Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay
A graceful tower of glittering gold, the all-suite Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay stands tall at the southern end of the Strip featuring the fantastic Delano Beach Club. The vibe: South Beach on the Strip, chic white-on-white décor, modern sophistication What we love: It’s a quick indoor walk to Mandalay Bay — one the most multifaceted properties in Vegas — from Delano Las Vegas, so staying here gives you the best of all worlds. You’ll get a quieter, more exclusive setting (there’s no casino and smoking isn’t allowed) while still having easy access to all the nonstop action the Strip is known for. Did we mention Delano Las Vegas only has suites? The “standard” one features a separate bedroom and living room, along with a bathroom so big you could throw a party in it. You’ll also get three flat-screen TVs (yes, there’s one in the bathroom). Each suite is plush, and among the fun décor details you’ll discover tributes to FDR, our 32nd president. Look for the icebox modeled on his hatbox. The bathroom products really rock. The peppermint shampoo, cilantro conditioner and rum bar soap smell delicious. Best of all: The suites at Delano Las Vegas are designed in such a way that the bedroom is buffered from the hallway by both the living room and bathroom. This cuts down hugely on noise. So whenever you’re trying to catch some zzz’s, you won’t hear the antics of drunken guests returning from their night on the town…or, who are we kidding, other guests at the resort won’t hear you. Insider tips: Order one of the coffees at 3940 Coffee + Tea. They’re hand-picked and come from exotic places around the world. Plus, you’ll never end up with a stale cup because most of them are served tableside using a clever brewing technique that combines the best of filter drip and French press methods. Traveling with a couple of four-legged friends? Delano Las Vegas has a reputation for coddling canines for an additional fee. The resort not only offers Doggie Butler Service, but there’s also the Doggie Delights in-room menu with such treats as Fido’s Frittata, Fowl Play and the Pooch Patty. Good to know: Speaking of noise, the overhead music in the lobby tends to be loud, which can make it difficult to hear when you’re checking in and out. The entire hotel is non-smoking; if you light up in your room, you will be assessed a $500 fee upon checkout. Save yourself the trouble and smoke in designated areas, like Mandalay Bay’s casino next door.