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If You Ever Wanted To Drink A Jelly Donut, Head To Delano Las Vegas

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM | by | Comments (2)

It's an attention grabber, for sure. Among the specialty coffees listed at newly opened 3940 Coffee + Tea inside the equally new Delano Las Vegas (formerly THEhotel at Mandalay Bay) is the simply stated yet pause-giving offering of Jelly Donut Coffee.

Jelly donut coffee ($7), you ask (with emphasis on the umm, what)? Yes, it's not just java flavored as a jelly donut. It really does consist of the makings of a jelly donut. An employee told us the brew is made up of raspberry jam, donut milk (what you get when you soak a glazed donut in whole milk for four hours) and espresso. Let that percolate for a minute.

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What's Next For Delano Las Vegas

Where: 89109
September 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (9)

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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Pulling Up A Chair At Della's Kitchen In Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
September 16, 2014 at 4:17 PM | by | Comments (6)

With the changeover of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay to Delano so has THEcafe morphed to Della's Kitchen. This is a breakfast/early lunch spot just off the lobby, and the only Delano-specific place to have a good meal early in the day (after 5 p.m. you can go up to miX, for now.)

If you're staying at Delano, you're within walking distance of one of the best brunch services in the city at Border Grill. All-you-can-eat Mexican fusion tapas are certainly a great thing to behold, but they're relegated to Saturday and Sunday. Where would one get a good bite in the morning the other five days of the week? The new answer is Della's Kitchen.

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Our Thoughts After A Night At Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
September 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM | by | Comments (21)

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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Two Charges at Delano You Should Know About (And No, Not The Resort Fee)

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (17)

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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The Story Behind All Those Rocks At Delano Las Vegas

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM | by | Comment (1)

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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Delano Las Vegas Still Welcomes Dogs, And Will Walk Them, Too

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM | by | Comments (5)

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.)

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At Delano Las Vegas, Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The First Phase Of Delano Las Vegas Has Arrived

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (5)

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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Sorry, SLS! Your Reign As Vegas' Newest Hotel Is About To End

August 29, 2014 at 8:44 PM | by | Comments (8)

The outside looks the same, but Delano Las Vegas is not just a new name for THEhotel.

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 Full Menu For Della's Kitchen At Delano Las Vegas

August 19, 2014 at 5:36 PM | by | Comments (4)

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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The Cafe At THEhotel Gets A New Name With No 'The' In It

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (5)

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay will cease to exist in just days now. It's transformation into Delano Las Vegas remains firmly (defiantly?) set for September 1.

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.)

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