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Hotel The Whitelaw Hotel 3 star
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808 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, États-Unis Miami, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This small three star Barbie meets Barbarella motel rather than hotel is located in the livelier area of Collins Avenue in South Beach. The hotel has seen better days as its white PVC and hot pink interiors are dated, despite part of the rooms having undergone a recent renovation. The hotel is ideal if you are on a budget and want to be in the centre of the South Beach area. Although the beach and the bustling Ocean Drive area is a 10 minute walk away, the area is one of the city's main shopping hubs. The hotel tends to attract British and Russian couples as well as groups of friends on stag and hen dos. If you plan on spending most of your time out and about then this hotel is perfect.

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      The Whitelaw   -   © S. Poli / EASYVOYAGE

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      The Whitelaw   -   © S. Poli / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.35 /10

    The hotel is located on Collins Avenue, one of South beach's main streets. It runs from South Point all the way to the end of the island. The livelier area of the avenue is in South Beach, where you will find a range of high street shops as well as bars and restaurants. The Whitelaw in situated at the heart of South Beach and is a 15 minute walk to the beach and Ocean Drive.

    Accommodation 5.70 /10

    There are 49 rooms in total, with the master suite measuring 20m², which is on the smaller side as far as hotel rooms go, but in the Art Deco district of South Beach, this is something you may need to get used to quickly as the buildings have very strict rules when it comes to altering the internal structure. Most hotels in the area therefore have small rooms. All rooms are painted white; even the floors have been lacquered white. The room is lifted by hot pink curtains. The hot pink is picked out in details all over the room, like bright spots on the ceiling in some, or bedspreads in another. The furniture is either white PVC or antiqued mirror pieces. Some rooms have banquettes, some of which were in a bad state and had been fixed with white or silver duct tape. Every room has a flat screen television, and an iPod docking station. There is a fridge, but a few mini Malibu and packets of crisps lie on the L-shaped shelf that hangs crooked on the wall. Use of the safe is free. In most rooms the blinds are close to coming away from the wall, so do not try too hard to get them to work. The duvets are goose-down filled, making them very cosy.

    As you walk into the room, you may be greeted by a lively Ace of Base tune playing on the radio that has been left on to make you feel right at home. For people with restricted movement, there are three adapted rooms, although do check the specifics before booking.

    The marble bathrooms are small and compact, but fresh and modern. All have showers and ?One' branded amenities. The round clear glass sinks help in making the small space attractive.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    The Whitelaw opened in 2001 and has had minor renovations. Housed in one of the area's typical Art Deco buildings, complete with waves of grey, symbolising the nearby ocean, one of the main themes of the movement. Despite having its fair share of fans, the hotel could do with a spruce up as its white PVC and hot pink interiors are dated as far as hotel fashion is concerned. There is a small porch out front with a few seats for guests to watch life unravel on the area's most lively avenues, Collins. Guests are greeted by a large round white PVC seat in the centre of the lobby, a bar to the left and the reception desk at the back. Large glass chandeliers hang from the ceiling and the lobby seating comprises of a few mock Chesterfield Victorian throne arm chairs and banquettes to match. There is often a DJ playing house music in the evenings, when the lobby turns into a bar. Events are held regularly here ? to find out what's on, see the ?entertainment' section of the hotel website. This hotel is suitable for those of you who like loud music and brash interiors. Upstairs you will find three floors of dark corridors painted with pink and orange graffiti.

    On the roof, you will find a small solarium with an outdoor shower for soaking up those rays, although most guests tend to spend their time at the beach.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    There is no restaurant as such here, but the lobby bar, Jiminy Cricket, is a small branch of neighbouring Italian restaurant, Pinocchio. Here you will find a range of hot and cold snack food from 8:00am to 10:00pm. Cocktails are served for free from 7:00pm to 8:00pm every day. The lobby turns into a bar in the evenings with a DJ often playing loud house music. There are a few seats in the lobby but most people tend to sit out on the veranda lining the front side of the hotel.

    Beach

    Located in South Beach's Art Deco district, the hotel is only a short walk from the beach and the lively Ocean Drive area. The hotel doesn't have a dedicated beach area but does provide guests with towels. Anyone can rent beach chairs and towels for a fee from Boucher Brothers, the company that has exclusivity for providing beach service on Miami Beach.

    To know

    The hotel is part of the South Beach group of eight hotels dotted all over South Beach, Miami. Wi-Fi is available for free all over the hotel.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      beach volley, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • Situated in the heart of lively South Beach.
    • Free cocktails from 7 :00pm to 8:00pm every day.
    • Good for tighter budgets.
    • Miami beach is within walking distance.
    • Free airport shuttle.

    disadvantages

    • The cheap interiors.
    • Lack of facilities.
    • Can be noisy and loud, especially in the lobby.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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