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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Our family was cruising out of the Port of Miami so we decided to spend a couple of days in South Beach before we left. We got a great deal on the room during their Black Friday Sale and booked multiple (4) rooms.
When we arrived we were greeted by a wonderful receptionist who supplied us with 15% off coupons for the restaurant. Our rooms were clean and ready to go and were appointed as typical with boutique hotels.
We went to attached restaurant for dinner and drinks.... mostly because it was late and convenient...but BE WARY!! The food was great but they try and overcharge for EVERYTHING!! After the fact I looked them up on Tripadvisor and the reviews were pretty spot on!!
The location is great!! Virtually across the street from the beach and a short walk to the heart of South Beach and all the must see hot spots.
The pool is nothing but a glorified hot tub. Its perfect if you just want to catch some sun and relax....my wife and I had it to ourselves most of the time we were there. As soon as someone else showed up we just crossed the street to the beach.
Overall it was an OK stay and I would consider staying there again if I could get a great deal again.
This hotel was really cute, clean and in a great location. Close walk to the beach (~3 mins) and restaurants. The staff was very nice, accommodating and very helpful and very helpful, especially Eric!
We stayed here for 1 day, went to Key West for 2 days and came back to this hotel for another 2 days. For both visits the hotel charged my credit card fraudulently. The first visit they charged my card for $20 resort fee which was already paid. They refunded my card. The next stay they charged my card for snacks in the room. We didn't touch their snacks in fact we noticed on arrival that the packages looked very old and made a mental note to avoid them so that we don't end up sick on vacation. Currently waiting for another refund but can't believe that they would do this twice. It makes it seem like they do this to everyone so please watch your credit card and make sure the hotel isn't placing erroneous charges. Also avoid charging anything to the room so that they don't over charge or place fraudulent charges. Use cash if possible.