Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 | 7:57 p.m.
Robin Leach has finished his annual summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, and many of our Strip personalities again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. As Robin enjoys the remainder of his working vacation with his family, we continue today with our popular guest columns. Here’s Delano Las Vegas GM Matthew Chilton.
The spotlights will all be shining this weekend on the north end of the Strip as the new SLS Las Vegas arises out of the old Sahara for its grand opening, but on the south end of the street, Matthew Chilton is getting ready to kick off the South Beach vibe of the new Delano Las Vegas on Sept. 1 — the former site of The Hotel at Mandalay Bay.
There’s a desert theme to the new 1,100 all-suite property with its floor-to-ceiling windows and 24 Tea and Coffee shop. That divided boulder, part of the elaborate stone entry, comes from the Mojave Desert signaling that it’s more than a Miami vibe and proof positive it’s unlike any other hotel on the Strip.
While awaiting star chef Alain Ducasse’s transformation of his 64th-floor rooftop Mix restaurant into the light Italian-French cuisine of Rivea, Della’s Kitchen will debut its “farm meets city” classics and comfort foods, and the Franklin lounge will feature live entertainment and DJs.
Della’s is historic farmhouse meets urban eatery complete with its own greenhouse supplying herbs for the desert-sustainable breakfast and lunch menu balancing the line between healthy and decadent while blending responsibly sourced local and regional ingredients with a chic, industrial aesthetic. Matt gives us an advance Delano tour in his guest column.
A longtime Las Vegas resident, I’ve had my hand in the local hospitality scene since the age of 15 and have been fortunate to be involved with some of the city’s most iconic brands. I’m incredibly proud that I was asked to lead the team bringing the Delano Las Vegas vision to life as the property’s general manager.
When Delano Las Vegas opens in September, it will transport the brand’s chic South Beach style to the magnificent Las Vegas Strip. The all-suite hotel adjacent to Mandalay Bay will create a playful, energetic atmosphere of understated elegance offering dynamic public spaces, eclectic bars and lounges, delicious food and beverage offerings, a serene spa and more than 1,000 luxurious suites.
Along with our core philosophy of providing unique guest experiences and superior service, one of the most intriguing aspects of Delano Las Vegas will be the energetic, intimate vibe that guests will encounter the moment they arrive. In an age when social media and digital devices have become all consuming, Delano will offer social hubs where guests can actually interact and engage face to face. Imagine that!
Guests can expect three distinct social spaces in the main lobby. The unique 3940 Coffee + Tea featuring mid-century modern furnishings, communal seating and an inviting marble fireplace; Della’s Kitchen, a cafe where historic farmhouse meets urban kitchen; and Franklin, a sophisticated lounge offering nightly entertainment, craft cocktails and small plates.
These spaces will be highlighted by a sleek new lobby that entices guests through the hotel’s striking stone entry and wood-slatted gate. As a testament to the Delano ideology of adapting to its surroundings, guests will encounter touches of the desert such as a gigantic divided boulder locally sourced from Jean. A mirrored walkway, featuring colors and textures inspired by the layered landscape of the Mojave Desert, will lead guests toward a sleek black reception desk.
Debuting in 2015, internationally celebrated chef Alain Ducasse’s Rivea will serve French and Italian cuisine with extraordinary views of the Las Vegas Strip from the 64th floor. An adjacent lounge will offer panoramic views of the city and a great evening atmosphere. Mix restaurant and lounge has long been a beloved hotspot for tourists and locals, and we are excited to continue our partnership with chef Ducasse with these new experiences.
Those who long for a quiet escape will find it in their guestroom. Bright and airy, each suite boasts one of the largest standard room square footages of any hotel in the city at 725 square feet with private bedrooms and spacious living areas. The decor features whites and neutrals with playful gold accents and floor-to-ceiling windows that show off stunning views of the Las Vegas skyline.
Guests also will enjoy the blissful Bathhouse Spa, which will introduce several signature Delano Las Vegas treatments. Opening in time for the 2015 pool season, Delano guests will enjoy access to Delano Beach Club, a private pool just steps from the iconic Mandalay Bay Beach.
Although Delano Las Vegas will become its own unique destination, our guests will have convenient and direct access to the many incredible venues and amenities at Mandalay Bay, making for a complete Las Vegas experience.
For those who know and love the Delano brand, we look forward to welcoming you home to what we hope will become your favorite new spot in Las Vegas. And for those who will be getting to know Delano for the first time, I can’t wait to greet you and show you around. Reservations are available now for stays beginning Sept. 1.
See you soon.
Be sure to check out our other guest columnist today, Las Vegas band Rusty Maples. Then on Tuesday, we’ll meet up with Las Vegas entertainment manager and producer Seth Yudof and Epicurean Charitable Foundation’s Melissa Arias. On Wednesday, it’s speed on two wheels from Gene Woods and Brook Watts. On Thursday, it’s all about the new SLS Las Vegas grand opening this week with guest chef and nightlife columns.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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