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Delano Las Vegas debuted September 1, but the infusion of new has yet to reach the 64th floor where miX will eventually evolve into French Chef/Restauranteur Alaine Ducasse’s third Rivea restaurant as well as a yet-unnamed integrated lounge concept.
While some of us at VegasChatter feel the time for miX has passed, this writer recommends you plan at least one more visit (or your first one) before this restaurant/nightclub toasts its final sunset.
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Snoop at TAO, Tony and Gaga at Cosmo and Adam at Mandalay. New Year's Eve in Vegas will, once again, require a Magic 8 ball when it comes to deciding whether you should grab tickets for a specific event now, or wait to see what else is in store.
This afternoon it was announced that Maroon 5 will ring in 2015 with not one, but two concerts at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday, December 30 and Wednesday, December 31. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. PT and range from $99.50 to $224.50 (tax and fees, of course, not included.) M Life members will be able to snatch up their tickets before anyone else with a pre-sale running Wednesday, October 8 at 10 a.m. til Friday, October 10 at 10 p.m.
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If you’re looking for a spot to grab a pint or a bite on The Strip, why not witness a Guinness World Record attempt while you’re at it? Irish pub and restaurant Rí Rá Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay's Shoppes at Mandalay Place will host a 16-day concert in hopes of breaking the world record for the longest concert by multiple artists. The current record holder is a group from a Michigan café who held a 360-hour concert in April 2011.
Visit Rí Rá October 1-17 to watch the marathon event featuring The Black Donnellys, John Windsor, Dirk Vermin, Paul Cray, Louise Barry, Sharon O’Brien, Eugene Quinn, Roy Buckley, Dave Rafferty, Dave Hughes, The American Diddley Idols, Clare Peelo, Gavin Carpenter, Na Cairde, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, and more. Ireland’s getting in on the action, too, as Liam Reilly of renowned Irish rock band Bagatelle and Derek Warfield of the Wolfe Tones will fly across the pond to join in on the attempt.
When given the chance to crash in a friend’s room at Delano Las Vegas over the weekend, this writer was really excited... until I remembered the pillow situation. The revamped hotel rooms have a lot of welcomed features like plush towels, super soft robes, separate powder room, comfortable desk chair in the living area, and upscale oversized toiletries. What some rooms still lack are comfortable pillows, at least for actual sleeping.
The firm and lengthy pillows found on each bed make excellent props if reading or watching TV, but when it comes time to relax and settle into the very comfortable mattress and smooth sheets, it’s clear that one of these things is not like the other.
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As a 14-year resident of south Florida (and longtime fan of Las Vegas), this writer was excited to learn that Delano, a Miami/South Beach landmark since 1947, was going to bring its upscale Floridian flavor to THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Nearby Tropicana had already introduced this motif --rather successfully IMHO -- so I was interested to see how Delano would approach their own Miami-in-the-desert theme.
Not having stayed here previously, I found it easy to view Delano Las Vegas as a completely new lodging experience. What wasn’t so easy was finding my way to the lobby as the valet gave no directions or information before dashing away with my car. Nor did he mention the $20 daily valet charge that you may have already read about here.
After a false start into the nearest entrance (the Delano doorway within the Mandalay Bay parking garage is barely marked), I was surprised by the lack of Miami-inspired decor throughout the foyer. (PR reps will, however, point out the white sheers as very "Delano.") At least the air was fresh smelling as Delano is entirely smoke (and gaming) free. The large boulders as well as rock sculptures are very lovely and impressive and the hotel's version of melding Florida with Vegas. If you aren't told that (or didn't read it here), though, it could be a real headscratcher.
Delano is known for exemplary service, which has clearly carried over to its Nevada sister. Desk agents, concierge and bell staff were all buzzing efficiently and courteously at their tasks as sleek lighting and sexy music set a Wynn-like tone. Check-in was fast and pleasant, with my agent eagerly urging me to try her favorite new citrus juice at 3940 Coffee + Tea (the lobby coffeeshop) and describing the locations of the recently overhauled Franklin Bar (the lobby bar) and Della’s Kitchen (the ground-floor cafe).
My king suite on the 26th floor was easy to find, halfway down a corridor that was simple and tasteful. Thankfully, there were no feelings of vertigo like during my recent stroll through the SLS World Tower funhouse corridors. That relief quickly turned to deja vu, though, once inside the suite. Was this the Delano or the SLS? It’s easy to spot the many similarities as designer Philippe Starck’s vintage-meets-modern stylings were introduced to the Delano Miami during its ‘94 renovation, and he put a similar stamp on Sahara's rebirth.
If you haven't been through Mandalay Bay's lobby in a few months, you've not had the chance to notice the disappearance of a long-time fixture.
The lobby's temple-inspired, 12,200-gallon saltwater aquarium was taken offline for repairs and maintenance in late May. When officials refilled it, they realized a leak hadn't been resolved. A decision was made to remove it and that work began in July. The tank is now completely gone; in its place, stands an oversized table topped with a collection of floral displays in varying heights.
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It's enough to make you feel like you're stuck between a 126,000-pound rock and a hard place. Luggage-laden guests who choose to valet at Delano Las Vegas will also end up handing over at least $20 along with their car keys.
The Delano's Sin City arrival brings with it an overnight valet parking fee of $20. Yes, that's per night. A statement from MGM Resorts reads as follows:
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Delano comes to Vegas via South Beach and while there are lots of design nods to its beachfront roots -- from the rippling, blue-hued carpeting in guest corridors to underwater photography in its suites -- the upscale brand didn't forget it's been plopped into the middle of the Mojave Desert.
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At Mandalay Bay's all-suite tower, a new name won't bring a new change in its pet policy. Now that THEhotel is officially Delano, guests can still expect the rebranded hotel-within-a-hotel experience to welcome Fido. (But, only canines. Felines are still out of luck.)
A Doggie Delights menu features in-room dining options as well as butler services. Yes, double check that bill at the end of your stay 'cause you know how crazy dawgs can get when they're let out in Vegas. (Insert Baha Men musical break here.)
Before Delano Las Vegas officially debuted Labor Day, September 1, the early word was that a good night's sleep was a tough accomplishment. Travel review sites were filled with complaints about pillows that felt as if they were "like bricks" or "hard as concrete." One reviewer even admitted to sleeping on the suite's bathrobe instead.
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.