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Grand Lisboa

 

Avenida De Lisboa
(853) 2828 3838
www.grandlisboa.com

 

No. of rooms & suites - 430
Table Games - around 270
Slot Machines - 700+

 

Owned by SJM
 

(Last updated: October 25, 2017)

 


 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

World class building design that you'll either love or hate.

 

Home to three restaurants with Michelin stars: Robuchon Au Dome (***), The 8 (***), and The Kitchen (*)

 

The Crazy Paris Show - a Lisboa staple for decades and still the best entertainment by far in any Macau casino. 

 

Great looking pool that is easily among the best ones in town.


INTRODUCTION

 

The Grand Lisboa is barely a decade old now, but it's already a Macau landmark.  Located beside its sister hotel, the (now) low key Lisboa, the Grand Lisboa steals the show with its oversized reflective dome bottom and glaring gold tower.  At 856 feet, it's the tallest building in Macau.


At night, the hotel is ablaze in a flurry of light and color, a stunning spectacle to behold that always draws loads of tourists to its large lotus flower base, cameras most definitely in hand.


GRAND LISBOA CASINO

 

The Grand Lisboa casino takes a few themes from the old Lisboa and combines them with a lot more space and colour.  Fans of the Lisboa will appreciate the Grand Lisboa's dark walls and black circular beams, as well as the giant glowing orb on the first level that pays homage to all of the smaller ones that change colour on the Lisboa's second floor.  Although similarities between the two casinos do exist, the Grand Lisboa possesses an extra dimension of space and light that the Lisboa has never had.  The same sense of elegance that exudes from the Grand Lisboa’s stately exterior and lobby is repeated throughout the casino, making it a very pleasant place to gamble in.  I always personally enjoy just being on its broad floor and under its gold roof.

One of Macau’s largest casinos, the Grand Lisboa offers 270 tables and more than 700 slots.  Minimums are fairly high, with Baccarat almost always in the $1000’s while other table games start from $200 or $300.  Slots max out at $5, while Live Gaming is limited to just $50 Baccarat.  As for electronic gaming, Roulette ($10), Big Wheel ($25), Baccarat ($30), and Sic Bo ($30) are all available.

The Grand Lisboa is notable for being the only casino in Macau that has a sports book, which only seems to offer European soccer.  Free beer is available as well, provided you can prove you've been gambling.  It's also one of the few casinos in town that accepts Macau Patacas, with that courtesy extended to players on the 2nd floor. 

 

Grand Lisboa Macau night exterior

CASINO GAMES

 

The Grand Lisboa no longer has Craps, Pai Gow and Texas Hold Em.

 

Baccarat - Minimum bet is $1000.

Commission Free Baccarat -  I saw one table for $300 while the vast majority were $1000 plus.

Blackjack - Minimum bet is $300.

Caribbean Stud Poker
- Minimum bet is $300.

Fortune Wheel - Minimum bet is $100.  This is the only casino in Macau besides the Venetian where this game is still available as a table game.  Most casinos only offer the electronic version, called Big Wheel.

Roulette - Inside/Outside minimum bets are $20 and $100.

Sic Bo - Minimum bet is $200.

Slots - The most expensive slots top out at only $5.  Grand Lisboa also offers $50 Live Baccarat as well as four electronic games: Baccarat ($30), Big Wheel ($25), Roulette ($10) and Sic Bo ($30).


Three Card Baccarat - Minimum bet is $500.

War - Minimum bet is $300.

 

PROMOTIONS 
 
Dead Chip Program - The Grand Lisboa's dead chip program is very underwhelming; the majority of independent junkets give more than 1% on buy ins over $100,000.




The Grand Lisboa also offers Program V, which would only benefit whales who roll in excess of $10,000,000. 



Complimentary allowance refers to discounts available in Grand Lisboa rooms, bars and restaurants, as well as select transportation services.

GRAND LISBOA HOTEL

 

Even though the Grand Lisboa was meant to be a modern version of the original Lisboa hotel, there aren’t that many similarities between the two.  The Grand Lisboa is cut from the same cloth as the Wynn, MGM or anything you'd find down on the Cotai Strip.  That's to say, it offers all the amenities and comfort of a contemporary 5 star hotel, but none of the personality or style that made the Lisboa what it was, a landmark hotel synonymous with Macau for over 40 years.

Perhaps the only parallel I can draw between the two hotels is that both of their lobbies are superbly designed, and full of paintings, sculpture, jade and other artwork that Mr Ho collected through the years.  While the Lisboa probably has twice as many pieces on display than the Grand Lisboa, I doubt any of them are worth more than the Grand Lisboa's Star of Stanley Ho, or the Bronze Horse Head taken from the Old Summer Palace.  The Star of Stanley Ho is the world's largest cushion shaped internally flawless D-color diamond, and while I don't know its price, I guess it cost more than the $8.85 million US dollars Ho paid for the horse head.  Regardless, all of the art on display in the Grand Lisboa lobby is worth a look, as is the lobby itself.  In my opinion, the only better one in the city is the one next door.
 

Grand Lisboa lobby   Grand Lisboa lobby front desk 


All told the Grand Lisboa has 430 rooms and suites with prices usually a bit lower than the nearby Wynn and MGM.  

Room types and rates in Hong Kong Dollars are as follows, including all tax and service charges: 

 

I stayed at the Grand Lisboa for one night on October 19, 2017.  I paid $1407 Mops for a Superior King which was automatically upgraded to a Deluxe King, I didn’t even have to ask.  Check in was a hassle as I tried to do it early, around 1 pm.  After getting registered and paying the standard $1000 deposit, I was given a card with my room number and a reminder to come back at 3 pm when it would be ready.  Upon return I expected the concierge would just hand over a room key but I was made to stand in line again for another 20 minutes.  As I stood there stewing I asked the bellhop why I had to check it twice, which he conveniently forgot to answer.  Well anyway, I thought, at least I got a free upgrade. 

Having stayed at the Lisboa before I kind of knew what to expect from the Grand Lisboa room and it didn’t disappoint.  What is usually outlawed by decency and common sense is typically allowed to flourish, as evidenced by the Batman inspired lampshades, hanging crystal and whatever that fluffy red rose thing is that hangs over the bed.  All in all, it struck me as a cheap version of a honeymoon suite, especially with the plush cushioned end bench beside the bed that can’t serve any other function but to facilitate carnal delights.  (I know that’s how we used it.).  For a “grand” hotel I also wasn’t impressed by the quality of the furniture, desk, tables or chairs, which paled in comparison to the nice wooden antique ones next door at the Lisboa.

 

 
There were positives however, starting with the minibar, which was free and fully stocked with beer, juice and soda.  The TV had three free porn channels, which you could access after phoning housekeeping and getting a code.  The bathroom was large and spotless, featuring a small jacuzzi bathtub, stand up shower and a lot of space to move around.  There was even a TV inside the mirror and another one in front of the toilet, which are nice design touches that more modern hotels should have.  I also like it when there’s a phone next to the shitter as well, because I can’t think of better time to order room service or talk to your significant other than when you’re spraying a little mud.

 


The best part of the room however was undoubtedly the view.  It was simply magnificent, facing directly out into the teeth of the Amizade Strip and all of its major properties.  When you’re up so high and can peer out and see something like that, it invariably gives you a little boost, like you’re above whatever you’re seeing, in a figurative sense.  Macau and all its greatness is under you and that is one sweet feeling to have. 

 

 

All shortcomings of the room aside, the view totally made up for it with me, and I would definitely consider staying there again because of it.  If you’re considering in a higher end property on the old Peninsula, the Grand Lisboa might be your best option, when you factor in price, location and value.  The Wynn no doubt has the better rooms and is the better hotel but it’s also $600 Mops more, which is not an inconsequential difference.  Get down with the gaud and save a little coin while you’re at it, as you pimp the porn and rock the view.  You could definitely do much worse than the Grand Lisboa on the Strip. 

 

POOL

One of my dreams in life is to kick it for a week at the Grand Lisboa pool, beside the Roman pillars and waterfalls.  That's when I know I've made the big time for sure.

 

Grand Lisboa pool at night Grand Lisboa pool daytime  
Located on the fifth floor, the pool keeps hours daily from 8 am to 10 pm.

 

DINING

 

The Grand Lisboa is a major player in the Macau dining scene, home to three restaurants with Michelin star distinction.        

Robuchon Au Dome - Three star Michelin joint is long on reputation and short on substance.  I had the set lunch meal deal here a few years ago and trust me, don't waste your time.  Apart from severe disappointment, the only other thing I felt after the meal were burning pangs of hunger.  Not only were the servings minuscule but half of them were ordinary at best.  The soup tasted like something like out of a can in a supermarket while I've had better tasting fish served straight from a mainland vegetable market stall.  How this place got three Michelin stars I'll never know.  They don't even deserve one.  As my friend said, the best part about the lunch was the sparkling water.

The lunch meal I tried now runs $688 (3 courses), $788 (4 courses), and $888 (5 courses).  Wine is extra with 2 glasses ($320), 3 glasses ($420) and 4 glasses ($520).  Make reservations at another restaurant after you go though, even if try the full course, because you're going to need them.

Maybe things turn around at night with their two set meals for $1888 or $2988, but you'll be paying a lot to find out.  Apart from that, there’s also a small 2 page a la carte menu featuring appetizers for $388 to $828 and main dishes for $448 to $2398.

Located at the very top of the Grand Lisboa, one nice thing I can say about the restaurant is that is very very beautiful. 

Hours daily are from 12 pm to 2:30 pm and 6 pm to 10:30 pm.

 

The 8 - The 8 also has 3 Michelin stars, but unlike Robuchon, they deserve every one of them.  Serving the best in Cantonese cuisine, most appetizers run between $50 and $360, vegetables $140 to $280 while soup is $120 to $2600 and roasted specialities $50 to $1300.  For more pricier dishes, seafood is $120 to $2600, meat $140 to $980 and bird’s nest, sharks fin and abalone $240 to $1800. 

The 8 also has a couple of set meals in the evening for two people that run $2000 and $4400 respectively, or $3000 and $5800 if you want to drink wine.  

Please note that their dim sum lunches are extremely popular and reservations are almost always essential, particularly on weekends.

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

The 8 is located on the 2nd floor and keeps hours daily from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.  On Sundays they open an hour and a half earlier at 10 am.

Don Alfonso 1890 - Don Alfonso 1890 is a high end Italian eatery, with prices to match.  Appetisers are between $200 and $550, soup, spaghetti and pasta are $120 to $490 while main meat dishes are $220 to $800.

As for set meals, there are three different options at lunch: 2 courses for $330, 3 courses for $430 and 4 courses for $530.  At night, a 5 course dinner set costs $750, or $1300 with wine.

For oenophiles and wine snobs, Don Alfonso's wine list offers more than 7,400 labels. 

For a review of my dinner there, please click here: Don Alfonso 1890.

Located on the 3rd floor, Don Alfonso opens daily from 12 pm to 2:30 pm and from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm at night.   

The Kitchen - The Kitchen got a Michelin star in 2015, but I've never wanted to eat there.  Prices are outrageous, with their premium grade fare running between $1300 and $1700(!!) while merely normal average selections still cost between $280 and $700.  Seafood meanwhile starts from $700 while pizzas begin at $310.  Riiiigght.

Set meals at lunch aren’t much of a bargain either as they run $430, $530 and $630 respectively.  In the evening, there’s one set dinner that costs $950, or $1550 with wine.  

The Kitchen is right beside Don Alfonso on the 3rd floor.  Hours daily are from 12 pm to 2:30 pm and from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Crystal Lounge & Deli - The Crystal Lounge and Deli is the place to go in town for an amazing deli sandwich.  With over 15 different types of imported meat to choose from, it's like being back in North America.  Besides the sandwiches that cost around $80 a pop, the Crystal Lounge serves other Western food like soup ($45), salad and appetisers ($55 to $78), sandwiches and burgers ($60 to $125), and wraps, tortillas and assorted cheese platters ($65 to $130).   

They also have live music performances every Tuesday to Sunday evening starting from 6 pm.

 

For a review of one of my meals there, please follow the link: Crystal Lounge and Deli.

The Crystal Lounge and Deli overlooks the first floor gaming level and is open 24 hours.

Noodle & Congee Corner - Now located on the U2 floor, Noodle and Congee Corner does affordable Chinese fare with the majority of dishes under $100.  In specific, noodles run $62 to $75, soup $42 to $68 and gourmet dumplings $40 to $60.  Main meat selections are very reasonable too, only $60 to $140.

One set meal is available as well for $258.

Noodle and Congee Corner is located on the Upper 2nd floor and stays open 24 hours.

Round-the-Clock Coffee Shop
- Round the Clock Coffee Shop does both Western and Chinese cuisine with most things on the menu under $200.  Appetizers, soup and salad stay between $45 and $92, while pasta, sandwiches and burgers are $75 to $125 and Chef’s Recommendations $65 to $138.  Seafood and meat selections are the priciest things on the menu ($110 to $250) while Portuguese and Macanese fare is $90 to $190.  As for their Asian selections, a lot of it stays between $72 and $148.

As the name suggests, the restaurant is open 24/7, and is located on the Upper 2nd Floor.

 

SPA

A high end spa is a necessity in any high end Macau hotel, and the Grand Lisboa is no different.  The Lisboa Clarins spa is one of the pricier ones around, with facials $950 to $1250, massage $1050 for 60 mins or $1450 for 90 mins, and body treatments $800 to $1000.  100 minute skin recovery is $1800 while half day spas are $2800 to $3200 and full day spas $2400 to $3320.

 

Located on the 5th floor, the Lisboa Clarins spa is open daily from 8 am to 12 am.

 

As for free spa amenities, the Grand Lisboa only offers a sauna for men, and a steam room for women.  Both are located on the 5th floor in the pool changing rooms.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

The Crazy Paris Show takes place daily from 4:30 pm to midnight on the main casino floor.  A Macau mainstay for decades, it's a cabaret style performance featuring scantily clad foreign beauties, most of whom could be considered goddesses.  Exquisite and exemplary examples of the female form, they entertain in a multitude of ways, with everything from pole dancing to Brazilian can can, hoop work to other more risque endeavours.  Best of all, the entire show is free.  

 

THE LAST WORD

With its amazing restaurants, awesome lobby and beautiful pool, the Grand Lisboa is a top living option on the old Macau Peninsula, perhaps second only to the Wynn Macau.

 

LOCATION

The Grand Lisboa has a fantastic location, just off of San Ma Lo and within walking distance to Senado Square and the Historic Quarter.