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VegasChatter fan Karen from Pittsburgh recently wrote in to ask us for an update:
If anyone would know, I figure it would be one of you guys. We are coming to Vegas in late September, and have to stay at Mandalay Bay for the Barrett Jackson Auction (Sept. 25-27). But I was wondering if The Hotel would be completed as The Delano. I would love to stay there if it was done, and I can't find any good info on it. When going to book rooms, it still comes up at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay.
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While we've got our suspicions about this property actually happening thanks to the dubious history of Delano's parent company Morgans Hotel Group, however -- according to MGM Resorts -- the Delano will open sometime next September or October. That's nearly a year later from the initial opening date set for the hotel.
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The new Bagatelle of the south Strip is pushing back its opening once again. Initially set to open this December, the Delano's debut was pushed back to "early 2014" in January to "March 2014" just last month. And, now, it's been moved to summer 2014. This statement by Mandalay Bay President and COO Chuck Bowling was shared with us earlier today:
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Are you liking what you see when it comes to Gansevoort Las Vegas, the boutique hotel on the Strip that will rise from the remnants of the old Bill's Gambling Hall? Well, you might have to stand down for a little bit.
The Gansevoort had hoped for a New Year's Eve opening but, just the other week, reps went back to an "early 2014" goal. Now, we've learned the hotel is actually set for a March 2014 debut. That's about (hold on, let us break out our fingers) seven months away, but we don't mind waiting, especially if Gansevoort makes good on those sexy guestrooms, particularly the shower with the one-way mirror.
We'll learn more about what the Gansevoort has in store for Vegas later this month, but for now, the hotel will have 188 guestrooms, 19 suites, a lobby bar, an ultra lounge, retail outlets, a 40,000-square-foot casino, a destination restaurant overlooking the Strip, the legendary Drai's Nightclub and a rooftop pool/dayclub (also run by Drai's).
Snooping around for new updates on when THEhotel at Mandalay Bay will get its Delano on, we've found there's still not much to report. No guests are complaining about construction inconveniences on travel sites like TripAdvisor as of yet. But, apparently that's because they've not yet begun. See this recent response from a Mandalay Bay representative after a not-so-great guest report:
First expected to debut this December, the Delano won't officially take over THEhotel at Mandalay Bay until early 2014 now. But, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to wait until the new year to check in.
Snooping around the main Delano website lead us to this surprising declaration:
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With last Friday's news about Gansevoort Las Vegas (and, if you haven't heard, this is what Bill's will become), we couldn't help but wonder -- Is Las Vegas going totally South Beach these days?
The additional upcoming openings of SLS Las Vegas and Delano at Mandalay Bay as well as the already here presence of Bagatelle and STK (both in SoBe, too) sure makes it seem like it. Heck, Las Vegas even has a Fontainebleau, totally abandoned, of course. And, both cities have a Canyon Ranch spa, too!
True, Gansevoort is first and foremost a New York City kid (named after a street in the Meatpacking District), but for a few years, they had a huge hotel in South Beach and it was quite the party monster. (Until they couldn't make their mortgage payments and were kicked out by the bank. You can read that drama here on HotelChatter.)
For those that haven't been to Miami in recent years, the city has come a long way from the Golden Girls/Cocaine Cowboys days of the 1980s. The South Beach vibe today is now known for its nightlife (especially big clubs like the Liv at the Fontainebleau), its ever-changing boutique hotel scene (Ocean Drive along the beach is the heartbeat, but so are Collins Ave and the up-and-coming Brickell area), its celeb-frequenting, celeb chef-helmed restaurants, luxury shopping and its eclectic international denizens (both the permanent and seasonal kind).
Oh, and we can't forget about the water and the heat which are the two biggest reasons why most folk in South Beach are nearly naked at all times. Sound familiar? With the exception of hurricanes and Miami's terrific art and design scene, we'd say Las Vegas and Miami are freakishly identical, after all.
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The list of anticipated openings for 2013 is already an impressive one. We could list off every single one, but we'd rather tell you about the ones that matter. This year will bring more new restaurants, hotel concepts, attractions, nightlife, and dayclub options. Here are the 10 we consider game changers:
1. Downtown Grand (November)
2. The Linq (December)
We're still not sure if we love it, hate it, or meh it, but The Linqth cometh, and will be sure to cause many a tourist to take a detour away from The Strip.
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During its quarterly earnings report on Friday, Morgans Hotel Group (Delano's parent brand) stated that its agreement with MGM Resorts (Mandalay's parent group) would be part of a 10-year licensing agreement, with the ability to tack on two five-year extensions. To bring the Delano brand to Las Vegas, MGM Resorts has agreed to foot all the costs of the renovations and will manage the new property, too, while Morgans will kick back and collect (some of) the dough:
USA Today reports that THEhotel is bringing in "an average daily rate of about $189 a night," but quotes an executive as saying "improvements to the hotel should bring higher rates." A comparison rate check of Delano South Beach shows the resort commands an average rates of around $349 a night. Will the Vegas rate be similar? We'll need to wait and see, but at least we know where things could be heading.
(Side note: Delano South Beach offers Florida residents a 15 percent discount so Nevada residents could look forward to the same savings.)
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Major news today outta The Mandalay Bay--THEhotel will cease to exist by the end of next year and in its place will be The Delano Las Vegas. We can't believe it either! THEhotel will be no longer? The Delano is actually going to open in Las Vegas? Is this Opposite Day?
For those of you who might be asking, "What is a Delano?", allow us to fill you in. The Delano is a famous hotel in South Beach from the boutique collection of Morgans Hotels (Morgans also used to run the Hard Rock Las Vegas a few years back.) It has been long-favored by celebs, pop stars, artists and fashion designers who put up with sparse, minimalist rooms in order to have direct access to the beach and to be seen at the hotel's hot restaurants and nightclub.
Rates at the Philippe Starck-designed hotel (this is the man who will also be doing the SLS Las Vegas) can reach upwards of a $1,000 during high season. Once upon a time before the economic woes of 2008, a Delano was set to open in Boyd Gaming's fancy Echelon complex. That dream never became a reality and the lot on Las Vegas Boulevard on the site of the old Stardust is still empty.
For a look-see around the original South Beach property, check out HotelChatter's photo gallery featuring some highlights of the hotel's design.
But don't stare too long. While the Delano Las Vegas will have elements of the South Beach hotel's personality, no two Delanos are meant to look alike so when all 1,100 of THEhotel's suites get redesigned, the spot will look not just entirely different but entirely new.
And it's not just the rooms that are getting redone inside THEhotel. Here's what else will change: