The Portuguese have left Macau over a decade ago but the city continues to retain four centuries of colonial legacies as reflected in its Gothic churches, cobble-stone streets, hybrid exotic cuisine, glitzy casinos and a number of great hotels.
Les Vegas of the East
Although often compared to Les Vegas, Macau wasn’t exactly like the American gambling haven when it was a Portuguese colony. It was then more like Monte Carlo where the display of wealth wasn’t blatant like Les Vegas which sprang out of Nevada deserts in early last century. But Macau’s colonial character began to change rapidly since it merged with Communist China and the Cotai Strip began to be develop with most extravagant hotels and glitzy casinos challenging the supremacy of Les Vegas.
Cotai Strip hotels
It’s a strip of land reclaimed from the sea and is connected to Macau by three bridges and takes about 15 minutes to reach in a limousine. You can also reach Macau’s Cotai Strip hotels on an hour long ferry ride from Hong Kong.
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Several super luxury hotels and casinos are coming up and Cotai will soon look as glamorous as Le Vegas, or perhaps more. It may even attract more travelers who would prefer Macau’s picturesque seaside location than the Sin City’s arid surroundings.
The Venetian Macao Hotel
Modeled on The Venetian Hotel in Les Vegas, this magnificent 40-story hotel and casino resort on the trendy Cotai Strip was opened in 2007. It has 3000 all-suite luxurious guestrooms and is reputed to be the largest hotel in Asia and the fifth largest in the world.
All suites are at split levels with separate work area where broadband internet access is available for you to use it as your camp office or you can use it as a living room. Before retiring to your opulent bedroom, get freshened up in the en-suite lavish bathroom with separate shower and bath.
The hotel has 30 glorious restaurants offering Chinese, Japanese, Western and international dishes. The Festiva Food Court will astonish you with its wide range of delectable food from different parts of the world. And when the sun sets over the bay, spend a relaxing evening at the Bellini Lounge over some drinks and listen to great live music.
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The hotel’s massive casino complex is divided into four different gaming areas. With 3400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables it boasts of housing the world’s largest casino.
Besides the casino, this resort hotel has a glamorous shopping arcade, dozens of restaurants and extensive facilities for holding parties, festivities and wedding receptions. The Venetian Macau is the mecca of entertainment and staying here is an unforgettable experience. You will, however, thoroughly enjoy the hospitality of this outstanding hotel.
The Paiza is the hotel’s exclusive gaming club that caters to its most exclusive guests who usually stay in the most expensive suites. The club is divided into five private gaming rooms named after Asia’s leading cities famous for their entertainment facilities and remains open 24X7.
There are three types of suites. The tariff starts at US$204 for two per night.
Four Seasons Hotel
This is an elegant 19-storey hotel is also located on the Cotai Strip. It’s much smaller than the Venetian and has 360 beautiful guestrooms, including 84 spacious suites. Its interiors reflect Oriental elegance.
All guestrooms and suites are elegantly decorated reflecting Oriental styles and making generous use of rich brocades and velvets. These are also provided with broadband and wireless internet connections, an in-room voice mail system and a 42-inch plasma television, an in-room safe and a private bar. Facilities are available with the room for making tea and coffee.
The en-suite marble bathroom offers you a choice of a rain shower or a relaxing bath in a deep soaking tub with an LCD television nearby for watching movies.
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Four Seasons is famous for offering the most exquisite cuisine inspired by Macau’s Portuguese and Chinese traditions. Its popular and wide range of dishes are prepared to exceptional standards and served in style in the hotel’s different dining and cocktail outlets.
Zi Yat Heen is a popular restaurant for those who love Cantonese cuisine. The atmosphere here is very relaxing and the food most exquisite. Belcancao serves finest Portuguese and Macanese cuisine cooked in its central open kitchen. Its spectacular wine bar offers an array of superb wines that you can order by the glass instead of a sealed bottle.
The Windows Restaurant is a good place to enjoy a morning coffee, a quiet lunch, an afternoon tea and relaxing drink in the evening. The hotel’s tranquil spa on the 4th floor is like a veritable oasis in this upcoming busy metropolis. It’s a wonderful place to go through a wide range of soothing treatments for enriching your body and sour. Room tariff starts at about US$250 for two per night.
This hotel is located in the midst of Taipa island’s historical attractions. It offers practically everything to make your stay in Macau absolutely enjoyable at a price that wouldn’t make a deep hole in your pocket.
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This hotel is also quite close to Cotai which and is shaping up to be a serious competitor to Les Vegas several thousand miles away in another continent. All rooms and suites are tastefully decorated as the Chinese normally do wherever they live. Grandview’s restaurants offer both Cantonese and Western cuisine. There is a cozy coffee shop called Cherrie’s Corner at the lobby that also offers alcoholic drinks and tasty snacks. The room tariff here starts at an incredible US$60 for two for a night’s stay.
Golden Dragon Hotel
Located near Sands Casino and the Ferry Terminal this hotel offers breathtaking views of the harbor from most of its 483 guestrooms. So insist that you get a room with a harbor view. The hotel has several nightclubs, a casino and a huge spa.
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All guestrooms have broadband internet and e-mail access, international direct dialing facilities, satellite television, mini bar, Chinese tea making facilities. En-suite bathrooms have bath tub and rain shower options, hair dryer and make-up mirror. Room-service is available 24 hours.
The hotel’s Villa Picasso restaurant offers a la carte and buffet options with a wide array of local and international cuisine. The outdoor swimming pool offers excellent opportunities to guests to unwind in the cool waters or indulge in sun-bathing and get a wonderful tan. You can even enjoy a healthy workout in the hotel’s fitness center.
There are many tourist attractions within easy walking distance such as the entertainment hub of Fisherman’s Wharf, Sands Casino, Lotus Square shopping center, the city’s Grand Prix Museum. The room tariff starts at around US$95 for two per night.
Sufitel Macau Hotel
Located on the picturesque waterfront in the center of the city’s historic Portuguese quarter, Sufitel is an embodiment of medieval Portuguese architecture with elements of Chinese influence.
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The Sufitel is eminently suitable for both leisure and business travelers. Its luxurious rooms and suites overlook the charming harbor and the colonial part of the city.
The hotel also offers excellent opportunities to relax by the swimming pool or spin the unpredictable roulette wheel at the casino and get richer or poorer according to your gambling skill or fate! Room tariff starts at around US$157 for two per night.
Come to Macau with your family and have a wonderful holiday. There are many more hotels than listed above. The choice of hotels is indeed very wide to suit your taste and budget.