I come to South Beach pretty much every Christmas so I may be able to put this in some perspective. One has to keep in mind that in South Beach, each hotel caters to a specific crowd of travellers, and you are bound for disappointment if you pick one that does not suit you.
Whitelaw (and pretty much all the southbeachgroup hotels on this block) is a party hotel that is suitable for younger, relaxed party crowd looking for superbly convenient location (to beach, club, shops) and reasonably low price. You are paying for neither an upscale beach side resort nor a sophisticated business hotel. This is a pad for you to cool your jets, grab a couple of drinks between hours laying on the beach and going out to dinner/partying later in the evening.
The room are clean and of reasonable size. The staff (both front desk and housekeeping) were always helpful when asked. As someone said below, be nice to the staff and they will be nice to you.
Call me crazy, but compare to the prices you pay at other hotels in the same few blocks, you are getting a really good deal. To the frequent noise complaint on this board, there is a simple solution: ask for a room not on the first floor!
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Whitelaw Hotel Miami Beach
- Whitelaw Miami Beach