I have stayed in The Rocks Hotel Macau in March 2012. I was travelling in business and stayed for five nights.
The hotel is decorated following a Chinese interpretation of the Victorian style... Be prepared for lots of marble, artificially aged dark woods and gold painted furniture. As expected, the end result lacks authenticity and the whole hotel experience conveys a kitsch feeling - not uncommon in modern China.
The hotel rooms are however spacious and comfortable. General speaking they are also well maintained (exceptions on my room: the carpet was a little bit worn out but still acceptable, shower hose would benefit from being replaced). Bed was large and comfy.
The internet is cabled, fast and free. I had a problem on the last day of my stay when suddenly I lost the internet connection – not ever to recover it. Always annoying.
Breakfast doesn’t have extensive western selections, but you can still have a decent breakfast with yogurt, cereals, bread, toasts and fresh fruits.
Rate was competitive.
Biggest issue with this hotel is location. The hotel is located at the end of Macau Fisherman’s Wharf that never enjoyed the commercial success it was thought for. From the hotel it would take you a good half an hour to reach the center of Macau walking. On a tiny territory like Macau, that’s out of the way. I was with a car, so I could easily go around the location issue. But the majority of the people coming to Macau doesn’t have access nor rent a car…
It wasn’t the first time I stayed in the Rocks Hotel Macau. But probably this was the time I enjoyed it the most. With the so called New Macau (aargggh!) and its huge hotels catering for the busloads of tourists coming from the mainland (after the 3000 room Venetian, Macau will have soon a 4000 room Sheraton), the Rocks with 75 rooms or so felt almost as an oasis with it’s quiet unrush atmosphere.
Is the Rocks Hotel the best choice in Macau? Probably not. I would recommend the Sofitel Ponte 16 where I have stayed on other occasions. But if you have access to a car or don’t mind relying on public transports, the Rocks Hotel is more affordable and a quite good choice. I wouldn’t have a problem staying in the Rocks Hotel again.
In Macau, for good Portuguese food on grand colonial setting, I recommend “Clube Militar”. For Best in the World Dim Sum, “Portas do Sol” on the old Lisboa Hotel. And for a truly Macanese experience, “Litoral” on Inner Harbour.
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