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National Harbor hotel spa to be designed by Vegas architect

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Coming to Prince George's County in 2016: The MGM National Harbor Resort complete with casino and spa.

The Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission voted 5-2 in favor of MGM Resort International's bid to build a $925 million resort and casino on a hill overlooking National Harbor's waterfront development.

The unanimous choice of the commission's half dozen consultants, MGM won largely for its "record of success," its design, and its location. Citing "excellent access and visibility," the project, as envisioned, will include 3,600 slots and 140 table games, a 300-room hotel, a 1,200-seat theater, 35,000 square feet of meeting space, high end retail and at least four restaurants from big name chefs.

Maryland's big win could be MGM's choice of architects. The California-based company headed by Cesar Pelli and son has conceived a soaring eliptical-shaped structure for the hilltop site.

No details on the spa have been revealed but MGM is noted for lavish spas at its hotels on the Vegas Strip. Notably at the Mandalay Bay resort where the International Spa Association's annual conference was held in October.

Opened in 2008 at National Harbor's 360-acre development, the Gaylord National Resort already offers the most complete spa escape in the Washington, DC, area. Whether indulging in a massage, facial, or body therapy, followed by time in the steam rooms and saunas, it's the perfect way to relax at Gaylord's Relâche Spa & Salon.




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