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Eastern Casino/Grand Lapa

 

956-1110 Avenue D'Amizade
Tel: (853) 2856 7888
Fax: (853) 2859 4589
www.grandlapa.com

 

No of Rooms: 388
No of Suites: 28
Tables Games: 34
Slot Machines: 0

(Last updated: September 8, 2017)

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Fantastic pool, spa and gym - amenities that put their closest competitors to shame.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Grand Lapa is a personal favourite of mine and gets my vote as the best hotel around the Macau Ferry Terminal.  Originally known as the Mandarin Oriental, it’s been around since the 1980’s at least, shocking considering how good the grounds, lobby and rooms still look.  Much like yours truly, the property is aging like fine wine, with recent refurbishments keeping it as vital as ever.


As for the Eastern casino, well, let’s just say that’s it’s fall from grace has been swift and sudden.  Once it catered to Baccarat whales, now it’s the haunt of bums who can barely handle $100 tables.

 

CASINO GAMES

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  The Eastern casino (formerly called Jimei) used to be one of Macau’s busiest, priciest and most upscale casinos.  Now it’s low stakes all the way.

Baccarat
- Most tables are $100 or $200.

Commission Free Baccarat
- Plenty of the tables are $100 or $200.

Blackjack
- Minimum bet of $100.

Sic Bo
- 1 table with a minimum bet of only $50.

PROMOTIONS

 

Back when it was the Jimel, the casino used to have a slew of great promotions, but they’re all gone now.  All of the private junkets have disappeared too, as has the epic “suite room” that rocked my world in 2011.  The only thing left is one VIP rolling program provided by the casino which returns 0.8% immediately on buy ins of $1000, while monthly settlement is 0.9% (0.8% cash + 0.1% comp allowance).

 

HOTEL

The Grand Lapa may not have the same name brand as other well known Macau hotels, but it's probably just as good as the Grand Lisboa, MGM and Sands.  The hotel facilities are second to none, especially the gym and pool which are both outstanding for a hotel of its size.  I've stayed there numerous times throughout the years and never had a bad visit.  Staff, in particular, are always amazingly polite and very willing to please.  I've been in hotels sometimes where the help seem to think they're the guest and you owe them something, but the Grand Lapa understands what good customer service is all about.   

All told the Grand Lapa has 388 rooms and 28 suites.  Rates listed below are in Macau Mops and include all tax and service charges:

 

All rooms have been recently refurbished so the pictures provided below are a little out of date.

 

Superior Room at the Grand Lapa Macau view of Superior Room at Grand Lapa facing the door Superior Room bathroom at Grand Lapa Macau Yang Jie holds up shoe brushes at Grand Lapa Macau

POOL

The Grand Lapa offers the best swimming pool on the old Macau peninsula, bar none.  Fully heated, it's good to go 12 months a year. 

 

large outdoor swimming pool at Grand Lapa Macau  waterfalls outside swimming pool at Grand Lapa Macau

 

The pool is actually part of a larger Recreation Area which also include tennis courts.     

For young visitors, there's also the Kids Company, a play zone designed for children aged 3 to 12.  It's free for the first two hours everyday and then each additional hour is only $85.  Staffed by professional counsellors, highlights include video games, computers, a playground and other special activities.

 

Located behind the Spa building, the pool keeps hours daily from 6:30 am to 10 pm.

DINING

I've eaten at all three of the Grand Lapa's restaurants, and they were all average at best.

Kam Lai Heen
- Located on the second floor, Kam Lai Heen is the Grand Lapa's most expensive restaurant.  Executive set meals go for $488 or $618 while their more expensive gourmet counterparts run $1688 or $1748.  Other selections on the menu are more reasonably priced, with barbecue and main meat dishes $108 to $168 and rice and noodle plates $88 to $188.  The priciest things available are abalone ($368-$1280) and a lot of seafood ($78 to $238) while a whole Beijing duck goes for $628.  Their lunch menu is a lot of dim sum, with one person probably needing to spend $200 to $300 to eat well.  Kam Lai Heen serves Cantonese food.

Here’s a review of my dinner there: Kam Lai Heen

Hours are from 11 am to 3 pm, and from 6 pm to 10 pm.  Closed on Tuesdays.  

Cafe Bela Vista - Also on the second floor, Cafe Bela Vista specialises in world cuisine.  Asian fare runs $98 to $168 while Portuguese eats are $140 to $180 and pizza and pasta are $110 to $190.  International food from a variety of countries is $110 to $138 while grilled food like steak and lamb is $210 to $508.  They also run a buffet three times a day with breakfast $218, lunch $220 and dinner $348, while children 4 to 12 get 50% off.  Most of the buffet is Western food although some Chinese fare is also available.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, afternoon tea is $241.

Here’s a review of my lunch there, with the Mavenettes: Cafe Bela Vista

Cafe Bela Vista is keeps hour from 6:30 am to 10 pm daily.  The only exception is from Monday to Thursday when it closes from 3 pm to 6 pm.  

NAAM Thai Restaurant - NAAM Thai carries the reputation of being the best Thai joint in town, which isn't really saying much these days.  Most main dishes are reasonably priced however, going for between $100 to $300.

Here’s another review of my lunch there: NAAM Thai

Hours are from 12 pm to 2:30 pm in the afternoon and from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm at night.   Closed on Mondays.

SPA

The Grand Lapa's spa is another highlight of the hotel, offering an excellent range of beauty and massage treatments.  Massage is either 50 or 80 minutes and costs between $890 and $1250 while facials are $850 to $1200 and 80 minute body treatments $1080 to $1800.  Signature Journeys packages run between $1200 and $2180 while a couple treatment costs $3980 and lasts 3 hours.

  

If you just want to use the sauna and steam room inside, access is free of charge for in house guests, a tremendous perk that only 3 or 4 Macau hotels provide.  The vast majority of them require payment via a door pass fee, something I find completely unacceptable.

 

Hours are from 6:30 to 10 pm.


Yang Jie posing in a pagoda at the Grand Lapa MacauGYM

The fitness centre is fantastic as well, more on the level of a full fledged membership gym than anything usually found in a hotel.  In addition to a full regimen of cardio and weight machines, it also also offers aerobic classes, yoga, body toning, spinning and step programs.

 

The gym hours are from 10 am to 10 pm. 


THE LAST WORD

I love the Grand Lapa.  If you stay in any hotel close to the Ferry Terminal, than this is the one.  Luxury and value are two concepts that often collide in the real world, but they can both be yours at the Grand Lapa. 

LOCATION

The Grand Lapa is located minutes away from the Ferry Terminal, beside the Sands and Waldo.