Today, The Betsy Hotel's exterior stands as one of the surviving examples of Florida Georgian architecture in South Beach. Sitting on historic Ocean Drive, the hotel is the perfect symbol for Miami's fusion of old and new.
In 2009 the hotel reopened after a complete renovation, restored as a boutique hotel and later awarded as the only 4-star boutique property in Miami-Dade County.
The lobby, bar and signature restaurant called BLT Steak are all in an expansive open space that is comfortable and inviting with crisp white interiors, plantation shutters and jewel colors.
The colonial-style building was originally designed by L Murray Dixon. This was one of his last projects in 1942.
Locals return weekly for Sunday brunch at BLT Steak where the Popover special is a Miami staple. Eggs, spinach, ham and bacon are topped with creamy Bechamel sauce sprinkled with chunks of salty Gruyere cheese. Of course, cocktails are always a must.
Throughout the halls are photo prints by Bob Bonis, a former talent agent for MCA who ended up touring with the Rolling Stones and The Beatles during the British invasion. The private collection of images were stored by Bonis' family until his death in 1992. The 40-year old images will be on display in The Betsy until mid 2013.
Be sure to head up to the rooftop lounge for a glass of wine. The plush couches, beach views, buzzing Ocean Drive and the city skyline make for a remarkable evening.