New M Resort Will Focus on Food, Value to Attract Both Locals and Visitors
When the new M Resort, Spa and Casino opens its doors on March 1, Chairman and CEO Anthony Marnell III will be able to gaze down upon the legendary properties designed in part by his father’s company, Marnell and Corrao Associates. With a pedigree that includes work on such resort icons as Wynn Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Mirage and more, the newest generation of the Marnell family is bringing mega-resort luxury, amenities and design innovations to a 90-acre spot on the “South Strip.”
Perched 400 feet above the lights of the Las Vegas Strip, the new $1 billion-plus resort – located about nine miles from Mandalay Bay – uses this vantage point as a key design element in the positioning of the resort’s nine restaurants, 390 guest rooms and suites, as well as the lavish outdoor swim and stage complex called the Villaggio Del Sole Pool and Entertainment Piazza.
Those staying overnight in one of the resort’s rooms will enjoy dazzling views of both the Strip and the Las Vegas skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows gracing each of the 550-sq.ft. or larger accommodations. Some of the state-of-the-art amenities are a 42″ HD LCD television, Bose “Wave” sound system, an iPod docking station, an in-room safe large enough to hold a standard laptop plus high-speed Internet access. While “techies” will love the new digs, old-fashioned luxury is also part of the room and suite design. Terry robes and slippers, spa bathrooms with separate tubs and showers plus turndown service are all de rigueur.
The resort’s casino features over 92,000 sq. ft. of indoor and poolside gaming with 1,847 slot and video poker machines, 64 table games, a live poker room as well as race and sports book. Casino players will be able to sign up for the resort’s exclusive new “iMagine Club” to earn rewards including restaurant meals, cash back, free slot play plus shows and entertainment offers.
In addition to the attention being paid to the rooms and casino, the new resort is putting a huge focus on the nine dining venues that are all owned and operated in-house. With a goal of being the new “favorite locals casino,” Mr. Marnell and company are relying on the quality and variety of dining options to not only bring people into the casino but back as regular visitors.
When talking about the resort’s restaurants, Mr. Marnell said “We believe food is one of the most, if not the most important reason why guests will visit the property. The restaurants we have developed will introduce a new kind of dining experience that reflects my family’s reputation for great food and great value.”
What’s sure to be a hit is the resort’s 500-seat buffet restaurant, “Studio B,” where a live-action exhibition kitchen will allow diners to enjoy their meals while watching the restaurant’s chefs prepare signature appetizers, entrées and desserts. Guests will also enjoy a selection of beer and wine as part of their meal at no extra cost.
Other restaurants include the rooftop Restaurant Veloce Cibo and Bar Veloce; Marinelli’s for authentic Italian dishes (including some from the Marnell family recipe book) and Terzetto, the resort’s steak house and oyster bar. A casual deli, a coffee house and an artisan bakery plus the outdoor Piazza Grille round out the extensive dining options.
For oenophiles, the creatively-named “Hostile Grape Wine Cellar” – wine with an attitude – will offer guests the opportunity to discover more than 120 wines by the glass including hard-to-find boutique wines from throughout the world. A unique wine dispensing system will be used to pour one-, three- or five-ounce portions so that aficionados can create their own tasting “flights” of wine.
The “spa” part of the M Resort, Spa and Casino is represented by the 23,000 sq. ft. “Spa Mio” that includes a fitness center, salon, 16 treatment rooms plus sauna, steam and Jacuzzi. Also on-site is the new M Resort Conference Center. Built to accommodate small to mid-size meetings, the 60,000 sq. ft. area is home to the resort’s Grand Ballroom along with multiple other reception rooms.
Two additional features of the “M” are the wholly-owned gas station where customers can redeem player points for gasoline as well as an on-property, full-service pharmacy, which will be open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. for both customers and employees.
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