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The lobby and rooms (the panoramic suite pictured above and below) may say Delano meets the desert, but the transformation of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay into an entirely new brand isn't entirely complete.
Still to come is the departure of rooftop restaurant and lounge, miX. The long-lived dining destination by Alain Ducasse is expected to remain open through the remainder of the year. A new restaurant, also by Ducasse, Rivea, will debut around this time in 2015. The concept made its debut in Saint-Tropez last year and will feature French and Italian cuisine. (See what they're serving up in the French Riviera here.) miX Lounge will see a rebranding of its own, too.
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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.
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The parking lot across from Luxor that went from hosting employee cars to fun-lovin' partiers has dropped its hipster moniker of The Lot to go with the much more
confusing official designation of MGM Resorts Village. (It also was known as the Luxor Festival Grounds for a brief moment, too.)
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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 isn’t 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.) We’ve been informed 99% of the rooms are complete and the new café, Della's Kitchen, the new lobby bar, Franklin, and the new 3940 Coffee+Tea will all be ready for guests. The coffee shop’s name may sound a little hipster pretentious, but it’s actually just the address (which, now that we think of it, is a little hipster-ish.) If you want the scoop on Della’s Kitchen, we’ve got details on its menu here.
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The Sahara was one of the first Vegas hotels that this writer (and my other half) ever stayed in. After visiting many times, both alone and with pals, Sahara felt like an old friend. Unfortunately, our relationship faltered when the property and level of service fell into decay. After a particularly unpleasant experience in 2009, I vowed not to return as a guest. And, I kept that promise… until last weekend when it was reborn as SLS Las Vegas.
As soon as an opening date for SLS was announced, I was able to book a two-night stay in a World Tower accommodation (360 sq. ft.) for that weekend. The World Tower is, by SLS’ own description, the "functional” arm of its three towers, with the Story Tower rooms (325 sq. ft.) intended for partiers, and Lux Tower rooms (465 sq. ft.) designed for those with luxury tastes.
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When we heard that SLS Hotels would be closing down the iconic Sahara Hotel back in 2011, one of our first thoughts was, "But what will happen to the Sahara door handles?" Seriously.
During our visit to the down-trodden casino in 2009, that was one of the design details that this writer adored the most. (It's probably because my last name begins with an "S.") We had hoped then that SLS would incorporate the door handles somewhere into the SLS and as it turns out, they have.
Johnny Kats uncovered the whereabouts of the door handles in his LV Weekly profile on SLS honcho Sam Nazarian.
Today, some elements of the property remain at the new SLS, where Nazarian has a design effect that he calls “Sahara-esque.” He has saved 50 or so S-shaped door handles from the old resort and turned them into a chandelier.
We looked high and low for the chandelier during the SLS Las Vegas' opening day but we could not find it anywhere. And it wasn't because our vision was hampered by gin cocktails. (Or tequila cocktails. Or vodka cocktails.) It turns out the chandelier hadn't been installed yet. But now it's up and here's what it looks like.
You can admire the chandelier for yourself when you walk in between The Sayers Club and the 800 Degrees pizza joint. Alas, the jewels in the door handles have been plucked out. We heard that some over eager folks pried them out of the door handles during the Sahara Liquidation Sale. It was probably for the better. Red, blue and yellow don't really work with the SLS color scheme.
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Exciting new changes are happening!
We already knew new owner David Siegel was promising big things in regards to the aging off-Strip property, but curious as to the focus of this particular excitement, we clicked through to find the answer: