Delano Hotel, Miami South Beach, FL *****

Q: What is it? A: Possibly the most successful collaboration between Ian Schrager and Philippe Starck. The big names flocked here in 1995 and they still do, if only to f_ck Matt Damon*.

The so called "Water Salon" – Philippe Starck's first exercise in pool design. These chairs are perfect for those who want to get their feet wet while sipping drinks at night, when the whole area becomes a bar scene.

The so called “Water Salon” – Philippe Starck’s first exercise in pool design. These chairs are perfect for those wanting to get their feet wet while sipping drinks at night, when the whole area becomes a bar scene.

Philippe Starck's vision: White-on-white rooms. With white. And then some white added. And a green apple on the wall.

Philippe Starck’s vision: White-on-white rooms. With white. And then some white added. And a green apple on the wall.

The Delano's "Water Salon" at night. See the folks on the chairs?

See the folks on the chairs? This is The Delano’s “Water Salon” at night. The cabanas around the pool are essentially very large rooms with their private entrance.

Built in 1947. Designed by architect Robert Swartburg. Re-opened in its current shape and form in 1995.

Built in 1947. Designed by architect Robert Swartburg. Re-opened in its current shape and form in 1995, (yes, it’s the white one (the yellow-ish one is the National Hotel).

It’s certainly not new.
No, it’s not new. No, it’s not the hottest spot in South Beach anymore. But it has been on the map since 1995 and, believe me, it’s still alive, kicking and whipping it. Those who know everything about design will always have an opinion whether Philippe Starck is a design genius or a clown disguised as a designer (or possibly both). In my opinion he made a more than decent job with the Delano. Twelve year after its opening, it is still one of the most spectacular places in the world with a front desk. And despite many attempts to copy it, the garden in the backyard is probably still the coolest in the universe. And then we haven’t even mentioned the pool.

Trust me; you will feel a little like Sean Coombs.
But the most remarkable thing about the Delano is not that it’s a funky designed environment where you will feel a little more like P. Diddy. The place looks very much like it always did, despite some renovation taking place here and there. The big, big thing is how this hotel is treating its guests. The staff has come a long way since the 90s and everybody – from the towel guy you meet poolside, via the omelette juggler at the breakfast buffet to the chief executive super-supervisor at the front desk – everybody is genuinely interested in giving you an unforgettable hotel experience.
In short, the Delano is a stellar hotel stay. And this is still a place where you may end up stuck in the same elevator as 50 Cent. A bonus? Sure thing.

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*A classic video, shown on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, with Sarah Silverman and Matt Damon was shot at The Delano. Those of you who have been there may recognize the lobby and the pool in this clip.


Delano Hotel
1685 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
United States
+1-305-672-2000

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