In July we stayed in Miami Beach for 2 nights as part of a 17 day trip around Florida (and a bit of Georgia). The trip was amazing with so much packed in to it and we stayed at about half a dozen hotels along the way. On arriving in Miami Beach it was easy to find the Lord Balfour and pulling up we were greeted at the front door by the concierge who was very attentive and welcoming. Immediately I was struck by how well decorated the hotel was in the lobby, with a lot of time being spent to make it feel classy but not intimidating. Check in was smooth and when asking for some advice on where to eat in the evening we were recommended a couple of places (the one we chose, Monty's, was excellent).
The rooms were superb, well decorated, clean, luxurious and extremely comfortable. The complementary bright orange slippers and bath robe were an extra nice touch.
Miami South Beach is a two minute walk from the from the front door and the hotel gave us beach towels to use whilst there, yet another very convenient touch. All in all the hotel was very good.
The hotel had only been operating 3 weeks when we stayed there and inevitably there were a couple of teething issues. Our shower had a slight problem which meant from time to time it did't want to turn on. The air con was quiet but did sound like someone breathing, which at first was a little strange, but it didn't keep us awake. Also, the breakfast buffet was a bit sparse and uninspiring. Finally, the car service had a slight problem and tended to take a while, but that wasn't a problem as I lounged around on the very comfortable sofa on the veranda while I waited.
I would definitely recommend staying here. The teething issues will no doubt be solved by now and the hotel is worth every penny and a lot more besides. You will love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come to Miami Beach and meet Room Mate Lord Balfour, an Art Deco hotel inspired in XX Century Art with a modern twist. Situated right by the beach, just a few steps walk from Lummus Park, the hotel has a privileged location in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach. Breakfast till noon, gym, free Wi-Fi, private courtyard garden is also on site, amenities in room, multilingual staff available 24 hours and everything you need to feel at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lord Balfour Hotel Miami Beach
- Wave Hotel Miami Beach