New Tropic about her new novel, White Light. Read more >

Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize Launched

Cave Canem Foundation, North America's premier home for Black poetry, is pleased to announce the launch of the Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, developed in collaboration with the O, Miami Poetry Festival, Jai-Alai Books and The Writer's Room at The Betsy Hotel.

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South Florida's Unity Coalition honors Jonathan Plutzik and The Betsy

As owner of The Betsy - South Beach, Jonathan and his sister Deborah Briggs-Plutzik have established a climate of first rate lodging within a creative paradise. Read more >

Opera, poetry and philanthropy in Miami Beach Hotel

It might be surprising to walk into the lobby of the The Betsy Hotel South Beach on a weekday and be met by a group of Miami residents and guests enjoying scenes of romance and drama interpreted opera style by the young singers of the Miami Summer Music Festival Opera Institute. Read more >

Spa & Spice and Everything Nice: BLT Steak Menu for Miami Spice 2015

Enjoy these special spa and dining promotions in August at The Betsy - South Beach. Read more >

Miami Spa Month Returns to The Betsy

Luxurious gold-infused treatments; pampering for family & pooch are "on deck" as The Betsy-South Beach presents creative Miami Spa Month menu Read more >

Celebrate Dad in a Big Way with BLT Steak at The Betsy

A Great Steak for a Great Dad: Celebrate Father's Day with BLT Steak at The Betsy. Read more >

Save more when you book direct.

Breakfast at The Betsy! Receive complimentary Continental Breakfast for two when you book your stay with us. Read more >

Mark's List

May 20, 2015 - Marks List-55ad49a7d45ba.pdf Read more >

Give Mom more than flowers.

Whether Mom needs an escape for an afternoon, a day, or a little longer, The Betsy has just the thing. Read more >

Muralist Steve Powers' Ode to Miami

When I asked Mr. Powers which attendees had the most impact on him and the piece, he stated: the employees of the hotel. Other than the O, Miami staff, they were the only people he spoke to who were truly of Miami. Read more >

Celebrating National Poetry Month

Every year, The Writer's Room at The Betsy and O, Miami Poetry Festival invite poets to participate in our Soapbox Poetry Program Read more >

The Miami HEAT and Hublot at The Betsy - South Beach

HEAT raise over $1.1M for local charities during "Black Tie on Ocean Drive", presented by Hublot at The Betsy - South Beach Read more >

Original Penguin brings Spring to South Beach

The Betsy - South Beach is located on Ocean Drive on South Beach, a haven for production companies shooting movies, television and commercials.  Recently, Original Penguin chose our location for the backdrop to their spring campaign.  We th Read more >

The Sunshine State's Sweetest Uses of Oranges

Florida's most famous foodstuff, the orange is enjoyed any which way by all kinds of people. Read more >

Valentine's Weekend at The Betsy

Join us for a few exciting and unexpected events as we celebrate the end of our Season of Gratitude this Valentine's Weekend at The Betsy. Read more >

The Writer's Room

Literature is the cornerstone of arts programming at The Betsy South Beach with a legacy rooted in the work of the late poet Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and father of Chairman, Jonathan Plutzik. Each room at the hotel Read more >

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  • "Amazing restoration of a beautiful property within walking distance of the beach and Del South Beach for dinner."

    - Mike R - Juno Beach
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