The Crown of Macau (Part 1) : Macau's Killer Queen
Guaranteed To Blow Your Mind... Anytime
While planning my barnstorming blast through Macau, Crown Macau was reasonably high on my list of properties to stay at, but it's lofty rack rate was a bit of an obstacle. With rates screaming towards US$600 bucks a night on weekends and US$400 during the week, Crown Macau almost priced itself out of getting a review. Photos of Crown Macau on their parent company's website sealed the deal, and I made the decision to grin and bear it while confirming a one night, mid-week booking.
Other than poking around Crown Macau's website and doing some early stage research on owners MelcoPBL, I didn't really know too much about Crown Macau other than it had delayed its opening a little, cost a little more than they expected and was supposed to be a 'six star hotel in a three star neighborhood.' I've never stayed in a Crown hotel before, or visited or even seen photos of Crown's casinos in Australia. I had no expectations whatsoever as I hopped in a taxi at Wynn Macau and headed to Crown via the Macau-Taipa bridge.
The car ride was quick - ten minutes tops - it's easy to forget how small in landmass Macau is. The taxi driver pulled up to Crown's porte cochere and stopped the car. I handed him HK$100 (a huuuge tip) and he practically launched out of the car, hustled up a bellhop to get by bags, opened my door and made sure I had everything and was completely taken care of before driving away. There are two entrances to Crown Macau at the porte cochere, one leads to a vestibule outside of the casino and the other, more disguised entry, is to the hotel portion of the complex.
The bellman took great care securing my laptop other bags onto the cart and escorted me into small, smartly decorated bell/valet vestibule. The bell room featured a marble block desk on one side, two circular white couches that surrounded a glass coffee table, marble 'planks' attached to the walls perpendicularly, a circular chandelier and other subtle lighting effects overhead and an elevator to the right. If you take a look at the photo, you'll notice how both couches are facing to the right instead of each other. Why? The only reason why you would be sitting on these couches is if you are waiting for the elevator (not pictured, on the right). Nobody likes craning their necks around to see if the elevator has arrived, so why not face the couches towards them? I was instantly struck by how clever and smart this is, I'll also bet that 99.9% of visitors notice this. Also notice the grain in each of the marble planks - these are all cut from the same block... wow. Barely two steps into Crown Macau, at bell desk of all places, and I am already impressed.