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The Balfour Hotel

by Megan DuBois
Photo: Courtesy of the property
by Megan DuBois
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There’s a certain image that likely comes to mind when someone says, “Miami.” But from gorgeous Art Deco architecture and incredible dining venues to sandy beaches and arts and culture, Miami has something for everyone. No matter the reason you’re in town, The Balfour Hotel is right in the heart of it all. Keep reading for our review of this lively hotel near the beach. 

What You Need to Know

The Look of The Balfour Hotel

It's All in the Details

The Balfour Hotel occupies a U-shaped Art Deco building in the middle of historic South Beach. Its bright white lobby is dotted with colorful art and a lively bar and lounge where bartenders sling delectable drinks, and other common areas include a rooftop plunge pool surrounded by lounge chairs. Additionally, there are also two rooftop terraces where chairs and couches get snagged by sunbathers. The hotel also has a Latin restaurant, called Mehzcla Restaurant, which hosts breakfast and dinner every day: Brunch is served on Sunday from 8: a.m. until 4 p.m.

The hotel’s 82 guest rooms and suites have a classic look with modern amenities like Smart TVs and Lavazza coffee machines. Each room has a calming color palette of olive green, gray, white, and wood tones, and ranges in size from classic with king-sized beds to larger junior suites with bunk beds that can sleep four. 

The Vibe at The Balfour Hotel

Even though the hotel is close to the bustling beach and Ocean Drive, it feels a world away thanks to the chill atmosphere of the common spaces.

Who Will Love The Balfour Hotel

Adults looking for a romantic getaway, or friends traveling together for a beach weekend will love The Balfour Hotel the most.

Who Might Not Love The Balfour Hotel

Families traveling with young kids will want to stay at a different Miami hotel. The Balfour Hotel generally caters to a more adult audience. 

Best Amenity at The Balfour Hotel

The best amenity here is the easy access to the beach, plus the complimentary chairs and umbrella. Don’t forget to grab a towel from the front desk on your way there. 

Money Matters

What’s Included at The Balfour Hotel

Your stay includes access to the outdoor plunge pool, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels. 

Extra Fees & Costs You Should Know About at The Balfour Hotel

The Balfour Hotel has a daily resort fee of $42 plus tax, which includes a host of amenities like welcome drinks and bike rental credits. If you plan to park a car, valet parking is $45 per night. 

How to Get a Deal at The Balfour Hotel

The hotel’s offers tab showcases different packages and discounts that can be applied to your booking. We particularly love the Florida Resident Discount, which offers 10% off to those who live in Florida looking for an easy getaway or a staycation. 

The Sweet Season

Even though it’s Florida, Miami’s slow season is the summer because of the excessive heat and risk of hurricanes. During the summer, hotel prices are cheaper, but the weather can be very hot and afternoons often bring thunderstorms. 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of The Balfour Hotel

The Balfour Hotel is in a prime location just a block away from stunning South Beach. Near the hotel guests will find Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Beach Park, the iconic Big Pink restaurant, and the Jewish Museum of Florida. Additionally, the hotel is right on Ocean Drive, which is known for its incredible array of Art Deco buildings. 

Nearest Airport to The Balfour Hotel

The closest airport is the Miami International Airport (MIA), about 11 miles away. 

Nearest Public Transportation to The Balfour Hotel

The Washington Ave & 4th St. bus stop is a short walk from the hotel. We would suggest renting a car or biking through the area since public transportation in Florida can be unreliable. 

The Bottom Line

The Balfour Hotel is a fun and laidback place to stay in Miami near the beach and bustle, as well as close to plenty of Art Deco architecture.

It's All in the Details