State of Art Hospitality in Macau

From the image of serene lotus pad to that of a Brazilian daner’s baroque display of feathers and head-gear, these were some of the descriptions used for the shape of Hotel Grand Lisboa’s superstructure.

The Grand Lisboa is the second tallest building in Macau. You can feel the omnipresence of the casino/hotel because the building can be visible from almost every corner of Macau. Starting from the moment you landed at the ferry terminal.

We were treated for a tour on the 31stfloor executive lounge and were instantly mesmerized by the view, overlooking the original Lisboa Hotel and the distance Taipa Island connected by the bridge.

The lounge was tastefully decorated with deep seated light coloured leather chairs and dark wood wall panel that is decorated with contemporary prints.

The executive lounge is the perfect venue for your morning coffee while reading your morning briefings or evening night cap before you return to your state of art, technology filled guest room.

Each of the guest rooms are luxuriously finished, including a 46 inches B&O television that adjusts to the angle you want, when you are watching seated upright or lying in bed.

Guest RoomThe curtain and the roman blinds are separately electronic controlled and lighting has four different programmed setting that is operated with the pressing of a single button.

I am much impressed with the additional TV screens in the toilet and the vanity area, so you can continue to monitor the world news no matter what you are doing in your room. Isn’t this what all highflying executives or gamblers want?

The shower area is also a steam room, which is controlled with a timer and temperature monitor.

Reclining in the Jacuzzi you can continue to monitor the world from the vanity TV screen.

Another nice touch is the room-safe, which opens upward after sliding out the top drawer of the dresser. So you no longer have to bend over when you put away your valuables.

The complementary mini-bar is stocked with water, juices and cold beers, which you can consume as much as you like without worry of extra charges.

“We want our guests to feel like at home therefore we put in the complementary mini-bar, and every fitting in the room are designed with the convenience of the guest in mind,” said Eugenia Ip, PR Manager of the Lisboa Hotel group.

However, technology filled furnishing aside if your visit is to seek serenity rather than the hustle bustle of the action central. Then, Pousada de São Tiago, which is also managed by the Lisboa Hotel group, could be your obvious choice.

A Welcoming Drink in La PalomaSituated about 10 minutes drive from the city center, Pousada de São Tiago was recently re-opened after extensive renovation. The hotel now consist of 12 suites, each decorated with different themes and balcony equipped with incredible sea view.

This is a little secret hideaway that you can mingle with the plants and birds while sipping a Kir Royal intimately with your friend.

The hardware is not the only impressive experience with the Lisboa. When I was checking in and I was opening my bag to get my notebook the hotel steward picked up the pencil that I dropped on the floor before I even noticed I’ve dropped it. The attention to detail is what makes the Lisboa hospitality experience a success.

In the following postings, I will tell you more about the dining experience with Restaurant Eight, Don Alfonso and La Paloma.

Sofitel Macau

I questioned the reasons for planting a hotel at the site of Sofitel, in Ponti 16, of Macau.

There doesn’t seemed to be any major tourist attractions, and it’s hard to get to and to get around.

The service though has been very friendly and it had been the site of the old gambling boat, so there must be some historical attraction to it.

I have visited the area twice on the same day, first in the afternoon was to the wine shop Pouring House, a new wine shop established recently. Then in the evening I went to a wine tasting function for Fritz Haag vineyard of Germany in the Sofitel.

Well, at the end of the day, I guess just like anywhere else in the enclave development will come to this area and property value will rise.

Anybody has any other input?