The First Phase Of Delano Las Vegas Has Arrived
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The debate rages on whether it's technically a new Vegas resort, but semantics aside, it's definitely a new brand for Sin City. The Delano is marking its second official day of operations on the Strip today, September 2.
Best known to residents and visitors of Florida, Delano heads west with a Las Vegas outpost. A takeover of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, some $80 million was spent to transform the all-suite tower into something more in line with the brand's South Beach vibe. Use of the Delano name is part of a licensing agreement between parent company, Morgans Hotel Group, and MGM Resorts which will continue to run the tower.
The first phase of the project brings redesigned rooms (although bathrooms weren't really touched) and new public spaces, including a renamed cafe (now Della's Kitchen), new lobby bar (Franklin) and a new coffeeshop experience (3940 Coffee + Tea). Still to come is a new fine dining restaurant (miX will make way for Rivea, also by Alain Ducasse) and Delano Beach Club (taking over a section of Mandalay Bay Beach.) Those additions won't debut until sometime next year.
A check of the room rate calendar found a starting rate of $95 a night (look for that pricing in November) and going all the way up to $750 (for some nights in October.) A $28 tax-inclusive resort fee covers WiFi, cardio room access, outgoing faxes, boarding pass printing, daily newspaper as well as local and toll-free calls.
An opening media day will take place this afternoon. VegasChatter will have live coverage on Twitter and Facebook beginning in the noon hour (PT).
(PHOTO: Delano Las Vegas on Facebook)