High-End Desert Design Shines at Delano Las Vegas

Jaehyo Lee, Delano Las Vegas

Stone art by artist Jaehyo Lee.

Too hip to be square, Delano Las Vegas stakes its claim in the Nevada desert with elegance and under-stated luxury. The 43-story tower that shines like a diva and radiates gold next to Mandalay Bay Resort is inviting, yet stark like its desert surroundings.

A huge split boulder is impossible to miss upon entrance to the hotel. The natural color scheme flows like the Colorado River throughout the all-suite property. In fact, the Colorado River pattern may be seen in the carpet leading up to the reception area where guests check in. A stone rock art installation hangs suspended from the ceiling giving a sense of space, while bringing the simple element of nature back into the modern hotel.

Previously named Thehotel at Mandalay Bay, the Delano Las Vegas was unveiled in September 2014 and takes its name from the original Delano South Beach. Speaking of Delano, you’ll notice a nod to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in some in-room design features, as well as the cocktail lounge, bearing the name Franklin and the farm-to-table restaurant named Della’s Kitchen.

Delano Las Vegas, suite

Delano Las Vegas king suite.

My eye was immediately drawn to the black and white photography displayed front and center in the living room of my king suite. A reflection of its watery connection to Florida, the art work, sheer window treatments and white linens gave a soft, elegant and modern vibe to the spacious room. I loved the spa-like feel of the bathroom with walk in shower and separate soaking tub. Two plush robes hung from the back of the bathroom door, ready and waiting after slathering on the Malin + Goetz lotion.

Delano Las Vegas, bathroom

Spa like bathroom.

In addition to the large, flat-screen tv’s in both rooms, you’ll notice floor to ceiling windows. I also liked the desk space and high speed internet; however – as is to be expected on the Las Vegas strip, there is a daily resort fee of $32.48 (check the website for current prices.)

Additional must-haves from this luxury hotel were the Bathhouse Gym and Bathhouse Spa. I enjoyed floating in one of several heated whirlpools before my 50 minute Desert Stone massage. There’s also a redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room and relaxation room to wash away your cares or recover from a previous late night out on the town.

Bathhouse spa, Delano Las Vegas

Bathhouse whirlpool

While the Delano doesn’t have it’s own swimming pool yet, guests are able to use Moorea Beach Club, Mandalay Bay’s pool in the winter time. You’ll also want to stop in for a visit to the private Foundation Room offering gorgeous views of the Las Vegas strip below. If you come to Las Vegas for the shows, I highly recommend Michael Jackson One by Cirque Du Soleil, conveniently located in Mandalay Bay.

Guests traveling with pets will be happy to know that Delano Las Vegas is pet-friendly. Prices range from a basic $50. per night dog fee to an over-the-top doggie menu featuring Wagyu beef.

Bathhouse spa

Bathhouse Spa

Hotel room rates range from to $129 to $250, depending on time of year and availability. Check the website for details and to make reservations. You can also check rates on Priceline.

Delano Las Vegas hotel review and all photos by San Francisco-based travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of MGM Resorts International while researching additional travel articles.


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