LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas Strip hotel that sometimes confused tourists and taxi drivers with its generic moniker, "THEhotel," is getting a distinct new name and a breezy, $80 million makeover hearkening to Florida's South Beach.
MGM Resorts started accepting online and phone reservations Wednesday for the 1,100-suite Delano Las Vegas, tucked away on the campus of the much larger Mandalay Bay casino. The property will remain open as THEhotel throughout the renovation, which began in April, and will officially take its new name Sept. 1, the project's expected completion date.
"This is its own place," said Matthew Chilton, general manager of the Delano. "We're not just Mandalay Bay with an all-suites product. This gives it its own identity."
The Delano is modeled in part after a respected Delano hotel in South Beach that's believed to be named after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The brand is especially popular with customers from Latin America, Europe and the East Coast, which MGM is eyeing for growth because those patrons stay longer and spend more than travelers closer to home.
Decor in the suites is almost all white, with sheer, airy curtains and modern furnishings. Lobby areas and hallways that now feature shiny marble and black wood will be softened with natural wood flooring, stone art installations and a desert color palette.
"It's the opportunity to have what you'd expect with a chic, Miami vibe, but create our own brand," Mandalay Bay President and COO Chuck Bowling said.
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