My only complaint about the Delano isn’t something anyone can control at this point. It’s just too far from the center of the action. The entire Mandalay Bay complex is an absolute gem, equipped with top of the line amenities and some of the best restaurants in town. If it were more appropriately located, the sister resorts would top every annual “best of” list properties pay to be on.
The Delano isn’t a cheap. You pay for this kind of beauty. It can be made a good value by taking advantage of a couple credit card programs like Amex’s Fine Hotels and Resorts and Chase’s Luxury Hotel Collection. With both, midweek room rates can be downright reasonable. Add on benefits like a $100 unique property credit and $30 daily breakfast credit for up to two people, and you’ll wonder, like me, why it took you so long to take advantage of these programs.
The beautiful Delano lobby sits off the Mandalay Bay casino floor. In the short hallway, you’ll find Delano’s breakfast spot, Della’s Kitchen. Della’s has slightly deluxe morning goodies at prices slightly above where they should be. With my $30 breakfast credit, my meal was essentially free.
The front desk doesn’t take up much space. If you’re taking advantage of the FHR program, you’ll have access to VIP check-in which is in a small, private room nearby. I was checking in a couple hours early, but the attendant accommodated me with no problem and at no extra charge. I didn’t even have to throw out my customary, “Do you know who I am?” The accompanying bar, Franklin, isn’t an afterthought. It may be the best lobby bar in Vegas.
Matching the lobby, the hallways are dimly lit and elegant. It’s an interesting juxtaposition to the rooms themselves, which a striking pearly white. A small bathroom greets you as you enter the main living area. Fitted with modern furniture and tall windows, it’s an inspiring place to be productive. Having finished my conference duties for the weekend, I had no such work to accomplish. A small wet bar rounds out the space.
The bedroom is similar in size and is equipped with the matching windows and a beautiful bathroom. Sure to please any prospective HGTV shelter seeker, it’s spacious, open, and is equipped with a double vanity. Dark marble lines the shower and walls above the separate tub.
I only spent one night here, but it was an exemplary stay from start to finish. If you’re looking for an upscale option or a change of pace to your usual Vegas trips, Delano is most certainly worth consideration. I’ll be coming back the first chance I get.