The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami

Miami, Florida

The hotel

The chic Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour is the epitome of five-star luxury. You can look out over the rippling Atlantic Ocean outside while feasting on some fresh seafood, or while being pampered in the spa. Chill out in the outdoor pool, heated so that you can enjoy it all year round. Your little ones will love it here too, with Ritz Kids packs, children’s food menus, and toys and board games galore. And with South Beach just a 15-minute drive away, you can easily experience the famed ‘strip’ of Miami.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Close to Beach
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In Bal Harbour, less than a mile from shops and restaurants, and a 15-minute drive from South Beach. Transfer time from Miami International Airport: 35 minutes.

Hotel information

95 newly refurbished rooms and suites. All with floor-to-ceiling windows, bathroom with free-standing tub, Espresso coffee machine, TV, Asprey bath amenities, CD and DVD player, iron and board, bathrobes and hairdryer. Partial Ocean View Rooms are 510 sq ft and have 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Oceanfront Rooms are 510 sq ft and have direct ocean views, with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Artisan Beach House (waterfront dining, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch). Water's Edge (poolside dining and pool cabana service). Elevated outdoor swimming pool. Exhale Bal Harbour Spa*. 24-hour fitness centre with classes*, steam room and sauna. Pool cabanas* and beach beds*. Ritz Kids (welcome pack with activities and kids menu at the pool and in-room). Room service*. Concierge. Valet parking $32 plus tax, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

This hotel has a resort fee of $40 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Resort fee includes use of the following amenities - High-speed internet access - Beach chair and umbrellas - 2 featured cocktails per person, per day (between 4:00-7:00pm at Artisan Beach House) - Bicycle rental (2 per room, for 2 hours) - Daily pressing of 2 items per person - Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unparalleled views, professional and warm service, another perfect Ritz stay

Jul 19, 2020 Holly S

Once again, Ritz Carlton excels in delivering a superb hard and soft product. My family, including two young children, stayed here for a week just after the 4th of July. It was our second time in Bal Harbour and we were anticipating a tranquil environment and a well needed break from our city life. We were upgraded to a beautiful ocean facing… Read more
Once again, Ritz Carlton excels in delivering a superb hard and soft product. My family, including two young children, stayed here for a week just after the 4th of July. It was our second time in Bal Harbour and we were anticipating a tranquil environment and a well needed break from our city life. We were upgraded to a beautiful ocean facing suite with outstanding views, which made our in room meals so much more enjoyable. What makes the Ritz different from other competing hotels is the service. The lobby was lovely, the rooms well decorated, beds comfortable, but, above all, the service from each staff person, including valet, receptionist, housekeeping, pool attendent, and bartender, is what stands out. Staff at the Ritz go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and special regardless of who you are or how you look. They engaged with our daughters daily and seemed to care about who we were and how our stay was going. Leon, the pool attendand most of the days we were there, especially stood out. He made such a strong effort to serve the guests, bringing out extra floaties for our daughters and going above and beyond each day. This type of experience is consistent at the Ritz Carlton properties we have visited around the world and it's what makes us choose Ritz when we have the option. Well done team! Hope to return in the future! (Also - COVID precautions were followed throughout our stay by all staff and guests). Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The beach was filled with seaweed and trash

Jun 27, 2020 Voyager755478 Austin, Texas

The hotel staff was very nice and attentive. I give five stars for the hotel & restaurant staff, but the beach staff was lacking. The beach was gross , it was filled with a huge amount of seaweed. It was also a bit tough to find staff to get a drink at the beach. Most people hung out by the pool bc the beach was so dirty. Also, most of the rooms… Read more
The hotel staff was very nice and attentive. I give five stars for the hotel & restaurant staff, but the beach staff was lacking. The beach was gross , it was filled with a huge amount of seaweed. It was also a bit tough to find staff to get a drink at the beach. Most people hung out by the pool bc the beach was so dirty. Also, most of the rooms are right by the highway and you can’t see that on the hotel pictures. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating They need to do better

Jun 20, 2020 GastroDoc1 Raleigh, North Carolina

Stayed for a week with my family as a beach getaway. Had very high hopes. Rooms are very nicely done and decorated. Housekeeping was excellent. Several things in the room were broken or not functioning but I think part of this was the fact that they had just opened after being closed for two months from coronavirus. That is certainly… Read more
Stayed for a week with my family as a beach getaway. Had very high hopes. Rooms are very nicely done and decorated. Housekeeping was excellent. Several things in the room were broken or not functioning but I think part of this was the fact that they had just opened after being closed for two months from coronavirus. That is certainly understandable. Engineering promptly came to take care of issues. As others have mentioned, Ocean front is not oceanfront. It is Ocean view from an angle. The hotel is angled to the side and true ocean front is reserved for those living in the Ritz residences. The website is deceiving. Not sure why this is not made clear at the time of booking and paying extra for Ocean front. Valet parking is your only option and is $38 per day. That is reasonable. One major concern is that virtually none of the guests wear masks nor are they told to wear a mask upon check-in or otherwise. Only staff wear masks. Given the current situation especially in Miami - I believe masks should be mandatory especially on elevators. The hotel needs to reinforce this. At the time of this writing it is predicted Florida will be the next epicenter. Marriott should take this into account. There’s a single restaurant on the property and a single small bar/restaurant area near the pool. I think the property in general is not your typical Ritz Carlton. It is not an opulent, expansive property with gardens and an elaborate pool. We had an average stay. We were hoping for much better given the Ritz Carlton name and the nearly $1000 per night cost. Read less
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Jun 15, 2020 Jacobspira

Leon Noboa was the most awesome friendliest and helpful poop attendant ever! He made us feel comfortable and really enhanced our stay! He always had a smile on his face and was Eager and devoted to do his job! Thanks Leon!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating So Impressed with Luxury Ritz Carlton, Bal Harbor

Jun 14, 2020 Kupchik Chicago, Illinois

We had a family vacation and stayed for a few days (3 nights) at Ritz as this was one of the first hotels with beach access to open up during COVID-19 pandemics. I truly relaxed, even though with elementary school aged kids. 5-star service with minor exceptions and 5-star amenities! The semi-private beach does feel like private with area… Read more
We had a family vacation and stayed for a few days (3 nights) at Ritz as this was one of the first hotels with beach access to open up during COVID-19 pandemics. I truly relaxed, even though with elementary school aged kids. 5-star service with minor exceptions and 5-star amenities! The semi-private beach does feel like private with area surrounded by police cars and public safety aids. There was quite a bit of sea weed and water was not very clean, cant say the beach service was excellent and fast, but fair. Beach chairs and towels are provided, and beach is so conviently located feet away from hotel. So was the pool. The outdoor pool was fantastic, with warm water, but air conditioned environment so it felt breezy with abundance of umbrellas, towels, pool toys for kids and cocktail/food service for best comfort! The staff with a few exceptions goes out of the way to help you and make you feel welcomed! (Daniel, Monike at front desk, Ziggy at the beach, and a guy at the pool whose name I believe starts with Y (so sorry forgot the first name)). The room service is provided in plastic containers but provided it is! Very good food from Artisan Beach House albeit somewhat limited choices perhaps due to COVID-19 (or you could also order deliveries from whatever cuisine you want from abundance of choices nearby and from casual to fine best wordwide cuisine!!) I have to mention the views from our partial oceanfront view 1br suite (we were upgraded, thank you!!) - awesome! The suite is very spacious, has refrigerator, microwave, plenty of classy furniture, super comfortable bed. The bath and shower have luxury amenities, and master bath alone will make you feel relaxed!! The suite has 2 spacious balconies with fantastic relaxing views. My kids loved the pool, the breakfast, the space in the suite, the comfort of bedding arranged, the elevators and way to the pool. There is a beautiful spa but it was closed due to COVID (i believe it is opening mid-June). Gym is also on site. Local area is very walkable too, and very very beautiful! I sure hope to be back, and would not hesitate to choose Ritz Carlton, Bal Harbor should i stay in Miami area again. Read less