A modern, artsy enclave on Ocean Drive

From its rare Florida-Georgian architecture to a unique clientele that ranges from members of the intelligentsia to celebrities attempting to avoid the glaring spotlight of glitzy neighboring hotels, classy The Betsy Hotel stands apart from the famed candy-coated, neon-lit strip on which it sits. Don’t be fooled by the hotel’s status as a historical landmark: It may have a rich history, but the 130 guest rooms and suites are full of modern-day comforts, from pristine black-walnut hardwood floors and Sferra linens to Kallista de Stile shower wands and bath mirrors with a built-in LCD television and Bose surround sound. Add the requisite fab dining spot, LT Steak & Seafood and Poeti by Laurent Tourondel, two Roofdecks complete with a spa offering unique treatments  and a swimming pool with 360 degree views of the ocean and the Miami skyline, and a stimulating lineup of engaging arts programming ranging from poetry readings to jazz jams, and you’ve got yourself one luxe Miami landmark.