Like The Raleigh, this hotel looks much as it did when it was opened as the Betsy Ross Hotel in Miami, in 1942, and is quite happy to evoke the city’s humble ‘teenage’ years (minus the associations of war and rationing.)
The lobby is dressed in ‘upscale plantation’, properly reflecting the Georgian colonial façade – a unique example on this strip – but it was in fact designed by the father of Miami Art Deco, L. Murray Dixon, in a departure from his usual work. In any case, what you’ll find in the guest quarters today are custom poster beds clad in Frette linens, black walnut flooring, and airy marble bathrooms with plenty of light and mirrors. The colour scheme is full of restful ivory, cream and tan, with lilac and pastel green accents to ensure you aren’t lulled to sleep too early.
The Betsy is clearly for seekers of solitude. Its location at the upper end of Ocean Drive, where the residential district laws are strictly anti-noise, means you can retire at 9pm if you desire. The hotel’s dining option is BLT Steak, an entry in the capable-chef-blows-up sweepstakes that is reliable if pricey.