The Delano Las Vegas: Understated elegance in the desert. Soluxe Hotel Almaty


Most hotels on the Las Vegas Strip mark their entrances with tens of thousands of square feet of blackjack tables and slot machines. At the Delano Las Vegas, the entry is marked by a pair of 10-foot-high Mojave Desert boulders and an elegant lobby carpet that represents the Colorado River.

Owned by MGM Resorts International and built within the Mandalay Bay resort complex, the Delano opened on Tuesday at the site that formerly housed TheHotel. (The property never fully closed, as an $80 million, one-year renovation was completed in stages.)

The 1,100-suite property operates under a licensing agreement with Morgans Hotel Group, parent of the Delano brand. (The original Delano opened in South Beach, Fla., in 1994.)

The Delano’s suites may be best described as quietly posh. The white tufted leather headboards will be familiar to anyone who has visited the Delano South Beach, but the petrified desert wood mini-sculptures won’t, and neither will the wine buckets shaped like a hat box that FDR might have used.

Things get a little more glam in the hotel’s 28 penthouse suites, but much of that stems from the expansive Las Vegas Valley views, as the décor remains refined.

Even the hotel’s ground-floor lounge is relatively short on bling. Named Franklin (as in Delano Roosevelt), the lounge stays traditional with many of its crafted cocktails, such as the daiquiri made with Bacardi's 1909 Superior rum. Bar food includes items such as sweet tater tots. The DJ will more likely play ambient music than pump electronica heard at many of the Strip’s other clubs.

There is no gaming on the premises (Mandalay Bay's casino is a short indoor walk away).

The Delano includes a daytime restaurant and a coffee shop/sandwich bar in its entry area. The former, called Della’s, features American dishes with ingredients sourced from suppliers across Nevada and California, including Harris Ranch (beef) and Kenter Canyon Farms (produce).

The coffee shop, 3940 Coffee & Tea (the hotel’s address is 3940 Las Vegas Blvd.), sources its coffee from many countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya and Guatemala. Comfort-food menu items include duck confit panini and the s’mores mocha coffee drink.

Still to come is Rivea, the full-service restaurant by chef Alain Ducasse, scheduled to open next year.

Weekend room rates at Delano Las Vegas start at about $350 per night for standard king suites.


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