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*.
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.
1685 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139