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LA natives know a thing or two about Vegas and “the entertainment capital of the world” has endured as a popular travel destination because of it’s close proximity to “the City of Angels.” As often as we visited throughout my childhood, I still don’t think I’ve scratched the surface on all there is to see and do in a city that is constantly evolving. Widely known for it’s intense gambling and edgy nighttime scene, you might be surprised that you can indulge your inner foodie or swim with dolphins in a city that’s constantly pushing the limit.
Walk into nearly any resort in Vegas and you’ll likely find yourself immersed in a sea of bright lights, the beeps and chimes of slot machines, and a haze of tobacco. But in an era where travelers are opting for luxury over commercial/chain entities, the Delano Las Vegas resort is proving that you don’t have to be flashy to be classy.
Having stayed at an expansive array of resorts and hotels in Las Vegas, I can tell you that one night at the Delano Las Vegas is enough to dissuade me from ever staying elsewhere. Formerly known as The Hotel, the all-suite, boutique resort hotel gleans its inspiration from the warm Mojave desert and the chic, coastal South Beach vibe. With it’s dynamic mood lighting and music that ranges from morning soft jazz to evening urban tunes, you could easily forget you’re in Vegas at the Delano.
Located at the South end of the Las Vegas “strip” within the Mandalay Bay Resort Complex, the Delano Las Vegas is truly unlike any hotel you’ll experience in the city. From the aromatic scents of green tea lemongrass and black tea fig that invite you to take reprieve from the organized chaos of the city to the dramatic 10-foot tall, 126,000 pound divided boulder at the valet entranceway, guests are immersed within a desert oasis complete with a luxury global-inspired spa, serene, spacious suites, and exquisite culinary experiences that range from Riviera-inspired cuisine to farm-to-table dishes made with organic, locally-sourced ingredients.
From the moment I walked into the Delano Las Vegas, all of the stress from travel and life seemed to melt away. After checking into my
room luxury suite, I headed down to Della’s Kitchen for the best grilled cheese and tomato soup this side of the Mojave!
Because I’m a total foodie, I was drawn to the Urban Kitchen where guests can enjoy everything from a simple Tuscan Kale salad to a more elaborate Braised Kurobuta Pork Shank. The expansive menu will appeal to a variety of palates with dishes ranging from classic comfort food to seasonal specialities.
Just across the way, you’ll find 3940 Coffee + Tea for your morning (or afternoon) java fix. I love the open spaces placed throughout the lobby and this is the ideal spot to meet up with friends, get lost in your favorite book, or people watch. Menu items include artisanal teas, freshly squeezed juices, artisan roast coffees and simple elegant menu items like breakfast sandwiches and paninis. *Tip* Order one of two off-the-menu specialty coffee drinks including the Jelly Doughnut Coffee and the S’mores Mocha…it will change your life!
In the evenings, you can listen to live music by a warm fire and a craft cocktail at the hotel’s eclectic Franklin lounge. More than just a simple hotel lobby bar, this glamorous communal space features gold lighting accents and cocktail tables complemented by draping navy sheers. Here is where you can also grab small bites such as flatbreads and charcuterie if you’re looking for an evening snack.
Next year, the hotel will open Rivea featuring the artisanal cuisine of chef Alain Ducasse. The restaurant will take the place of miX on the 64th floor and will serve French and Italian cuisine inspired by the flavors and colors of the Riviera. Guests will also have access to the adjacent lounge with panoramic views of the city that never sleeps.
After an elaborate 4-course tasting menu at Charlie Palmer’s renowned Aureole restaurant and a peek at the infamous, upscale Hakkasan nightclub, I settled in my room for a blissful night’s sleep. If you’ve traveled for business or pleasure, you know that the hotel can make or break a trip.
Every room at the Delano Las Vegas is a suite which means you’ll have a separate space for work and rest. The room’s motif features a blend of white and neutral hues which immediately drew my attention. The space feels vibrant and alive, yet simple and classy. Like the hotel, the suite features desert-inspired accents and inspiration from South beach. Apart from the ultra-luxe bed and the modern spacious living room/workspace, my favorite design element from the entire suite was the spa-style bath. I got lost in that bathtub every night before bed and it was absolute bliss.
In the midst of experiencing Vegas’ epicurean food scene, I paused for a dreamy Desert Stone massage at the hotel’s Bathhouse Spa. Mimicking the same design elements used throughout the hotel, the Bathhouse Spa is the place for relaxation and restoration. The spa features an expansive menu of body treatments, facials, nail services and massage. For a unique experience, try one of the spa’s Global Journeys which feature traditional rituals from around the world.
Beyond the hotel’s smoke-free, gaming-free persona, the Delano Las Vegas will draw guests in with it’s personalized service and remarkable attention to detail. Every design element within the hotel tells a story…from the Colorado River-inspired carpet that leads guests to the commencement of their experience to the turn-down service which varies from evening to evening. Once you’ve spent a bit of time inside this Miami-chic, desert-inspired retreat, you’ll almost forget that you’re in Vegas. But if you’re itching to get a taste of the city’s nightlife, you’ll only have to walk a few steps to Mandalay Bay.
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