What We Love
- Whimsical, luxurious bungalows by the pool, which is heated and open year-round
- 360-degree South Beach views from the rooftop spa
- Philippe Starck's edgy design
What To Know
- The daily resort fee includes two beach chairs, a poolside amenity, WiFi, and use of the fitness center
- Standard rooms are a bit smaller than at other luxury hotels
- This is the center of the South Beach action, so expect the parties to rage until the wee hours
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A game changer when it opened nearly two decades ago, the Delano had a nip and tuck in 2012 that has kept it at the front of the South Beach pack, mixing a billowing white fabric-draped lobby (the brain child of Philippe Starck) with Alice in Wonderland whimsy (think oversize chessboards, a silver table and chairs that appear to float in the pool). But the Delano also avoids being overly trendy by mixing in classic pieces by Dalí, Eames and Gaudí, along with a healthy dose of Art Deco architecture. Hip kid designer Tim Andreas of Banjo AD revamped the rooms, expanding on Starck’s original Greek Isles–inspired white-on-white minimalism with moss-green marble, apple-green edged rugs and oversize plants that mirror the lush grounds outside. You’ll find one of the South Beach scenes around the sexy Rose Bar (and its infamous pool table), the palm-ringed DJ’d pool party, and the glitzy subterranean FDR club, one of the toughest ropes in town. Light and airy Bianca serves a mix of healthy grilled seafood, hearty pizzas and indulgent pastas. Or refuel over lobster, wagyu and black truffle rolls in the lobby’s buzzy sushi bar. The 3,500-square-foot spa floats above it all, offering wellness, anti-aging and radio frequency treatments in addition to a full menu of traditional massages, facials and body treatments.
In the Area
Explore the Bass Museum of Art’s eclectic collection of Renaissance and Baroque pieces, Asian antiquities, modern photographs and Latin American sculptures. If architecture is more your cup of tea, join one of the Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco walking tours. Toast happy hour with the hip kids at new tiki-inspired it-bar the Broken Shaker, in the Freehand Hostel. Then have one of the rich house-made pastas at Scarpetta or some bourbon and fried chicken at Yardbird.
How to Get There
Stayed in room 610 for a girls weekend. Trendy hotel with paper-thin windows and walls. Very nice and clean, but NOISY. Sounds echo down the hall and outside. We kept thinking someone was about to walk in our room the whole time we were there. We could hear full conversations outside from street level since our windows in the room were single-pane. Room was beautiful and not spacious, but just big enough to not be uncomfortable. Note that the beds are full-size - not queens - but still comfortable.
Spa is a rip-off, only "amenities" you can enjoy (for a $20 entry) which aren't a service is the nice view and a locker room with a steam room. The lockers are only big enough to hold your jewelry and a robe, maybe shoes too, so don't bring any large bags.
The resort fee was a bit of a surprise at checkout, wishing they would have took that amount out up front instead.
Pool scene is lovely. Gorgeous views with great food and drinks. We attended an event at night by the pool where it was completely transformed into a food and music festival (see night time pictures).
Location is perfect. Lots of restaurants, clubs and shopping within walking distance. Easy access to Walkway along beach is directly behind the pool. Rideshare pickup is super easy. Scooters are not supported in this area as of this writing.
All employees we encountered from all areas of the property were pleasant and helpful. I do like that security escorted outside grubhub food delivery to our room.
The hotel is located on the beach and very close to Lincoln ave. The choice of restaurant is excellent for any budget.
The hotel is aging and is soon due for renovation although I am please with the value received for what I paid.
The restaurant could improve in consistency as we ordered the same time several time and ingredients where different every dish we received. Also as the world is much more consiancious about protection the planet you should get rid of plastic bottles to serve your juices and go with something that can be reused.
Came here for a quick ladies trip and it certainly lived up to my expectations of a beach front hotel. Relaxing, spotless, beautiful, and lavish. The staff, specifically Victor Tabares, couldn’t have been more courteous and thoughtful. I will definitely be back!