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Miami might be famous for its vice and its heat, but no one embraces both with the same enthusiasm as Lord Balfour.

A hotel situated in the perfect part of South Beach, on the stretch of Ocean Drive that is still within arm’s reach of the dazzling, infamous Miami Beach nightlife, but has a languid, laid back tropical grace that invites you to relax, and linger at your hotel.

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Embracing its location with an unmatched vivacity, Lord Balfour might possibly be the perfect South Beach experience.  Step off the front steps and all the icons of Miami Beach splay out at their best: the white sand beach and luxuriously blue ocean are right there beckoning to you; the throbbing nightlife pulses all around like a non-stop disco; the Deco district is in full glory–Lord Balfour takes all these and infuses them into its own personality.

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The rooms would make any design aficionado with an edge for counterculture playfulness swoon. A combination of modern and impishly retro, the walls are flirtatiously adorned with mesmerizingly tattooed pin up girls who all seem to be inviting you to “slip into something more comfortable.”  We highly recommend that you take their advice—this is Miami after all.

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Though some of the rooms themselves are perhaps a bit small, the interior design and decoration maximizes each space, making you feel comfortable and welcome, wrapped into your private little mod world.  With a huge, delightfully engrossing bed and a wonderfully luxurious bathroom and shower, how could you feel anything but blissfully at ease? And, after a long night out, you will gladly walk the ½ block back to your hotel room to find warm embrace of your tremendously alluring pinup bed soothing you away from the boom-booming house music that lingered all night in your ears.

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The spacious and exceedingly tranquil lobby spills out back into a tranquil, palm-lined courtyard—its peaceful air, a welcome refuge from the non-stop action of Ocean Drive, while simultaneously serving as an excellent vantage point for people watching.

Truly, whether sipping a tea-infused cocktail at the bar or lingering in the back garden under the shade of a palm, some of the best people watching in all of Miami Beach might just be at the bar, in the lobby and down the halls of Lord Balfour.

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There’s no question that Lord Balfour has done its job exceedingly well at appropriately titillating the young, attractive jet-setting crowd that seems to occupy every room and strut carefree through the lobby in a constant stream.  Without a doubt, there is a sophisticated air of fun flirtation that permeates throughout the property, making you feel sizzling, at your best and ready for anything. Or maybe it’s just the supreme style of Lord Balfour rubbing off on you.  Either way, it’s terrific.

– Ava Fedorov

Lord Balfour Hotel
350 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
800.949.4075
lordbalfourmiami.com