By Madeline Scharff
The Betsy South Beach is Miami’s latest most inventive, boutique hotel. Inspired by Floridian-Georgia architecture, the historic landmark features its original 1942 façade of a prominent four-column portico and expansive display of shuttered windows with a recently added canopied entryway. The effortlessly chic interior exudes a relaxed, vintage glamour and showcases Miami’s diverse and rich culture of the arts, music, and history. The refined beachside property also a Conde Nast Gold Traveler Award winner invites guests to unwind in an unparalleled setting with its unique aesthetic boasting an art-deco flair and homage to the arts from around the globe.
HERE’S THE SCOOP
Breathtaking views and natural elegance abound at The Betsy Hotel, offering a plethora of stunning spaces for each celebratory event from rehearsal dinner to reception and everything in between. Team up with the in-house event specialists as they are incredibly knowledgeable about local vendors and will ensure no detail is overlooked. They’ll even curate a custom itinerary for the duration of your stay – combining available onsite activities such as yoga, spa treatments, and literary readings with off-site attractions like shopping on Ocean Drive and touring the Museum of Contemporary Art. You and your guests will be amazed at how well the team pairs relaxation and liveliness for an unforgettable wedding weekend.
DISHES AND DRINKS
The Betsy is home to the famous LT Steak & Seafood restaurant from award-winning Chef Laurent Tourondel and is the official caterer for weddings. From rehearsal dinner to reception and brunch, he will excite guests with his world-class prime beef and seafood dishes. Chef Tourondel always welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the bride and groom should they have a specific cuisine in mind. The Betsy can accommodate up to 150 guests for seated dinners and up to 200 for cocktail receptions. The property also features three other dining spots: the Lobby Bar, Panther Coffee Shop, The Alley, and for those who enjoy a view with their meal – Ocean Deck dining.
BIG DAY DETAILS
What better way to say I do than among tumbling waves and Miami’s warm breeze? The Betsy hosts 23,000 square feet of event space, including nine, unique ceremony and reception venues, four of which are outdoors. Whether you prefer a gala or an intimate gathering, there are options for an array of tastes. Two stand-out spots include the Ocean Front Deck and Skyline Penthouse and Terrace. The former is ideal for ceremonies and rehearsal dinners, holding up to 200 guests, and boasts a flawless backdrop of lush palm trees and the Atlantic Ocean. The latter boasts a wrap-around, wooden terrace with lavish furniture, greenery, and chandeliers, offering complete privacy for up to 50 guests.
We Simply Adore
– Live, musical performances in the lobby every evening
– Literary-themed cocktails like the Hemingway Daiquiri from the Lobby Bar
– The Spa de Deux Couples Massage in the open air, at the rooftop Wellness Garden & Spa
– Drifting off to sleep while hubby whispers hand-picked love verses from the in-room library (each room has one!)