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Historical references aside, the property's interiors overall are funky and modern, dotted with vanity mirrors, illuminated quotations, wall murals and ceiling-high images of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
Newspaper / magazines
Gym / fitness center
No pets allowed
24-hour front desk
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Express check-in / checkout
Room service (limited hours)
Shuttle service (fees apply)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Bathtub (in some rooms)
Bathtub or shower
Public car park (fees apply)
Valet service (fees apply)
Accessible bathroom in some rooms
ADA compliant rooms
Facilities for guests with special needs
Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.
Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 21.
Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.
Children and additional guests: Children up to the age of 17 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cot/crib available on request (based on availability), free of charge for children up to the age of 2. Extra beds are not available.
Pets: No pets allowed.
Fees: A daily resort fee of $9.99 plus tax ($11.39) applies and will be added to your bill directly at hotel on check-out. The Resort Fee includes: daily service, WIFI, local calls, towels for the beach, bottle of water upon arrival, 2 beach chairs, one umbrella, safe box, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, Wimate (on request).
A Valet Parking Fee of $35 plus tax (oversized vehicles might be charged extra) applies per day and will be added to your bill directly at the hotel. This rate is subject to change at the discretion of the property.
Cancellation: 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.
Additional details: Extra adults are $50 per night.
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.
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