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While in Little Havana, we checked out Maximo Gomez Park. The park name is from:
"Máximo Gómez y Báez (November 18, 1836 in Baní, Dominican Republic - June 17, 1905 in Havana, Cuba) was a Dominican Major General in the Ten Years' War (1868–1878). He was also Cuba's military commander in that country's War ...
... s Art Deco almost as far as the eye can see. It's actually really beautifully maintained, and hasn't been built over by modern monsters. So it has quite a low rise, festive look about it. Visited the Wolfsonian - FIU museum ... More Art Deco and an interesting exhibition on the change from farm based to mass produced food in the US. Home to the hotel for a swim ... But even too hot by the pool for me to stay long. It's a shame all my ancestors were bog dwelling ...
... city. I decided to get off the bus at Little Havana which is a suburb very popular amongst Cubans who have made the USA their home. It was cool in that the street signs were all in Spanish and there were Cuban eateries and cigar shops/factories all along the main road for about half a mile. I ordered a Cuban sandwich for lunch. It consisted of ham, chorizo sausage, cheese, tomatoes, some type of sauce and some other stuff. Bloody nice. I ...
... car and driving out without being hassled about buying this insurance or that insurance. Definitely worth being a Hertz Gold member.
Got headed toward Alligator Alley and began looking for someplace to grab a bite. Decided McDonald's would be a quick way to stay on the road, so we went through a drive through and kept driving. I tried the new McWraps but accidentally got a meal instead of just the wrap. We ended up with three ...
... owned by Sly Stallone, Puff Diddy, The late Elizabeth Taylor and Gloria Estafan and Julio Englasias, the biggest house belonged to a bloke who owned a pharmacutical company... freaking amazing homes with boats at the back to match. After that we went back to Bayside and off the boat and onto the bus where we were whipped around the place, first stop Ocean Dve South Beach or as the locals call it. "Americas Riviera" and they wouldnt be far wrong ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWhitelaw Hotel Miami Beach
waited an hour and a half for the shuttle in the Florida HEAT...
was moved from our original hotel to this one...
on the plus side it was strangely ghetto fabulous and really quite hilarious...
they tried SOOO hard to be chic but it wore thin much like the wall paint they used to paint all their furniture white...the room was clean however and the bathroom was pretty rad
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Historical Traveler Reviews Whitelaw Hotel Miami Beach
Best Bang for your Buck
One Block from the beach and very clean, the Whitelaw Hotel is the perfect place to stay to enjoy SouthBeach. We booked through ****. Bring a copy of your confirmation letter to confirm number of people and beds requested. The internet service in the lobby was down, so I had to run to a internet coffee house to produce documentation. Female Staff member at check-in(not friendly) seemed to process us at the front desk when we first checked in. The evening staff was outgoing and friendly. There is a free shuttle to/from the airport. Check out thier website for airport pickup/dropoff that runs every half hour. Room service was non existant during our stay. I recommend The News Cafe on Ocean Drive, one block away(great for people watching and open 24 hrs.) There will also be a luxury tax added to your final bill. Approx.$10.00/night. There's alot of dumps on Collins, but this property is great if you can stand middle of the road, very clean, but without all the bells and whistles(no inground pool, room service, bell boy, or valet) Get out and enjoy Miami's South Beach....its HOT again!
This place isn't worth it. Rooms are cramped and very dark (you will look over an alley or rooftop). They are noisy. Expect to hear your neighbors' every movement. The hotel plays music at its bar/lounge all night, so do not plan on getting any sleep before 4 a.m. The staff is rude. They do not accommodate their guests. Several of us complained about the loud music but didn't receive any consideration. The food stinks. They can't get pankcakes right! The only plus is its location--close to all major South Beach hot spots. The pictures and hype are deceptive. I would strongly discourage anyone from staying here.
We walked out!
We paid $110 for a one night stay at this hotel. When we got there, we found it had no pool, no bar, no restaraunt. When we got to our room, after a very smelly corridor, the sheets were dirty, the towels were threadbare and there were ants all over the bathroom floor! We complained to the manager, who did nothing. we walked out and drove 5 mins down the road to a much nicer hotel on the sea front. It cost less and had a lovely pool with all the amenities we needed. I would never recommend this hotel to anyone. In fact I would tell people to stay well clear!!
We loved the Whitelaw!
A friend and I visited Miami Beach from July18-July 23, and we stayed at the Whitelaw. I thought that it was a great place. The only problem that we had was that when we made our reservations they did not tell us that we would have to leave a refundable deposit of $100.00. But once we got past that everything else was fine.
When we checked it we went up to our room and everything was very clean and white. The air-conditioning worked very well, unlike other places I have seen. The CD player in the room was very nice, as was the Television. The channels that we got were great. I wish that we got some of the same ones back home. Especially the Gameshow Network.
The bar/loby was very nice, happy hour was neat. They have the best Iced coffee. The free breakfast was good, but you have to get there early or everything is mostly gone. The beach is only 1 block away. That was a plus. Nextdoor is Banana Republis, and across the street was Armani. Everything is within walking distance, wich was nice. Down the street on Washington Ave and i think 7th, there is an awesome pizza place. It has a Spanish flare to it, but what dosent down there?
It is very easy to get around, between taxi's, the city bus, and the mini-bus for only .25 cents. All together the Whitelaw is a very cute, clean, and comfortable. Oh yeah, one more thing-They have feather pillows, and a very expensive mini bar in the room ($2.00 for a bag of peanut m&m's). I would recomend this hotel to anybody looking to stay in an inexpensive hotel close to the beach.
I have visited South Beach for many years and have stayed at many hotels on Collins Avenue and some on Ocean Drive. The Whitelaw was by far the nicest. The rooms are small, but then again, all the rooms for medium priced hotels in South Beach are small. The rooms are clean and well kept. The staff is helpful. There is happy hour every night and the nightlife suggestions from the front desk were on point. They gave us free passes to clubs and got us on guest lists that were comped or significantly reduced. Overall, I feel that the Whitelaw is an excellent hotel for the money...and the bathrobes aren't bad either!
Would definitely stay here again
Stayed here for 4 nights in October 2002. Only just found this website. The Whitelaw may not be the cheapest accommodation around, but if you make the most of your stay, you can find great value for money. The first plus for the Whitelaw is the free shuttle to and from the airport (although I guess you pay for it in the price of your room! This only runs 6 days a week, so check that it will be available on the day you arrive.) Having left Heathrow on a cold, wet morning, the blistering 33C heat outside Miami airport was something of a shock. Although the hotel is only a short ride from the airport, due to a serious road accident on one of the flyovers that afternoon between the mainland and Miami Beach, the shuttle took almost 1.5 hours to get me to the hotel! Not the greatest of starts after a 9 hour flight. However, once at the hotel, check-in was efficient, and although the bar wasn't open, I was allowed to got to one of the sister hotels across the road to get a beer and bring it back to the Whitelaw to drink it! The Whitelaw at that time had a free bar for about 2 hours each night. Seemed to be available from 6-8pm, earlier than advertised on their website. Again, it can't really be free, you pay for it in the room price, but it was great to be able to have several drinks here and watch the hotel lobby fill up with all sorts of people taking advantage of the free bar. It was apparent that the facility was open to anyone who walked in, not just hotel residents. I can't imagine such a think in the UK!! Fantastic. There are loads of big soft chairs, and a game of chess to while away the time. My only grumble was that the chessboard had three pieces missing, so I had to improvise with personal belongings to replace these for the two or three games I had. Hardly a serious complaint! I used the free bar, then went out to other places to eat in the evening. Breakfast is taken in the lobby, where there was a small selection of fruit, cheese, meat, bread, pastries and coffee. If you want to sit outsidefresh pineapple and the coffee. At first I felt guilty about going back for second and third helpings (wouldn't be allowed in England!) but none of the staff bothered - they just kept refilling the selection. Note - if you get to breakfast late, as I did one day, the selection may not be as large. I believe the Whitelaw now does snacks, but I can't comment on these as they had not introduced that part of the business when I was there. Don't worry - there's an endless selection of restaurants around within 2 minutes' walk. The hotel is only one block away from the beach too, which was fairly quiet on weekdays but much busier on the Saturday. No real problem finding a spot though. The room I had (one of the suites) was cool, spacious and spotlessly clean. It looked out onto Collins Ave (lively and a bit noisy - but then you don't go to this part of Miami Beach for peace and quiet!). Very large, comfortable bed and a sofa-bed to relax on. I think there was a minibar in the room, but I never use these anyway as they are usually overpriced!) Regular maid service, with clean towels etc every day.The room was on the top floor, which is accessible by elevator lift and stairs. The electronic key locks (operated by a swipe card) were totally unreliable, and worked twice on average before I had to go to reception and either get the card recharged or get a new card. A bit of a hassle - had this worked, I would have given the Whitelaw 5 spots instead of 4. Shower room was ok - not the best I've had, and rather small, but how much time do you actually spend in there?! There were loads of towels and 2 large bathrobes as well as the usual complimentary soaps and gels.The staff were friendly and very helpful, something which for me either makes or breaks a stay, no matter what other features the hotel has. I would definitely stay here again.
The best staff
I stayed at the Whitelaw May 2002, for one week with 12 girls, we got 3 rooms, happily all next to each other. The best thing about this hotel was the staff, amazing and fun, ready to help and listen. Dillon was the best and the funniest. Oh let's not forget Happy hour, every day was a different theme. On the last night the manager threw a party and we had free finger food in the lobby, that was fun. Umm, you also get continental breakfast in the morning and that was convenient, since restaurants are very expensive in south beach. Also haging out in the front patio was fun, met a lot of people that way. This is a place you want to go if you are single, have fun with friends!
The rooms, the bathroom was the problem no space, no tub, bathroom could be bigger on the plus side I liked the robes you get and the room is very clean. There is a full size mirror on the closet door and the closet space fit all 4 girls shoes. Which is amazing. The CD player did not work at first but was fixed.
They also have tours, we also took a tour to the Bahamas, highlight of the trip I think the cost was $100.00 for a one day trip and you take a cruise to the bahamas includes meals, it was too short, but we had a blast, if you decide to take this, spend the night instead of going for one day, well worth it!
The location is perfect, it is a block away from the beach, with Ben and Jerry's around the corner, I love Ice Cream.
We had lost the keys, my friend dyed her hair during the trip and ruined the towels, pillows, bed sheets and robes, we were very loud and had the music blasting. And we had no complaints or were we charged extra for anything.
Oh one last thing do dot use the hotel phone to make a call, very expensive, there is a charge for toll free calls too. Get a calling card and use the pay phone across the street.
I would stay here again for the location, staff and happy hour.
The Whitelaw is a dump!
From the pictures and website, this place looks great! Unfortunately, it was a motel room. The best part was the free lobby bar happy hour, but you can do the same with a bottle of vodka and cranberry in your hotel room.
The floor is uncarpeted; there's no bathtub. Any place on Collins Ave would be the same for $50/night.
All the motel/hotels on that strip get you into clubs, etc. Save your money- don't go to the whitelaw!!
Also, beware of someone you sounds like the hotel manager posting reviews on this sight!
White all over
Clean Sheets, Hot Water, and Stiff Drinks. There are no six words that describe this hotel better. We checked in on a Friday and were greeted by a very outgoing and helpful staff member who invited us to the hotel's complimentary cocktail hour they had every night. We then went up to out room and discovered the most comfortable bed we had ever slept on. The room was spotless and being that is was all white we thought this to be pretty amazing. When it was time to get ready for our evening out we experienced the best shower we had ever seen in out life...the shower walls were tan colored tiles and the floor was blue tiled...a very nice contrast. Upon leaving we made reservations for a future visit we were planning. The hotel has everything we could ask for.
Still Better than Some
This was my third stay at the Whitelaw. I was last there about one year ago. The rooms and hallways seemed in much better condition at that time. The staff continues to be very helpful and friendly, but the other visitors encountered during our week's stay left much to be desired with loud behaviors all night long at times. To their credit, the managers cheerfully dealt with this several times.