Learn about our stay at the Delano Las Vegas, an all-suite experience on the Mandalay Bay property complex. Boasting a boutique hotel feel, spacious rooms, and an array of amenities, the Delano is a luxury stay at the southern most part of the Las Vegas Strip. It's also ideal for couples looking to celebrate a romantic getaway, anniversary, or birthday. All opinions are my own.
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We traveled to Las Vegas during July 2021 for five days to celebrate my birthday. We had both traveled to Vegas before, but wanted our stay this time around to feature a more upscale and luxurious experience. The Delano Las Vegas absolutely exceeded our expectations. The Delano is located on the Mandalay Bay property complex and shares many amenities with Mandalay Bay, including its large pool complex, array of restaurants, and large shopping complex. Though Mandalay Bay and the Delano share many amenities, the Delano is unique in that it offers an all-suite, boutique-style hotel experience.
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It is one of the southernmost hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, and as such, is close to the main airport, the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, and the new Raider's Stadium. During previous trips to Las Vegas, we always stayed in more central Strip hotels and resorts, but staying more south of the Strip was truly refreshing as there were smaller crowds, allowing for a more romantic, secluded stay.
The Delano is also within walking distance to other hotels such as the Luxor, Excalibur, and the MGM Grand. In fact there is a FREE tram offered through MGM that travels between Mandalay Bay, the Luxor, and the Excalibur, perfect for those hot summer days when pounding the pavement of the Las Vegas Strip is less than ideal.
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The Scenic Suite
Because the Delano is an all-suite retreat, even the standard rooms are wonderfully spacious. The standard King Suite is 725 square feet, which remains one of the largest standard rooms on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon arrival to the Delano, we checked into the Scenic Suite, a 741-sqft masterpiece of modern luxury, and had our luggage delivered directly to our room. All suites have a separate living area and bedroom. We had a king bed with large windows that opened out onto the Las Vegas Strip and Raider's stadium, a truly remarkable sight. The room was extremely clean with crisp white linens, curtains, and a neutral-colored streamlined interior design. The bedroom also had plenty of closet space for two people with a luggage rack and safe. The suite even comes with two bathrobes, perfect for a romantic experience.
The living area also offered gorgeous views of the Strip from the large rectangular windows. There is a comfortable couch with coffee table, desk that is ideal for working on-the-go, and a wet bar that included a fully stocked mini bar, sink, mirror, and glassware.
The full bathroom was truly a show-stopper, featuring marble showers and a separate deep soaking tub. There are two sinks, and the bathroom even has a small TV for catching up on the latest news in the mornings...or even catching a flick while enjoying that amazing soaking tub. In addition to a full bathroom attached to the bedroom, the suite has a separate half-bath at the suite entry with toilet, mirror, and sink.
The Penthouse Panoramic Suite
During our stay, we were also upgraded to the Penthouse Panoramic Suite during our final days of the trip. This was a different experience entirely.
The Penthouse Panoramic Suite boasts views from the 61st floor of the Delano and is 1516 sqft. It has a large foyer entryway, half-bathroom, large living space with windows looking out over the Strip towards the Luxor, separate dining area, full bar with bar stools, sitting area, and master bedroom with large desk, King bed, adjustable TV (so that you can watch television from anywhere in the bedroom), and large ensuite bathroom.
The decor of the Penthouse Suite is consistent with the modern styling of the Scenic Suite, though the Penthouse features more distinct gold accents throughout the suite.
Again, the bathroom of the Penthouse Suite is a highlight. It features a separate soaking tube and marble shower, but the shower includes a steam feature with adjustable temperature.
The Panoramic Suite is a true, luxury experience, and a highlight of our Vegas vacation.
Dining and Drinks
Because the Delano shares the Mandalay Bay complex, we had easy access to the Shops at Mandalay Place and the variety of restaurants and Bars located within Mandalay Bay.
House of Blues
For breakfast, our go-to restaurant was the House of Blues. The House of Blues offers fast service and a tasty variety of selections. We tried the standard breakfast which offered two eggs, choice of meat, and toast for a very affordable price. The House of Blues is located within the main Mandalay Bay Casino. Many mornings, we were able to be seated almost immediately without waiting in long lines. I also highly recommend the House of Blues for its live music!
A more upscale dining experience that we tried at the Mandalay Bay was Wolfgang Puck's Lupo. Lupo offers Italian cuisine with a tasty variety of desserts. This was likely the best meal of our entire trip, featuring delicious bolognese and sea bass entrees. We also tried the Tasting of the Signature Desserts, which included one of the best cheesecakes I have ever tasted. The service was top of the line, and we left feeling truly satisfied.
Rhythm & Riffs
The Mandalay Bay also offers a number of bars on the property. One such bar is called Rhythm & Riffs Lounge. There is also live music that is typically performed during the evenings, though we missed the shows during our time there. Rhythm & Riffs offers a classy bar experience with a selection of drinks and friendly bar tenders to cap off the night. The drinks are also strong, so you won't feel that you wasted your money on a weak drink!
In addition to access to the main Mandalay Bay Pool complex, the guests of the Delano also have access to a separate Delano Beach Club, though this was closed when we traveled during July 2021.
Michael Jackson's One Theater is also on the property of the Mandalay Bay and is directly across from the entrance of the Delano. "One" is a Cirque du Soleil show paying homage to the music of Michael Jackson, and is a popular destination for travelers to Las Vegas.
We also checked out the Shark Reef Aquarium during our stay. Entrance is $20.00 per person at regular price and is perfect for families traveling with small children. There is a good variety of fish and sea life, though the exhibit is somewhat small. We were able to tour the entire aquarium in about 45 minutes.
During our stay, we also spent some time at the Casino. Neither Arias or I are largely into gambling, but because it was my birthday (and because we had some FreePlay), we decided to try our hand. Even the Casinos at Mandalay Bay are impressive. Relative to the other hotel Casinos, Mandalay Bay had a LOT LESS cigarette smoke and felt much cleaner. The machines also appeared to be newer and more modern.
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I would 100% recommend the Delano during your next stay to Las Vegas. If offers a truly luxurious and modern boutique stay with all of the amenities of its neighboring Mandalay Bay Resort. Staying south of the Strip also provides for a quieter, more secluded Las Vegas trip, perfect for romantic get-aways and celebrations.
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