View All Hotels in South Beach

Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge 3.0

South Beach, Miami, Florida

Review Summary

Photos and Review by

Pros

  • Located in the heart of the Ocean Drive party scene
  • One block away from the beach
  • Guest rooms have sleek minibars, iPod docks, and marble bathrooms
  • Many rooms renovated within the past year
  • On-site bar with free happy hour every evening
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Free Saturday yoga at nearby hotel 
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast available (for a fee)

Cons

  • Noise from the party scene
  • Some rooms are small
  • No full restaurant 
  • No pool
  • No on-site parking

Bottom Line

The Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge is a mid-range hotel with 49 rooms in an Art Deco-style building on central Collins Avenue. It attracts a young crowd who come to South Beach for the lively party scene, and the evening happy hour at the bar in the reception area is very popular with guests who get free drinks. Guest rooms are flamboyantly decorated and have minibars and marble bathrooms. The hotel is located in the heart of the Ocean Drive bar scene, so noise is hard to avoid. Families or couples looking for a relaxing holiday should definitely stay elsewhere. Apart from free Wi-Fi, the Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge offers few amenities, but it's a good value compared to other hotels in the same area. 

Oyster Awards

Oyster Hotel Photos

View All 8 Albums

Oyster Hotel Review

Scene

In the heart of South Beach’s party scene

The hotel's reception area is decorated in a kitschy style and transforms into a lounge bar at night

The Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge is one of Miami’s iconic Art Deco hotels located in the heart of South Beach’s party scene and is just a block away from the beach. The cool, white facade with soft gray trim features a front terrace with tables and chairs below hot-pink umbrellas. The hotel interiors are decorated in a quirky and kitschy style, with crystal chandeliers, glossy white furniture, and bright-red and flock-patterned accents.

The reception area is transformed into a noisy lounge bar every evening when guests are invited to join its free Happy Hour. Guests tend to take full advantage, and at 7 p.m. sharp they'll stream down the stairs, out of the elevator, and in the front door. Expect noisy pop music, girls in short skirts, and plenty of guests getting as drunk on free booze as the the one-hour timeframe will allow. This is a popular place to stay for young couples who want to experience the nightlife that Miami’s South Beach is famous for; as such, drinks are flowing starting well before noon and bachelorette parties are common. It does not attract families, business travelers, or anyone looking for a quiet vacation. 

If you'd prefer a mellower scene for about the same price in a similarly stellar location, check out the Albion. Its rooms are a smidge larger, and (unlike the Whitehall) it's got a pool.

Location

A block away from the beach in the Art Deco district

Map of Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge

The Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge is located on Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District, just around the corner from Ocean Drive which is known for its noisy nightspots. The beach is just a block away, and there are many restaurants, bars, and shops in the immediate vicinity. This location is perfect for people who want to experience Miami Beach’s bar scene and be close to the shore. Versace Mansion (The Villa, Casa Casuarina) is a five-minute walk, and within about five minutes' drive are Lincoln Road Mall and Miami Beach Marina. Within 10 minutes' drive are the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach Golf Club, and Jungle Island. Miami International Airport is 15 minutes by car, and Fort Lauderdale -- Hollywood International Airport is about 30 to 40 minutes' drive. 

Rooms

Comfortable and clean rooms with fun, kitschy decor

The King Room features a fun, kitschy aesthetic

The Whitelaw's website describes the decor of its rooms as “overdone,” and lovers of kitsch will not be disappointed. The rooms are decorated with white furniture, crystal chandeliers, red polka dots on the headboards, and loud red and white curtains. As of spring 2015, the hotel was going through a renovation process, and most of the rooms have been freshened up and are generally very clean. But the marble bathrooms can be cramped and have small glass sinks sitting on exposed metal legs that offers little space for storage. Rooms on the higher floors can be quieter than those located near or above the busy reception area, which is transformed into a bar at night. Each room has a 42-inch flatscreen TV, an iPod docking station, air-conditioning, a safe, hairdryer, minibar, and free toiletries.

Features

Rooftop sundeck and free Wi-Fi

The rooftop sundeck includes showers and towels

The Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge has few amenities, but it does have a pleasant rooftop sundeck for guests who want to work on their tans, with showers and towels available. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Another small extra is the free shuttle bus service to Miami International Airport which runs every hour. Concierge services are available, and guests get free yoga classes on Saturdays at Hotel Croyden, a 10-minute drive away. Breakfast is available for a fee, but there's no full restaurant on-site for other meals. 

Customers Who Viewed Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge Also Viewed

Things You Should Know About Whitelaw Hotel & Lounge

Address

808 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, United States

Also Known As

  • Whitelaw Hotel
  • Whitelaw Hotel Miami Beach
  • Whitelaw Miami Beach

Room Types

  • Standard Room

Have You Liked Us Yet? We Love to be Liked