NEW DELANO BRINGS A TOUCH OF MIAMI TO VEGAS
With the multiyear renovation of the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas coming to a close, we were keen to review the new Delano Las Vegas property and see it if lived up to the hype.
Delano is a brand of Morgans Hotel Group – a collection of boutique, urban-based hotels around the world. Most well-known for its flagship property in South Beach, Miami – a lively, popular place to stay for travel-savvy partygoers – the brand also has properties in New York, LA, San Francisco, and in Europe, London and Istanbul. You can now add Las Vegas to that list.
As Mandalay Bay began a large-scale renovation and rebranding in 2013, Delano seemed like a logical addition to the resort. Since the rebranding included the opening of a huge new pool club on the Mandalay premises (Daylight), the Delano brand’s beachy feel felt like the perfect addition to the property and the South Las Vegas Strip.
We’re pleased to say the Delano blends in exceptionally well in its new home. From the moment you enter the lobby to the rooms themselves, it’s clear the attempt to create a vacation feel of ‘South Florida meets Vegas’ is successful and it works.
The lobby surroundings and furnishings have an earthy undertone, blended with all black walls and floors with white accents. It’s all very atypical from most other Vegas resorts in terms of the check-in atmosphere, and the fact that Delano is one of only a few standalone hotels in town with no casino has a large part to do with that.
As you’d expect from a boutique hotel, the vibe is more subdued and chilled than your standard Vegas resort. You’ll hear a few more beats in the background music at night, but no matter what time of day you walk in, the whole lobby has a lively, night time feel.
Franklin is the Delano’s impressive lobby bar. Offering handcrafted cocktails, the bar is set off to the back of the lobby, away from checkin and close to the guest elevators. It’s an ideal venue with an atmosphere for all – perfect for guests to kick off the night with a few drinks, yet also offering enough privacy and table/couch seating for those on a date or a romantic getaway. With the exception of Vesper at Cosmo, it’s among our highest rated lobby bars in all of Vegas. Franklin is open from 10 am to 2 am.
If you’re in a rush for morning or afternoon snacks, we highly recommend 3940 Coffee and Tea, the lobby coffee shop, offering organic coffees and tea, breakfast sandwiches, and fresh juices. We ate here several times while on the go and found the quality to be excellent.
The Delano is an all-suite property, with a similar setup to Palazzo, or Encore at Wynn. All standard rooms include a living room area with flat screen TV, wet bar, couch, desk, and dining table, along with one and a half baths. The master bedroom door adjoins the living room, and includes its own private bath with two sinks, marble and granite surfaces, a flat screen TV, and a separate shower/tub.
We appreciated how accommodating the rooms are when it comes to entertaining guests. The entire wet bar setup in the living room from personal fridge to sink is a really nice touch, as is the half-bathroom just near the entrance – helpful for guests to avoid going back and forth through several doors and a separate bedroom.
All rooms are completely decked out in a light white from walls to linen beds with a streamlined, modern look, further adding to the South Beach feel. At 725 sq ft, the rooms are more spacious than most resorts in town, making it an ideal choice for Vegas trips with large groups such as bachelor parties, reunions, etc..
Pool Access and Delano Beach Club
The Mandalay Bay resort pool complex is enormous, and is comprised of two lagoon pools, a wave pool, a lazy river, and Delano Beach Club. The complex dedicates more pool space than any resort in Vegas bar MGM Grand.
Note: Moorea Beach Club and Daylight are also part of the resort pool complex but function as separate pool clubs with paid admission to the general public and are not reserved for guests. Hotel guests do receive free or discounted admission on certain days.
Delano Beach Club is a separate, quieter, more modern/upscale environment than the surrounding pools. With some chilled out background beats, and a submerged chessboard in the pool, it’s the type of quirkier differential you’d expect at a boutique hotel. It also offers its own unique menu of drinks and fresh food, not available at the other pools on property.
We checked it out on three separate afternoons at the pool complex. While it does offer a different environment, we found it a bit lacking in atmosphere to the rest of the resort, with an older, quieter crowd.
This is probably down to two reasons: 1) The restriction on guest access from the rest of the resort; 2) Lack of a poolside bar. Guests must order all food and drink from servers. The club is ideal for a quiet getaway or afternoon or private relaxation, but probably not the place if you’re looking to party and knock back a few drinks with friends.
Overall, we found the entire Delano property to be a welcome addition to the South Strip and to Mandalay Bay itself. The South Beach theme blends seamlessly into the entire resort, and we think it will have some real staying power in popularity among guests. If you want boss accommodation in Vegas with a different feel to the other hotels on the strip, be sure to check it out on your next trip.
Note: Top photos courtesy of Booking.com. Delano Beach Club photos courtesy of Yelp.