Reservations open at reinvented Las Vegas Delano hotel - 8 News NOW

Reservations open at reinvented Las Vegas Delano hotel

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LAS VEGAS -- MGM Resorts says it's now accepting reservations at Delano Las Vegas, the reinvented hotel formerly known as THEhotel at the Mandalay Bay.

Company officials announced Wednesday that visitors can reserve space online or by phone for stays beginning Sept. 1.

MGM and Morgans Hotel Group have been renovating the 1,100-suite property and modeling it after a Delano hotel in South Beach, Florida. The Delano brand is especially popular with customers in Latin America and Europe, which the company is eyeing for future growth.

Matthew Chilton, general manager of Delano Las Vegas, led 8 News NOW on a private walk-through of the property.

"Delano will be a brand new hotel," Chilton said, "Every surface is going to get touched in the hotel as we transform to Delano Las Vegas." 

Officials say the Delano Las Vegas will feature several public spaces designed to encourage mingling, including a coffee and tea bar off the main lobby and the Franklin lounge featuring nightly entertainment.

"It's going to be a little pocket of this boutique type of environment where guests can gather in a less ruckus kind of a place than you might find in other hotels," COO of Morgans Hotel Group Josh Fluhr said. 

The 42-story, all-suite boutique hotel will have that Miami look and feel in the rooms, but the Delano will also be influenced by the Mojave Desert. A boulder from nearby Jean will be part of guests' grand arrival.

Desert colors and textures will be found throughout the Delano. Each detail is by design.

"We're calling this our watermark carpet. This has a tie, not only to our desert-inspired theme, but also tied back to our sister property in South Beach," Chilton explained. 

The chic style of South Beach meets the golden vibrancy of Las Vegas.

"The ever-changing process is what gives Vegas its identity," Chilton said.

Construction will be going on for a few more months. The sign THEhotel goes away in June. Delano lettering appears in August.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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