we stayed at the sofitel for our second time, the first time was when the hotel first opened and we had fond memories of the hotel and the TV in the bathrrom! recently we had a holiday in Hong kong and decided to to do a few days in macau also to share the portuguese tart expereince with our daughter.
we arrived in macau i guess like most people by ferry from HK and quikcly found the shuttle bus to the hotel. As soon as we arrived in the lobby a young lady came to check ou booking and quickly whisked us away to the 17 floor for the club check in ( awesome as there was a huge queue to check in! this expereince was new to us as it was not something that we were expecting. we had booked a prestige suite as our daughter is now off a age where she cant have her own room but she needs space. The room had plenty it was 90m2 with a huge lounge,bedroom with the biggest bed ever ! then the we saw the bathroom with the jacuzzi. simply amazing all 3 of could fit in there with room for a couple more. all the bathroom amenties were hermes.on our first day after going out explorinng the city on our return we came back with the beds ready for sleeping, complimenary fruits, and hand made chocolates.
1 of the perks of the room was the club benefits, choice of 2 locations for breakfast the quiet lounge or the crazy busy main restaurant. Main restaurant we were told had a better variety but why bother with the queues when the breaky here was fantastic and you get the personal touch from very attentive filipino staff, Candy & Precious were always smiling and making sure we had everything we needed. Sandy the chef cooked our eggs perfectly each morning. all the other staff there were equally as good but i forget there names to mention. the lounge also gives you complimentary afternoon tea and in the early evening canapes & drinks. The canapes & drinks were a winner for me as they had the best Roquefort cheese at the perfect temp for eating washed down by nice cold Heiniken they had plenty of wines and cocktails available also.
we ate 1 night in the hotel as my daughter loves a buffet even though i hate them she managed to twist my arm and i am glad she did as the food was surprisingly nice for a buffet with many options to choose from including freshky grilled lobster and the best french butter with the bread! the service here was not as attentive as the lounge as the staff seemed more interested in doing there mis en place ready for breakfast the next day.
I also frequented Rendevous bar in the evening for a quiet drink, whilst my daughter was asleep and my wife made the most of watching chinese Tv. The bar is nice and again with good service, though i feel not enough seats and a lot of empty space. Club guests received 50% of drinks from 7-11pm.
like everyone else says its very hard to get a cab in this area, the hotel staff do try very hard but it tales a very long time. 1 night we had a dinner reservation at wynn casino which is only about a 15 minute walk away or 3 min cab ride but it was to hot to walk and we were dressed nicely for dinner. After waiting 20 mins for a cab we had to ask the bell boy to tell the taxi company we would pay 100 for a 22 fare just so we could get to our reservation. the hotel does have a shuttle service but its busy with huge queues at peak times which is the only negative comment i can make about the sofitel.
we will stay again at the sofitel and willin futire always make bookings with the club benefits
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Positioned on Macau's picturesque waterfront, Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16 is located in the center of the city and amidst the charming historical quarter with walking distance to St. Paul's Ruins and A-Ma Temple! The complex of restaurant, bar, recreational facilities, meeting and banquet venues, in-house casino and MJ Gallery ensures that Sofitel has created an exquisite world for lovers of "art de vivre". The hotel has an easy access to the major points of entry into Macau and offers its guests complimentary transfers to the Macau ferry terminal and GongBei border gate on the Ponte 16 casino shuttle buses. ... more less
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