MGM National Harbor Opens With Fanfare

Move over Trump, there’s a new hotel in town. In fact, it’s more than a hotel and more like a compound. Las Vegas has been transported to the nation’s capital with the opening of the MGM National Harbor last night with big names like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jose Andres, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and thousands of Washingtonians. (Ok, so it’s not technically in the District, rather in Maryland, but we’re trying to make a point here.)

The new property features 234 guest rooms, 74 suites, hotel rooms, 50,000 square feet of event space, and in true Vegas fashion: a 125,000-square-foot casino billed as “larger than the White House.” Here’s the details on the top amenities for groups:

Breakdown of Event Spaces

MGM Ballroom

MGM Ballroom

The traditional meeting space ranges from the 16,000-square-foot MGM Grand Ballroom to 648-square-foot boardrooms for 18. Top spaces for galas, nonprofit fundraisers, weddings and corporate events:

  • MGM Grand Ballroom:
    • 1,062 people for receptions
    • 840 seated
  • The Theater: 3,000 seats
  • The three meeting rooms—ARIA, Beau Rivage, Mandalay Bay—are named for other MGM properties and can each host 80 seated or 124 for receptions with shared pre-function space measuring more than 5,000 square feet.
  • Bellagio Ballroom is ideal for mid-sized events and weddings with 4,284 square feet of flexible space. The room can be divided into separate spaces of 1,700 and 2,500 square feet each for receptions of 121 and 165 or seated events of 100 and 140, respectively. Combined the space can host 240 seated.

Full capacity and square footage breakdown of all spaces can be found here.

Drinks and Dining

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There are nine restaurants from local and nationally recognized chefs like Brian Voltaggio (and his brother), Jose Andres, and Marcus Samuelson. There are also two bars and lounges on the property: Felt Bar & Lounge featuring a tableside mixology program; and Blossom Cocktail Lounge, named for Washington’s famous trees.


The Casino

The Casino

The go-to option is naturally the casino. However, if gambling isn’t your groups thing, endear those clients or employees with a little pampering at the 27,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center. Those who sweat together stick together right?

**Photos: Robb Scharetg

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