by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 05, 2016

The 308-room MGM National Harbor, an Associated Luxury Hotels International property, will open on Dec. 8. The $1.4 billion property is on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md., across from Washington, D.C., and is part of the ALHI Entertainment & Gaming Collection. 

The rooms and suites range from 400 to 3,210 square feet. The property's entryway, called the Conservatory, features floral displays created by designer Ed Libby that will change five times per year. 

The 53,000 square feet of meeting space at the resort will include the 16,137-square-foot MGM Grand Ballroom with a wall of windows overlooking the Potomac River and a 6,000-square-foot terrace. Groups also will be able to gather in the 4,300-square-foot Bellagio Ballroom, the Grand Ballroom Terrace, a state-of-the-art 3,000-seat theater, and the Potomac Plaza with views of the river and Washington. Rounding out the amenities, the property will open with a 125,000-square-foot casino, a 27,000-square-foot spa, celebrity chef restaurants, a Pan-Asian restaurant, a sports bar, a patisserie, a food market and luxury retail shops.

Evening options include the Felt Bar & Lounge, an indoor-outdoor venue; the Blossom Cocktail Lounge, a nod to the area's cherry blossoms; and the TAP Sports Bar. Chefs José Andrés, Marcus Samuelsson, and Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are creating dining spots for the property, and National Market will feature nine eateries.