This hotel is definitely not for people with young children or older couples trying to relax and enjoy the beach. It is a party hotel and advertises itself as so. With that being said, my friend and I (both mid-20's) and the time of our lives here over President's Day weekend. We got picked up at the airport by the shuttle (shuttle driver) for free and delivered to our hotel. All the doors and windows were open in the front of the hotel and fun music was blasting. Check out was really quick and easy. (We paid $9 extra for a room on the 3rd floor, which is the quiet zone. The music doesn't reach up there and we were never woken up early or in the middle of the night by people partying, etc. I HIGHLY recommend paying extra for this.)
Every night in the hotel we went to the free happy hour from 7-9. The bartenders, Luca and Franchesco were so fun and made the drinks really strong! We got 2 drinks each and took them to our room to drink later on in the night (7pm was a little early for us when we weren't planning out going out until 11). We got food during this time at one of the cafe's on Ocean Drive because they have 1/2 price drinks and appetizers from 7-9 every night.
Our room was adorable! We kept saying we wished our apartment in DC looked like it. The beds were really comfortable with big, fluffy comforters and lots of pillows. The rooms look exactly how they do online: chandeliers, pink walls with graffiti, plasma TV, white linens, full length mirror, etc. One thing that was really great about the room, especially for 2 girls, was the huge closet. It was the biggest one I've seen in a hotel room. Also, the IPOD decking station was really great so that we didn't have to bring our speakers.
The only bad thing I have to say about this hotel was the shower. It didn't have a door and water went EVERYWHERE. We had to use so many towels to clean it up everytime anyone took a shower. This however, isn't a reason not to stay here, it would just be nice if they extended the glass a little bit so that water wouldn't splash everywhere.
Overall we thought this hotel was exactly what we were looking for. A fun hotel, right next to the beach, for a budget price. I've been to South Beach several times and couldn't pick a better hotel for this kind of trip. I travel often and always stay at 5 star hotels and am pretty picky about where I stay, but even I couldn't find much complaint with the Whitelaw, you just need to realize what it's geared towards. I highly recommend it for bachelorette parties, girls' getaways, etc. We will definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Whitelaw Hotel, South Beach's hip, chic boutique hotel, offers guests the ultimate vacation experience at an affordable price. In the heart of South Beach on Collins Avenue and 8th Street, the hotel is located just steps from the beach, shops, restaurants and nighttime hotspots. The Whitelaw combines Art Deco embellishments with whimsical design to transport its guests into a world unique from any other Miami Beach accommodations. IMPORTANT -- Credit card used for booking must be the same credit card presented for payment at check-in. The name on the credit card must match the name on the reservation and the card holder must be present along with a government-issued photo ID. Holiday and Special Events require a non-refundable prepayment 30 days prior to arrival. No early departures are allowed. Reservations are completely non-refundable within 30 days of arrival. Events include but are not limited to: New Years (12/26 to 1/3), Boat Show (2/12 to 2/16), Winter Music Conference & Ultra (3/15 to 3/31), Memorial Day (5/21 to 5/25) & Art Basel (12/3 to 12/9). A mandatory daily resort fee of $20.00 plus tax ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Orbitz, Booking.com, Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline, getaroom.com, HotelsforEveryone, TripOnline SA, Cancelon and HotelQuickly so you can book your Whitelaw Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Whitelaw Hotel Miami Beach
- Whitelaw Miami Beach