The Delano is the absolute heart-beat of South Beach and deserves serious consideration as a base if you are visiting the area, and if you can afford the rates.
The staff who provide the first, and most lasting impression, are fantastic without being fawning. They effortlessly obliged my needs being both pro & re active.
The public areas are stylish and sexy. The lobby is airy and cool, with wonderfully eclectic furniture usually seating a skinny-assed model-a-like. I am of the firm belief that when on holidays people like to become the person they want to be - and the Delano provides a great stage upon which to strike a pose. Most of the guests do strike such poses, playing roles more glamorous than they actually are.
There is a small but excellently stocked gift store, which made me feel like a part of a focus-group derived marketing niche, because every magazine or paperback I could possibly desire was stocked on their limited shelf space. Top marks.
The rooms, again are sexy and stylish. Everything in the room is white, which works wonderfully in a beach hotel. Levels of luxury are high.
Ultimately the Delano is a resort hotel. Guests are given a credit-card style charge card on check-in and are free to build up a big debt during their stay. By day lounge around the pool or the fully-serviced beach. Pool access is reserved for hotel guests. It is worth getting out of bed early to reserve a poolside lounger (on the sunny side).
By night the hotel comes alive. In addition to the hotel lobby, there is a pool side bar which is lively and buzzing - usually full of ex-frat boys from Boston trying to undress already skantily clad girls from up-state NY. The recently launched night-club, Florida Room, is pretty dull. It is more of a drinking club than a night club. The nights i visited it was full of vacant looking punters looking around for fun, rather than having fun. Ultimately the crowd here were pretty, but pretty boring. The reputation of the club is based on paying stars to visit and make it glamorous by association. My clubbing tip is to skip this and go to the nearby Mynt Lounge (beside the Shore Club) for an old skool night of clubbing.
When arriving i had high expectation of this hotel, and it did deliver is spades. it truly is a world-class hotel. Forget the new kids on the block (setai, Shore Club), try this out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of South Beach and directly on the ocean, Delano is the ultimate world-class urban resort and self-contained destination. Boasting America's first Indoor/Outdoor Lobby, the hotel's public spaces create the feeling of an interwoven "village" with almost no separation between indoors and out. With its soaring and unforgettably beautiful Lobby, legendary white Guestrooms, lushly landscaped Orchard, breathtaking Pool, the renowned Club Essentia wellness center and spa and stunning private beach, Delano epitomizes Simple Chic for a modern world. Delano offers seasonal packages and special offers including spa, breakfast and parking packages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Delano Hotel Miami Beach
- Delano Resort Miami Beach
- Delano Miami