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Crown Macau : The MacauTripping Review 2008

The Crown of Macau (Part 3) : Photo and Video Review of the Suites at Crown Macau

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Welcome to Crown Macau, room 3603. As mentioned in the previous two episodes of our exploration of Crown Macau, I really had no idea what to expect from Crown Macau. At this point in my Macau adventure, I was blown away by one night at Galaxy's StarWorld, survived two strange days at Hotel Lisboa and adored a pair of lovely evenings at Wynn Macau. In addition to photographing pillows, perusing palatial playgrounds, playing paigow, peeking at prostitutes and pounding the contents of amply stocked mini-bars, I've poked my proboscis into twenty plus baccarat dens, most of which truly were - pun intended - the pits. I've been shadowed in multiple casinos by paranoid security details, oogled up and down by chain smoking Chinese women whose agape jaws silently seeped the remnants of the puff my presence interrupted. I've been brow beaten by bunches of bewildered, balding, Banker bettors and given the stink eye by more strangers than I care to mention. Through the course of this Trans-Pacific trudge I've been inspired (or assaulted) by every gradation of decor - shiny, funky, dingy, cozy - as well as nearly every tint of paint: custard, firebrick, chartreuse and nicotine. To say that this trip has been interesting would be akin to describing Macau's neon signs as being subtle.

Asia's Las Vegas, my ass. This is Macau - a remotely similar, yet entirely different beast.

The mid-point of this barnstorming blast through Macau's finest hotels has passed, and with one night each at Crown Macau and "Cotai Strip" monolith the Venetian Macao, you could say we're rounding the far turn heading into the homestretch. With the Venetian Macau essentially being a super-sized Asian version of a dish I've had the relative displeasure of previously tasting, Crown Macau, in my eyes, will probably be the final stop of unknown-unknowns, barring the outside possibility I get offed by a Triad or thrown in the pokey.

At this point, however, I'm completely worn out. Buzzing around Macau in 90% humidity has taken an enormous toll on my body. Nearly every last drop of my ever present curiosity has been dripped dry by exhaustion. Honestly, I'm ready to cash in my chips, hop the ferry to Hong Kong and book an early flight home. Fortunately, I've still got a handful of hit points left and my +3 MacBook still has enough juice to slay a dragon or two.

Here I stand, on the precipice of Crown Macau's room 3603, front desk attendant Violet and an unnamed bellhop at my side, both armed with a mysterious sixth star of service that - if you believe hotel marketing department hyperbole - will magically wash away all of the previously outlined baggage currently weighing down on my tremendously fatigued brain. My inner jerk channels Robert Conrad's performance in those 1970's Eveready commercials and dares Crown Macau to knock this tired and grumpy chip off of my shoulder.

Go ahead... I dare ya. Knock it off.

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I have a hard time digesting the idea that there is no turn-down service.

Even the Hard Rock (istan) in Vegas has turn down service, and we know what a crap hole that place is.

It is the strength of word of mouth saying "this place hip, fun and sexy" - sorry they are never going to say that about Crown. You seem to be blinded by the 6 stars. It is honestly one of if not the most boring casino in Macau. The place is getting emptier each time I go there.
The hotel may be beautiful but thats not what Asians want. All they want is a cup of tea and when they are tired a quick sleep at the side of the table. You will notice most high roller rooms have massage chairs for them to sleep and their rooms are just somewhere to put their bags.

@alby22 - you're correct in a lot of your critiques of crown macau. the casino was -desolate- when i was there, and, yes it would take more than just word of mouth to change the image of the place... it would take adding a fun factor to the joint (which it doesn't have). perhaps i should've framed the conclusion differently. if crown is to compete in the 'new' macau, the one which is hoping to be an entertainment destination in addition to a gamblin' joint, then crown needs to get their entertainment, fun, sex, good times thing together. baccarat is baccarat, there is little difference whether or not they play it at casino jai alai or grand lisboa.

I had the luxury of spending 16 hours exploring Macau with several friends back in October, shortly after the Venetian opening. Not knowing much about the Macau scene, but being avid AC and Vegas gamblers, we spend most of our time walking around Cotai and Macau in and out of casinos and soaking in the area.

Crown was our first stop. While we did not stay overnight in Macau/Crown and thus cannot speak on the rooms or service, we all agreed that while not as flashy and tacky as some of the other casinos (see: Venetian), it was very classy, open, and clean. We visited over a dozen casinos over those 16 hours and of them, Crown was our surprise favorite (Wynn being a close 2nd).

Thanks for the review Chuck, it helps to fill in the gaps of the rest of the Crown outside of the Casino floors and restaurants we visited.

Alby, you seem to contradict yourself in your comment. You say that the Crown is the most boring casino in Macau, and then follow that up with a cmoment that all the Chinese want is a "cup of tea" and a place to sleep when they gamble. Which is it?

In my opinion, Crown does "boring" in an extremely classy way and a nice alternative to the Vegas-inspired Macau casinos. The VIP market, which Crown is aiming at isn't always looking for loud, obnoxious, and hip.

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