Spoiler alert: The Delano South Beach as you remember it is long gone.
Once the painfully hip destination for locals and foreigners alike, the 191-room beachfront property is undergoing a liquidation sale as new owners prepare to take over.
In November 2020, the 75-year-old boutique property was purchased for an undisclosed sum by Connecticut-based Eldridge from hotel management giant SBE Entertainment Group. Cain InternationalEldridge’s real estate investment firm, was nominated for “carry out a strategic repositioning” of the hotel.
At the time of the sale, the Delano – known for its hip, clean and understated decor thanks to a 1995 makeover by Ian Schrager and Philippe Starck – had been closed for months since COVID-19 hit the United States for the first time.
Near the rear entrance to the huge pool area is a sign dated March 20, 2020, around the time the world stopped: “The safety and well-being of our staff and our guests are our top priority,” he says. “We sincerely apologize for these developments and hope to welcome you back to the property soon.”
Now someone else is running the show, temporarily, to clean up the place and make way for a new owner: based in Dayton, Ohio International Content Clearances holds a public sale until literally everything is gone. Costing $5 for admission, the event started last weekend, so a lot of the amazing stuff has gone missing, but ICL spokesperson Nicole Kabealo said they’ll be sticking around until the end. bitter.
“There’s still a lot of stuff here,” she said. “Everyone who enters leaves with something.”
The Starck-designed lobby is still majestic, with its high ceilings and white-on-white decor. But “For Sale” stickers are affixed to literally everything, from lamps to sofas and bedside tables to computer equipment and fancy martini glasses at the iconic wood-panelled Rose Bar.
Prices aren’t bad, even with our current runaway inflation; they range from $1 for a plastic ice bucket in the bathroom to $20 for a toilet to $4,500 for the central marble sushi table, once a famous gathering place. Decor-conscious homeowners could easily recreate the Delano’s glory days in their living room with a few purchases.
Yes, you might be able to tear off an impressive morsel or two, but seeing the once-glorious Delano in such vulnerable condition might make you feel like someone is slicing onions in your neighborhood.
During a visit on Thursday morning, some of the spectacular floor-to-ceiling curtains were tucked away in boxes as workers trucked packed carts and carts by truck across the once-gleaming tile floors.
In the so-called orchard, site of many fashion shows, selfie sessions or expensive fruity cocktails, the famous chess game was gone. In its place is dirt that looks like a freshly dug grave.
Fortunately, the Starck-designed sculpture remains in the family. Local publicists Tara Solomon and Nick D’Annunzio bought it for $350. On an Instagram post, D’Annunzio posted a photo, calling it “a real piece of Miami Beach history.”
“The Delano holds many special memories for me, from opening night to Nick and my first New Year’s Eve together,” said Solomon, of [nightlife queen] Susanne Bartsch’s legendary birthday will ring in the year 2000. The couple plans to set up the set at their Palm Springs vacation home.
The longer the sale lasts, the more likely you are to haggle, says ICL’s Kabealo, who adds that the priceless collection of furniture and objects by Gaudí, Man Ray, Dalí and Charles and Ray Eames are not included in the sale. liquidation.
For a little more nostalgia (or morbid curiosity), wander into the kitchen at the end of the hall. On Thursday, it looked more like The Overlook Hotel than a South Beach gem, with china, plates, pots and crockery strewn everywhere. If you close your eyes, you can almost imagine the chaotic buzz that must have occurred among the chefs, servers, and cooks during Delano’s heyday.
For die-hard old-school SoBe fans, this is your last chance to check out this once-flashy ’90s-era trailblazer who helped transform the area formerly called “God’s Waiting Room.”
“People seem nostalgic and fond, with fond memories. They point to an area and say, ‘Oh, this is where I had a drink once,'” ICL’s Kabealo said. I heard it was very elegant at the time.”
Or: The Delano. 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $5. All credit cards and cash accepted.
More information: www.iclsales.com561-525-3075.
This story was originally published January 28, 2022 2:07 p.m.