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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: June 9th, 2016)




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


Top notch dining at the Crown 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 can also catch the racy and risque Taboo.


Soho, the hippest food court in Macau, if not all of Asia.


Vquarium... because who doesn't love mesmerizing mermaids?


City of Dreams offers a good selection of Western games.

Baccarat - Minimum bet is $3000.

Commission Free Baccarat -  The cheapest Baccarat at City of Dreams is $1000, which is about $130 US dollars.  I ain't gonna lie to you, that hurts. 

Blackjack - Minimum bet is $500.  Ouch again.  Tables also have an Over/Under 13 side bet, which is a sucker bet and should never be played.  If you bet it however, take the over.

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

Caribbean Stud Poker -  Minimum bet is $300.

Craps - City of Dreams is home to Macau's best Craps, with their lone Craps table offering 5-5-5 odds.  The pass line bet is very pricy, however, starting from $200.

Sic Bo - Expensive $500 minimums on Big/Small.

Slot Machines - 900 plus machines, with minimums from 0.02 to $10.  As for electronic games, there's only three options: $25 Big Wheel, $30 Roulette and $30 Sic Bo, while Live Gaming Baccarat starts from $20 and Live Roulette and Sic Bo from $10 apiece.

Texas Hold 'Em - Has 4 cash game tables with blinds of $25/$50, $50/$100 and $100/$200.  Also has daily poker tournaments with buy ins that start from $600, while more serious games begin from $2000.  Also has six Poker Pro E tables that feature Texas Hold Em and Pot Limit Omaha from $10/$20.

Three Card Poker
- Minimum bet is $500.


One of Macau's largest integrated resorts, City of Dreams opened on June 1st, 2009 and is composed of three hotels: the Crown, Hard Rock 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 2017, 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 has 800 rooms while neither the Crown nor Hard Rock exceed 330.  All three hotels offer similarly sized outdoor pools, although the one at the Hard Rock is usually much busier since non-guests can use it if they pay money, which currently costs $200 for singles, $360 for couples and $100 for children.               

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As for spas and gyms, the Crown generally offers the best (and most expensive) services, while the Hard Rock offers the cheapest, which doesn't automatically make them substandard or anything.  In terms of free spa facilities, Crown guests have access to a steam room and sauna, while Grand Hyatt guests can make use of a steam room and ice shower.  No such facilities exist at the Hard Rock, and their gym is the worst of the lot too, although it's still perfectly acceptable.


The best hotel at City of Dreams is the "six star" Crown Towers, and with the recent downturn in junket dominated VIP gaming, a lot of rooms are now available to the public on the weekend.  Two or three years ago, you never had a chance. 


Rates aren’t out of line either, since they’re not that much more than standard weekday prices.

Prices are in Hong Kong dollars, and exclude all tax and service fees:



Rooms and suites at Crown are found on floors 5 to 22, while villas occupy 28 to 33.


Crown Hotel Information

Crown Towers
Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai
Tel: (853) 8868 6888
Fax: (853) 8867 6888

No of Rooms and Suites: 290


The Hard Rock's room rates tend to flactuate a lot, with prices generally cheapest on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Prices below are quoted in Hong Kong Dollars, not including all tax and service charges.


Guest quarters at the Hard Rock are located from floors 8 to 28.

Hard Rock Information

Hard Rock 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 exclusive of all taxes and services charges. 


Rooms in Tower 1 are located on floors 7 to 25, while Tower 2 has guest quarters between floors 7 and 35.

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-$157
Salad: $77-$107                 Barbecue: $147-$237
Starters: $77-$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 - Crown’s Tower's Chinese restaurant is a 1 starred Michelin eatery, serving contemporary Chinese in an ultra chic and suave setting.  Prices aren’t too bad, with appetisers $88 to $280, soup $88 to $268, vegetables $118 to $168 and rice and noodle dishes $88 to $388.  Mains are a little pricier with meat $168 to $480, barbecue $168 to $728 and seafood $328 to $1380. 

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

Jade Dragon is located on the 2nd floor of the Crown hotel and keeps hours daily from 11 am to 3 pm and 6 pm to 11 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-$968
Deli Offerings: $52-$358                 Thai: $118-$298
Macanese: $188-$778                    Grilled: $398-$1688
Pasta: $248-$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 - Crown’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 set is either $688 or $988 I know I’ve stepped into the wrong restaurant.  If you want to try a sashimi and sushi lunch set meal instead, that combo runs $1688.  My Lord.

Evening set meals are no better where a soup, sashimi, sushi and appetiser bloodletting is either $2388 or $2988.  Excuse me, but aren’t all four of those all just appetisers anyway?

Michelin thinks the food is pretty good though, awarding them 1 star in the 2016 Michelin Guide.

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 $158 to $788, seafood $598 to $638 and meat dishes $588 to $618.  Dessert, finally, runs $108 to $128.

Set meals are a big deal at the Tasting Room and they have a very good deal at lunch, where a 3 course meal can be had for $348, a 4 course meal for $428 while 5 courses is $498.  The evening Tasting Menu could not come any higher recommended and costs $828 for 4 courses ($1178 with wine), $1588 for 6 courses ($1988 with wine)  and $2088/$2588 for la creme de la creme, the signature 8 course Chef's Tasting Menu.

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

The Tasting Room is located on the third floor of Crown Towers.  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 particularly like the pizzas and brownies.

Salad: $98-$128             
Bar Snacks: $48-$188
Pizzas: $118-$158
Sandwiches: $98-$148
Alcoholic Beverages: $60-$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 City of Dreams might have the best entertainment on the Cotai Strip.

The House of Dancing Water
- Macau's most popular show has been packing audiences since it opened in 2010.  I wish it had more of a story, but I wish I had a girlfriend named Lola too.  To read my show 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          

Taboo - Taboo is back for its 3rd run, but if you ask me, it’s trending in the wrong direction.  The first one was pretty good while I thought the second one was cheap and lame.  (For a review, please click here: Taboo.)  I don’t know how this third incarnation will fare, but I wouldn’t expect too much if I were you.  Ticket prices are similar to before, ranging between $380 to $980 while the show runs 5 nights a week, from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 9:30 pm.

Vquarium -  Now here's something I enjoy looking at.  These mermaids are hot.  There's not much to do here but sit back and enjoy the show.   

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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.


Located on Level 2 of the Boulevard, Club Cubic is open from 10:30 pm to 6 am on Sunday and Monday, and from 11:30 pm to 6 am Tuesdays through Saturdays. 

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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 right beside the Venetian Macao and Sands Cotai.  The Wynn Cotai is being built right behind it.