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Room Mate Lord Balfour
Ranked #24 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Montreal, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

We had an incredible two day stay at the Lord Balfour. Sooo Miami Beach! The decor, the ambiance, the staff and even the Continental Breakfast made us feel as if we were at the center of of American Caribbean Art culture.

Room Tip: We were only a short flight up from the street but that was OK; the hotel is quiet since the action...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Dear Rob K
It must have been a nice break from the winter in Canada to come to South Beach for a few days. We are glad that you chose the Lord Balfour for your stay and that you were pleased with our facilities and services.
Mauricio Martins - General Manager
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms were nicely designed and the breakfast was just great (fresh fruit, yoghurt, buns,...). The only thing there is to say is that the sound isolation is not the best. (But this is the same in every hotel in South Beach). The location is amazing, because you're just approximately 5-10 minutes away from the Art Deco District and the beach. I highly recommend this hotel; there is no reason why you shouldn't come!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Dear estelle_marti:
Thank you for acknowledging our staff service in your review, we work hard to deliver great service to our guests and your kind comments are of great importance.
Please consider the Lord Balfour again on your next visit to Miami Beach.
Regards,

Mauricio Martins - General Manager
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Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

I won a contest and this my hotel. I had never heard of it. Once I arrived the kindness and everything started. This was an awesome visit only topped off by the greatness of the staff. They new my name and talked to me everyday, helpful, friendly, just all around great. Your 1 block away from 5th St where all the night life starts so it is more peaceful at the balfour. I can not say enough good things about the staff. I will be back.

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Dear Brian F
We are delighted to know that you had a great time at the Lord Balfour and our staff again made the difference. Prior to your visit you had never heard of us, now I hope you never forget! We are looking forward to welcome you back on your next trip to Miami Beach.
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Over the years I have stayed there and always send friends ! It was Lord Balfour, then changed to Waves and now back to Lord Balfour. Marvellous staff, marvellous breakfast, nice rooms and patio plus the great location...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Dear kikinsg :
Thanks for your loyalty to our hotel, it must be interesting to see all the different phases of this historic property and we feel that we have the best product ever and still maintaining the high level of service that you have experienced over the years.
Our next improvement will be the opening of our Restaurant in a couple of months and the addition of 17 new rooms and a pool in our next door lot in the next year or so. Always keeping the hotel up-to-date.
Warm regards.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

This hotel is lovely, it is in a great location, the rooms are clean, there is very little if any noise during the night, the staff are friendly and helpful with service that is efficient. The bathroom was quite compact but sufficient.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Thank you "leena r" for your review and for choosing the Lord Balfour amongst so many fine choices in Miami Beach. We appreciate your business and we hope to see you again in the near future.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Stunning, unique hotel at the quieter end of Ocean Drive. Rooms are spotelss and always cleaned to a high standard everyday. Breakfast is generous and with a wide choice. beach towels, chairs and sunbeds included. Staff very helpful. The courtyard is beautiful where you can sit outside and have breakfast in the sunshine. No noise heard over night as just far enough away from all of the bars but only a 2 block walk. 1 block across the road to the beach. Will definately look to stay here again and would recommend this as a fabulous place to stay in South Beach.

Room Tip: Room 406 is a twin but looks out onto Ocean Drive and some lovely palm trees!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear "Alison C " your kind words about our hotel and staff are truly appreciated. We strive to provide the most memorable stay possible for all our guests and it makes us proud to be recognized on your review.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the Lord Balfour over Presidents' Weekend and loved it! We wanted to stay south of fifth and away from all the craziness of what everyone thinks of as "south beach"; this hotel fit the bill yet gave us really easy access to all of that if we wanted it. It is a nice boutique hotel with a good vibe.

The rooms are small but well-appointed with modern decor. The etro bath products were also a welcome treat! We only heard one neighbor come back late one night, and it was no louder than it would have been at any other hotel. We were staying on the top floor in a corner room, though... My only real complaint (which shows how quiet it was indeed!) was that the ac unit sounded like Darth Vader! It sounded like we had a third person sleeping with us while the ac was on! I didn't complain about it because we were only there for two nights, but it does need to be fixed!

Our Orbitz rate included breakfast and chairs at the beach. The breakfast was continental style and included berries, bananas, apples, yogurts, pastries, and bagels/bread. There was also oj, coffee, and tea.

The service staff was always friendly and welcoming. When we checked in (earlier than check in time) Amaury was ready and willing to check us in even though he informed us he wasn't usually front desk. It's a small hotel with a small staff and it is good to see that their staff is willing to jump in to fill roles as needed. I don't know her name, but the woman at the breakfast buffet was equally as friendly and asked us how our run was when we returned a little later that morning.

In all, this hotel provided exactly what we needed at a good rate (for South beach). It is not "full service" in the sense that there's no room service, no spa, etc., but I would recommend it to friends or stay there again myself.

NB: the population staying at LB when we were there was highly international! :) We were one of the few Americans there, which gave the place an even cooler vibe!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Worktravelgal
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear Worktravelgal
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on your recent stay. I will have our engineering department revise our A/C units and fix the unwanted "Star Wars" sound effects that you have mentioned, thanks for pointing that out.
Thank you for recognizing Amaury and Ana for their services, this is very rewarding for all of us.
We look forward to welcoming you back at the Lord Balfour.
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Property: Room Mate Lord Balfour
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
#10 Best Value Hotel in Miami Beach
#20 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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