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Photos: A tour of Delano Las Vegas on opening day

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Delano Las Vegas employees pose for a photograph inside the main entrance of their new hotel during a ceremonial opening Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

Delano Las Vegas Ribbon Cutting

Matther Chilton, general manager of Delano Las Vegas, welcomes the public to see the new hotel during a ceremonial opening Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Launch slideshow »

Preview of the Delano

A first look at the guest suites at Delano Las Vegas, Wednesday April 30, 2014. Delano Las Vegas, a South Beach style hotel experience, will have its grand opening in September of 2014. Launch slideshow »

MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group executives exclaimed, “We’re open!” — and Delano Las Vegas officially opened with a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning at the former site of The Hotel at Mandalay Bay.

Notes from a tour of the $80 million renovated South Beach chic Delano Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon:

• The Hotel at Mandalay Bay opened in 2003, and Delano South Beach opened in 1994. In merging the properties, a goal was to bring to the former The Hotel a property with an identity and solid reputation — and South Beach chic vs. the over-the-top glitz of Las Vegas.

• Della’s Kitchen, which serves breakfast and lunch, aims to be a power-lunch spot for business travelers who are reportedly about 40 percent of the property’s visitors. Della’s is described as “historic farmhouse meets urban spoon.” “We take pride in knowing where our food is coming from,” says Della’s Kitchen chef Jay Calimlim.

• Star French chef Alain Ducasse’s Mix at the top of Delano Las Vegas will be transformed into Rivea next year, joining locations in London and St. Tropez.

• Franklin bar features 32 craft beers — it’s a craft-drive establishment; a quarterly menu that changes with the seasons; 22 wines by the glass that are exclusive to Franklin; a small-plates menu that includes tater tots and flatbread pizzas; and nine cocktails, including four classics and a punch of the day.

• Franklin includes a small, custom-made DJ booth for up-and-coming artists. The lights above the bar represent fireflies in the desert sky. Franklin is meant to be a walk-in social space with no cover charge.

• Delano Las Vegas transforms from day to night. That pleasant and relaxing fragrance during the day is green tea lemongrass. At night, the aroma is black tea fig.

• The king suite is 725 square feet with touches of leather, brass and gold in the decor, and prices start at $200 per night. Delano Las Vegas has more than 1,100 all-suite rooms, among them 28 penthouses, as well as dog-friendly suites. Complaints about pillows on the bed being too large have been addressed.

• Television and backlit mirrors have been added to the bathrooms; otherwise, the suites have been entirely redone. The Delano is named after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the icebox is an homage to FDR’s hatbox. The toiletries are from South Beach-based Malin + Goetz.

• The boulder, split to turn it into an art piece at the entryway, is from nearby Jean and weighs 126,000 pounds.

• 3940 Coffee + Tea, open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., strives for casual and comfortable cafe service vs. Starbucks’ “churn-and-burn” mentality. The coffee grounds are from Grand Avenue Coffee with a focus on sustainability. Two highlights: the jelly doughnut coffee and the s’mores mocha, along with a selection of global teas. From 2 and 4 p.m., tea service is offered. The Delano Las Vegas coffee blend property-wide is a Colombian and Guatemalan medium roast.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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