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Surprise! The Delano Marrakech to Open in September

June 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM | by | ()

Just last week we were reminiscing about the days when The Delano would strike out for the wilds of Las Vegas and Dubai but thanks to the great economy meltdown of 2008, those desert dreams were merely mirages. Same goes for these Delano duds.

But today, we've got word that The Delano, under parent company Morgans Hotel Group is actually giving it another go--this time in Morocco.

Morgans has partnered up with Moroccan entrepreneur Ahmed Bennani and Hivernage Collection to open a Delano Marrakech in September 2012 (this year!) followed by a Mondrian Marrakech in late 2013. Here's the brief description on the 73-room Delano Marrakech:

Following the footsteps of its South Beach predecessor, Delano Marrakech will provide world-travelers with another sophisticated world-class urban resort marked by unparalleled style and five-star service. As a self-contained destination, Delano Marrakech will offer a haven of luxury and relaxation in heart of the vibrant, magical city.

The property has been designed by Jacques Garcia, a well-known interior designer, who has outfitted the place with "precious marbles, sumptuous draped velvet, and rare fabrics." There will also be a 20,000 square foot with three private pools, a subterranean nightclub and a roof deck run by The Light Group, along with several bar and lounge concepts and both a French and Italian restaurant manned by Michelin stared chefs, Michel Rostang and Giancarlo Morelli respectively.

Meanwhile the Mondrian will be located in the hotel area of Agdal and will have just 69 rooms. A spa, fitness center and several food and beverage outlets are also expected.

Now given that September is just a mere two and a half months away, we're wondering if the Delano can really pull this off. We did some quick research and we actually think that the property is The Pearl, which we found on Conde Nast Traveller to be a 72-suite hotel designed by Garcia. That just can't be a coincidence.

On the bright side, the hotel is probably nearly finished. All it needs is some Delano branding and voila, it will be ready to go in September. We'll be watching closely of course.

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