Delano South Beach
1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Photo courtesy of Morgans Hotel Group
Delano South Beach Nearly hidden behind a tall row of hedges is Delano South Beach, a landmarked hotel built in 1947 and renovated by Ian Schrager and Philippe Starck in 1995. Schrager and Starck wanted Delano to feel like a home; to that end, Starck created a series of discrete “living spaces,” with mismatched furniture, in the hotel's common areas. Each of the spaces is intended to evoke specific images and experiences from his childhood, such as a wall of nightlights. The Delano's backyard and pool area are an extension of the lobby's “living room,” and that's why a table and two chairs sit in a shallow section of the pool, and why the hotel's veranda features the kind of comfortable furniture usually found inside a building, rather than outside it. In rooms, guests will find oversized marble bathtubs, said to be a favorite among NBA players because of their seven-foot length, along with Malin + Goetz toiletries.