Perhaps “never” is a bit too strong a statement, but there is a very, very, very slim chance I’ll be booking a room at the brand new Delano Las Vegas any time soon. I just wrapped up eight nights in town sampling four different hotels and I had high hopes for the newly renovated property. The price was right, the location reasonable for my needs and I was keen to try out a hotel a bit removed from the casino scene. Alas, in the end the hotel failed at its most basic function and that leaves me little choice but to say “no, thanks” to future stays.
I booked the most basic room – The Delano Queen Suite – and that’s what I got upon check-in. No complaints at all there. And when I got in to the room I was reasonably impressed with the size, space and amenities. Plus views of McCarran and the Area 51 planes coming and going. I was actually very, very happy at first glance.
OK, so the shower didn’t drain so well and also didn’t seal so well, causing a bit of a mess on the bathroom floor. I can handle that, and hopefully my request at check-out to have a jug of drain-o poured in will be followed up on. But the robes were super soft and the slippers had the name of the hotel on them in addition to being ridiculously padded. And fancy amenities in the bathroom, too. That’s all good.
I wanted to not really be in the casino scene and I wasn’t, unless I wanted to use the pool. The Delano shares its pool with Mandalay Bay next door which is great from a people-watching perspective but it does require passing through the casino to get to the pool area. Not ideal, especially when the side entrance nearest the convention center was closed, but I can handle it I suppose.
The couch was comfy, the desk had all sorts of plugs and A/V inputs for the TV system in the living room and the closets in the bedroom were sufficient. The mattress was a bit soft but not too bad. So, where’s the fail? The pillows. They were awful.
I can sleep most anywhere. I spent a couple nights at the Luxor earlier in the week and slept pretty well there, all things considered. But the pillows at the Delano were really, really bad. Or maybe just strange and different. Whatever the issue, it was enough that I awoke several times each night.
They were a different shape than normal pillows, longer and not as tall. They were also very, very firm. My neck was at a strange angle no matter what I tried. So I figured I’d see what the hotel could do. I called to the front desk and asked for an alternative. They suggested I try the pillow in the closet (yup, already did that) and then offered to send up another option. I accepted those pillows with high hopes. It was for naught. They were basically the same.
On day three I went to the front desk seeking clarification and some sort of alternative. The guy basically told me there was nothing to be done. I get it. I didn’t really expect them to go over to the Luxor and snag a couple of the pillows from there when I suggested it, but I hoped he’d at least consider the option rather than dismissing it so quickly.
I mentioned my dissatisfaction at check-out as well. The woman working the front desk was the same one who checked me in and she remembered me. We talked about the pillows and a few other things. She mentioned that these are already a toned-down version of the super-firm, super-stuffed pillows. The originals were over four pounds each according to her and they barely fit in the pillow cases; that’s why the original change was made. But they’re still too big and too uncomfortable for me.
Maybe I’m alone on this one and others like those pillows. Maybe the agent at the front desk was just doing her best to empathize with me so I’d go away. But I know that I can’t book in there again. Certainly not if I plan to sleep. And, believe it or not, that’s the key factor for me in choosing a hotel room. Go figure.
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