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
- 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
Classic South Beach experience. Stayed in a 1 bedroom Suite with good sized balcony and direct ocean view. Excellent service at the pool. Decent sized spa. In-house restaurant was terrific. Glad to see the Delano has kept the quality of the hotel up to expectations. I booked with Black Friday pricing, so good value as well. Never used the beach...wish I had!
I stayed at the Delano South Beach over New Year Eve. I knew what to expect as far as the hotel, this was not my first stay.
- The hotel has a great vibe,
- Excellent location in South Beach,
- The pool area is awesome.
- It is also not too big, and for those who like a boutique character it’s worthy considering.
Now for the negatives:
- Staff is really not nice, especially the lobby / reception
- Hotel is clearly outdated, rooms need urgently a “refresh”
- MOST IMPORTANT ADVISE: check your final invoice very carefully!!:
- We were invoiced a parking charge although we had no car,
- I had a 1.700$ charge, I first thought it was for the room but after I realized my room was prepaid I asked for the detail of that charge. This was for a restaurant bill that was not ours. 10+ bottles of wine, champagne, everything you can imagine...
Mistakes can obviously happen but this is a NO GO, we even didn’t get an apology...
Other (better) alternatives in Miami Beach (although this time prices were higher): 1hotel, Setai, The Betsy (renewed), the Nobu Hotel (although location is a minus) and the W.
I came here for a late night meal and was very pleased with my order of Oysters in the half shell. They were fresh, no broken shells and went down nice and smooth. Cocktail sauce was pretty good too. Wine was a little over priced but recommendation by the server was spot on. Great setting and was a memorable experience.
Rude staff. Dirty and worn carpet. The rooms have moldy windows, peeling drywall and peeling mirrors. The gym did not even have disinfectant spray on hand. Poor customer service. The rooms remind me of a mental institute: all white with a dirty rug as a “pop” of color. I will not return.
This hotel is not as glamorous as portrayed in the pictures on the website. I’ve always wanted to visit the hotel and got sick for my birthday and ended up in the hospital and had to cancel one time before. Even though I was in the hospital, they would not refund my money.
Anyway a years later, I still went and gave it a try. For the money spent, to me it’s not all what it’s cracked up to be. The staff was very nice. If you go there without expectations, it’s a nice stay. Just don’t be fooled by the photos.