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.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.