The Whitelaw Hotel

808 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139

By Richard Luscombe, your Miami expert

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#34 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Miami
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4.3
4.3
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Singles, Stag / hen parties, Live entertainment, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of The Whitelaw Hotel

Budget friendly and unashamed party hotel that’s chic, hip and very pink.

This beautifully decorated boutique hotel in a fabulous location isn’t for everyone, and the owners make no secret of that. The Whitelaw’s a small boutique hotel that caters for the late-night party set… there’s music pumping from the lobby lounge into the early hours, every night. If you’re looking for the full-on South Beach experience, it’s here. But take your granny and your children to stay elsewhere.

Location: 

A block back from Ocean Drive, on one of the busiest fashion-shopping stretches of Collins Avenue, the Whitelaw is about as central to the South Beach action as it’s possible to get.

Bedrooms: 

The overwhelming colour-scheming of pink, red and white makes this, for my money at least, a more popular choice for the girls. Similar in layout to its sister Hotel Chelsea nearby (49 rooms over three floors), the small rooms and bathrooms can feel a little claustrophobic at first – but they’ve found room for a fridge, iPod dock stereo and plasma TV to make you feel comfortable.

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Public areas: 

The white-and-bright lobby, with white high-backed renaissance style chairs and unusual padded white circular bench is lacking only a pink flamingo for that authentic Miami look. The hallways are brightly decorated in white with funky pink-and-black designer artwork. There’s a sun terrace on the roof for sleeping off that hangover.

Eating and drinking: 

After years of providing bland, uninteresting food, the Whitelaw thought again and recently installed a new restaurant/eatery under the name Jiminy Crickets. The theming’s a little cheesy but the breakfasts at least are pretty good. The lobby bar is lively and loud.

Leisure facilities: 

Nothing on site.

Service: 

Service is usually efficient but don’t waste your time calling front desk to ask them to have the music turned down.

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Who stays there: 

Partying young couples, singles looking to hook-up and single-sex groups such as hen parties.

Price advice: 

Many early booking and summer discounts available, Resort fee ($15 a day) at least gets you free drinks at happy hour.

Pros: 
Good social scene
Excellent location
Free airport shuttle
Cons: 
No pool/gym
Very noisy
Small rooms

More information on The Whitelaw Hotel:

Type:
Hotel
Address:
808 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service

The Whitelaw Hotel

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