MGM National Harbor : Vegas on the Potomac

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Las Vegas and Atlantic City were once the only choices when it came to casino gambling in the United States. Then slowly that began to change with Native American Casinos, Riverboat Gambling, and some states legalizing slots parlors. But it wasn’t really the same, nothing can match the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. As gambling proliferated across the country, casinos in Sin City have stepped up their game and developed into full-fledged resorts. Now its the amazing shows, fabulous restaurants, high-end shopping, and over-the-top glamour of Las Vegas resorts that keep folks coming to the desert.

Many of those amazing Las Vegas properties are owned by MGM Resorts International, and it was only a matter of time before they began spreading their brand to new markets. We’re proud to say that their newest property is located in Gunaxin’s homes state of Maryland, across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. The grand opening is today, and we couldn’t be more excited to check it out. To give everyone a preview of MGM National Harbor, we’ve put together this photo tour of highlights, assembled from the press materials and website. It really does have something for everyone, and we look forward to sharing our first-hand experience with the resort in the future.

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The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International portfolio, MGM National Harbor‘s unrivaled setting offers stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion resort 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 24-story, 308-room resort will feature premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic casino with over 125,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 50,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs. MGM National Harbor is scheduled to open December 8, 2016.


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Designed by Studio Gaia, MGM National Harbor’s 308 rooms, including 74 suites, are a well-appointed getaway with floor-to-ceiling windows, rich wood and earth tones. For a special occasion, guests can indulge in 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.

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Entertainment venue designed by Scéno Plus showcasing a caliber of artists normally reserved for large-scale arenas in an intimate setting. The Theater’s lineup of A-list performers already includes Bruno Mars, Cher, Sting, Ricky Martin, Duran Duran, Boyz II Men and more.


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MARCUS by Marcus Samuelsson

Relish in all-day dining and drinks featuring classic American dishes with Marcus’ unique twist, as well as local Maryland ingredients and traditions. Don’t miss out on the extensive wine list, craft beers, signature and classic cocktails, and shareable punch bowls.

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Voltaggio Brothers Steak House

Known for their time on Bravo’s Emmy-winning season of Top Chef, brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio join forces for the first time with their modern Steak House. Dine on dishes drawing inspiration from their home state of Maryland amid nostalgic design details and contemporary furnishings that produce a feeling of coming home.

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Fish by Jose Andres

Fish by José Andrés celebrates the best of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, while including time-honored cooking techniques from around the world. Fish will showcase the region’s bounty in live seafood tanks and interactive cooking stations, bringing guests seafood dining in a way that only José Andrés can.

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Tap Sports Bar

Come grab our signature “Butcher Grind” burger and root for your favorite sports team in front of 95 flat screen TV’s. Or score with an all-star roster of local and seasonal craft beers – perfect for sipping from the best seat in the house overlooking our Nation’s Capital and the Potomac.

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Immerse yourself in a culinary tour of Asia with authentic Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese dishes amid an extensive menu. Enjoy signature dishes including Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Soft Shell Crab Fried Rice, and House Style Live Lobster along with an extensive Dim Sum menu.

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National Market

Inspired by the current trend in upscale casual dining, National Market will be the epic center of culinary exploration. National Market will boast nine unique venues, offering an open floor plan and vibrant indoor and outdoor seating that will overlook the glistening Potomac River. Venues include: Amos Los Tacos, Bahn Mi Vietnamese Kitchen, Bento, District Deli, “GWBW” George Washington Beer & Wine, Honey’s Fried Chicken & Donuts, S’Cream, ZiZi’s Pizza and Pappas Crabcakes.


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Blossom Cocktail lounge is as beautiful and as the exquisite blooming cherry blossom trees that surround much of Maryland. Relax and enjoy the sophisticated cocktails, freshly mixed drinks, micro and macro brews and creative shots perfect for getting your night started. Also serving as a gaming destination within MGM National Harbor, guests can escape the chaos of the casino floor while taking in the gorgeous and approachable atmosphere of Blossom Cocktail Lounge.

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FELT – Bar & Lounge

Mixology from the minds of the most imaginative bartenders takes center stage. Bartenders are masters of their craft whether it is the beloved classic cocktail or of-the-moment drinks from an always changing seasonal selection. Integrating live music and DJ driven sounds, Felt’s atmosphere is perfect for meetings, a night on the town, or catching the big game on any of the venue’s oversized plasma TVs.


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MGM National Harbor’s 125,000-square-foot casino floor by KNA Design houses 124 table games, 39 poker tables, 10 craps tables, 12 roulette, 25 variations of carnival games, 58 blackjack tables, 25 baccarat tables and 3,300 slot machines. Guests can play first-to-market games, including a baccarat progressive, and enjoy a designated Asian gaming pit decorated with red lanterns symbolizing fortune and joy.

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