Removed millions of footsteps from snowfall, where turquoise bathwater crashes onto tropical blinding-white shores, is the coastal resort city of South Beach—only second in command to Rio de Janeiro for its exuberant nightlife and home to the über-luxurious and aspirational Delano South Beach.
Built in 1947 and remolded in 1994 by American hotelier extraordinaire and real estate developer Ian Schrager—one of the original co-owners of Studio 54, the most significant and famous Manhattan nightclub of all time—the Delano, with its newly invented concept of a boutique lifestyle, has impacted the hospitality industry across the globe.
Twelve-foot tall manicured shrubbery surrounds the valet drive, while the terrazzo grand veranda pours you into a surreal lobby of billowing floor-to-ceiling draperies, oversized mirrors, renowned Phillip Stark everything-is-art furniture, and overwhelming columns that seem to float under a mile-high ceiling. Venture past the expansive marble table in the sushi and saki bar, the fabric swag-covered walls of the elegant Rose Bar, and through the enchanting formal dining room and you will arrive at the pinnacle of the Delano’s disposition: the Alice In Wonderland courtyard. Saunter down the architecturally tiered grass-lined steps, past the private two-story guest bungalows and you will see celebrity clientele and the fashionable elite sunbathing around a world-class sapphire pool complete with gourmet bar, private cabanas, and outdoor massage tables.
Quilted stainless-steel-clad elevators with neon lighting transport you to impeccable silver-dust painted guest rooms with glossy white floors, windows covered in flowing white sheers, mirrored walls, marble everything bathrooms, padded headboards, and karate-chopped down-filled pillows that become your ethereal home away from home. Groomed staff with a we-do-anything-for-you commitment to customer service work around the clock, paying attention to your every whim.
Many hotels have tried to imitate—but none have succeeded—the inexplicable feel of the Delano South Beach. No one has been able to capture the mood that is created as one walks the corridors, the transcendental feel that is produced from its signature aroma throughout the entire facility, and most of all—no one has ever been able to copy the award-winning and genuine staff loyalty: doors are always opened, guests are always escorted, and you are always treated as guest numero uno!
Whenever you need to plan a leisurely trip for two or a business meeting in West Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, St. Martins, or even America’s pre-eminent beach resort Miami Beach, consider checking your deserving body and your bags into a Schrager-era boutique property for an unparalleled intimate experience to which there is simply no substitute.
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