Onsite Review: Delano Las Vegas

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Delano Las Vegas entrance.
Delano Las Vegas entrance.

There is something special about the new Delano Las Vegas. It could be its dramatic entrance where guests walk in-between a 10-ft.-tall, 126,000-pound divided boulder direct from the Nevada desert. Or maybe it’s the hotel’s scents: During the day, the lobby is filled with the smells of green tea lemongrass, at night, black tea fig. Wait…I know what it is…Delano Las Vegas is non-smoking and casino-free, so that means no sounds of the nonstop dinging and beeping of slot machines.

Delano Las Vegas—connected to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and formerly THEhotel, underwent a $100 million renovation and is a collaboration between MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group, owner of the Delano brand.

“Las Vegas visitors want options,” says Matthew Chilton, general manager, “and with Delano we’ve created an experience unique to the market, allowing them to enjoy a sophisticated non-casino environment, but be within steps of the excitement and amenities of Mandalay Bay. It’s the best of both worlds.

“Since opening the Delano, the feedback from guests has been terrific,” he adds. “Our repeat guests who previously stayed at THEhotel appreciate the new, stylish hotel experience we’ve created, and our first-time guests are mesmerized by the chic spaces and understated design elements.”

Chilton’s use of the word “mesmerized” is spot-on. As the Delano South Beach feeds from its surroundings of the Atlantic Ocean and the chic South Beach vibe, the Delano Las Vegas invites the desert inside, and it does so immaculately.

After walking through that 126,000-pound boulder with its own colorful patterns of yellow, orange, and brown, the lobby opens up to reveal columns wrapped in crisp white drapes; a plush rug that leads to the check-in desk depicting the route of the Colorado River; and an art installation comprised of hundreds of small rocks suspended from the ceiling. Even the wall behind the check-in desk, which is purposely hidden from view, is designed like sediment layers of a desert rock.

King bedroom at the Delano Las Vegas.
King bedroom at the Delano Las Vegas.

intimate suites & spaces
Delano Las Vegas offers 1,117 luxury guest suites (rates start at $200, based on availability and season), each designed in a modern decor of neutral color tones. In my suite, the living room featured a comfy couch with a leather armchair and 46-inch flat-screen TV, a wet bar, and desk; the bathroom was spacious with a shower and deep-soaking tub, and I was impressed with not only how comfortable the bed was but also its enormous headboard that practically covered the wall.

The Delano also offers Panoramic Suites with 180-degree panoramic views of Vegas; and from floors 60 to 62, the 1,642-sq.-ft. Penthouse Suites radiate elegance and luxury.

The dining and social spaces are also cozy and inviting. Guests can savor specialty cocktails, delicious appetizers, and choose from two dozen craft beers at Franklin; grab a freshly squeezed juice, roasted cup of coffee, or bigger-than-your-hand scone at 3940 Coffee + Tea; order the must-have blue crab and smoked pork Benedict at Della’s Kitchen; take in a spa treatment at the 14,000-sq.-ft. BATHHOUSE Spa (the falling rain water feature is perfect after a soak in the pool-length hot tub); or raise a complimentary glass of champagne to toast the sun setting over The Strip at the miX Lounge at Delano.

“Delano Las Vegas is all about the personalized service and intimate energy,” says Chilton. “The brand is built around creating a sophisticated hotel experience for the savvy traveler, one who wants direct access to the excitement of The Strip, but the
ability to escape to their own oasis at the end of the day.”

contact information
Delano Las Vegas: (877) 632-5400; delanolasvegas.com