When you’re choosing where to stay in Vegas, you quite literally have the world at your feet. You name it they’ve done it. From Egypt’s pyramids and Venice’s canals to Rome’s Colosseum and fairytale castles – if you’re looking for a theme, you’ll find it in Vegas.
Las Vegas is the world’s biggest grown-up’s playground. But are gimmicks going to be enough for you to get the best out of the most surreal, awesome town you’ll ever visit?
I don’t think so.
No. If you really want to harness the ‘have-it-all’ hallmark of this incredible city, there’s only one place to stay: The Delano.
First off, the Delano is a suite-only hotel. That’s right. The only rooms you can get here are suites. Cool? Damn straight!
Secondly, unlike most Vegas hotels, this one doesn’t have a casino attached to it. This makes the Delano a bit of an oasis of peace away from the madness that Vegas encourages so whole-heartedly.
We really liked that we could spend the day (and/or night) tearing about the streets of Sin City absorbing the energy of the place until we were full. Then we could retreat back to the sanctum of our hotel.
The Delano has really focused on instilling a feeling of tranquility within its walls. As soon as you walk through the doors, you feel your shoulders relax, your mind clear and your pace slow. It’s a wonderful feeling – and really necessary in a place like Vegas… not that there is one like it!
But the Delano’s styling is perfect for chilling out. Its colours are all based on the surrounding desert – from the enormous rug in the entrance, which has an aerial view of the Colorado River woven into it, to the huge pillars of local rock that have been polished on one side until they gleam.
There are carpets made to look like the rippling sands of the desert dunes, walls painted to mirror the hues of the Grand Canyon, and ridiculously chic furniture culminate in an awe-inspiring experience.
It all gives the place a beautiful, organic feeling that is missing from pretty much anywhere else in Las Vegas.
Then there are the rooms. Did I mention they’re all suites? Yeah, I thought so.
Well, when we first walked into our suite, we couldn’t quite believe it. I mean, we were expecting pretty good things – I mean an all-suite hotel on the Vegas Strip – it’s going to be good, isn’t it?
Our expectations were as stunned as we were. I mean, this place bloody rocks.
One of the best things about staying in a suite is not being able to see your bed when you walk in through the door. I don’t know why, but I really like that. On the other hand, I think Mrs Romance likes the fact that she doesn’t have to share a toilet with me!
There was a huge living room with a big TV and comfy sofa. The bedroom also had a big TV and an enormous bed. But best of all a truly gigantic bathroom with a bath big enough for two, a shower you have to experience to believe, two sinks… and of course another TV.
And then there were the views. Because it’s at the southern end of the Strip, and our room faced north, we had views all the way out overlooking the crazy.
Next door, the Luxor’s searchlight beamed from the top of its pyramid into the sky every night like an alien abduction. We could see the Chrysler Building of New York New York and the loony turrets of The Excalibur – even the top of the Eiffel Tower… pretty much the whole of Vegas is at your feet.
For food, the Delano also has it covered, with delicious options at Della’s Kitchen, which is also where our room service dinner came from, and miX at Delano – an amazing restaurant at the top of the hotel. Watch this space for our review of miX. You’ll be salivating from beginning to end.
And if you’re still in need of a bit of pampering, the Bathhouse Spa at the Delano will sort you out. The decadence of the facilities here had us swooning, and it made it pretty hard to head back out into the hustle and bustle on the street.
If you’re looking for the ultimate Vegas experience, the Delano is definitely the place to go. We were so impressed with everything – the service, the room, the styling the facilities, the ambience – it really made dealing with the insanity Vegas is famous for a pleasure to live in.
Our tips for the Delano:
- Vegas prices vary according to events. Try midweek for lower rates as weekends are busier.
- Sign up for an MLife rewards card.
- When outside the hotel, call the hotel the ‘de-LAH-no’, when in the hotel, call it the ‘DEH-lunno’.
- Book a suite here… oh hang on a minute – you can only book suites here!
What’s the most amazing hotel experience you’ve ever had? What would be the first thing you’d do if you were in Vegas right now? Tell us in the comments!