Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review: 3 Days 2 Nights Stay at Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel

Hello my wanderlust readers!

Finally I get to spare some time to pen down a review on my staycation at the 5 star Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central. This 3D2N stay is proudly sponsored by Nuffnang and Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO).

Sheraton is strategically situated right at the center of the latest and rapicly growing gem, Cotai Strip which is just below Taipa. There are two other prestigious hotels side by side namely Sands Cotai Central and Conrad Macao. All 3 share the same theme and a mall that linked the lobbies together. The theme is contemporary tropical Himalayan design. It's so refreshing to see such a unique theme when we first arrived.

Sheraton consists of two towers; Sky and Earth. We were given a deluxe room at the Sky Tower as it is said to be for couples while the Earth Tower is for families with children.

The Free Shuttle
Since we stayed at an airport hotel on the first night for convenience, we walked across to the shuttle bus terminal located beside the airport.


The free shuttle for Sheraton is in bright green and the bus driver can be rude at times. At 10am we walked up to the bus at the end of the parking area as shown in the above picture. The door was wide open so we entered but the driver insisted we walk all the way back to the empty station with our luggage and wait for him to drive over. Since we walked all the way till the end, can't we just sit on the bus while you drive over to the station? To top on that my husband and I were the only passengers on board. So what's the point?

Click HERE for details on the complimentary shuttle.

There are 2 bus stops; one right outside of the hotel that goes down to Coloane and one beside Venetian that goes up to mainland. Note that Sheraton is right opposite of The Venetian Macau which makes transportation even more convenient coz everybody knows The Venetian duh...

The Lobby

Grand entrance.

It is very convenient to leave your luggage if your room is not ready for check in. The luggage room is just on the left of the entrance as you walk in. We were quite skeptical to leave our luggage at first due to overwhelming tour groups we saw and boy we were horrified. However the procedure is very systematical. Your bag will be tagged and you will be given a copy of tag as well with a barcode which will be scanned after you store or claim your baggage. Within a minute the staff could find our baggage through the enormous pile.

Indoor tropical garden

The Reception Hall

 Whoa, would you look at the counters! That's how good their business is.

Remember to spare some cash about HKD1000 for deposit but you can get back upon check out if your room is in good condition. I did not thought about the deposit but luckily hubby was prepared. They should have informed me how much needed for deposit in the email. Worst case, you can swipe on your credit card.

The Deluxe Room


 Spacious contemporary design

 Luxurious bathroom
Communication hub includes free WiFi.

For about USD$50 per night, you can upgrade to Club room and get access to a well equipped club including dining and lounge area with comfy seating all day long, full breakfast buffet and all day snacking. Club guests also have exclusive privilege to use pool side cabanas.

View from our window. It was too cold to swim. The hotel has 3 pool areas. At the Sala pool, rather than having a massive swimming area to go with the massive property, Sheraton opted to portion into 10 plunge pools. They did not have the wow factor but did give a feeling of intimacy and privacy which is hard to achieve through a large pool.

 Spot the "Eiffel Tower" under construction lol. This strip is certainly turning into Las Vegas.

 The elevator

Here's the published room rates. It's cheaper when you book through online travel websites.

The Complimentary Gifts

Referring to Dream Trip to Macau: Itinerary and Budget I listed down the freebies that I will be receiving from Sheraton. So here they are; MOP400 shopping voucher, buffet breakfast, lunch for two at Bene Italian (I will write a separate review on this) and a limited edition Sheraton bear how cute is this!

I love the bear so muchie!

 A video of our room tour.

The International Buffet Breakfast

The morning after I was famished and eager to try the bountiful breakfast at Feast. The international buffet offers varieties of fusion cuisine ranging from Indian, Arabic, Malaysian (yes, you can find nasi lemak), Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English breakfast. Feast offers buffet all day long with array of Asian and western cuisine with a little spicy numbers.

 Interesting lights in earth and sky tone. I thinks it's because both earth and sky tower guests gather here.

 What a cute way to display cupcakes.

 Cold cuts platter

Breads galore

Get your dose of  fruits and oats here.

Your dairy source

 First breakfast at Feast.

 There's so much food enough to fill in for lunch as well.

Though various types of breakfast to choose from, Feast changes the menu alternately. I never get to eat the same thing the next day which is great coz I can try new dishes. Above is an egg casserole I had on the first day.

Here's Eggs Benedict which I had on the 2nd day. Gotto tell you this is the best Eggs Benedict I have ever had. The eggs were poached to perfection (or was it onsen tamago method?). The yolk is so soft and smooth but in between solid and runny. The yolk doesn't burst out like liquid when you take a bite unlike what I usually experience with other poached eggs but it's not hard and powdery too. Man, I'm over-exaggerating for some eggs. Don't know how to further describe, guess you have to come and try them for yourselves.

 My 2nd breakfast at Feast with some changes to the dish.


I took the eggs and mushrooms again and again coz I can't help it.

 Noodle stall

 Japanese station

 Tropical fruits

 Dim Sum corner

Indian station

 Here it is, Malaysian! Sambal udang dan nasi lemak.

The Mall

 Shoppes Cotai Central is a luxury mall that connects Sands, Conrad and Sheraton.

 The interior suits the theme of the 3 hotels.

A tall fountain that shoots up to the 2nd floor every few minutes.

When you come in from the flyover that connects to Venetian you will see a graphic waterfall which I think is called Wordfall. It is quite common in high end malls which is why no one bothers to look at it here. However this is the first time I've seen it so forgive me for being such a caveman.


The Casino

It's understood that no picture allowed in the casino. This is just to show you the jackpot amount at the casino beside the lobby which takes up nearly the whole floor. Though it seems bizarre not to be mentioned on their website, Sheraton does have a casino on the main floor called Pacifica. Another amenity that I have not visited is Shine Spa. It would be a nice escape if you are in the mood for a splurge.

In conclusion, Sheraton Grand Macao is definitely a must visit place if you came by Cotai Strip especially Venetian but I strongly recommend to stay for the prime location midst all excellent service and amenities.

Contact:
Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central
Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai, Macau SAR, P.R. China
International Tel: +853 2880 2000
Fax: +853 2880 2111
E-mail: Res.sheratonmacao@staystarwood.com









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