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.
How to Get There
Stoppedin today for lunch and it was fabulous.
The tuna tartare and the lollipop chicken are incredibly good.
Staff are fabulous really friendly, had a great chat with a lovely young French guy it was his second day on the job but he was so friendly and helpful.
Food was amazing, highly recommended and best time we are back we will definitely be back.
We enjoyed our stay here. On arrival our TV wasn't working so maintenance attempted to fix it for us but were unable to. We called reception and asked if we could transfer rooms which was accepted. Unfortunately the room on the third floor we were assigned looked over a service alley where many trucks and garbage trucks seemed to use from around 3am which woke us up! Very noisy! Restaurant in hotel is lovely as are staff and rooms on the plus side! Good location and nice vibe. Ask for a quiet room!
This hotel had a great location. It was away from the party scene, but still close enough to get to if that's your thing. It was right across from the beach, which was a great plus. It was comfortable, the food was great and the staff AMAZING. They were super friendly, accommodating and pleasant. Great place to stay.
40th Birthday Weekend!!!
I had the pleasure of staying at Room Mate Lord Balfour for my birthday this past June. Let me start by saying the customer service was phenomenal from the moment I called with a question regarding my reservation. The first staff member I had the pleasure of speaking with was, Roberto. He went above and beyond to process my request before my arrival.
Fast forward to check-in, everyone was so friendly. We arrived in the morning, so our room was not ready. They gave is full access to everything prior to officially checking in. We ended up by the little spa/pool in the courtyard and when our room became available a staff member walked out to let us know. Upon check in, we were given a complimentary ‘welcome’ glass of champagne. Which I thought was a nice touch.
Later on, that night we had an issue with the showerhead. My husband called down to the front desk, and within minutes a staff member was knocking on our door to try and fix the issue. He was unable to, so he went to get someone else. Both were unsuccessful, but assured us that when maintenance came in the following morning it would be fixed. The front desk manager, Eric offered to comp us breakfast for the inconvenience. The following morning, we ate breakfast and headed to the beach. By the time we got back and showered the showerhead was fixed.
Chris, who also worked at the front desk was an absolute joy! Always greeted us with a smile and polite conversation. Anything we asked he obliged with a smile. There was also a young lady that worked at the front desk. I am sad to admit that I don’t remember her name, but she was also so bubbly and sweet. When both she and Chris found out that Thursday was my birthday they made sure I felt the love with their kind words.
One day while we were out by the pool, we were trying to take pictures, but were clearly struggling. This is when we came across the housekeeping manager, Maggie Gaitan. She offered to take the picture for us. When she wasn’t satisfied with how it came out, she went and got a ladder to get the best angle for us. She was AWESOME!
Overall, the hotel is well maintained. The halls are a bit musty smelling, but that tends to be par for the course when you within walking distance to the ocean and the halls are carpeted. It’s a fun boutique hotel in a fabulous location. It’s close enough to get to the hustle and bustle of Ocean Drive, but far enough to get some peace and quiet. I can’t wait to get back there!
Beautiful hotel. This is our second time visiting this hotel and we had a great time. We stayed in the new side of the hotel and it exceeded our expectations. My 8 year old loved the new pool and we loved the renovated patio area. Staff was friendly and efficient. Can’t wait to go back again !