Quickly making a name for itself in South Beach's emerging SoFi (South of Fifth) neighborhood, the luxurious, boutique, and retro-chic Lord Balfour hotel—now part of the Spain's RoomMate brand—exudes style, sophistication, and the full-throttle, present-day Miami Beach experience. The guest rooms within this refurbished art deco building are bold, fun, and flavorful with sleek bamboo floors, tree-trunk nightstands, and British-inspired leather-tufted headboards, chairs, and benches—all under constant watch of the larger-than-life tattooed vixen that graces every bedside wall. This is the perfect fit for young sophisticates who actually desire to go out and experience South Beach (as opposed to sitting at the resort all day) and still want stylish digs to return to.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Miami Beach's SoFi neighborhood is more quiet and residential than the Ocean Drive area.
Choose from queen, double queen, or king rooms--each has leather chairs for lounging, a writing area, a safe, flat screen TV, mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, and morning coffee/tea. Rooms are decorated with tasteful murals on the wall and wood floors--making them feel more like you're staying with a chic friend than at a hotel.
YOU SHOULD KNOW No tubs - showers only in most rooms.
The lobby keeps the Lord Balfour's original art deco details -- a fireplace and intricate terrazzo flooring--and adds colorful contemporary artwork and leather seating. A charming courtyard is perfect for morning coffee or relaxing after the beach.
Find a continental breakfast in the lobby for guests each morning.
A small gym furnishes all the basics--a treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical, and hand weights.
The Lord Balfour is walking distance to most South Beach attractions. A free Miami Beach trolley operates daily, with three routes that circle the city.
Prime 112 (5-minute walk) is known for its expensive cuts of meat and celebrity sightings. It's not surprising to see a Kardashian or Miami Heat player at the table next to you. Joe's Stone Crab (5-minute walk) is Miami Beach's oldest restaurant. Famous for stone crabs, the restaurant's next door Joe's Takeaway offers more casual fare.
Ted's Hideaway (5-minute walk) is a no-frills, locals bar that's frequented by the after beach crowd who want a cold one after a day in the sun. South Pointe Tavern (5-minute walk) offers whiskey and tequila-forward cocktails in a friendly setting.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Lord Balfour is a classic art deco hotel that's been reworked to provide modern conveniences. It's a fun hotel with clean rooms for travelers who don't need too many frills yet want to be close to the beach.