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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 wasnít 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 Dellaís 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? Itís easy to spot the many similarities as designer Philippe Starckís vintage-meets-modern stylings were introduced to the Delano Miami during its Ď94 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.
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SLS Las Vegas isnít the only new hotel on the block. Well, technically, the Strip has several blocks, but you get the reference. On the southern end of the Strip, Mandalay Bay is about to be home to Delano Las Vegas, in addition to its other hotel-within-a-hotel, Four Seasons.
On September 1, Delano Las Vegas officially opens its doors to guests (although, visitors have found themselves inside remodeled rooms for weeks now.) Weíve been informed 99% of the rooms are complete and the new cafť, Della's Kitchen, the new lobby bar, Franklin, and the new 3940 Coffee+Tea will all be ready for guests. The coffee shopís name may sound a little hipster pretentious, but itís actually just the address (which, now that we think of it, is a little hipster-ish.) If you want the scoop on Dellaís Kitchen, weíve got details on its menu here.
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Soon, you won't have to trek all the way to the south Strip for crowd fave, Border Grill.
A forthcoming Forum Shops location just held a hiring call last weekend. That already told us a debut was soon, but VegasChatter reader @CCORD can pin it down a little more. He sent us a Border Grill newsletter that touts an official opening this October. Will a September soft opening be possible? Keep those fingers crossed as best you can around that marg; but, if not, October will be here before we know it.
You'll find Border Grill in the old PJ Clarke's space at the Forum Shops. The Mandalay Bay location will not be closing so don't panic about that.
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Debuting next month at Delano Las Vegas (formerly THEhotel... we can start saying that now, can't we?), Della's Kitchen will bring a "historic farmhouse meets urban eatery" concept to the property's old cafe space. If you were like us, you were like, sweet! And then you were all like, what the hell does that mean?
A press release on Monday touted a "desert-sustainable breakfast and lunch menu" with fresh juices, "delectable" breakfast options, "savory" salads, and signature paninis, sandwiches and burgers, but again, what exactly would that end up being on our plate? And, how much would it cost us to be so health conscious?
Well, wonder no more as we've obtained the full menu for Della's Kitchen, including pricing. While there are a few items for those with an intolerance to gluten (noted below in blue), if you have a nut intolerance, you'll need to dine elsewhere. The menu is heavy with nut allergy warnings. Pricing seems fairly par for the course when it comes to Strip dining, even at a "cafe," with most items ranging from $5 to $18; although, there are naturally some that are lower and some that are much higher (for instance, you'll pay $26 for the Ahi Burger). Peruse the full menu below. Della's will be open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.
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Itís not even Labor Day weekend, but itís already time to start planning for 2015. Whether youíre a bargain hunter or just a neurotic planner like this writer, youíre always looking for an excuse to plan your next fun experience. When it comes to planning Las Vegas vacations, there are always times when everyone knows it will be busy. New Year's Eve, The Big Game, March Madness, Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend are among the busiest. Cinco de Mayo weekend is also a big one because thereís usually a big boxing match and the Kentucky Derby†to go along with all the Cinco de Mayo parties.
In between these busy periods, youíll find some less expensive times of the year to visit Las Vegas. My favorite time of year is in between Thanksgiving and Christmas (not counting when National Finals Rodeo moseys into town). Itís relatively†quiet (for Vegas) and hotels are less expensive. Even living in Las Vegas, I†still take a few days off to enjoy the Strip while it isnít as crowded. I like when the hospitality industry isnít run so ragged by the constant barrage of tourists and they can pay a little more attention to me. Iím a real fancy boy like that.
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The new name will bring refreshed rooms and a rejuvenated spa menu (see what we did there?) while a redesigned lobby will add new lounge and dining spaces to the all-suite tower. Still to come will be the rebranding of miX and the arrival of its own pool (yes, miX is going away and, no, there won't be a pool "on site," so to speak.)