An extravagant Macau escape

477 Rooms / 123 Suites

MGM Macau is hard to miss. If you don’t spot MGM’s trademark gold lion out front, you’ll recognize the building’s exterior. The hotel’s glass façade looks like three alternating waves of gold, silver and copper — a fitting decorative touch, given its location along the South China Sea. But the hotel’s best design feature is the Grande Praça, a beautiful 82-foot, floor-to-glass-ceiling structure that echoes Portugal’s town squares. The MGM makes for a stylish home base during a getaway to the action-packed island city.

The Rooms

At a towering 35 stories, MGM Macau features 600 rooms, the most lavish of which are its villas. The one- or two-bedroom units boast spectacular ocean vistas, a whopping 2,368 to 4,090 square feet, exclusive access via the hotel's VIP lobby, and — best of all — a personal entertainment room with full karaoke facilities. The rooms are perfect for traveling with groups of friends or for entertaining. Also available are a variety of suites and studio rooms, all of which are opulently designed, with plenty of gold accents, richly patterned floors and heavy velvet curtains and couches. Each room features amenities such as walk-in rain showers, Internet and free access to the Macau hotel's gym and swimming pool.

Regular visitors to the region might consider joining the Golden Lion Club. Membership grants you the most exclusive perks, such as access to the VIP Supreme Lounge, a helicopter transfer from the airport and personalized room amenities, to name a few.

The Food

In a city that's perhaps best known for its local food — a unique blend of Cantonese and Portuguese styles — MGM's nine bars and restaurants offer up a range of different cuisines to suit any palate. It’s great for those who are looking for more adventurous options or simply want a taste of home.

Rossio specializes in international dishes and buffet brunches and dinners, but also features dishes from Malaysia, Portugal and Italy. Dine at Square Eight for Southeast Asian favorites, or at Imperial Court for Cantonese classics served in the most opulent of settings. You also can visit the Pastry Bar or Grande Praça Café to pick up goodies for gifting or a light snack, as well as the housemade ice cream counter at SCOOPS. Finally, French fine-dining spot Aux Beaux Arts stands out with not-to-be-missed dishes such as the French Dover sole and the steamed mussels marinière.

The Neighborhood

Located in Macau's hotel and casino strip, the MGM may be primarily a casino resort, but it also plays host to art exhibitions, an ever-changing installation in the Grande Praça and plenty of festivals and celebrations, from comedy shows to Oktoberfest. Some of its past art shows, housed in the MGM Art Space, include an exhibition centered around Botticelli's Venus. You may be happy enough to relax in your extravagant room, but the hotel has the added advantage of being directly adjacent to One Central, one of the city's biggest shopping malls, and with historical landmarks and attractions close by.

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