I'm quite familiar with Macau already, having set up events there for my corporate clients. This will be the first time that I will be blogging about the place though, since it's my first official time on vacation here.
Perhaps the most famous hotel in Macau, the Venetian is also the pioneer in the Cotai strip. When the Venetian was opened way back in 2006, it pinned Macau as the next Las Vegas. True enough, after 6 more years, more and more entertainment resorts are rising in the Cotai area.
To most Filipinos, a visit to Macau is not complete without a visit to the Venetian. Going here is easy as well, since there are a lot of shuttles from the city area to the resort. We just took the shuttle from the airport, which is conveniently located at the far right exit of the building (when you're coming out from arrivals).
We checked in at a Deluxe Suite, and this was the most basic room accommodation. At more than $300 a night, you do expect the room to be grand and spacious, just like the resort itself. It actually reminded us of our suite in Venice, as it had the same color scheme and bed canopy.
The bathroom was of course spacious, but it looked a little old already. With marbled walls and floors, you still get luxurious feel. There was also a nice vanity desk where my daughter spent time fixing herself up.
The room had a lower level, where the living area was set. It was a suite indeed, and the amenities were spot on, except perhaps for a printer, that we hoped we would get.
The window of the room was wide, giving us a nice view of the resort and the surrounding buildings. I was surprised that there was a mini golf course, and that no one was swimming in their decadent pools. I only saw one woman dressed in a robe reading book by the poolside. People don't go to Macau anyway to swim.
The Venetian was actually my last choice of accommodation in Cotai that time, since I have already stayed here before. My rule was to try as many, so staying here for the second time was not an option for me. However, it was my only choice, since all other resorts were fully booked. Only the most lavish suites were available. We wanted to stay in the City of Dreams (Hyatt, Hard Rock Hotel or Crowne) but there wasn't any vacancy.
So, we opted the Venetian, and since it as my daughter's first time in Macau, it turned out to be a good choice still. The Venetian is a mega resort, with so many shops and things to see. The resort in itself is a destination. You could spend 3 days here, and not get bored. This visit made me realize I can never get tired of the Venetian.
Book a room at the Venetian through their website.
It's cheaper and you are guaranteed of rewards and points if you sign up for their Sands membership.