Edit of edit: I'm adding still more details and references.

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The one-point compactification $W^+=W\cup\{\infty\}$ of the Whitehead manifold $W$ is locally contractible (in the sense of geometric topology - see Goodwillie's comment above) and hence well-pointed at $\infty$.*

This can be seen directly, and also follows from the fact $W^+\times\Bbb R$ is homeomorphic to $S^3\times\Bbb R$ (for this homeomorphism see Chapter 4 "Manifold factors" in Ferry's notes).
Perhaps this implication works as an argument for judging what definition of "locally contractible" is the "right" one, so I'm including the details.

Since $\{\infty\}\times\Bbb R\subset W^+\times\Bbb R$ is just a copy of $\Bbb R$ in $S^3\times\Bbb R$ (a wild copy, though - see my comment below), every neighborhood $U$ of $\{\infty\}\times\Bbb R$ in $W^+\times\Bbb R$ contains a smaller neighborhood $V$ such that the inclusion $i:V\to U$ is homotopic to a map $V\to\Bbb\{\infty\}\times\Bbb R$. (Using that $\Bbb R$ is an ANR to get the map, and that $S^3\times\Bbb R$ is locally contractible to get the homotopy.) Since $\Bbb R$ is contractible, $i$ is null-homotopic. Then every neighborhood $U'$ of $\infty$ in $W^+$ contains a smaller neighborhood $V'$ (namely $V'=V\cap W^+\times\{0\}$) that contracts in $U:=U'\times\Bbb R$. This contraction can be projected down to $W^+$.

* On the other hand $W^+$ has no basis of contractible neighborhoods at $\infty$.
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Indeed $W$ is the union of compact submanifolds $W_1\subset W_2\subset\dots$ of $S^3$, each $W_k$ being the closure of the complement of a solid torus $T_k$. If $U$ is a contractible neighborhood of infinity in $W^+$ contained in $W^+\setminus W_1$, then $U$ contains $W^+\setminus W_k$ for some $k$. Now $W\setminus W_k$ contains a knot $K_k$ isotopic to the core of the solid torus $S^3\setminus W_k$ by an isotopy of that solid torus. Thus $K_k$ is contained in the contractible subset $U$ of $W^+\setminus W_1$.

Consider $f:S^3\to W^+$ that is the identity on $W$ and sends $S^3\setminus W$ to $\infty$ (in fact it is a quotient map). This map has acyclic point inverses (in the sense of Cech cohomology) so $f^{-1}(U)$ is an acyclic subset of $S^3\setminus W_1$ containing $K_k$. (This is using the Vietoris-Begle theorem, which is a special case of the Leray spectral sequence for a continuous map - see for instance Bredon's "Sheaf Theory".) But it is not hard to show that there exists no such acyclic subset (see N. Smythe, $n$-linking and $n$-splitting, Amer. J. Math. 92 (1970), 272-282).

Smythe's proof of the latter assertion is very lovely. He calls compact subsets $A,B\subset S^3$ $n$-split (this is the revised definition, on p.277), if there exists a sequence of compact subpolyhedra $A\subset P_0\subset\dots\subset P_{n+1}\subset S^3\setminus B$ such that
each inclusion $P_i\subset P_{i+1}$ is trivial on reduced integral homology groups. Thus
“(−1)-split” means “disjoint”, and a two-component link has 0-split components iff it has zero linking number. It is also easy to see that a two-component link has 1-split components iff it is a boundary link (i.e. the components bound disjoint Seifert surfaces in $S^3$). It is easy to see, using the Alexander duality, that the relation of being $n$-split is symmetric.

Returning to the Whitehead manifold, it suffices to show that $K_k$ is not $(k-1)$-split from $W_1$, or equivalently from the core $K_0$ of the solid torus $W_1$. We prove by induction a slightly stronger assertion, that every essential (i.e. not null-homotopic) simple closed curve in the solid torus $T_k$ (=the closure of $S^3\setminus W_k$) is not $(k-1)$-split from $K_0$. Assume that this holds with $k=n$, and let $C$ be an essential simple closed curve in $T_{n+1}$. If $C$ is $n$-split from $K_0$, then $C$ bounds an orientable surface $F$ in $S^3\setminus K_0$ that is $(n-1)$-split from $K_0$. Without loss of generality $D:=F\cap\partial T_n$ is a closed $1$-manifold. By the induction hypothesis, every simple closed curve in $F\cap T_n$ is null-homotopic in $T_n$; in particular, so is each component of $D$.

Let $\tilde T_n$ be the universal cover of $T_n$. Since $C$ lies in $T_{n+1}$, it is null-homotopic in $T_n$, and so lifts to a simple closed curve $C_0$ in $\tilde T_n$.
Similarly $F\cap T_n$ lifts to a compact surface in $\tilde T_n$ with boundary $\tilde C_0\cup\tilde D_0$. The translate $C_1=t(C_0)$, where $t$ is a generator of the covering translation group $\Bbb Z$, has linking number zero with every component of $\tilde D_0$, and therefore also with $\tilde C_0$. On the other hand if $[C]=m\in\Bbb Z=\pi_1(T_{n+1})$, then $\tilde C_0$ has linking number $m^2$ with $\tilde C_1$.
So $m=0$ and $C$ is null-homotopic in $T_{n+1}$, which is a contradiction.