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Broadway Macau


Address: Broadway Macau, COTAI
Tel: (853) 8883 3338
Fax: (853) 8883 6668
www.broadwaymacau.com.mo/en

 

No of Rooms and Suites: 340
No of Tables: 38
No of Slots: 89
 

(Last updated: April 13, 2016)

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Broadway Macau was originally known as the Grand Waldo, a property I once termed “the forgotten hotel of the Cotai Strip” and “a waste of space and resource.”  Galaxy Entertainment Group bought it in 2013 and then sat on it for nearly two years, keeping the doors shut until May 27th, 2015, the same day they opened the third Galaxy tower.  In its new incarnation, Broadway Macau is clearly meant to function as the entertainment wing of the huge Galaxy complex, highlighted by the 3,000 seat Broadway Theatre and outdoor food street that always has something on the go.  As for the casino and hotel, they both feel like secondary considerations.   

CASINO 

The casino at Broadway Macau is limited to one fairly small room located next to the main hotel entrance.  Tables number 38 and 6 games are offered: Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Sic Bo, Three Card Poker and War.  Minimums are fairly standard with most games available for $200 or $300 while Sic Bo is only $50.  Slot machines total 89 in all and max out at only 20 cents while only one electronic game is available: Sic Bo for $30.

The casino is very red, gaudy and shiny, pretty much par for the course in Macau.  I didn’t see much of any drink service provided, only the occasional stack of free water bottles.

GAMES

A nice selection of games are available at Broadway Macau. 

Baccarat
- Minimum bet is $1000.  That’s the standard low for Baccarat in many casinos now.  The only cheap Baccarat on the floor is Commission Free.

Commission Free Baccarat
- Players win only 50% on a won Banker bet that totals 6.  Minimum bet is $200.

Blackjack - Minimum bet is $300. 

Caribbean Stud Poker
- Minimum bet is $300. 

Sic Bo - 8 different bets.  Dirt cheap $50 Big/Small minimum.

Slot Machines - 89 slot machines, lows are 10 or 20 cents. 

Three Card Poker - Low of $200.

War - $200 minimums.

PROMOTIONS

Broadway Macau is a Galaxy Entertainment Group casino, so for an idea of their promotions, please check here: GEG Promotions.

HOTEL

I stayed at Broadway Macau a day after it re-opened and was very disappointed with the room I had.  With all the pomp and pageantry of the new launch that had Broadway mentioned in the same breath as Galaxy, I was definitely expecting something larger, newer and much more comfortable.  Instead, the room I had didn’t look like it had been renovated or upgraded since the hotel first opened in 2006.  It was much more to the level of Grandview or Hotel Taipa Square than anything you’d find across the road at Galaxy.

 

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Apart from that, everything in the room was in working order and clean, while check in and check out were both handled efficiently and well.  Contents in the mini bar were free, but that only amounted to 4 cans of soda and some chocolate.

 

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There are 340 rooms at Broadway Macau, with guest lodgings found on floors 3 to 10. 

Current rates exclusive of all taxes and service fees are as follows:



You might as well stay at the Holiday Inn in Sands Cotai Central if you’re willing to pay these prices. 

POOL

The pool at the Broadway Macau might be the most ignored one in all of Macau.  The reason is simple - Broadway guests get free access to the Grand Resort Deck over at Galaxy, so everyone goes over there instead. 

 

Closed in winter, the pool at Broadway Macau is good to go from April until November, with hours from 8 am to 8 pm daily. 

RESTAURANTS

Broadway Macau has over 40 eateries on the Broadway food street, with more than half of them outlets from some of Macau’s most famous local restaurants.  I think the point is to bring some of the local culture from Macau island to those staying on the Cotai Strip, which isn’t a bad idea at all.  After reading a dining brochure that highlighted some of the street’s signature eateries and dishes, I decided to restaurant hop and try them all out.  Here's a quick dish by dish review of how it all went.

100 year old Tainan Dan-Tzai Noodles at Du Hsiao YuehDu Hsiao Yueh: 100 year old Tainan Dan-Tzai Noodles ($18)

This simple noodle dish is made of shrimp soup, bean sprouts, coriander and minced pork paste.  While the noodles were extremely fresh and everything tasted good, the bowl was way too small.  Honestly speaking, it needed to be 5 times larger to be considered any kind of proper meal.  I liked what I had, there just wasn’t enough of it. 

2 STARS

Shanghainese Xiao Long Bao at Nan Xiang Nan Xiang: Shanghainese Xiao Long Bao ($45)

Sweet Lord, I’ve never had dumplings this good.  They melt in your mouth and then the taste just explodes.  Most of the filling is a soup that you experience first and then the pork meat finishes things off after.  Stunning.  I also tried the Stuffed Bun with Vegetables for $28 which were good as well, but next time, I’m going straight for the Steamed Pork Dumplings and ordering 3 servings.  They are masterful. 

5 STARS

Marinated Goose Slices at Hung’s DelicaciesHung’s Delicacies: Marinated Goose Slices ($198)

Goose is a great Southern delicacy but the people at Hung’s Delicacies don’t do it right.  First off, the dish is in fact half goose and half tofu, which I did not expect after paying $198.  Secondly, the taste was very bland and way too low key for my liking.  While the meat was soft and juicy, it just didn’t have enough kick for me.  The sour sauce that came with it didn’t help much either. 

2 STARS


Shrimp Roe Dried Noodles at Wong Kun Sio KungWong Kun Sio Kung: Shrimp Roe Dried Noodles ($80)

I think this is an outlet of Huang Guan restaurant which is located on Rua de Campo in downtown Macau.  When I first tried the Shrimp Roe noodles I thought they were way too dry, but that was before I added the spice and tea.  Once I mixed everything together, the dish took off and was excellent.  I think Westerners might enjoy it too because it’s kind of exotic but not too far out there.  The way the shrimp paste and dry noodles contrasted with the tea and spice was quite pleasant to the palate.  Highly recommended!

4.5 STARS 

Tofu Pudding at Ving Kei Tao Fu Min SekVing Kei Tao Fu Min Sek: Tofu Pudding ($18)

No offense to the Chinese intended, but they can’t do desserts and it shows.  I’ve been in many a sweet shop where everything looks delicious only to eat it and then find meat inside.  Of course, there’s also their wonderful flavours, like green tea and red bean paste which are just flat out weird.  Well, here’s another one to add to the list: Tofu Pudding.  Tofu has no taste and that’s what you get with this dessert.  Which is to say, not a whole hell of a lot. 

1.5 STARS

That wrapped up my lunch on Broadway Street.  I returned in the evening for Round 2.

Ba Shan Spicy Noodles on Broadway Food StreetBa Shan Spicy Noodles: Ba Shan Spicy Noodles ($55)

First off, let me say that these noodles are made with rice so right off the bat there’s a strike against it.  Rice noodles are notoriously bland, weak and pointless.  Ok, so they packed the dish with a lot of spice and some duck meat to compensate for it, but it wasn’t enough.  The duck meat was a cheap cut too, bone dry and unappealing. 

2 STARS

Katong Laksa Lemak at Katong CornerKatong Corner: Katong Laksa Lemak ($78)

Singaporean Prawn Laksa.  Ladies and gentlemen, I think I have a new love in my life.  Laksa Lemak is a creamy soup made of coconut milk and slightly spicy curry, mixed together with noodles and seafood.  If you order this, it’s like you’ve ordered three dishes in one, and they’re all spectacular.  Laksa Lemak was the best dish I tried on the food street and one I will definitely return to try again.  Make sure to order a side bowl of rice as well, because the curry tastes great when mixed together with it. 

5 STARS

Roast Suckling Pig at Xin Dau JiXin Dau Ji: Roast Suckling Pig ($228 for a quarter helping)

Xin Dau Ji is not actually on the Broadway food street, it’s on the other side of Broadway Theatre facing the Galaxy.  I’m kind of surprised they lumped it together with all of the eateries on the food street because Xin Dau Ji is a proper restaurant with a Michelin star, not some fast food joint serving $15 noodles.  Regardless, I tried their signature Roast Suckling Pig, which ran $228 for a quarter helping and took about 20 minutes to prepare.  All in all, it wasn’t too bad but definitely not the best Suckling Pig I’ve ever had.  The skin was extremely crunchy, and the meat was tender, but also a little cold, which I didn’t like.  It wasn’t terrible by any means, but not very memorable either. 

3 STARS

Herbal Turtle Jelly at Wa Song HungWa Song Hung: Herbal Turtle Jelly ($48)

I don’t know how many of you have been to see traditional Chinese doctors, but their offices invariably have a kind of weird smell that isn’t offensive, but you wouldn’t want to eat something that tastes like it either.  Well, with this Herbal Turtle Jelly, they decided to package that smell and sell it as a dessert and the results could have not been more disgusting.  It was like eating horrible tasting medicine and I was feeling pretty damn good that night ladies and gentlemen… until I tried this, of course.  Do not, under any circumstances, buy this or even entertain the notion of buyng this.  Just don’t do it.

0 STARS


That wrapped up my little tour of the Broadway food street and the results were a bit of a mixed bag.  The best things I tried were fantastic, while I think the majority of dishes were just okay, and probably shouldn’t be famous at all.  I enjoyed the process though, restaurant hopping and ordering one dish before moving on to the next joint, wondering how it all would turn out.  I think foodies would definitely enjoy it and should seize the opportunity to experience the food street in the same manner that I did.  I really can't think of any other place in Macau that's like it, where so many diverse dishes and snacks are on offer in such a small, concentrated area.  Sure, there are tons of shops around the city selling pastries and desserts, but those aren't restaurants and you can’t sit down and eat, so it’s not the same at all.  Broadway Food Street burns the midnight oil too, with most joints making it to 3 am every night.

Besides the food street, there are two other places to eat in the Broadway Macau hotel building.

Broadway Kitchen
- Broadway Kitchen is open 24 hours and does cheaper fast food rice and noodle selections for $45 to $90, while barbecue is $70 to $98 and mainland specialty dishes are $68 to $198.  Smaller fare includes appetisers ($38/$68), soup ($38 to $138) and dim sum ($38/$58).

Upper One and Upper Lounge - Located beside check in on the 2nd floor, Upper One serves three different kinds of breakfasts for $88 to $108, while congee and noodles are $55 to $60 and eggs $78 or $88.  Come lunchtime, appetisers are $98 to $128 while soup is $38 to $78 and rice and noodles $58 to $88.  Their Western selection includes main meat dishes for $108 to $328 while pasta and sandwiches are $75 to $115.  Dessert, finally, is $35 to $68.

Upper Lounge is the bar section of Upper One and serves beers for $40, hard stuff for $40 to $80 while whisky is $50 or $155.  Coffee, tea and soft drinks are between $30 and $40.

Upper One is open from 7:00 am to 11 pm daily, while Upper Lounge keeps hours from 11 am to 11 pm.   

HEALTH CLUB/SPA

For all the space they have at Broadway, you'd think they'd give a little more of it to the gym.  While the fitness centre is certainly comprehensive, featuring a lot of machines and equipment, there just isn't enough room.  If it were double the size that would help a great deal. 

The gym is located on the ground floor close to the pool and keeps hours from 7 am to 9:30 pm daily. 

As for spas and sauna facilities, guests must go to the Galaxy resort for Banyan Tree Spa or the Espa at the Ritz Carlton.  Both places only offer treatments and both places are extremely expensive. 

ENTERTAINMENT


Broadway Macau has two main sources of entertainment: the large 3000 seat Broadway Theatre and evening street performances on Broadway street.  For an idea of who’ll be visiting the theatre, you can keep tabs on the Broadway Macau website found here: Broadway Macau, while all of the entertainment on Broadway street is free. 

 

The action really ratchets up at night with a diverse list of performers, which range from Pedicab singers to Uni-Jugglers, Stilt Walkers to Girls on Fire.  (And after having seen some of those smoking babes, they could definitely light my fire).  Every Friday and Saturday night there’s also live music performances from “Band on The Run” which take place from 9:30 pm to midnight.

BARS

Broadway Macau has one drinking establishment on Broadway Street called the Roadhouse.

The Roadhouse - The Roadhouse has both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as live entertainment four nights a week.  On Monday and Wednesdays, an acoustic band takes centre stage while it’s all blues on Friday and Saturday.  Drinks are all reasonably priced, with beer $38 to $54, hard stuff $60 to $85 and cocktails $65 or $70.  Bottles of wine range from $270 to $420 while whisky is $70 to $95 and shooters $48 to $75.  There’s also a food menu with appetisers $15 to $90, salads $50 to $60 and burgers and sandwiches $80 to $110.  Standard pub fare like nachos, ribs, and fish and chips are $85 to $225 while pizza is $70 to $100 and steak $160 to $250.

The Roadhouse opens everyday and keeps hours from 12 pm to 4 am.

SHOPPING

There are a few shops selling souvenirs on Broadway street, but it’s mostly just small stuff.  For a real shopping experience, head over to the Galaxy for the Promenade, their luxurious retail quarter home to over 200 brand name designer outlets and fashion boutiques. 

SUMMARY

Although Broadway Macau is marketed as a new hotel, it's actually almost ten years old and you can really see it in the lackluster rooms and facilities.  Some modern refurbishment would definitely go a long way in making it a more appealing living destination.  With that being said however, there still is one very good reason to stay at Broadway Macau, and that’s to use the Grand Resort Deck over at Galaxy.  Broadway rooms are about $200 cheaper per night than their Galaxy counterparts so that might appeal to people travelling on a budget, especially if they have children.

 

The casino is notable for its $50 Sic Bo and $200 Three Card Poker, the lowest minimums those games go for in Macau.  If you like to play either game, than Broadway Macau becomes a viable gaming option due to those limits alone.  Apart from that, the casino doesn't offer anything you can't get across the road at Galaxy.

 

LOCATION

Connected to the Galaxy via an elevated walkway, Broadway Macau is a little removed from the main action on the Cotai Strip.  To get to the Venetian and the City of Dreams, it would probably take 20 minutes on foot.  For those who have never been to the Cotai Strip, it's really in the middle of nowhere.  There are no buildings, shops, or businesses, just big empty lots and massive hotel complexes.