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
I had been in this hotel with 3 friends from 6th to 11th of May. We booked 2 rooms with “Agoda” some months ago and paid before arrived there. In the check out we paid received the bills for the extra and taxes. I paid one room in my credit card and a friend the other room (I don’t know why but we did not digite any pin or sign anything). For my surprise they charged again for the rooms in mine and my friend’s credit card ($ 1187.03 in each), despite the bill for the extra. I wrote them twice, I called and left a message and they totally ignored me until now!! A total absurd. A supposed 5 star hotel. Never again! Attached are the photos with the receipt for the payment (before we arrived in March - $2863.20), the extra charges ($268.64 and $518.83) and the rooms again ($1187.03 in each credit card)! Stoled!!! And they ignore!!
Great two night stay at the Delano hotel in Miami Beach. We stayed in a poolside bungalow with a king size bed and balcony. The stairs can be a bit tricky (I have included a picture) but the upstairs bedroom, bathroom and balcony are beautiful. If you can handle the stairs this room is highly recommended, especially if you want to be right in the action. It can be a bit noisy later into the evening but we were enjoying the party atmosphere and were late to turn in anyway. The bungalow also comes with pool chairs, which can be hard to come by as the pool area is definitely the place to be. If you do not have a bungalow or want to spend the extra $$ on a cabana or day bed we were told that guests can leave their names with a pool attendant early in the morning to reserve a spot, which is held for you until 11:00 am. Kind of a weird system, but you definitely want to be by the pool so get there early to leave your name. Unfortunately our experience at the beach was not as pleasant. Umbrellas are an extra charge, and there is an extra charge if you need more than two chairs. Personally I think umbrellas should be included for all guests as you are paying a daily resort fee. Also, we were not asked by any staff on the beach if we would need anything nor were we offered any type of drink or food menu. We did eat at the pool and it was great! Drinks are really good as well but pricey ($18) We did not eat at the onsite restaurant but the brunch looked fantastic (maybe more special because it was Mother’s Day?) We found the location of the hotel perfect. An easy walk to Lincoln Road shopping and restaurants and a quick walk to Ocean Drive for drinks, restaurants and people watching. $23 Uber to Wynwood. We did have to communicate with our Uber drivers to be picked up at the Delano as they all seemed to go to the National hotel next door, so maybe a GPS thing. Big thumbs up to the Delano for having a great location, vibe and pool area.
We stayed at Delano again in May for a full week with two friends , it was our 6th visit there but their first.
First of all the property is an icon on South Beach its in a great place and it once deserved its great reputation but not anymore. The food has gone down hill dramatically but is still expensive , breakfast is boring , low choice , low quality and the fixtures and fittings in the restaurant ( Leynia) are worn out and are really dirty, the canopies are full of dirt , the lights and drapes full of dead insects , chairs are wobbly , tables stained and all the speakers are rusted - the staff are ok but the food is rubbish especially the Argentinian dinner which is take out quality and lacks any flavour. there were three days where business conferences had taken over the breakfast restaurant and other guests were pushed into a little bar area with high tables - just awful service and money chasing strategy by the management.
Once the hotel theme was WHITE - all the staff were easily recognisable and uniforms were good - the food manager looked like a maintenance man and round the pool I couldnt tell who was staff there was such a mix of shirts , colors and types - a real down market feel. The pool area is beautiful to look at but needs a redo - its actually dirty now , the concrete pavings are broken , sun beds are a mix of wooden and awful metal 2 star style beds , cushions look ancient and are left out al night so were wet and dirty , again a mix of grubby colors. he pool prices are crazy despite the poor condition and low amenities I mean the toilets wow - and all the bar fittings fans , speakers are rusted so bad. The whole thing needs an uplift. We paid over $100 for a bottle of Whispering Angel which with taxes and 18% service charge added was over $120 - go to Mr Chows up the road and good Roderer champagne is cheaper.
The rooms have always been quirky and the bathrooms small , our room was flooded twice with faulty aircon which they fixed quickly each time but again its all way too old fashioned.
Some of the staff are still there from years ago and try their best , Diego by the pool , the 5 year doorman Jean -Claude , Julio the concierge and Eduardo in the restaurant amongst them are great but they deserve a better product - youve lost me as a customer till you refit the whole place thats for sure when The Edition and The W are close by and so much better for similar costs - by a very disappointed regular.
I can’t say enough good things about Jorge - the BEST guy all around!!!! Made our day at the beach truly unforgettable with amazing service and great recommendations. It is clear he knows Miami and is a great asset for out of town visitors!!
Popped in for drinks at the Bar overlooking the Pool, three Dry Martinis, and a glass or Whispering Angel. A bottle of Champagne and Truffle Chips completed our visit.
We left after two hours, having paid $ 285 Dollars for the privilege !
Was it worth it ?