Need to know
17, including eight suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability (at a cost of AU$50 an hour). Check-in, 2pm. Reception is unmanned between 11pm and 7am; if you're arriving late, contact the hotel in advance to arrange things.
Double rooms from $193.45 (AU$254), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include continental and à la carte breakfast, arrival and departure gifts, and parking.
You won’t be able to resist sliding between the 1,000-thread count Italian-designed Society sheets to peruse the pillow menu. Other smart touches at the Balfour include your broadsheet of choice to accompany your breakfast macchiato, and Australian art works adorning walls and nooks.
At the hotel
Private dining room, DVDs and board games, gardens. In rooms: LCD TV with Foxtel satellite channels, Bose radio, alarm clock and CD player, free WiFi throughout, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, Billi chilled and boiling filtered water tap, Appelles toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Plucked from the imagination of local interior designer Rowena Cornwell, soothing black and muted jewel tones, and a fusion of contemporary and vintage elements make for luxurious lodgings. The apple of this hotel’s eye is the aptly named Terrace Suite, which features its own garden-view terrace balcony for lovebirds in want of a little clandestine canoodling. We also love Courtyard Room 8 for its calming courtyard, perfect for contemplation.
Spicers Balfour is non-smoking. If the rooftop bar's ambrosial cocktails don’t ease you into a Zen state, indulge in some spa pampering in the onsite treatment room, where facials, massages and other treats are on offer.
Spicers Balfour is more of an adults' retreat – leave the kids at home.