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City of Dreams

Address: Cotai Strip, Cotai Macau
Zhu Kuan Building
Estrada do Istmo, Cotai
Phone: (853) 8868 6688


Table Games: 236
Slot Machines: around 900


A Melco Crown Entertainment Resort.

(Last updated: February 3, 2018)



For more pictures of City of Dreams, please follow the link here: City of Dreams Photobook



Macau's most popular show/spectacle: the House of Dancing Water.


Top notch dining at Nuwa hotel, headlined by three Michelin starred restaurants: The Tasting Room (**), Jade Dragon (**) and Shinji By Kanesaki (*).


One of Macau's hottest nightclubs, Club Cubic, where you might be able to catch the racy and risque Taboo.


City of Dreams offers a good selection of Western games.


Baccarat - Minimum bet is $3000.

Commission Free Baccarat -  Minimum bet is $1000, that hurts.

Blackjack - Tables have an Over/Under 13 side bet.  (Take the over if you bet it.) 

Minimum bet is $500.  Ouch again.

Plays by standard Melco Crown casino rules, meaning you can only split up to 3 times, and Aces only once.

Caribbean Stud Poker - Payout is a proper 100-1 for a Royal Flush.  Minimum bet is $300.

Craps - 5-5-5 odds, which are the highest in the city.  Minimum pass line bet is only $100 too - this is where I’d be everyday if I had money to burn.

Roulette - Outside / Inside minimums are $50 and $200.

Sic Bo - 7 different bets.  Standard $300 minimums on Big/Small.

Slot Machines - 900 plus machines, minimums from 0.02 to $10.  Also has Live Gaming Baccarat starting from $50 and electronic versions of Sic Bo ($30) and Roulette ($10).

Texas Hold 'Em - Cash game tables have blinds of $25/$50, $50/$100, $100/$200, $200/$400, $500/$1000 and $1000$2000.  The only casino in Macau to offer poker tournaments, buy ins start from $3000 and go all the way up to $500,000.  The most popular tournament of the week is the Saturday Super Stack, which costs $3000 to enter and guarantees $100,000 in prizes. 

For more information of upcoming tournaments, please keep tabs on the Poker Stars Macau website. 

Three Card Poker - Minimum bet is $300.



Here's City of Dreams main deal for whales.

If you roll $1,200,000 you're eligible for four nights free accommodation.



One of Macau's largest integrated resorts, City of Dreams opened on June 1st, 2009 and is composed of three hotels: Nuwa, Countdown and Grand Hyatt.  A fifth tower is currently under construction and is a thing to behold.  Featuring a cutting edge exoskeletel steel body, the first of its kind to be used in a tower form, the design is so groundbreaking that it's destined to be the most innovative architectual development on the Cotai Strip.  Once completed in May 2018, the new tower will add another 780 guest rooms, suites and sky villas to the City of Dreams along with a lot more gaming and dining.  There will also be a 40-metre atrium, panoramic lifts and my personal favorite twist - a sky pool on top of the new tower.  That is going to be nothing short of mindblowing. 


At present, the largest hotel at the City of Dreams is the Grand Hyatt which takes up two towers and holds 791 rooms.  Nuwa and Countdown are half the size and contribute 380 and 300 rooms respectively.  All three hotels offer similar sized pools, although the one at the Hard Rock is usually a lot busier, since they let outsiders use it in exchange for paying a fee.  Current rates are $200 for singles, $360 for couples and $100 for children.

Macau City of Dreams Crown Tower pool Macau City of Dreams Grand Hyatt pool Macau CIty of Dreams Hard Rock pool

The nicest of the three hotels is the "six star" Nuwa Hotel, which used to be called Crown Towers.  Due to the downturn in junket dominated VIP gaming, a lot of rooms are now available to the public on the weekend.  Back in the day, you never had a chance.  

Prices are in Macau Mops, and include all tax and service fees.


Nuwa Hotel Information

Nuwa Hotel
Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai
Tel: (853) 8868 6888
Fax: (853) 8867 6888

No of Rooms and Suites: 290


The Countdown used to be known as the Hard Rock hotel, before their licensing agreement ended in 2017.  It still retains its rock and roll persona though with hip circular rooms that are probably the most stylish in Macau.  If you’re looking for a hotel with a modern edge, this is the one you want.

Rates are in Macau Mops and include all tax and service charges.


Countdown Information

Countdown Hotel
Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai
Tel: (853) 8868 3338
Fax: (853) 8867 3338

No of Rooms and Suites: 322


The Grand Hyatt usually wins a slew of awards from travel organisations and business insiders and from walking around the hotel, I'm not surprised by it at all.  With the rates they charge, many aspects of the hotel are above average.  


The third floor is home to the Club lounge, where Grand Club members get free breakfast, snacks and evening cocktails.  Free WiFi is also provided.

Prices are in Hong Kong Dollars and include all tax and services charges. 


Grand Hyatt Information

Grand Hyatt Hotel
Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai
Tel: (853) 8868 1234
Fax: (853) 8867 1234

No of Rooms: 503
No of Suites: 288


The City of Dreams has a ton of restaurants, but the ones I've listed below are the only ones that matter.  Their new food court, Soho, might also be worth checking out as well, even if you don't stop by to eat.


The Hard Rock Cafe - Located beside the Hard Rock casino, signature burgers are the big deal here.

Sandwiches: Around $100    Burgers: $137 to $157
Salad: $77 to $107              Barbecue: $147 to $237
Starters: $77 to $197          Drinks: $65 and up


For a review of my lunch there, please click here: Hard Rock Cafe.


Hours are from 11 am to 2 am Monday to Saturday and from 10 am to 2 am on Sundays.


Jade Dragon - Jade Dragon is 2 star Michelin restaurant, serving contemporary Chinese in an ultra chic and suave setting.  Prices aren’t too bad, with appetizers $68 to $188, soup $88 to $268, vegetables $108 to $168 and rice and noodle dishes $88 to $388.  Mains are a tad more expensive with meat $188 to $1100, barbecue $228 to $728 and seafood $148 to $780.  Abalone finally is monstrously priced (as it always is) going for $880 to $6800.

At lunch, a lot of dim sum is available, with most of it between $38 and $68.

For a review of my meal there, please click here: Jade Dragon.

Jade Dragon is located on the 2nd floor of the Nuwa hotel and keeps hours daily from 11 am to 3 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm.


Louvre Cafe - Located on Level 1M in the Boulevard, Louvre Cafe opened in 2017.  It serves soup ($35/$45), appetizers ($68), sandwiches ($88 to $290), and main course dishes like pasta and meat ($70 to $228).  Something called Fougasse is also available for $75 to $146.

There are three different afternoon tea sets for two people that cost $288 (Louvre Cafe set), $399 (Chocolate Fondre set) and $988 (Premium Champagne Caviar Set). 

Admittedly a place like Louvre Cafe is probably only relevant for locals or people staying at the City of Dreams.  Other visitors need not apply.

Louvre Cafe is open daily from 11 am to 7:30 pm.

Mezza 9 Macau - Located on the 3rd floor of the Grand Hyatt, Mezza 9 offers a wide selection of  World cuisine.

Set meal (2): $880/$1288/$1688    Seafood: $294 to $968
Deli Offerings: $52 to $358             Thai: $118 to $298
Macanese: $188 to $778                 Grilled: $398 to $1688
Pasta: $248 to $480                   
Mezza 9 is located on the 3rd floor of the Grand Hyatt and opens daily from 5:30 pm to 11 pm.


Shinji By Kanesaki - Nuwa's newest restaurant is an expensive sushi joint located in the lobby.  Someone else can go there to review it because it’s far too expensive for me.  When a sushi lunch sets runs $738, $1088 and $1688 I know I’ve stepped into the wrong restaurant.  It doesn’t get any better at night either, with three set meals going for $1688 (Sushi Edomae), $2388 (Omakase Wa) and $2988 (Omakase Shin)

Shinji is open daily from 12 noon to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 11 pm.  It’s closed on Mondays and only open for dinner on Tuesdays.

Michelin thinks the food is pretty good though, awarding them 1 star the past 3 years.

Shinji is open daily from 12 noon to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 11 pm.  It’s closed on Mondays and only open for dinner on Tuesdays.


The Tasting Room - Serving the very finest in European cuisine, the Tasting Room is my favorite restaurant in Macau.  Meals definitely won't come cheap, as most dishes are over $500. In specific, appetizers run $395 to $850, seafood $750 to $950 and meat dishes $720 to $1480. 

An excellent 5 course Set lunch is only $780 while a 6 course Degustation menu at night is $1788 (plus $850 for wine).

For a review of my birthday dinner there, please click here: Trip Report II.    

The Tasting Room is located on the third floor of the Nuwa hotel.  They keep hours daily from 12 pm to 3 pm in the afternoon and again from 6 pm to 11 pm at night.

Wave Pool Bar and Grill - The food at Wave is pretty good, considering it's located outside beside a pool.  I especially like the pizzas and brownies.

Salad: $98 to $138  
Pasta/Noodles: $98 or $108          
Bar Snacks: $48 to $108
Pizzas: $108 to $158
Sandwiches: $98 to $148
Main Course: $128
Alcoholic Beverages: $60 to $78
Wave is located outside on the 3rd floor beside the Hard Rock pool. 


Soho -  Soho is the City of Dreams pimped out food court, located on the 2nd floor.  I can’t speak to the quality of the food but you might want to drop in and check it out anyway, if only to snap some pics and revel in the lean and mean urban design.

Soho is composed of about 12 different restaurants which serve a wide array of world cuisine, such as Mexican, Japanese, Italian, Mediterranean, Chinese and Korean.  Most restaurants offer meals for between $100 and $300, with the cheapest eats probably running $78 to $98.

There’s entertainment available sometimes too in the way of live music.  All in all, Soho can be a pretty happening place when it gets going.



The fitness centres at all three hotels are very good.  The best gym is found at the Nuwa hotel; the worst one at the Countdown, which is still more than adequate, by the way. 


There are three spas at the City of Dreams, each of which guests must pay to use.  Treatment prices are very comparable, with most services at Nuwa and Grand Hyatt $1000 to $1500, while the Spa at Countdown is a touch cheaper with quite a few procedures available for under $1000.      

Nuwa Spa - The Nuwa spa offers the following treatments and rates:

120 minute signature journeys $2150 to $2580
4 hours signature treatment $3180 single and $5700 for a couple
120 minute journeys: $2380 to $2680
Facials: $1380 to $1680
Body treatments: $1080 to $1980
Massage:  $1180 to $1700

There’s also a day pass option for $350, which allows users to  access the pool, gym and spa facilities as long as they want during opening hours. 

Nuwa guests meanwhile can use the sauna and steam room in the spa for free, which is a great perk that most hotels in Macau don’t provide.  The majority of them charge a door pass fee, which is completely ridiculous in my opinion.

Isala Spa -  Isala Spa is located in the Grand Hyatt.

Signature treatments: $1780 (2 hours), $3500 (3 hours), $3350 (4 hours)
2 to 3 hour Isala Retreats: $1780 to $3500
Facials $1280 to $1980
Massages  $800 to $1480
Body treatments $1030 to $1080

The Spa at Countdown - The Spa at Countdown keeps the prices low.

Signature treatments:  $1100 to $1700
Massage $780 to $1280
4 hand massage: $1380 to $2688
Facials: $780 to $1280
Body scrubs and wraps: $420 to $780

There’s also a door pass for $380 which gives access to a deluxe suite equipped with steam and sauna.  For steam, sauna and jacuzzi, the price is $680 for 60 minutes.
If you're looking for free spa facilities, each hotel has a jacuzzi outside beside their pools, while Grand Hyatt also offers a steam room and an ice shower in their change rooms while Crown answers with free steam room and sauna.


The City of Dreams needs to ramp their entertainment back up.

The House of Dancing Water
- Macau's most popular show has been packing audiences since it opened in 2010.  While I wish it had more of a story, I also wish I had a girlfriend named Lola too.  To read my full length entertainment review, please click here: House of Dancing Water.


Macau City of Dreams House of Dancing Water lobby Macau City of Dreams House of Dancing Water performance Macau City of Dreams House of Dancing Water motorcyclist          

Kid's City - Kid's City is designed for childen aged 2 to 12 and sounds like an absolute blast.  With air cannons, ball fountains, racing slides, costumes, arcade games and craftwork, it definitely makes me wish I were 10 again.     

Kid’s City costs $120 for 2 hours on weekdays which includes one child and one adult.  For each additional 30 minutes, the price is $30 for children and $15 for adults.  On weekdays those rates jump to $150, $70, $35 and $20 respectively.  As always, long pants, long sleeves and socks are required for all visitors.

Hours at Kid's City are from 10:00 am to 8:00 daily.  To get there, go to Soho first and then take the elevator up to the 3rd floor.  


The Cotai Strip is a shopper's paradise, and the City of Dreams is no exception.  Hit the Boulevard when its time to load up on high end designer clothes as well as a ton of beauty and fashion accessories. 



When Club Cubic gets going, it can be the best nightclub in town.  On other evenings however, it's deader than Dillinger.  There's no rhyme or reason to it, it just depends on the night.  Your best bet for a full house is on a Wednesday, because it's Ladies Night then.


Located on Level 2 of the Boulevard, Club Cubic is open daily from 10:00 pm to 6 am.

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Since its inception in 2009, the City of Dreams has always targeted the type of crowd who’d want nothing more than to flaunt it at an after hour pool party before hitting Club Cubic hard until 6 am.  Families can have the Venetian, let singles and young couples rule the City of Dreams.   


City of Dreams is located opposite the Venetian Macao, and right beside Sands Cotai and MGM Cotai.  Wynn Palace is situated behind it.