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Lord Balfour
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   350 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Formerly The Wave Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 201 hotels in Miami Beach
Newark, New Jersey
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“Awesome vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I checked in on Thurs 8/21 at 12:00 pm, check in was super quick. I had a corner room on the second floor which was great. The staff and service is amazing, they are exremely friendly. They brought a bottle of champagne on ice to my room beacuse I was there on my honeymoon. Beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, and breakfast included for $18 a day, which came in handy. I would definitely stay at this hotel again. The rooms are not as small as other reviews state. They are comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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North Bergen,NJ
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want a beach vacation this is your hotel of choice! towels chairs and umbrellas included,the art work & decor of the was so beautiful certainly a place for the art fanatics truly beautiful place, out in the courtyard filled with palm tree & plants!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Lord Balfour reminded me of a European Hotel! It has 4 floors and is easily accessible by stairs or elevator. The rooms are simple yet tastefully done. The hotel definitely captures the Art Deco vibe, yet is modern and spotless. The bed was comfortable and the hotel, although along the South Beach stretch, was surprisingly quiet. The staff was friendly and accommodating. I did find the pervasive scent of cologne, which is apparently diffused throughout the hotel a little strange. The beach area was wonderful with its umbrella chairs!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Claremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hotel has everything you need for a great stay in South Beach. Very diverse group of people staying at the hotel, which was also pretty cool (families, couples, business people, etc. from all over the world). Just a heads up: even though this feels like a luxury hotel, you won't find a gym/spa, restaurant, room service, etc. at the Lord Balfour. Instead, the hotel offers exactly what you need to have a great vacation at a fair price.

Pros:

Location is excellent. In under a minute, you're at the beach where you can find padded lounge chairs and an umbrella. The beach is beautiful--clear water and white, soft sand. In 7-20 minutes, you can also walk to all the clubs, restaurants, bars, etc. in South Beach, but you're far enough away to have some privacy away from the noise and madness while you sleep.

The decor of the hotel (both in the lobby and the rooms) is awesome and unique. The lobby even smells great! The rooms are a good size, but the bathroom is on the small side. The bed was so comfortable, and everything in the hotel is very clean.

Great continental breakfast. Breakfast, wifi, and the lounge chairs on the beach are all included in the $18/day resort fee.

Staff is friendly and ready to assist you in any way they can.

Cons:

Noise--you can hear pretty clearly what's going on in the hall or the rooms next door. I highly recommended getting a room on the top floor. There wasn't much insulation between the bathroom and the bedroom either, so that might make you feel a tiny bit awkward.

Overall, great stay at the Lord Balfour and I would highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I absolutely loved this property! Friendly staff, beautiful decor and the location of the hotel is PERFECT. To all of the staff: don't change for anyone - you all are amazing at your jobs without being stiff or fake (which is hard to find in Miami). Thank you and we will be back!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Queens, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great hotel. Amazing bellhop makes Richard, he was amazing and friendly and beyond helpful. The rooms were nice the bathroom was super small but it was clean. I couldn't find anything bad to say. The decor was amazing and easy to fall In love with. The bar tender who worked night shift ( don't remember his name... Tall with black slicked back hair) Fridays was AMAZING to say the least. He was also friendly and makes a mean Piccadilly. This hotel was also 2 blocks to the beach and they provided the chairs and the umbrella. This hotel is literally walking distance from the hot spots such as fat tuesdays and wet willies. The beds are comfortable and the hotel is quiet and extremely clean. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Lord Balfour, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear "Jasmineaf1"
Thank you for recognizing the services provided by Richard and Edwin, our Barman, during your recent stay. Our team works very hard in order to provide the high level of service our guests deserve and recognition is very rewarding.
Hope to be of service on your next visit to Miami Beach.
Regards,
Mauricio Martins - General Manager
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Frederick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lord Balfour is in a great location at 4th street. It's a 2 minute walk to beautiful south beach (chairs and umbrellas provided). The rooms are nice, clean, and the staff is very helpful and friendly. It's also a quick walk down ocean drive to all of the cool restaurants. Our only complaint was that you could hear a lot of noise from the room above, so try to get a room on the top floor. They also have free wireless and a decent continental breakfast. Maybe because the room price was great compared to other hotels in the area. They also have valet parking for about 35 per day with no in/out charge. Definitely staying there next time in Miami.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Mauricio M, General Manager at Lord Balfour, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Thank you "SuperJDog" for your recent stay and review.
We appreciate your positive comments and we look forward to your next stay with us.
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Mauricio Martins - General Manager
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Address: 350 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Formerly The Wave Hotel)
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#24 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lord Balfour 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened June 2013: The Lord Balfour made its debut after a multi-million dollar renovation. The Lord Balfour molds well into the rich diversity of Art Deco styles as its exterior is marked with forms of the industrial era. Originally opened in 1940, the Lord Balfour hotel opened its doors as the influx of tourists streamed to Miami Beach, with an enthusiasm for the warm and sunny climate – continuing to do so today. The hotel sits in close proximity to the city’s ever growing arts and culture scene. Enter the hotel’s public space comprising lobby and bar, and you’ll discover a chic vintage setting combined with animated and witty design details. A prominent display of mirrors, on a backdrop of soft textures is a playful homage to Lord Balfour, a man who was considered thoroughly vain. Guest rooms feature natural and sustainable bamboo hardwood floors and all of the modern comforts required of traveler’s today. Oversized windows overlook the interior palmed courtyard, Ocean Drive, or offer city views of the SoFi neighborhood. Furnished with custom designed writing desks and chairs, and leather lounge seating, additional amenities include ETRO bathroom products in a scent that will satisfy both men and women. Comforts include luxurious bed linens along with plush robes, towels and slippers. Fully modernized for today’s guests, rooms feature docking stations, 40” televisions and complimentary WiFi. ... more   less 
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Lord Balfour Hotel Miami Beach
Wave Hotel Miami Beach

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