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M Resort Spa Casino, the Newest $1 billion Resort in Las Vegas, Opens

LAS VEGAS, March 2, 2009 - M Resort Spa Casino, the newest $1 billion resort casino located on South Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway, opened its doors to thousands of anxious patrons at 10 p.m. Sunday, March 1. Driven by a personal, hands-on service approach, the M Resort offers the best service and value in gaming, entertainment and dining. The resort opened in its entirety with an electrifying fireworks show at 9:50 p.m. 
The M Resort is the product of a collaboration between Anthony A. Marnell III, Chairman and CEO of the M Resort and his father, architect Tony Marnell, Chairman of Marnell Corrao Associates, the premier construction and development company responsible for notable projects throughout Las Vegas including Wynn, Treasure Island, the Mirage, Caesars Palace and the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Since 1976, the Marnell family name has been synonymous with architectural vision, quality and integrity. The Marnells set the standard for casino-resorts worldwide with the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, which became the benchmark for many innovations in Las Vegas and throughout the world that are still widely used today. The M Resort includes both architectural innovation as well as the Marnell brand of hospitality.

"Working with my father on the M is one of the best experiences of my life," said Anthony A. Marnell III. "He has worked with a number of major casino-resort properties, and I think that over the last 40 years there are things he's wanted to do and there are things that I've seen that I believe should be different in casino-resorts. He and I have had the opportunity to collaborate and the result of that is the M."
Cutting-edge technologies have been added to the resort to ensure guests receive the highest level of service. The M Resort includes always-on, seamless wireless coverage throughout, allowing guests in different parts of the resort to access wireless voice and data services, mobile phones, BlackBerry(TM) devices, PDAs and laptops. In addition, an on-site gas station and M Pharmacy provide unique amenities for locals and tourists. 

"I believe the M Resort has a lot to offer tourists and Las Vegas locals and exceptional service is at the top of the list," said Marnell. "The M has been laid out very differently than other Strip resorts and local casinos. Every detail has been thought about over and over again. We are confident the M will raise the bar for resort-casinos and express the future of the industry." 

Residing on more than 90 acres and situated 400 feet higher in elevation than the resort-casinos on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the M Resort provides optimal views of the famous skyline from the rooms, restaurants and lobby within the resort. The M Resort embodies a unique contemporary architectural design and is infused with rich colors, subtle horizontal lines and finely crafted materials. 

The M Resort offers 390 exceptionally appointed, oversized guest rooms and suites ranging from 550 to 2,400 square feet. The guest rooms and suites are richly designed with beds featuring a pillow-top mattress and fine linens. Each room offers a living space that includes high-technology amenities such as a Bose(R) Wave(R) sound system, iPod(R) docking station and 42" HD LCD flat screen television. The spa-like bathrooms offer guests a marble vanity with double sinks, inlaid mirror television and separate bathtub and shower. All resort rooms and suites feature automatic lighting controls for energy efficiency and floor to ceiling windows with unrivaled views of the Las Vegas Strip or mountains. Uniquely designed, more than 70 percent of the rooms at the M Resort provide views of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline.

Dining is the heart and soul of the M Resort, with nine restaurants and five destination bars, all owned and operated by the Marnells. With a passion for food and a desire to introduce new culinary experiences to the public, the M Resort offers a wide variety of dining choices that are designed to become another form of entertainment. The resort has dedicated a block of more than 30,000 square feet of kitchens and culinary facilities to support the nine dining outlets that also feature their own exhibition-style kitchens.

"Food and beverage is not an afterthought at the M Resort. It is our centerpiece and we believe it will be one of the many reasons our guests visit us again and again," said John Lipkowitz, Executive Vice President and General Manager, M Resort. Lipkowitz has been influential in the conceptualization of many Vegas firsts by using his extensive culinary background and operational expertise to bring the first James Beard Out of House events to a Las Vegas resort in 1995. 

Each restaurant was developed to allow for innovative social environments and the majority feature outdoor dining terraces with paramount views of the Las Vegas Strip. The dining line-up includes: 

  • Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet, which incorporates a live action cooking studio; 
  • Marinelli's, featuring authentic Italian dishes with recipes from the Marnell family recipe book; 
  • Terzetto, a steak and seafood restaurant with Terzetto Oyster Bar providing a casual dining option; 
  • Veloce Cibo, the top-floor restaurant and lounge; 
  • Red Cup Cafe, an art-deco inspired 24-hour eatery serving American, Asian and south-of-the-border dishes; 
  • Hostile Grape, a wine cellar, bar and tasting room; 
  • Baby Cakes, a European-inspired patisserie; 
  • Vig Deli, an eatery next to the race and sports books and 
  • Piazza Grille, a Mediterranean casual dining outdoor restaurant near the expansive pool. 
The restaurant mix provides a fresh approach to casino dining and was specifically designed to meet the needs of the surrounding Las Vegas community and discerning tourists alike. 

M Resort takes great care in preparing dishes to ensure they are made from fresh, quality ingredients, some of which are homegrown and all are hand-picked and made-from-scratch. Terzetto will include a reserve list of prime cuts of beef from the Marnell family ranch and Marinelli's will feature selections from the Marnell family recipe book as well as a selection of wines from the Marnell private label.

With guest comfort and convenience top-of-mind, the casino floor at the M Resort is designed to provide them with the best gaming experience Las Vegas has to offer. From the industry's most comfortable and easy-to-move chairs, to the latest gaming technology and the most convenient floor design, gaming at the M Resort puts the guest first. The resort offers nearly 1,900 of the newest and most popular slots, a 12-table poker room, 64 table games including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow. Dealers are assigned to tables for an entire month making it easy for players to find a familiar face.

Video poker players will enjoy payouts of up to 100 percent return and the best progressives. Located adjacent to the M Race & Sports Book, the poker room offers 12 tables and features Texas Hold Em' limit and no-limit variations and daily tournaments. For added convenience, a text or television message will inform players that their seat is ready. The technology continues with one of the industry's first offerings of handheld gaming as well as a server-based ready and full Ethernet floor.

At the heart of the M Resort casino floor lies a one-of-a-kind high-energy gaming area known as the Jewelry Box, which is exclusive to the resort. While many can only dream about having gorgeous emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds in their jewelry box, the M Resort's actually does, with each jewel representing a different payout. "There are 124 machines that randomly reward up to $5,000 to players," said Rich Strafella, Vice President of Casino Operations, M Resort. Every Jewelry Box reward is celebrated with a dazzling visual presentation for everyone to enjoy. iMagine Rewards card members can use their points for cash back, comps and free play including M Resort's on-site gas station and car wash, M Pharmacy, dining, rooms and suites.

M Resort's Race & Sports Book is a state-of-the-art betting arena with optimal viewing. Adjacent to the Vig Deli, the race and sports book mixes the comforts of home with cutting-edge technology and high-energy gaming excitement. Designed with guest comfort in mind, the race and sports book offers traditional and VIP lounge seating to create a relaxed atmosphere where service is just as important as the game. With an adjacent access point and easy access to parking, the race and sports book is convenient for bettors wanting to make a quick stop or an extended stay to enjoy M Resort's amenities. The M Resort Race & Sports Book offers individual player betting terminals, lines on all major race and sports events including NASCAR(TM), golf, tennis and boxing as well unique betting propositions and electronic betting options. Beer lovers can unite inside 32º Draft Bar near the race and sports book, where brews are served at the ideal temperature, the coldest temperature in town right from the tap. 

Entertaining at every turn, headline concerts, themed pool parties, festivals and other special events will be offered at the 100,000 square foot Villaggio Del Sole Pool and Entertainment Piazza, which will showcase headline entertainment and an unprecedented backdrop of the Las Vegas Strip. Ravello Lounge features nightly live performances by top bands and a late night DJ. 
High atop the M Tower, Bar Veloce's social and contemporary atmosphere is coupled with spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip. An open front bar allows mixologists to interact with guests and prepare cocktails to order. Live DJ entertainment in the evening hours and special "Velocity" nights will take place. 

M Resort's Lobby Bar provides an entertaining ambiance of live piano and other instrumental performances while guests can order specialty cocktails, wine and beer as well as dishes from either the Oyster Bar or Marinelli's. Residing at the center of all the action is the stylishly-chic M Bar which features M mixologists and the striking "M Girls." 

For the meeting planner, the M Resort offers more than 60,000 square feet of open and dynamic conference space, including a 17,400 square foot ballroom, multiple reception areas and a convenient business center. Designed for optimal customization, the M Resort provides the latest technology and connectivity along with unmatched flexibility.

"Because the M Resort is a boutique property, we're able to really work with planners, especially those with small to mid-sized meetings, to provide them with personalized service and the options and flexibility to achieve their meeting objectives," said Drew Varga, Executive Director of Sales, M Resort.

For the ultimate in relaxation, guests can indulge and experience revitalization like never before inside the 23,000 square foot Spa Mio. This world-class spa provides the latest treatments and pampered services. Spa Mio offers 16 treatment rooms, sauna, steam and Jacuzzi wet areas, full-service salon and barbershop and a state-of-the-art fitness center - all with spectacular views of the pool and events piazza, Villaggio Del Sole.

M Resort Spa Casino is located on over 90 acres at 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. S. on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard. Situated higher in elevation than other resort-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, the M Resort provides optimal views of the world-famous Las Vegas skyline from its guest rooms, suites, conference center and restaurants. The resort offers 390 guest rooms and suites, over 92,000 square feet of gaming, nine restaurants and five destination bars, more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center and a 100,000 square foot events piazza. The M Resort will include up to one million square feet of retail, a partnership with Taubman Centers Inc. and a 14-screen digital movie entertainment complex. For more information, visit


M Resort Spa Casino

Also See: Anthony Marnell III Planning to Build the M Resort, a $1.8 billion Casino, Resort and Commercial Center in Henderson, Nevada; Wants to Push the Envelope with the Design and Architecture / November 2007
Opening Spring 2009, the $1 billon M Resort, Spa and Casino, Las Vegas Appoints William Conn, Vice President of Hotel Operations / May 2008



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