A graceful tower of glittering gold, the all-suite Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay stands 43 stories tall at the southern end of the Strip. Home to internationally acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse, it also contains the fabulous Bathhouse Spa and the Delano Beach Club.
South Beach on the Strip, chic white-on-white décor, modern sophistication
It's a quick indoor walk to Mandalay Bay -- one the most multifaceted properties in Vegas -- from Delano Las Vegas, so staying here gives you the best of all worlds. You'll get a quieter, more exclusive setting (there's no casino and smoking isn't allowed) while still having easy access to all the nonstop action the Strip is known for.
Did we mention Delano Las Vegas only has suites? The "standard" one features a separate bedroom and living room, along with a bathroom so big you could throw a party in it. You'll also get three flat-screen TVs (yes, there's one in the bathroom). Each suite is plush, and among the fun décor details you'll discover tributes to FDR, our 32nd president. Look for the icebox modeled on his hatbox.
The Malin + Goetz products in the bathrooms really rock. The peppermint shampoo, cilantro conditioner and rum bar soap smell delicious.
Best of all: The suites at Delano Las Vegas are designed in such a way that the bedroom is buffered from the hallway by both the living room and bathroom. This cuts down hugely on noise. So whenever you're trying to catch some zzz's, you won't hear the antics of drunken guests returning from their night on the town...or, who are we kidding, other guests at the resort won't hear you.
Delano Las Vegas opened in fall 2014 after undergoing major renovations that touched almost every nook and cranny of the property. So everything feels brand spankin' new, including all of the suites. However, suites located on the lower floors don't offer much in the way of a view.
Speaking of noise, the overhead music in the lobby tends to be loud, which can make it difficult to hear when you're checking in and out.
Valet parking and the main entrance to Delano Las Vegas are not visible from the Strip. They're located in the rear of the building within the parking garage for Mandalay Bay.
Guests will be charged $10 per day for self-parking and $18 per day for valet parking. Self-parking for Nevada residents will be free thru Dec. 29, 2016. Hourly self-parking and valet rates vary, click here for details.
The entire hotel is non-smoking; if you light up in your room, you will be assessed a $300 fee upon checkout. Save yourself the trouble and smoke in designated areas, like Mandalay Bay's casino next door.
Snap a photo when you pass through the art installation "In Between Places," a huge divided rock at the entrance of Delano Las Vegas. This 700-million-year-old metaquartzite stands 10 feet tall and tips the scales at 126,000 pounds. That's more than what 10 large elephants weigh.
Order one of the coffees at 3940 Coffee + Tea. They're hand-picked and come from exotic places around the world. Plus, you'll never end up with a stale cup because most of them are served tableside using a clever brewing technique that combines the best of filter drip and French press methods.
Delano Las Vegas has done the impossible -- made its lobby bar cool. Even without the twinkling firefly ceiling sculpture, Franklin buzzes. Try one of the craft cocktails like the Basil Paloma and Delano Daiquiri. Or go for the punch bowl service, which is great for bringing people together.
Traveling with a couple of four-legged friends? Delano Las Vegas has a reputation for coddling canines. The resort not only offers Doggie Butler Service, but there's also the Doggie Delights in-room menu with such treats as Fido's Frittata, Fowl Play and the Pooch Patty.