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M Resort Spa Casino is a luxury boutique hotel and casino on approximately 90 acres (36 ha) at the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway (approximately 8.5 mi (13.7 km) south of Mandalay Bay), in Henderson, Nevada. It is located near the affluent neighborhood of Southern Highlands and the proposed Southern Highlands Resort. The hotel includes a 92,000-square-foot (8,500 m2) casino and a 390 room boutique hotel. In 2009, and again in 2010, the hotel received the prestigious Forbes Four-Star Award, adding to the company's list of international, luxury hotels.
Anthony Marnell III is the son of Tony Marnell (owner of Marnell Corrao Associates), who has developed resorts such as Caesars Palace, Wynn Las Vegas, and the Bellagio. Anthony Marnell III acquired the land for the resort for $240 million.MGM Mirage announced a $160 million investment in the resort on April 26, 2006. The total cost of the completed project was $1 billion. Marnell Corrao Associates was responsible for development, master-planning, interior design, construction/design/program management, FFE procurement, property management, as well as being the executive design architect, architect of record, and general contractor.
The resort opened to the public on March 1, 2009.
On October 8, 2010, the resort's debt was bought by Penn National Gaming for $390.5 million. This covered $230.5 million for the debt held by the Bank of Scotland and $160 million for the MGM Resorts International investment.
- 390 room boutique hotel
- Casino containing 92,000 sq ft (8,500 m2) of space
- 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) of meeting and convention space
- 7 restaurants and 6 bars
- State-of-the-art Spa & Salon
- State-of-the-art technology, with Crestron touch systems
- Private Wine Cellar & Tasting Room
- 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) pool and entertainment piazza
- Gas station and convenience store near the property
- Mercedes Maybach house cars
- The hotel was featured prominently in Top Chef Season 6, in which the M served as the location of the Top Chef Kitchen, as well as the setting for many of the challenges. The M Resort also gave away cash prizes to the chef'testants throughout the show, ranging in denominations from $10,000 to the final Las Vegas challenge - Culinary Olympics - amount of $30,000. Chef Kevin Gillespie took home the most amount of money, at approximately $65,000.
 Christmas tree
For Christmas 2009, the resort placed on display the tallest Christmas tree in the United States. The 109-foot (33 m) tree was lit in a ceremony on December 12, 2009. For the last few years, a tree at Fashion Island had been the nation's tallest.