Room Mate Lord Balfour
What We Love
- WiFi, two beach chairs and an umbrella are included in the resort fee
- Staying in the upscale, residential SoFi (South of Fifth) neighborhood
- Design hotel feel in a small, historic building
- Hand-crafted cocktails served in the sleek lobby bar or on the terrace overlooking Ocean Drive
What To Know
- There is no pool, but the Atlantic is just a half block away
- There’s no on-site restaurant, but there are plenty of options within walking distance
- The gym equipment includes top-of-the-line Livestrong models
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- An $9.99 (plus tax) resort fee per night will be collected at the hotel
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
High meets low, past meets present, and U.K. meets U.S. This Deco building preserves its original terrazzo floors and ornate elevator doors, but upstairs you’ll find edgy design details such as wall-size murals of tatted-out models, silver tree stump side tables and cowhide modernist chairs. Then there are the irreverent nods to the hotel’s namesake, Arthur Balfour, prime minister of the U.K. in the early 20th century. The coffee table in one suite bears a plaque that says “Please keep your feet on the table.” Quotes from Balfour adorn the ceiling leading to the front desk, and a mirrored piece by the bar references both his vanity and Miami’s as well.
Bed & Bath
The 64 guestrooms are on the small side (two suites have an additional living area), but they provide plenty of perks to make up for it: 40-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and impossibly soft bed linens. In the bathrooms you’ll find rainfall showers, custom Room Mate bath products and quirky touches including soap holders in the shape of an upturned hand.
The hotel has a leafy courtyard, a lovely lobby space for continental breakfast and a shaded terrace and bar that serves tea-blended cocktails. Order the Lord Balfour Collins, a gin-based drink with oolong tea reduction, yuzu, basil and chilled club soda. Head to the concierge desk — an antique telephone exchange console — to find out how the hotel can help you arrange a food tour of Miami or a private art or fashion consultation. And if you want to hit the beach, it’s just a two-minute stroll away.
In the Area
Other than the beach, you mean? SoFi is one of the most desirable residential neighborhoods in Miami Beach, but it also happens to be one of the most laid-back and quiet, offering a respite from the whoomp-whoomp of the touristy stretch of Ocean Drive. Rent a DecoBike from one of the nearby kiosks and explore the Art Deco district and picturesque South Pointe Park. SoFi is where you’ll find Joe’s Stone Crab, a local institution, and Prime One Twelve, a steakhouse as famous for its power crowd as for its $50 steaks. Nikki Beach is here, if you want to party the day away, or, for a more serene scene, try Smith & Wollensky, which overlooks Government Cut Channel (where cruise ships sail out into the Atlantic); it’s one of the most picturesque cocktail spots in town.
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I stay there 2 night for business trip breakfast including 15 pp it's was worth it so much choice you have
We didn't go ocean drive restaurant 2 night we eat salt food so delicious price was average not expensive
Drink we had 2for1 16 dollar it's was good price
Staff was so friendly including hotel staff also we definitely back there for stay
Thank you make us happy salt and lord Balfour hotel team
Sadly, I have to write a review that reflects on the experience as a whole.
The hotel is well located, slightly away from the main hustle and bustle of Ocean drives main strip, but that works well. The staff were initially pleasant on reception, and whilst the room was clean and modern, some of the finishes left a bit to be desired. So why the poor rating? Well, the hotel restaurant was not doing a great deal of business, being away from the main area, so we decided to have a meal on the final evening as we felt quite sorry for the staff trying to drum up business. We were offered a 2 for 1 cocktail as encouragement to do this. The issue's, well firstly, the cocktails arrived as HUGE cocktails! Not something requested as they are a waste of time, due to the heat and amount of ice involved. I was going to complain at the time, but my wife advised me not to, as she doesn't like to complain. So, the bill arrives and the 2 for 1 cocktail amounted to nearly as much as the food! Again, I was advised not to make an issue in the evening, but to take it up with the hotel in the morning, which I did. Firstly, I was advised that the restaurant was a separate business, so the staff couldn't help! If its a separate business why were the hotel taking payment for the evening meal? I did manage to speak to the person in charge of the restaurant who advised me that standard cocktails should have been served and that she would arrange a refund for the cocktails, yes you've got it, the refund never materialized! I have written emails directly to the hotel (Restaurant has not got the facility to contact by mail direct), and also via Booking.com, and I haven't even received a response to may emails! Therefor my advice in regards to this hotel/restaurant is to avoid the restaurant, and be aware that despite taking payments on behalf of the restaurant, you will not get any help or assistance from them if you have an issue. Its strange that the restaurant that is nothing to do with the hotel, serves the hotel breakfast in a morning!
After tedious research we chose this establishment. The value and location sealed the deal. We were greeted by Marc, which was very welcoming and accomodating. He was there to help at anytime. The hotel is in nice condition throughout. Very clean from common areas to our room. They offer valet for $35 but we chose to use the parking garage about a block and a half away. It was $20 every 24 hours since we wouldn't need to drive. The hotels location is in a prime location so everything is in walking distance. Its on the quiet end of the famous ocean drive. They do charge $11 per night for resort fee which is the cheapest we found in the area. Its very well worth it as across the street the hotel has a section of beach where chairs and umbrellas are provided and set up for you. Beach towels are provided at the hotel. The courtyard is a nice place to relax with an excellent pool view. Now to the rooms, which exceeded our expectations. Very clean with modern decor. They provide personal grooming products. The bed was a comfortable king. The fridge is stocked with a variety of things for a small fee. The shower was upscale with very hot water and good water pressure. Each room has its own thermostat. Lastly they offer a buffet style breakfast for $15pp in the house restaraunt. We know where we'll stay on our next trip to south beach, you can't go wrong!
I have been walking the Ocean drive up and down for 3 days and haven`t found a hotel with a better location. Close to everything, but still quiet enough to be able to sleep comfortably.
Thank you Eric Jimenez for a warm welcome, site seeing tips, booking tours, exchanging my room and just fantastic service! You made my stay worth 5 starts.
I took 1 star because the older side of the hotel carries a mouldy smell, but that you find everywhere around the beach side.
The Lord Balfour is a smart property located near the quieter end of the South Beach area. I give them high marks for appearance and cleanliness. I’ve read many of the previous reviews about the rooms being too small and admittedly that was a concern when booking this property. Now, after having stayed there I get the distinct feeling these rooms are pretty normal size when compared to the surrounding properties. Aside from all of this nonsense, the room was just fine! The bed was very comfortable and after our 2 night stay we were still enjoying the room. The bathroom amenities were very distinctive with exotic smells and cleaver packaging. Clearly someone takes these small but important things seriously. While we were at Lord Balfour we felt comfortable as if this was also our own home. That’s a pretty neat thing for a property to do! Accessing the beach with towels and chairs was easy breezy and a definite plus. I like my reviews to contain the good, the bad, and the ugly. They are intended as feedback for the property as in addition to recommendations for potential new clients. So… that was the good (GREAT!). Here’s the bad. The food at the property was just OK. I didn’t really see anyone designated as “breakfast person”. There were several servers available but I didn’t see any one of them specifically refurbishing the food for example. And they could have used just that person. Things seemed just… not spectacular. I realize the expense of having a breakfast buffet must be enormous. But if you decide to have one you should do it all the way or not have it at all in my humble opinion. Compared to other boutique type hotels that I’ve stayed with I’d have to take points off for the Balfour’s overall appeal. Another point of contention also comes with the food and drink offerings of the Lord Balfour. This time it is the afternoon and evening meals. There is, for lack of a better term, a barker who stands in front of steps to the property and entices passers-by to try the Balfour’s drink or meal services. It’s common for this area to do so. But after TWO days, and after many many many comings and goings, the same person would ask us repeatedly if we would like to come in for drinks or dinner. It was as if each time she was seeing us for the very first time. It was weird. It seemed a little like the movie Groundhog Day. We explained what seemed to be over and over and over and over and over, “We are guests of the hotel”. Then, as if not to miss a beat, we were then offered a card for 15% off a future purchase. We collected them. Why? Why do we need to be essentially panhandled at each and every entry? And a discount? Why not give ALL hotel guests that 15% off all purchases anyway? Honestly, we were concerned. This employee seemed so desperate that maybe she was being watched and would be reprimanded if she didn’t give us her sales pitch. We tried to be nice (maybe she just wasn’t the brightest bulb). But some of our entries and reentries were only minutes apart! Good Lord Balfour!!!! The bad here was offset by the beautiful front patio setting in which one may enjoy a morning breakfast or evening libations. The location on the strip, a pretty nice set-up with plants and comfortable tables, people watching and nearby ocean make this a primo patio setting! The ugly. I know I’m going to not be very popular for this one but it’s one of my pet peeves. The front desk staff was lacking attention to detail (even after I gave them their cues repeatedly). I know most if not all of the reviews state the wonderful over the top great service guests receive. However, I interacted with a front desk staff member that had been given several opportunities to anticipate my arrival - yet still he seemed caught off guard by the event. I wrote several messages and even called ahead of time to explain that I had made 2 separate bookings and that I had concerns about having to change rooms for my second night’s stay. I booked and wrote my concerns literally months in advance. One week before traveling I called to remind the property of my concerns and also to say I was expecting a package to be delivered from Amazon. The package had arrived the day before. That too seemed to be news to the gentleman checking me in. In the end we were checked in. There was no issue regarding changing rooms (although a concern for that was expressed by this staff member). He smiled and was reassuring. But without a doubt an opportunity for excellent guest service was missed.
Overall, in spite of my knit picking this was a still a very good hotel stay experience. I would recommend the Lord Balfour to others.