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Room Mate Lord Balfour
Ranked #26 of 210 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 February 2014

We would recommend this boutique hotel for its great staff, well appointed rooms and for its location. The desk staff were all very welcoming and very helpful on information on Miami for our two days before getting on a cruise ship. The room was decorated in a fun way, although the bathroom was a tad small. The location is perfect (at the south end of Ocean Blvd) for taking in the action in South Beach but quiet enough at night to get a good sleep. Nice continental breakfast in the lobby each morning too. Easy walking distance to the beach, but it was a little too cool while we were there.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2014

Dear Gerry C:
Thank you for your review and for recognizing our talented staff, this is very rewarding for all of us. We hope to be your hotel of choice when visiting South Beach.
Mauricio Martins - General Manager

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Reviewed 4 February 2014

In the Art Deco District of Miami beach, directly onto Ocean Drive this lovely hotel has an icredible location in the middle of south beach. Very comfortable, everyone is very kind and the beatyful courtyard full of palms and orchids is a nice surprise.
Close to the heart of Miami beach though very quiet.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2014

Dear Alina_ValSauj:
Our Courtyard is indeed a nice surprise as you wrote, in my opinion the best place to have breakfast in the morning and a cocktail in the evening. I am really glad that you enjoyed our hotel.
Come back soon!
Mauricio Martins - General manager

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

We have just returned from spending four nights at Lord Balfour. I had researched hotels thoroughly prior to choosing a place to stay stay and I have to say we were really happy with our choice.

I echo most people's sentiments. It is near to, but not in, the action. Sometimes you just need a break from the noise. It is a short walk from 5th street, the beach is across the road. There are towels provided free. Our corner room on 4th floor (419) was really quiet - I did not hear the marathon runners run past. You will hear people staying in the neighboring rooms, though! We used the 'tiny' gym but it was adequate, 4 machines and a tv. In fact, tiny could be used a lot here. The bathroom in particular. Space is at a premium and every inch was used, but the shower was good. The bed and especially the pillows were extremely comfortable. After all, who comes to Miami Beach to stay in the room apart from to sleep?

Breakfast was perfectly adequate, berries, fruit, yogurt, pastries and toast and really good coffee. There is no restaurant, but there are so many choices nearby, our favourite was A Fish Called Avalon on 7th and Ocean Drive, slightly more sophisticated than many others.

A negative was the Internet as it kept dropping. It is free, but not very good at all.

I understand that valet parking is expensive as it is everywhere in SoBe.

There was a vast mix of people staying here, from families with young children (many Italians) to young couples and older groups.

There is a very useful local South Beach Bus which goes around a large part of the island (nearest was Washington and 4th) and it only costs 25cents. It is pretty frequent and we took it many times over the four days we spent here.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank ruthiegee
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2014

Dear Ruthiegee
I appreciate you taking your time to write a review about our hotel. We will have our own Restaurant in the upcoming months and we would love to have you back to try it out. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for news and events here at Lord Balfour South Beach.
Kind Regards, Mauricio Martins - General Manager

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights at the end of December. We would normally give a better review if it weren't for one major annoyance. The walls are paper thin! Both nights we endured what we thought was a teenage wrestling team practicing above our room. Not to mention, our room was right next to housekeeping's storage closet. Both mornings we could hear them opening and closing the door and digging through their cleaning products as if they were in the same room.
The room and bathroom are rather small, however the appointments are very nice. The bed was comfortable and we loved the shower and bath products.
The staff was lovely, and in all fairness, they were very accommodating and dealt the with noise above us when we complained.
We enjoyed delicious cocktails at the lobby bar as well as the continental breakfast every morning.
I would love to have given a better review, but the noisy rooms would prevent me from ever staying here again.

Room Tip: Definitely request a room on the top floor to avoid the noise.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Wanderlushed
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2014

Dear Wanderlushed;
I apologize for the noisy neighbors and for the noise caused by our Housekeepers. As you mentioned, the Front Desk staff dealt with the first issue and the second I will handle personally with the Housekeeping Manager, it is a training issue and I am glad you brought it up. Please give us a second chance the next time you come to South Beach.
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Mauricio Martins - General Manager

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Reviewed 2 February 2014

The staff were very professional and friendly. Great vibe as soon as you enter the front doors. Very eclectic decor and a treat for those who enjoy modern art. Our room was comfortable and clean. The hotel supplied beach towels, chairs and umbrella. A very nice complimentary continental breakfast every morning. Great location away from the loud main strip. Walkable to a lot of restaurants and shopping. The only parts that were not so great, size of bath room (very small), very thin walls (I could hear the person in the next room snoring and I hear the housekeeping getting out supplies in the closet in the a.m.) and now fan in bathroom so there was steam and moisture in the bathroom.

Room Tip: Don't select room 218 (next to housekeeping closet)
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank E C
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2014

Dear E C
Thank you for your review, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us for the most part, sorry we didn’t meet your expectations 100% this time. I appreciate your feedback about the Housekeeping, these comments allow us to review our processes and improve our products and services. Thanks you for choosing the Lord Balfour for your stay in Miami and I hope to see you soon.
Mauricio Martins – General Manager

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Reviewed 1 February 2014

This hotel is new, nice and with a perfect location. Just a few blocks away from all the action but close enough to get there with a small walk.

The staff is very kind and always ready to assist you. The housekeeping service is very efficient: once you leave your room will be immediately serviced and you´ll find it very clean.

The room we had was comfortable and with a beautiful decoration. Just one negative comment: I found the bathroom size very just. I wonder how overweight people can fit in there?

We stayed at the top floor for five nights and had a very pleasant stay. Just the last night, the room next door was occupied and we could hear all the conversations and movements going on there. Fortunately they had our same sleep pattern so that didn’t change our overall impression of the hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mauricio M, General Manager at Room Mate Lord Balfour, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2014

Dear LucreciaBVH
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Lord Balfour Miami and we thank you for your kind comments about our staff. Please think of us in your next trip to Miami.
Mauricio Martins – General Manager

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Reviewed 31 January 2014

We spent a few nights here back in December. Having trawled online through much more expensive hotels which didn't look half as nice I was so happy to find a lovely little boutique hotel. On arrival it didn't disappoint. The décor is really innovative, in a good way, and great to see them showcasing art in the bar / lobby area.
All the staff were very friendly & quickly moved us to another room once we realised we'd been given an adjoining room (still scarred from past adjoining rooms).
The rooms themselves aren't particulary big but they make up for it in the décor. Same with the bathrooms, and the air con was very efficient, a must in Miami Beach.
There's no restaurant on site but they do provide a nice cold buffet breakfast & there's plenty of places to eat within a stone's throw.
The location was great too, at the quieter end of South Beach away from the tourist traps.
Would definitely visit again & recommend this hotel to others.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 350 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139-6905 (Formerly The Wave Hotel)
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Region: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Miami Beach
#8 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
#9 Business Hotel in Miami Beach
#9 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#21 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range: £90 - £234 (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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