Travel Blogs from Miami Beach
well, I'm just now sitting down in up town Nola to start my blog about the beginning of my trip.
but first, a pro-logue.
My last night in Juneau:
Well, needless to say it ended with whiskey and a bang and a hot tub full of folks!!!! Stayed up ALL NIGHT LONG till the blue of dawn with some good …
... always adds to the experience. Once the holiday is over, we can share those memories forever. Thank you Allison and Adriaan for travelling half way around the world to hang out and create memories with us.
... we have different expectations for this trip. Internet is going to be limited to the couch closest to the reception desk at the hotel in Havana so I'll try my best to post while there. Cienfuegos will have no internet whatsoever. I plan on keeping a written journal, and those entries will then be posted here either when I return to Havana or when I get to Miami Beach. As always, thanks for ...
... a traffic jam/accident/or other vehicle problems (foreshadowing). We got up to the stadium in our muscle and sleeveless shirts and kind of stood out from all the fancy people in their golf shirts. We got our tickets and headed to our seats. There was not a bad seat in the stadium. Sharapova ended up losing in straight sets (not the outcome that I had expected), but it was still a great ...
... in my mental notebook.
I made it down the stairs without falling over. I stopped myself from hitching up my neckline once again, and went to wait for the shuttle. I started off as I meant to go on. I waited patiently for my turn to load my luggage, but firmly stood my ground when a man and his wife tried to push in front of me. We were eventually all on board the shuttle and headed for the Port of Miami.
An interesting fact about the Port of Miami is that one ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Whitelaw Hotel Miami Beach
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!!
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.
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!
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 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.