A Betsy Update
Now more than ever, we understand that being together with family and friends is central to our happiness. This dark hour, a tragic period of loss for so many, has reaffirmed the fundamental truth that we can’t live in isolation.
As we commit ourselves fully to reinvigorated health and safety protocols, we also enthusiastically embrace the role the hospitality industry has always played in bringing people together during and after moments of great national and international disruption. This is a time for us to rediscover familiar places, perhaps where we carry comforting memories — a time to sit with friends, even if at a distance, to find normalcy. As safe travel recommences, those of us in the hotel and restaurant business must move rapidly and prudently to be prepared to welcome guests, to create settings where these opportunities for happy relaxation can unfold naturally and safely. We also have a particular duty to create a safe environment for our employees, one that protects everyone’s health without compromise.
In many ways, the Betsy was built for this moment. We span two four-story buildings with 130 rooms spread over a full city block, with expansive public space that outpaces vastly larger properties. And with a plethora of outdoor spaces all washed by a perpetual Atlantic Ocean breeze, the Betsy is uniquely equipped to welcome guests in a world that newly values personal space and open air. Because we face both Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue with a well-lit alley in between (and with beautiful furnished and umbrellaed terraces facing east and west), one can come and go through multiple key-activated entrances easily, avoiding unwanted interaction with other guests. All areas of the hotel, in addition to being ADA-accessible, offer multiple points of entry; we are pleased to advise arriving guests that all of our event venues can be easily reached by either private stairway or by one of four elevators. Layered on top of our ideal configuration is a strong commitment to the CDC and City of Miami Beach health guidelines necessary for us to move forward safely and confidently.
In a year that’s defied expectations, we invite you to join us as we lean together on our guiding mantra. At the Betsy, expect no more: this is happiness.