Like many hotels, the Del used the COVID-19 shutdown to good advantage, making progress on a three-year, $400-million face-lift.
“We’ve missed making memories with you,” the hotel tweeted guests, adding that it had upgraded the pool and added beachfront rooms with fire pits during the closure.
Some of the new Cabana rooms overlook the pool, others are a few steps from the sand and have large terraces, walk-in showers and concrete fire pits.
The hotel has redesigned the main entry, upgraded its dining rooms, added more guest rooms, and extensively renovated its front porch and lobby.
If you’re a fan of the 1959 Marilyn Monroe film “Some Like It Hot,” you might remember the porch scene filmed here. The wide veranda seen in the movie disappeared in 1961, but now, it’s now back. Designers have restored it and the lobby, removing layers of nonhistoric additions.
But the most dramatic change is to the hotel’s entry, complete with a porte-cochere and central fountain, which now offers arriving guests a grand view of the iconic building and its red-roofed turret.
More changes are on the way, with renovations expected to be completed next summer. Included in the master plan is a new residential-style resort called Shore House, which will bring to 902 the number of rooms at the hotel.