Galaxy Hotel : The MacauTripping Review 2016
The Galaxy King at Galaxy Macau
The Galaxy Hotel is one of five different hotel brands that operate inside of Galaxy Macau's three (as of 2016) hotel towers. The other four hotels - Hotel Okura, Banyan Tree Macau, JW Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton - are externally managed and operated, making Galaxy Hotel "the house brand."
Galaxy Hotel at Galaxy Macau occupies the entirety of the hotel tower located in the north eastern quadrant of the parcel (the one on the left in the above photo). The west tower houses the Banyan Tree and Hotel Okura (the one on the right in the above photo). The south tower, also the newest, is home to JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels. A future third phase of construction will bring yet another hotel tower and two more international hotel brands.
Despite the size of Galaxy Macau (it was originally to be called Galaxy Mega Resort) navigating the property is relatively easy. A casino snakes through the center of the parcel, with family friendly shopping promenades on either side. The Broadway, another Galaxy Entertainment owned property that was originally called Galaxy Grand Waldo, is easily accessible via a pedestrian bridge to the west. Old Town Taipa, a dazzling neighborhood full of interesting shops, sightseeing and dining, is an exquisite 10 minute stroll away. Other Cotai resorts - The Venetian, The Parisian and Studio City Macau are better accessed via cab, shuttle bus or the forthcoming light rail system.
I arrived at Galaxy Macau's main porte cochere via taxi from Studio City Macau. After hopping out of the cab, I dragged by bags through the lobby and onto a slightly raised bridge that meandered through an expansive lobby lounge filled with couches and trees bearing flowers made of light.
The bridge spilled out into Galaxy Hotel's lobby, a reservation desk with a rope rodeo containing a dozen or so people. The lobby is incredibly busy... full of moms, dads, children and packs of Chinese playboys. As I arrive at the rope rodeo, an employee motions me to get in the VIP line.
I'll take it, I hate standing in line.
Awaking me from a deep 'this-tile-is-really-worn-out' trance moments later, I was motioned to come up to the counter. The agent took my passport and my credit card and ran everything through the computer. She told me that I was checked into the hotel but they would not be giving out keys until 3pm. Upon leaving the lobby, a bellman flagged me down and checked my bags. He told me that it would be smart for me to come back between 2 and 2:30pm. I've got some time to kill.