A Delano Will Open in Las Vegas After All (Inside The Mandalay Bay)
UPDATE: For more detes on what will change at THEhotel when it turns into a Delano, head over to VegasChatter.
Several years ago, there was a much-hyped Delano Hotel from the Morgans Hotel Group planned for Las Vegas, right on the Strip in the middle of all the action, in a fancy new complex called Echelon on the site of the old Stardust casino. But thanks to the economic woes, that Delano never materialized and the lot on Las Vegas Boulevard where the Delano was to be built has been vacant ever since.
But today comes HUGE NEWS about the Delano's return to Las Vegas--THEhotel at Mandalay Bay will cease to exist next year and in its place will be The Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. Here are the official announcement details:
As Delano’s second outpost in the United States, Delano Las Vegas will transport the iconic brand from the shores of South Beach to the Las Vegas Strip. Once completed, guests will experience the Delano lifestyle, and its unique blend of effortless luxury and impeccable service at the world-renowned Mandalay Bay.
In addition, Morgans Hotel Group plans to introduce several new food and beverage concepts at Mandalay Bay to be managed by The Light Group. Venues will include a casual American bistro by Chef Brian Massie, a Japanese dining destination by celebrity chef Akira Back and a new vision for Red Square. The Light Group will once again reinvent Las Vegas nightlife with a revolutionary nightclub. All venues are scheduled to open in 2013.
All of the hotel's/THEhotel's 1,100 suites will be redesigned to fit in with the Delano personality but despite the intention to give Vegas guests a "Delano lifestyle" experience, apparently this Delano will not look similar to the one in South Beach nor will it look similar to the one opening soon in Marrakech. Rather, each Delano hotel will "adapt to its surroundings" with a huge focus on "superior service" and "high-energy night and daylife." And where else is better for that than Las Vegas? And in case you don't remember, the Light Group pretty much ran Las Vegas nightlife for many years last decade so they know this town very well. That should offset the not-so-good experience that Morgans previously had running the Hard Rock.
The floor-by-floor renovations are expected to begin next summer and all employees of THEhotel will remain on board as MGM Resorts employees since this is just a licensing agreement with Morgans Hotel Group. Word is that the full transition into the Delano Las Vegas will happen in December 2013.
To be honest, were still reeling from this news and from the shock that THEhotel will be no longer. No doubt, our little sibling VegasChatter will be following the opening of Delano Las Vegas closely in the meantime but if you've got your own off-the-cuff reactions to this, why, share 'em in comments below!
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