Lord Balfour South Beach is a low-rise Art Deco property with an edgy look and a cheeky sense of humour. Newly renovated in late 2012, the property sits on Ocean Drive in the now-popular SoFi (South of Fifth) district, known for its prime restaurants and South Pointe Park. It's not right in the heart of the Miami nightlife, but top clubs like Cameo and Mansion on Washington Avenue are within a 10-minute drive.
The hotel is inspired by the early-20th-century UK Prime Minister, Lord Balfour -- a quirky character known for his narcissism and wit -- and today, a nod to that heritage is evident in the property's artwork (our favourite: the silver butler hands holding up mirrors built into the wall) and the tea-infused cocktails (named after landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London).
Historical references aside, the property's interiors overall are funky and modern, dotted with vanity mirrors, illuminated quotations, wall murals and ceiling-high images of tattooed women.
More of that modern décor is evident in the bedrooms, with pleasant views of either the palm courtyard or Ocean Drive. All are decorated in fresh South Beach style, with bamboo floors, leather lounge chairs and gilded tree trunks for side tables.
The TVs are a whopping 40-inches, there are iPads in every room, and rainfall showers in the bathrooms. The enormous signature suite comes with a separate living room -- complete with leather sofa bed -- and designer lighting.
Travelzoo tip:Don't miss the 2-for-1 specials in the lobby bar from 5-7pm.
From the press:
"A boutique hotel with British flair" -- Miami Herald
"A new star joins Miami's small constellation of chic economy hotels" -- The Times
"A masterpiece of retro-British lodging with proper tea cocktails and the occasional tattooed temptress" -- Urban Daddy
Infant cots / cribs
Gym / fitness center
No pets allowed
24-hour front desk
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
iPod/iPhone docking station
Bathrobes and slippers
Off-street parking (fees apply)
Parking (fees apply)
Public car park (fees apply)
Valet service (fees apply)
Accessible bathroom in some rooms
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
Standard checkout time: 11am.
Children and additional guests
Children under 12 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). One child under 12 per room is free. Cot/crib available on request, free of charge.
No pets allowed.
There is an $18 nightly resort fee that includes daily continental breakfast, Wi-Fi access, beach chair and umbrella rentals.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Extra adults are $50 per night.
It's a 20-minute drive to Miami International Airport and 40-minute drive to Fort Lauderdale Airport.
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in GBP) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.
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