Hotel Spotlight: MGM Grand National Harbor Resort & Casino
The Nation’s Capitol got a little more “Vegas” as MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino opened its doors in Maryland. It’s the sixth Casino to open in the region and the views of the Potomac from inside remind you that you are steps, or shall I say strokes, away from the nation’s capital.
The new resort is where the Potomac greets Maryland, D.C. and, Virginia and the architecture embraces that with huge views of the scenery just outside the resorts windows. This boutique Vegas style resort is home to world class dining, luxury accommodations and a 125,000 square foot casino. If you see some resemblance to the resorts of Las Vegas that is probably no surprise as MGM Resorts International knows a thing or two about the gamin and resort industry.
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MGM National Harbor Has Opened It’s Doors In Maryland
MGM National Harbor’s unrivaled setting offers stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River and sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia.
The Details: MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino
MGM National Harbor has 308 rooms, including 74 suites with floor-to-ceiling windows to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding this property. , Guests can also choose from one of the property’s 10 luxury suites, including the 3,210-square-foot Chairman Suite, which features panoramic views; up to three bedrooms; kitchen, wet bar, and dining room table for eight; a secluded library and optional butler service.
The Voltaggio Brothers are in the house and these locals are bringing some of their Top Chef skills to a steakhouse concept. Chef Jose Andres makes the local cuisine shine with FISH. National Market is a take on the urban market and you’ll see plenty of options including Amos Los Tacos, Bánh Mì Vietnamese Kitchen, District Deli, Bento, GWBW George Washington Beer & Wine, Honey’s Fried Chicken & Doughnuts, S’Cream and ZiZi’s Pizza, joined by Maryland staple Pappa’s Crabcakes and national favorite Shake Shack. MARCUS by Marcus Samuelsson is the prpertiies all day dining experience but don’t miss the hidden speakeasy style blues club out back called Sammy’s. AlsoTAP Sports Bar, Ginger Pan Asian, and Bellagio Patisserie will help cull the craving for calories at MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino.
1500 Square foot seasonal exhibit that features flowers and fauna that is grown by local non-profit Melwood.
MGM National Harbor’s Heritage Collection of art showcases art throughout the property. Artists include Alice Aycock, Bob Dylan, Terry O’Neill, Margaret Boozer, Sam Gilliam and Ron Beverly among many others.
Sarah Jessica Parker has entered into the world of fashion in the form of her first boutique and you can be sure to find the perfect shoes and her own line of “Little Black Dresses.” Additional retailers include Las Vegas-born Stitched, local women’s boutique Ella Rue, designer sunglasses store Specs and world-renowned watch brand Rolex.
Going Green at MGM National Harbor
MGM National Harbor has achieved LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it one of only six casinos worldwide and the second building in Prince George’s County to achieve this status. Key sustainability initiatives include an underground cistern to collect rain water for landscaping and a cogeneration system to help channel waste heat through a chiller, cooling the resort.