The M Resort Spa & Casino is the newest kid on the block. This one billion dollar hotel casino opened on March 1, 2009. I attended the opening night festivities; I immediately enjoyed the contemporary feel of the property. Despite the heavy crowds, I was fortunate enough to run into, owner, Anthony Marnell outside Marinelli’s to offer my congrats and share my enthusiasm.
It was practically love at first sight, but it’s hard to gauge a property on opening night. Still, I was hopeful that I found a new home, since I’m not terribly fond of gaming at Boyd or Stations’ properties. I was also anxious to try the buffet; the other restaurants seemed great, as well.
Several months have passed and the M Resort is indeed my favorite casino in the local’s market. The casino has great style, a nice layout and it’s very comfortable. I love the ease of the beverage stations – water and soda are always in reach. Cocktail service is always fast and friendly. The casino floor offers the newest slots and a large selection of table games. The race and sports book is very comfortable, and there are plenty of televisions for viewing games and races. Race & sports’ cocktail service includes beers offered at the 32 Degree Draft Bar. That is definitely a nice perk. The poker room is also quite nice. If a seat isn’t available they’ll happily text you when it becomes a free – a welcomed convenience.
A stop by the iMagine Rewards Club desk is a must. I fly under the radar at most casinos, but I have received mailers from M Resort. They have included discounts to the buffet and other restaurants, and free play. Currently, when new iMagine Rewards Club members join they’ll earn $5 in free play or a T-shirt.
Plus they offer promotions such as gift days and complimentary buffets as noted in Eric James Miller’s column, Casino Beat: November 2009 Promos.
If you’re not a big enough gambler to qualify, no worries, I’m not either. Still, the iMagine Rewards Club card comes in handy. Show it to the cashiers at the buffet for $2 off the regular price. Each person in the party must have a card to receive the discount.
I haven’t had the opportunity to try any of the restaurants at M, but I have eaten at the Studio B buffet a number of times. Breakfast is no longer offered, only brunch Saturday and Sunday ($24.95), lunch Monday – Friday ($14.95), dinner Monday – Thursday ($22.95) and seafood dinner Friday, Saturday and Sunday ($25.95).
Draft beer and wine are complimentary; they also have a house brewed root beer available. Chilled glasses have been available on occasion.
The food is center stage, although there is a live cooking studio to the right of the dining room. No demonstrations have taken place during my visits, however. The buffet has the standard offerings: salads, Italian, comfort food, Mexican, Asian, plus there are salmon, lamb and prime rib carving stations, and a variety of sushi, meats, breads and cheeses. The weekly dinner buffet also has a decent selection of seafood. There are mussels, clams, shrimp – peeled and fried. The seafood buffet offers larger shrimp, king crab legs and oysters.
If you’re able to leave room for dessert, there is wide selection of cookies, pastries and pies. Furthermore, there are a number of gelatos and sorbet to choose from. Lastly, there is also a specialty coffee bar.
Over the years, buffets have lost their luster, but I must admit Studio B has a great spread. I enjoy it more than long-time local favorites such as the Feast buffets at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock. It compares to some of the better ones on the strip, in my opinion.
I anticipate the restaurants are quite good, as well. I must make an effort to try them. I’m particularly anxious to check out Veloce Cibo, after reading Megan Edwards’ experience there in her article, The M Resort: Great Views and Wine by the Sip.
M Resort has hosted events and concerts in its Outdoor Piazza. Labor Day weekend there was an end of summer bash complete with fireworks. Then, October the Marnell family brought back the Italian Festival. It originally began over a decade ago when the family owned the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Living Las Vegas’ Photo Diva attended the event and shared details in That’s Amore. Coming up on December 12, M Resort will host a tree lighting ceremony at 5pm. They’ve found a giant 109ft White Fur that will be decorated for our enjoyment. It’ll be fun to see these events become tradition in the years to come.
M Resort impressed me its first night, and has since won me over. There will soon be a new hotel casino opening, Aria at City Center on December 16, 2009. I’m excited to check it out, but I’m fairly certain the M Resort will continue to feel like home.
M Resort is located 10 miles south of the strip at 12300 Las Vegas Blvd S. Henderson, NV 89044.