A few minutes of browsing Miami Beach vacation rentals yielded this jackpot of a slogan: “Clean sheets, hot water, stiff drinks.”
But you get so much more at the Whitelaw Hotel, where style oozes from every black and white chandelier, crisp white pillow and Victorian chaise. Even the lounge brings a visual feast with its shocking magenta curtains and graffiti-splashed seating. In this hippest of zip codes, a property needs an identity, whether it’s Art Deco, luxe or full-on fantasyland, and the Whitehall delivers all that with ease.
The Whitelaw Hotel also outdoes some of its more illustrious neighbors on price. Choose from king or twin rooms for $59 to $144 a night depending on the time of year, and still be in the heart of South Beach.
At Collins Avenue and 18th Street, the boutique hotel puts guests within hoofing distance of all the clubs, restaurants and boutiques that have made SoBe an international destination. There’s no pool, but a few freebies make up for it, including a cocktail hour from 7pm to 8pm, Internet and complimentary shuttle to the airport.
We like that–a place that anticipates your three basic needs: pre-game cocktails, access to posting your photos on Facebook in real time and transportation to your plane when last night’s mojitos prevent you from calling a cab yourself.