Review written by Sophie Couard, November 9, 2015.
The hotel and casino City of Dreams in Macau opened on June 1, 2009, and the establishment is mostly trying to attract young couples and singles, unlike their a great rival The Venetian in Macau, which is more family oriented. You can feel it everywhere in the establishment, with the bold contemporary design, and the crazy excitement giving you the impression of entering the world of a video clip of MTV. Each element of the complex radiates a lot of energy, from the mall to the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel. The establishment is truly unique, with the extravagant The House of Dancing Water show and the amazing virtual Vquarium which is filled with mermaids. There is no other place like this in Macau!
Two separate casinos
For us players, it is surely the games room that is most interesting. I will start right away to tell you more about this very subject. This large resort in Macau offers two separate casinos.
The City of Dreams Casino
As mentioned in the introduction, the uniqueness and character of the place are extreme and can be found everywhere in the complex, including the main casino that certainly stands out as the craziest casino in the whole city. The sensory overload hit us hard and the flashing lights are simply overwhelming. There are lights, lights and more lights everywhere!
The decorations are generally abstract, so it is hard to say what stands out the most. There are decorations on the ceilings and tables. Everything seems to be conceptual, original and cutting edge. the whole design seems to be thought through and is very electrifying!
The Hard Rock Casino
On the second floor of the complex is the second games room, which is a little more discreet: the Hard Rock Casino. It is much smaller, about half the size of the main room. It has a relaxing atmosphere, as the general decor is less bright and flashy. The staff also are also different. Gentlemen will be able to enjoy very sexy young waitresses dressed in very skimpy outfits.
However, this is not a quiet casino and the atmosphere is still very charged. There is rock music playing and skilled bartenders who juggle with their bottles.
I think I prefer this game room over the other, as it also seems that it offers a better payout rate to the players.
The different games
It is only logical to expect a very wide and varied range of games in these two separate rooms. This is indeed the case!
The City of Dreams Casino offers:
- 143 tables for everyone with minimum stakes from $100 to $2,000,
- 91 VIP tables with minimum stakes from $1,000 to $5,000.
- 1,200 slot machines including several electronic devices for baccarat, wheel of fortune, blackjack, craps, roulette and sic-bo, with minimum stakes from $30.
On the other hand the Hard Rock Casino offers :
- 21 tables with minimum stakes from $200 to $2,000,
- 165 slot machines from $0.02 to 5$.
In these two rooms you can also play:
- commission free baccarat,
- 3 card baccarat,
- casino war,
- Caribbean stud poker,
- 3 card poker,
- wheel of fortune,
- fan tan,
- sic bo,
- slot machines,
- video poker.
In short, you will be able to enjoy a huge selection of different casino games!
Three hotels and 22 restaurants
Of course, it is also possible to dine, and to book a room in this huge resort complex. You have the choice between three beautiful luxury hotels.
The Crown Towers Hotel
The most beautiful of the three hotels is indisputably the Crown Towers Hotel, that stands out as one of the most prestigious of all hotels in Macao. It offers 33 luxury villas and 290 rooms, and it guarantees a unique experience to all those looking for the maximum experience in every aspect of their stay.
The Hard Rock Hotel
The Hard Rock Hotel offers a more relaxed atmosphere, but still maintains a taste of rock 'n' roll lifestyle. The hotel has 322 rooms including 2 Rock Star Suites that are very chic and luxurious, with views of the Cotai.
The Grand Hyatt Hotel
The Grand Hyatt Hotel is the largest of the three hotels, and consists of two towers offering nearly 800 rooms. In 2012 it was voted to be the best business hotel in Macau by Business Traveller Asia Pacific and China Awards.
The restaurants, bars and cafes
In addition to accommodation, the City of Dreams resort complex in Macau also offers dining options (and great ones even for that matter). There is a very nice range of gastronomic options available to the general public, and they should meet all expectations. You have a choice between:
- Chinese restaurants (Beijing Kitchen, Jade Dragon, The Hotness, Ji Xiang Yuan, Shanghai min, Chan Kee Roasted Goose, Din Tai Fung, Jin Ying and Starz Kitchen),
- Asian restaurants (Golden Pavilion, Edo Japanese Restaurant, Shinji, Asia Kitchen, Hongjiade Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup and The Showdown),
- International restaurants (Mezza9 Macau, The Tasting Room, Hard Rock Cafe, Private Dining on the 37th Floor, Gold Coast Oyster and Seafood Restaurant, Shelter Italian Restaurant and El Pinball Mexican Restaurant),
- bars (T for Tapas, Flame Bar, Lan, Lobby Lounge, R Bar and Wave),
- cafés (Häagen Dazs, Starbucks Coffee and Shelter Cafe).
Additional services for everyone
Like any respectable gaming mega-complex in Macau, you have the option to enjoy many other activities. The City of Dreams offers:
- The Boulevard shopping centre that specialises in fashion, accessories, beauty products, jewellery and watches,
- three different spas (Isala Spa, Rock Spa and Crown Spa),
- three different swimming pools of which one is shaped like an electric guitar,
- two theatres showing the impressive The House of Dancing Water show and the sensual Taboo show,
- the Club Cubic night club,
- a virtual aquarium called Vquarium with many mermaids.
In conclusion, the City of Dreams that is located next to The Venetian Macau is the best resort on the Cotai in Macau. The hotels are very nice and the choice of restaurants is attractive enough to please a large number of people with different tastes. The young and vibrant casino offers many different games as well. The establishment also features an electrifying atmosphere that mostly attracts young couples and singles, who are the main target group of the complex.