Myself and my Wife stayed here for 4 nights at the back end of March this year, however as it was won as a competition prize here in the UK, this review is written with that in mind. Had we paid to stay here the review would be very different.
Having done our research before travelling, our experience upon arrival at the hotel was not a surprise. We used the free shuttle bus from the ferry terminal and arrived at the west entrance to find it teeming with tourists and Chinese gamblers, as we expected. The check-in process was efficient and the staff were pleasant enough and most spoke good english. Our room on the 14th floor was nice enough if a little gaudy. However, everything was clean, tidy and comfortable and of seemingly good quality. The big selection of tv channels covered most of Europe, Asia and America but nothing for us Brits. However, you don't go on holiday to watch tv...
The view from the room was, unfortunately, not the best as we looked down over the air conditioning units for the hotel, mind you, every day we were there it was foggy so there wasn't much to see anyway.
The whole hotel, on the surface, looks quite spectacular, yet when you start looking closely you soon realise that the marble is in fact plastic, the crystal chandeliers are also plastic, the flashy ceilings are just poor imitations of the real thing.
The 300 shop mall follows a similar theme. It's like a giant stage set. It looks amazing from a distance yet you know that it's been built from a few thousand acres of rainforest and several gallons of Dulux.
The casino is almost mind-blowingly huge and is constantly buzzing no matter what time of day it is. Cigarette smoke hangs thick in the air and, despite signs everywhere threatening fines for smoking indoors, you are never far from a concession selling almost any brand you can think of. Wouldn't want to drive the punters out now, would we?
The breakfast restaurant, Cafe Deco, is again big and flash, and a little gaudy and cheap-looking but the staff again are very attentive and the selection and quality of food is excellent. I think I ate my own bodyweight in smoked salmon over the time we were there...
The selection of restaurants in the mall can range from the traditional, i.e. food served cold and on the bone (not the anglicised 'on the bone' but literally the bones had been cut through revealing marrowbone etc), to probably the best food we have ever eaten. Restaurant 'Fogo Samba' was a real highlight, if a little pricey.
The average clientele were young Chinese and Macanese men in tracksuits and imitation jumpers that were either bussed in from the border or were sightseeing tourists trying their hand at a slot machine or two.
Overall, it was definitely an experience although not somewhere you go for a holiday. We escaped the island to Hong Kong for a couple of days and had one day walking round Macau itself. The city is full of more gaudy monolithic casinos casting shadows over the almost slum-land areas they don't want you to see, whilst the historic monuments hang on by their fingertips from being bulldozed to make way for a bigger money maker.
In essence, we're glad we went but we wouldn't rush back.
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- Also Known As:
- Venetian Macao Hotel Macau
- Venetian Macao Resort
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