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I had a conference to attend in Las Vegas and my usual haunts were booked. The Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, and even the Aria had nothing available due to my show as well as the rodeo being in town. It had been many years since I stayed in any part of Mandalay Bay. My selection was called THEhotel on my last visit (prior to its 2012 rebrand to the Delano). I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the hotel’s lobby is and the size, design, and comfort of the suite.
Anthony’s Take: The Delano provides a relaxing escape from the massive Mandalay Bay and the Strip. It’s a hotel within a hotel (a concept used in many places in Las Vegas) with its own amenities plus the ability to use those of the larger resort. The basic suite was spacious (725 square feet), well maintained, and comfortable.
I booked a Delano King Suite, which is the base room at this all-suite hotel directly from MGM Resorts on a rate offered based on my MGM Rewards Noir status. The nights I stayed were not comped, but they were severely discounted and the resort fee was waived (normally it costs $39 plus tax. The resort fee includes Wi-Fi, access to the gym, and free phone calls). My rate also included $25 FREEPLAY® and a $50 resort credit. This was far cheaper than any other rate and I saved my company some money here. My World of Hyatt number is linked to my account so my two-night stay will earn points and credit (this stay will also push me over the Globalist renewal threshold for the year).
Transportation to/from the Hotel
I took an Uber Premier from Harry Reid International Airport to the hotel. It cost $28 and took around 15 minutes to drive the approximately 3.2 miles with some traffic. When I left the hotel, I went back the same way to the airport for a similar cost and duration.
The Delano is located next to/inside Mandalay Bay. The Strip is easily accessible and it’s a short walk to many of the other hotels. The hotel is located on the southern end of the strip. I generally prefer to stay in the middle (Bellagio or Cosmopolitan) but this was fine for this trip.
I arrived at the hotel around 5:00 pm and used a kiosk to complete a mobile check in. I did not see any employees when I checked in, but did notice them roaming with tablets the next day. Mobile check in was simple and quick. I scanned a QR code, swiped my credit card, printed keys, and was in my suite moments later. This is fast and efficient, but it loses the personal touch of speaking with someone. Anyone looking to employ the cash sandwich at check in trick is out of luck.
The elevator banks have security checking key cards. Elevators moved at a speedy clip, which is nice in hotels with large towers.
Elevator lobby on floor 37.
The hallways looked clean and new.
Delano King Suite (37806)
There are 1,117 suites at the Delano Las Vegas. The Delano King Suite is the base category.
The Delano King Suite opened into the living room with a half bath to the left of the door. It was a large space and more than enough for just me.
Half bath vanity.
Half bath toilet.
There was a minibar and coffee fixings in the living room (all at a cost in Las Vegas).
Keurig coffeemaker, water, and coffee setups.
The mini bar had sensors to monitor consumption and did not have any open space. I used some of my $50 resort credit on beverages from here.
Off of the living room was a large bedroom with a king-size bed and plenty of storage space.
The armoire in the bedroom was massive. I loved the look and feel of the leather-covered furniture.
Inside the left cabinet was a safe.
The right side held a robe, iron, and ironing board.
The bathroom was through the bedroom. I always like having a large vanity and even alone, I appreciated the double sinks.
The bathroom had a separate shower and tub.
Toiletries seemed a little off and cheap. I had never heard of Almond&Olive and the brand doesn’t seem to have a retail presence.
More toiletries in the shower.
As I was here on business (and it was only in the 50s outside), I did not check out the pool. The Delano has its own pool and guests may also access the facilities at the Mandalay Bay Resort. Those looking for something quieter will like that the Delano does not have his its own casino.
I loved the design of the lobby and common areas. Everything seemed recently refreshed or just very well maintained as the furniture and carpets look great.
Comfortable furniture in the lobby.
It’s easy to find the hotel entrance from the casino in Mandalay Bay. Just look for the Michael Jackson ONE theater. We enjoyed this Cirque du Soleil show a few years back when it opened.
The Delano Las Vegas surprised me. I had not stayed here in many years. I enjoyed the hotel and found the suite spacious and comfortable. I like that the it’s tucked away from the much busier Mandalay Bay and that it doesn’t lack amenities.
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