Las Vegas Style Casino in Maryland

Eddie Applefield

Maryland has added a sixth hotel with the opening of the huge and Las Vegas style MGM National Harbor.  It is located in the area of Prince George’s County known as National Harbor, just off Exit 2A of I-495 and before you cross from Maryland into Virginia on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The opening for the $1.4 billion project was of historic proportions.

via MGM National Harbor.
via MGM National Harbor.

The casino is 125,000 square feet with more than 3,300 slots and about 125 table games. The rest of the casino is filled with upscale dining and retail including the first

retail outlet for Sarah Jessica Parker, a 3,000-seat theatre that will host performers Lionel Richie and Cher, expensive artwork and sculptures by both local and international artists, and meeting and  banquet space. There’s also iron work designed by Bob Dylan. The center piece of the property is The Conservatory.    

Attached and visible from far away is the 24-story, 308-room hotel. One of the features is floor to ceiling windows that allows for stunning views of the Potomac River and Virginia. If you’re high enough you can see Washington as well.  

Crowds during the weeks following the opening have been enormous. There is a 5,000-car parking garage and it fills up early, especially on weekends. In case you’re

wondering about the cost of a room, pricing begins at about $299.  Ask for a room on the upper floors. If you’re a big winner go for one of the 74 suites.

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