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Room Mate Lord Balfour
Ranked #19 of 212 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 19, 2013

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.

Room Tip: The King beds are a must. Beautifully comfortable.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Chauncey350, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

Thank you for your kind words and observations! It was great having you here with us. I appreciate your comments. We are always striving to provide great service. I look forward to having you visit with us again in the near future.

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Chauncey

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Very stylish boutique hotel; big rooms; free breakfast; free wireless; free beach towels, bathrobe, slippers; 5 star service and quality; friendly and helpfull stuff ( esp.Richard); best location for south beach; walking distance to beach and ocean drive. far away from the noise; beach in front of the hotel is amazing; would definitely stay there again; book early for reasonable rates;

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Chauncey350, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

It was our pleasure to have you here with us! Thank you for your kind words. I am looking forward to having you visit with us again soon!

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Chauncey

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I recently stayed at the Lord Balfour and would stay again. I was alone and the room was newly remodeled as is the hotel. Boutique is what it is defined as. Nice patio in the front of the hotel, puts you right on the sidewalk where you are in talking distance from pedestrian traffic. Staff was very nice and attentive. Very clean, nice shower heads. Bed was comfortable and less than 100 yards from the beach. The problem I had was the radios (I had one replaced) in the room would not work properly with my iPhone, the night stand was an art deco tree trunk (nice) that had no storage. The other problem was the Kings throne was cramped in a small space with the tissue in a location that required you to reach across your body with the opposite hand to access the roll. If you are a wide body, you would be uncomfortable in the space. More room was given to the face bowl and cabinet than the toilet space. If you are with someone and you move comfortably in and out of the washroom, its gonna be a problem. Either leave the door open or be prepared, you will have to stand and move to let the door open and your guess to pass. I was on the first floor and did not see the other rooms, so keep that in mind. The hotel is located away from the very active club scene but is close to other area attractions in walking distance (pricey retail shops), walgreens, multiple cafe' and nice neighborhood. In conclusion, absent a few small inconveneces you wouldn't go wrong with this selection. If the staff can accommodate you, they will. They will make you welcome

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Chauncey350, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

It was great having you visiting with us! Thank you for your observations and suggestions on how we can continue to make our place more comfortable. Your kind words are appreciated and we look forward to having you here with us again.

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Chauncey

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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

A great hotel when visiting Miami Beach! It's just a few feet away from South Beach and the Ocean Drive. Richard, the concierge, did everything to make this stay as good as it was. I highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Chauncey350, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

We loved having you here with us! Thank you for your kind remarks. I look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Nice enough boutique style hotel. On the far end of South Beach. Starbucks about one block from there. A/C works excellent! Parking is VERY expensive. $35 plus tax per night! We needed to get something from the car one day and asked where we can go to open the trunk and they directed us to a garage that our car was NOT in. Very frustrating, they did not know where our car was. That evening it took them about 25 minutes to bring us our car. Beach is right across the street, very nice. If you walk along Ocean Drive there's many dining options. Be aware all the specials are not what they seem. We spent over $48 for two sodas, one small Caesar salad and a small pizza. With a "lunch special" Everything's very pricey. I would not recommend the place for families, very small. I can't imagine a heavy person trying to use the bathroom. Think European hotels and you've nailed it!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chauncey350, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2013

It was wonderful having you here with us! Thank you for your comments and observations. I apologize for the incorrect instruction you received about the valet parking lot! Time on vacation is too precious to spend looking for a parking lot! We will more than make up for that on your next visit with us. Contact me directly so I can organize that for you.

Sincerely,

Chauncey

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Stayed here for a few nights did not pre book just walked up to reception and inquired was greeted by Ms Cree Stubbs
Front office manager.
I found her customer service skills to be outstanding very welcoming and informative ,
Hotel is is on the famous ocean drive couple of streets away from all the noise so it was ideal very clean and newly refurbished hotel just across the street from the beautiful beach would highly recommend this hotel ,
Staff are all very friendly and overall it is a great hotel .

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Chauncey350, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Thank you for your kind words and observations! We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit with us. I look forward to providing you service again in the near future!

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Chauncey

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Although my party only stayed at this hotel for one night, we felt completely at home. The room was clean, had enough space for three and was absolutely beautiful! Very unique! The location of this hotel was perfect for us. Very close to the beach, Collins and although its at the quieter end of Ocean Drive, very close to the amazing South Beach nightlife. It's also quiet enough to sleep too, which is always an added bonus :)

The concierge Dilip was fantastic, organising all of the things we wanted to do in a very short space of time. Another fantastic member of staff was Richard, who was very friendly and helpful, and who brought me a sewing kit to the room when I was having a dress emergency!

Overall, I would definitely recommend staying at this hotel if you are visiting South Beach.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Chauncey350, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2013

It was wonderful to have you here with us! Thank you for your kind remarks about your visit and for recognizing Dilip and Richard's efforts. We look forward to providing excellent service again on your next visit with us.

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Chauncey

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Address: 350 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139-6905 (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:
#8 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#9 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#9 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#11 Best Value Hotel in Miami Beach
#16 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: $146 - $485 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Room Mate Lord Balfour 4*
Number of rooms: 64
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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