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5 Reasons to Get Excited for the Opening of MGM National Harbor

Hotel & Resort | MGM Resorts | Patrick Clarke | October 05, 2016

5 Reasons to Get Excited for the Opening of MGM National Harbor

PHOTO: A rendering of MGM Resorts International's MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Image via MGM National Harbor) 

The MGM National Harbor announced this week that it will open its doors Dec. 8.

In addition to a premier locale, the highly-anticipated $1.4 billion, 308-room luxury gaming resort outside of Washington, D.C. will boast a plethora of amenities that should have travelers excited to visit.

"On December 8, MGM National Harbor will introduce something unprecedented to one of the country's most popular travel destinations," said the resort's general manager Bill Boasberg in a statement. "Under one roof, guests will enjoy a sophisticated hotel experience, high-energy casino, celebrity-chef restaurants, world-class entertainment, nightlife, destination spa, upscale retail and curated art, complemented by incredible panoramas of D.C., Maryland and Virginia."

There's no doubt the 24-story resort will attract travelers from all over the globe when it opens later this year, but here are five reasons why future guests should already be looking forward to the resort's December debut.

A 26-Foot-Tall Chocolate Fountain

One of the many highlights of MGM National Harbor will be Bellagio Patisserie, a pastry shop boasting one of the world's largest chocolate fountains.

The 26-foot-tall fountain will feature nearly two tons of melted chocolate.

World-Class Entertainment

The Theater at MGM National Harbor will bring a bit of Las Vegas flare to the nation's capital. The 3,000-seat venue will play host to sold-out concerts from well-known artists as well as comedy acts, boxing matches and UFC fights. 

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An Ever-Changing Conservatory

Guests walking into MGM National Harbor are likely to find themselves in awe of the resort's two-story Conservatory. Designed by Ed Libby, the Conservatory will be visible from several parts of the resort and will change five times per year.

The attraction will feature a new design for each season as well as a display celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Potomac Plaza

The Potomac River is one of the National Harbor's biggest draws, so it only makes sense that MGM National Harbor will take advantage. 

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The resort's outdoor Potomac Plaza will feature a fountain and a reflecting pool which will be complemented by stellar views of the harbor, river and the nation's capital in the distance. 

Infinity-Edge Pool

When the weather begins to heat up next spring the resort will unveil its outdoor, heated, infinity-edge pool overlooking the resort and the surrounding National Harbor. 

The pool's slick design and comfortable temperature will be enhanced by private cabanas and poolside cocktail service. 

While travelers will have to wait until 2017 to experience MGM National Harbor's five-star pool, the resort is currently accepting reservations for stays beginning Dec. 10. 

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