Review written by Sophie Couard, February 8, 2016.
The Emperor Palace hotel-casino opened in 2006 and is located in downtown Macau, one block west of Grand Lisboa. The establishment has one of the best locations on the island, as it is currently the only gambling establishment located at a crowded street with shops.
The resort offers luxury accommodation, a gourmet restaurant, a few leisure facilities and an attractive casino. The beautiful building reminds of the opulence and grandeur of European royal palaces, with inspiration taken from the British Isles. For example, you can attend the daily changing of the guards just like at Buckingham Palace.
A casino that extends over 6 levels
When looking at the outside of the casino, I expected to find a relatively small games room, comparable to that of the Arc for example. Nothing prepared me for the massive casino I was about to discover. After the third floor, I thought I had seen everything, yet the stairs continued to an additional floor, and another, and finally another one. Yes, that is right: there are six levels in total.
The slot machines
There are more than 300 devices. 95% of them are on the ground floor, and they have minimum bets from 5 cents to $1. There are also electronic versions of Sic Bo, Roulette and Baccarat from $10 or $20.
The table games
The traditional games start from the first floor. The minimum bets are relatively low on the first floor, starting with the standard of $100. There are even a few tables for $20 or $50. As you make your way up the stairs, the minimum stakes rise as well. The stakes on the fifth and sixth floors are $1,000, $2,000, $3,000 or $5,000.
There are more than 80 dedicated gaming tables with:
- pai gow,
- sic bo.
However, I do have one small complaint to make: for a casino of this size you would expect a larger game selection. This is a little disappointing.
Not a lot to do besides gambling
The Emperor Palace is obviously not just offering a casino to attract players. However, unfortunately there are not many other services available aside from gambling, and this is something that leaves room to be desired.
The hotel is located between the 11th and 24th floor of the building and it has 291 rooms and 29 midrange suites. The prices are lower than those of other establishments, such as the Grand Lisboa and Wynn for example.
You can choose from:
- a superior room from $1,553 to $2,426,
- a double room from $1,783 to $2,657,
- an executive suite from $2,680 to $3,220,
- a royal suite from $3,220 to $3,680,
- a queen suite for $8,050,
- an emperor suite for $44,620.
The three restaurants of the Emperor offer dishes for very reasonable prices, and they have a very diverse menu, as you can find:
- the Dining Zone dedicated to cuisine from around the world,
- the Emperor Food Court with specialties from all over China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea,
- the Diamond VIP Zone with gourmet menus.
Other services besides gambling
The Emperor does not have a swimming pool, and in general it does not have many leisure activities available. However, you can find :
- one of the best gyms in Macau,
- two spas (the Royal Thai Spa and the Excellent Sauna),
- two bars (the Lobby Lounge and the Club Deluxe),
- three shops selling watches and jewellery.
In conclusion I can say that I am a little torn about the Emperor. First of all, I really liked the atmosphere and decoration of the exterior and the interior. It is very beautiful and luxurious. However, the hotel does not offer much. There is not much to do and it is regrettable that there is no swimming pool either. The rooms are nice, but nothing special. They are neither better nor worse than elsewhere, so why should you book here, a place where you cannot find many entertainment options even?
On the other hand, the casino is really good. It is very spacious and offers a nice selection of games, even if there are not many different games available. The stakes are also very low, which should make most low stakes players happy. In short, the Emperor is especially great for their excellent casino! It is a huge place, and definitely worth a visit!