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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

Violet pulls out the marble white key card embossed with a holographic Crown Macau logo from its similarly styled paper slip case, waves it against the doorknob, looks me in the eye, flashes a coy, sexy you-are-in-for-a-treat smile and eases open the door to room 3603. I tumble inside and Violet follows me, as does the bellhop, who stacks all of my belongings very neatly in the sizeable walk-in closet. She gives me quick tour of the rooms amenities, light switch locations (there are about 15 switches all over the place), various technological gadgetry, plus - most importantly - the list of complimentary drinks in the minibar (now we're talkin!). She asks me if I have any questions, which I do. "Is there an ethernet cable for my computer?" She says she will have one sent up right away. Cable in hand, the concierge himself arrives twenty minutes later.

Room 3603 isn't particularly large. It's footprint is similar in dimensions to a standard Wynn Macau, Venetian Macau or Hotel Lisboa room, smaller than my Wynn Macau corner suite and slightly larger than my suite at StarWorld. Upon entry to the immediate left is compartmentalized 'wet room' - double sink area, toilet, closet, toilet/shower room. About 20 paces north is the bed/desk/living area with a fantastic view of the Macau Peninsula (weather permitting).



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The View

Immediately, I'm taken once again by the fantastic view of the Macau Peninsula. Smartly, Crown Macau's rooms are all situated on the north side of the building. The south side of the building is essentially a gaggle of older apartment towers that, frankly, aren't much to look at. Hidden behind them are a flock of construction cranes and the froshly birthed Venetian Macao. The view from Crown Macau of the Cotai Strip is best described as "Objects in Mirror are Further Away Than They Appear Due To Their Enormousness." The Venetian Macao doesn't appear to be that far away, but it is... yet another one of the many Venetian illusions.

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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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