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 have been coming to the Delano for years. But, it has been a couple since we have been there. We always have a great time. Two and a half hours from NYC and you can really separate. It was great to see that Soledad was still managing the pool. We had a terrific experience. Service was great. Rented a cabana the second day. Food and drinks are terrific. Everything worked out perfectly. A great weekend stay! Be back soon!
This hotel is a bit dated. The rooms and corridors need to be updated. We stayed in a room this past weekend and the glass from the shower door broke off cutting my wife’s foot. The staff were notified and failed to take action.
My opinion is that the staff need to be trained up with better customer service. I understand that they have a captive clientele due to the abundance of tourism year round, but guests spend a lot of money at the property. Also, the Delano will face some fierce competition with the new Ritz Carlton and updated Raleigh properties opening up later this year.
I was very disappointed with the bar tender staff within the hotel as they come across as very sour and unfriendly. Also, there is a security guard at the pool area that is extremely unpleasant- not sure if this is due to “roid-rage”, but staff should be trained to be more friendly to guests spending top dollar. For instance, we spent over 1K USD at the pool for a cabana.
Bottom line is I would prob take my money elsewhere next time as there are plenty of other cool properties in Miami Beach with friendly staff.
The pictures below show the glass from shower door and perhaps the only redeeming hotel amenity which is the pool.
I’m a professional, who works CERY LONG hours and rarely get a vacation... we were able to take a brief few days to get down to Miami, had a tough time choosing from a select few hotels we’ve stayed at before and had prior great experiences, including the W Hotel, The One, and The Edition hotels in South Beach alongside the Delano. It’s tough, they’re all very good!
We ended up settling on The Delano, and i’m SO HAPPY we did, the trip’s been AMAZING, and primarily because of the staff; it’s always the LITTLE things that make the difference when you’re choosing amongst the best hotels in Miami. We had an incredible guy who tends the pool and guest services named Jean Castilla who went above and beyond for us not just one day, but EVERY DAY. This is the kind of RARE employee that every hotel should be elevating to the top as quickly as possible.... very sharp, hard working, personable, and understands the importance of DETAILS.
DELANO... if you’re listening.... PROMOTE. THAT. MAN. If you could have him just train everyone, you won’t ever have to worry whether guests will walk away repeat customers just by virtue of the service they received just at the pool :)
Awesome experience staying at the Delano on my recent trip to Miami.
The beach is brilliant! Special thanks to Jack, Julio, Isa, and Jarred for making me and the other beach goers feel extremely comfortable and taken care of....They’re fantastic!
The staff were particularly helpful, the rooms are spacious, the vibe is awesome and I would happily recommend a stay at this property to anyone!
Awesome service from hotel and beach staff especially Jack Perea. He assured we were taken care of around the beach area. Lovely room stay and presentation. Hope to come back soon and experience another great time.