M Resort


M Resort

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M Resort Spa Casino is a boutique hotel, spa, and casino in Henderson, Nevada, owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties and operated by Penn National Gaming. It is located on 90 acres (36 ha) at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway (about 8.5 mi (13.7 km) south of Mandalay Bay), near the affluent neighborhood of Southern Highlands. The hotel includes a 92,000-square-foot (8,500 m2) casino and a 390 room boutique hotel. The hotel tower is 118.17 feet (36.02 m) tall.

M Resort has received a four-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide every year since its opening, deeming the property “One of the Finest Hotels in the World”.

History

Anthony Marnell III is the son of Tony Marnell (owner of Marnell Corrao Associates), who has developed resorts such as Caesars Palace, Wynn Las Vegas, and the Bellagio. Anthony Marnell III acquired the land for the resort for $240 million. MGM Mirage announced a $160 million investment in the resort on April 26, 2006. The total cost of the completed project was $1 billion. Marnell Corrao Associates was responsible for development, master-planning, interior design, construction/design/program management, FFE procurement, property management, as well as being the executive design architect, architect of record, and general contractor.

The resort opened to the public on March 1, 2009.

In October 2010, Penn National Gaming bought the resort’s $860 million in debt from the Bank of Scotland for $231 million. They then acquired the property the following June, in exchange for canceling the debt. Marnell remained as president, but with no ownership.

Features

– 390 room boutique hotel
– Casino containing 92,000 sq ft (8,500 m2) of space
– 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) of meeting and convention space
– 25,000 sq ft (2,300 m2) Events Pavilion
– 7 restaurants and 6 bars
– State-of-the-art Spa & Salon
– State-of-the-art technology, with Crestron touch systems
– Private Wine Cellar & Tasting Room
– 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) pool and entertainment piazza
– Mercedes Maybach house cars
– The hotel was featured prominently in Top Chef Season 6, in which the M served as the location of the Top Chef Kitchen, as well as the setting for many of the challenges. The M Resort also gave away cash prizes to the chef’testants throughout the show, ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 for the final Las Vegas challenge, Culinary Olympics. Chef Kevin Gillespie took home the most money, $65,000.

Christmas tree

For Christmas 2009, the resort placed on display the tallest Christmas tree in the United States. The 109-foot (33 m) tree was lit in a ceremony on December 12, 2009. For the last few years, a tree at Fashion Island, an upscale mall in Newport Beach, California, had been the nation’s tallest.

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