Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central

A chic and family-friendly Cotai Strip hotel
Thanks to its convenient location at the center of Macau’s Cotai Strip, Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central offers a comfortable stay that will keep you busy at the family-friendly property. Relax at one of six swimming pools and take advantage of the floatable foam menus from the Pool Café while you splash around — order chicken fingers for the kids and get the “Yeung Zhou” fried rice with a strawberry daiquiri for yourself.

The 38-story Macau hotel comes complete with 1,159 guest rooms and a sweet view of the Cotai Strip. What guests appreciate the most about this property is its placement in the Sands Cotai Central complex alongside Conrad Macao, Cotai Central and Sheraton Macao Hotel Cotai Central. The area affords access to numerous attractions, including the Shoppes at Cotai Central (home to Bottega Veneta and Swarovski) and a variety of eateries such as the popular 24-hour Chinese restaurant North.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central is located on the Cotai Strip in the Sands Cotai Central complex, which includes two other hotel brands — Conrad Macao, Cotai Central and Sheraton Macao Hotel Cotai Central.
  • The Macao Holiday Inn is known for being the biggest Holiday Inn in the world, with more than 1,000 spacious suites that range in size from 688 to 1,711 square feet.
  • When you’re there, you must order the crowd pleaser: the fried banana dessert. And if bananas aren’t your thing, chef Jeff Chang will swap them out for apples or strawberries.
  • Work off those calories in the property’s 24-hour gym, which provides TechnoGym equipment and items such as free weights, circuit steps, fitness balls and his-and-her locker rooms equipped with 32 wooden lockers each and more.
  • A special perk for Holiday Inn guests is that they are able to charge restaurant bills from the Sands Cotai Central complex to their rooms.
Things to Know
  • If you are flying directly into Macau International Airport, which is located on Taipa Island, the ride to the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel takes anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes.
  • And if you’re coming from Hong Kong via the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, the ride is about an hour into the Taipa Ferry Terminal.
  • From there, you can take the Macau hotel’s complimentary shuttle (look for buses labeled “Holiday Inn” or “Sands Cotai Central”) directly to the property, which ends up being a 15-minute car ride as well.
  • If you don’t want to run into big crowds of people, the best time to visit Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central is during the weekday, as the weekends are usually booked.
The Rooms
  • The rooms at Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central are a nice departure from the accommodations found at Holiday Inn locations in the United States.
  • The rooms at Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central are infused with red accents, as seen on the satin and silk headboards and bed throws. You’ll also find brown and cream hues in the carpeting alongside wood furnishings.
  • The closet area comes equipped with a three-drawer dresser and its semi-see-through front, a safe, an iron, an ironing board and two pairs of white bedroom slippers with brown trimming.
  • In the bathroom, there’s a glass-encased shower, bathtub, robe and environmentally-friendly bathroom products, such as a ginger-and-lemon-scented liquid body soap, hydrating shampoo and more.
  • Expect a 42-inch LED television, accent chairs and fresh flowers such as yellow calla lilies imported from Holland, in addition to a view of the Cotai Strip.
The Restaurants
  • Although Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central technically doesn’t have any proper restaurants of its own, it does offer the Pool Café and the Holiday Inn Lobby Lounge.
  • Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., the lounge provides a full menu of items, such as wild mushroom soup, penne and grilled vegetable pasta, warm apple pie and more.
  • From 3 to 6 p.m., a choice of Spanish or English afternoon tea is served with items such as Spanish crumble cakes and Scottish shortbread, respectively. The tea selection includes oolong, green, black, red and white.
  • And while there are tons of cocktails, try the Holiday Inn’s signature mocktail — the Rose Punch. It’s a tasty blend of orange, mango, pineapple and guava juices with Sprite and grenadine.
  • Since the Macau hotel is located within the Sands Cotai Central Complex, you also can choose to eat at several other restaurants, such as Dynasty 8 (Conrad Macao, Cotai Central’s signature Chinese eatery) and Bene (Sheraton Macao Hotel Cotai Central’s Italian spot).
Outdoor pool
Getting There
Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai, Macao SAR, P.R. China
MFM (5 min)   HKG (Ferry)  
Additional Details
If you fly into HKG, you must cross the bay by ferry to reach Macau.
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