The Hard Rock Macau is just about a four star hotel – the pool is its claim to an extra star – but the fact that prices are a little cheaper than your average four star payout make a stay here attractive. The value prices are usually part of package deals with tickets to the excellent House of Dancing Water usually included.
City of Dreams casino resort and the pool parties
The downside of the location is that you’re some distance from the city centre and unless you hit the shuttle buses – which are regular – there is almost nothing to see out on the Cotai Strip.
It’s worth mentioning that isn’t the perfect family friendly hotel, although any hotel set in a casino complex probably isn’t the ideal environment for five year olds. The pool parties here aren’t raucous Vegas affairs but they and the hotel’s trendy theme do attract a younger crowd who can often push the boundaries of R rated.
Shabby chic at the Hard Rock Macau hotel?
Better is the service, which in a testament to the American inspired, bend over backwards eagerness of the Hard Rock cafes is excellent. From friendly tips on what to see and how to get there to organising a limo to have you chauffeured around everything is delivered with smile.
With its location out on the Coati Strip your food options are limited to the resort itself but there is enough variety to stay interested for at least a few days. As you’d expect there is a Hard Rock Café inside the hotel, while the City of Dreams resort offers a good choice of bars and restaurants, many of which open late, and a handful of lounge shows to keep you away from the Blackjack table.
If you can ignore the have-a-go rockstar gimmicks, the hotel itself is a solid choice. The location on the Cotai Strip is ideal for those who want to hit the tables while the packages that include tickets to the House of Dancing Water – Macau’s only unmissable shows – are great value.