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Lisboa


2-4 Lisboa Avenue
Tel: (853) 2888 3888    
Fax: (853) 2888 3838    
www.hotelisboa.com

 

No of Rooms - 972
Table games - 72
Slot machines - 150


 

(Last updated: September 23, 2017)

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Fantastic retro rooms that prove the 70's aren't dead.

 

Amazing lobby full of antique art, furniture, jade and other artifacts from Stanley Ho's personal collection.

 

The most sinister looking casino in town - a throwback to years gone by.

 

The only place in town you can still bank when playing Pai Gow.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

First unveiled in 1970, Stanley Ho’s flagship hotel was for many years not only the most famous casino in Macau, but in all of Asia.  A treasured city landmark and Macau’s most historically important hotel, it’s a huge complex composed of two hotel wings, three casinos, four floors of shopping and 927 rooms.  Although you could argue the Lisboa has lost some of its lustre these days, it’s staying relevant as an excellent budget option on the Amizade Strip, one you shouldn’t shy away from checking out.
 

LISBOA CASINO

 

I don’t usually describe casinos and what they look like, but the one at the Lisboa definitely deserves mention.  It’s a throwback to another time, when casino operators paid no mind to modern comforts like service, space and lighting.   Dimly lit and a little sinister, 28 tables are packed onto a circular gaming floor that resembles a dark round cage, the short squat pillars acting as thick square bars.  Twelve dragons descend from the ceiling grasping orbs of glowing light, their bodies grotesquely conforming to the wicked contours of the wall.  The ceiling is a macabre amalgamation of unknown symbols and designs, which convey no apparent meaning and can barely be made out.  There’s no other casino in town remotely like it, one so intimidating and scary, yet so startling and compelling at the same time.  You should definitely stop by to check it out, even if you don't want to gamble.

Minimums at the Lisboa are fairly low, with most games available for $200 or $300.  Five years ago they had a much better game selection, but Fan Tan, Roulette, Banking Three Card Baccarat at Fish Prawn Crab are no longer available, the latter finished city wide.  Slots and electronic versions of Baccarat ($10), Sic Bo ($30) and Roulette ($40) are also offered on the first floor, as is Live Gaming Baccarat on the third, with rock low $20 minimums.    

The Lisboa probably has more VIP tables than public ones.  The third and fourth floors are the exclusive domain of the junkets, with a bunch of different companies in business up there.  They definitely need to pool their money together for a remodel, because everything up there looks straight out of a Remington Steele episode.  There's horrible carpet on the floor and the wood panel on the walls had to have came from the side of an 80's station wagon.  Most everything is done up in gold but the designs are so dated that it projects nothing but poor class and low taste.

 

LISBOA CASINO GAMES

 

The Lisboa is the only casino in Macau where players can bank playing Pai Gow. 

 

Baccarat - Minimum bet is $300.

 

Commission Free Baccarat - Minimum bet is $300.

 

Blackjack - Minimum bet is $200.

Pai Gow - Players retain the option to bank if they so desire, and the odds say you should when given the chance.  Assuming you set your tiles the house way, the house edge when banking against one player is only 0.53%, far lower than when not banking (2.44%).  Minimum bet is $100.

Sic Bo -  Minimum bet is $100.

Slots - Slot lows are 5 and 10 cents.  Also has electronic Baccarat ($10), Sic Bo ($30) and Roulette ($40), as well as $20 Live Gaming Baccarat on the 3rd floor.

 

Three Card Baccarat - Minimum bet is $200.

 

The Lisboa also has another large casino called the Crystal Palace.


CRYSTAL PALACE CASINO GAMES

The Crystal Palace has an entrance on Avenue D'Amizade.  One of the cheapest places to play in town, $100 tables are the norm. 

Baccarat - Minimums start from $100.  

 

Commission Free Baccarat - Minimums of $100.  

Blackjack - Minimum bet of $200.

Sic Bo - Big/Small minimum is $100. 

Slot machines - Around 120 machines.  Minimums from 5 to 50 cents.

Three Card Baccarat - Minimum bet is $100.

PROMOTIONS


EC Card - The EC card is the Lisboa's player card, used to accumulate points via gaming that can be redeemed for gifts and other comps later on.  

Elite Card - Holders of the Elite Card can join five different cash back rolling programs, as listed below. 

$1,000 Buy in program

Buy in                                      Cash return           Bonus commission       Total return
                                                 (immediate)                  (monthly)

$1,000 - $299,000                        0.80%                          0.00%                   0.80%

$300,000 - $599,999                    0.80%                          0.05%                   0.85%

$600,000 - $999,999                    0.80%                          0.10%                   0.90%

$1,000,000 - $1,999,999             0.80%                           0.15%                   0.95%

$2,000,000 - $4,999,999              0.80%                          0.20%                   1.00%

$5,000,000 - $9,999,999              0.80%                          0.25%                   1.05%

$10,000,000                                 0.80%                          0.30%                    1.10%



$100,000 Buy in Program

$100,000 - $299,000                    0.88%                          0.00%                   0.88%

$300,000 - $599,999                    0.90%                          0.00%                   0.90%

$600,000 - $1,199,999                 0.95%                          0.00%                   0.95%

$1,200,000 - $4,999,999              1.00%                          0.00%                   1.00%

$5,000,000 - $9,999,999              1.05%                          0.00%                   1.05%

$10,000,000  plus                        1.10%                          0.00%                    1.10%


$300,000 Buy in Program

Buy in                                      Cash return           Bonus commission       Total return
                                                 (immediate)                  (monthly)

$300,000 - $599,999                    0.90%                          0.03%                   0.93%

$600,000 - $1,999,999                0.95%                          0.03%                   0.98%

$1,200,000 - $3,999,999             1.02%                           0.03%                   1.05%    

$4,000,000 - $6,999,999             1.05%                           0.03%                   1.08%

$7,000,000 - $9,999,999              1.08%                          0.03%                   1.11%

$10,000,000 - $14,999,999           1.12%                         0.03%                   1.15%

$15,000,000 plus                         1.15%                          0.03%                    1.18%


$800,000 Buy In Program

Rolling amount                                Cash return           Comp Allowance        Total Return

$1,500,000 - $2,999,999                      1.00%                         0.03%                    1.03%

$3,000,000 - $4,999,999                      1.05%                         0.03%                    1.08%

$5,000,000 - $9,999,999                      1.10%                         0.03%                     1.13%

$10,000,000 - $14,999,999                  1.15%                         0.03%                     1.18%

$15,000,000 +                                      1.20%                         0.03%                     1.23%


$1,500,000 Buy In Program

Rolling                                              Cash return           Comp Allowance        Total Return

$800,000 - $2,999,999                        1.00%                         0.05%                    1.05%
 
$3,000,000 - $4,999,999                     1.05%                         0.05%                    1.10%

$5,000,000 - $9,999,999                     1.10%                         0.05%                    1.15%

$10,000,000 - $14,999,999                 1.15%                         0.05%                    1.20%

$15,000,000                                         1.20%                        0.05%                     1.25%

 

LISBOA HOTEL

 

I had a fantastic stay at the Lisboa during the summer of 2012.  For more information about the hotel and rooms, please check out Trip Report II.

 

Hotel Lisboa front desk Hotel Lisboa main lobby chandelier Hotel Lisboa West Lobby chandelier Hotel Lisboa West Lobby

 

Current room rates shown are in Hong Kong dollars, inclusive of all tax and service charges.



An added perk for guests staying in Lisboa rooms is that everything in the mini bar is free, as is the internet.  And best of all, there's also three free porn channels on the satellite TV, oh yeah!

 
POOL


The Lisboa pool is completely inadequate, seeing that the hotel has 972 rooms.  

Hotel Lisboa pool

 

Move along people, there's nothing to see here.

 

DINING

Among the 11 or so restaurants at the Lisboa, these 5 are designated as signature eateries.
 

Guincho a Galera - Guincho A Galera's goal is to take Portuguese dining and elevate it to the next level (aka the ultra expensive.)  While they've got the pricy part down (naturally), the food leaves a lot to be desired, and they still don't have a Michelin star.  And after the dinner I had there, I doubt they ever will.

The same a la carte menu is used for lunch and dinner.  Starters are $180 to $250, soup $80 to $150, seafood $295 to $1250, and meat $260 to $495.  For one person to try a starter, soup and then main dish seafood, it’ll probably cost $1500 after the wine and tax.  I don't know how to say Good luck in Portuguese so I'll just leave it at that.      

They also have a number of set meals to choose from.  At lunch the choice is between 2 courses with dessert for $310 or $440 with wine, and 3 courses with dessert for $380 or $510 with wine.  In the evening, two different degustations menus are available for $520 (4 courses) and $630 (5 courses).  There’s also a Weekend Grill Menu on Friday and Saturday nights that runs $960 for 2 people.     

They've recently introduced some new set meals into the fold.  At lunch the choice is between 2 courses with dessert for $310 or $510 with wine, and 3 courses with dessert for $380 or $580 with wine.  In the evening, a 6 course set meal runs $630 or $1030 with wine.

 

For a review of my meal there, please click here: Trip Report II

Guincho A Galera is located in the Lisboa Tower on the 3rd floor.  Hours are from 12 pm to 2:30 pm in the afternoon and from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm at night.

New Furusato - New Furusato deals in Japanese fare and a whole lot of set meals.  Lunch sets runs between $320 and $480 and individually feature one of sushi, tempura, sashimi or teppanyaki, while a ton of different Kaiseki sets are between $550 and $1100.  I don’t know what Kaiseki is exactly, but Vegetable Kaiseki seems to the most common kind ($580) and then it progressively gets more expensive as you move from Tempura Kaiseki ($780) to Sushi Kaiseki ($980) to Wakaiseki ($1020) and finally Furusato Kaiseki ($1100).

Apart from the set meals, there’s also a la carte, with appetizers ($60 to $150), salad ($90 to $220), vegetables ($35 to $100) and meat ($50 to $860) all available.  Soup ($30 to $165), rice ($95 to $320), noodles ($100 to $160) and seafood ($70 to $280) are also economically priced.  Sushi finally is $45 to $120 while tempura runs $100 to $280 and sashimi is $165 to $720.

Located on the 2nd floor in the Lisboa Tower, New Furusato has the same hours as Guincho a Galera.  

Tim's Kitchen - You wouldn't know it by the name, but Tim's Kitchen serves Cantonese food.  It also has one Michlin Star, which I wouldn't have guessed either after eating there.  Prices are pretty good, with shark fin ($500 to $1680), abalone ($250 to $13800) and bird's nest ($280 to $580) expectedly high while everything else stays around $100 to $300.  Specifically, appetizers are $60 to $250, soup $65 to $2180, house specialties $50 to $680, and poultry $120 to $600. 

For a review of my lunch there, please click here: Tim's Kitchen

Tim's Kitchen is in the East Wing lobby with hours from 12:00 to 2:40 pm in the afternoon and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm in the evening.

Portas do Sol - Portas do Sol sounds very Portuguese, but it actually serves Chinese fare.  Prices have shot up recently, with appetizers $65 to $150, vegetarian plates $70 to $220, and rice and noodle dishes $90 to $600.  Soup is expensive too, running $85 or $750, while seafood is $450 to $1600 and main meat dishes $100 to $360.  Seafood, abalone and shark's fin finally are $210 to $2500. 

Located on the 2nd floor of the East Wing, Portas do Sol opens for breakfast on the weekend at 9:30 am while weekday hours are from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.  In the evening, dinner starts at 6:30 pm and doors close at 10:30 pm.

Noite e Dia Cafe - Located on the lobby level of the Lisboa Tower, Noite e Dia Cafe does food in all styles, International and Asian alike.  Three different breakfast options run $95 and $260 while individual selections like eggs, real, yogurt and french toast are $38 to $170.  For lunch and dinner, Portuguese favorites run $100 to $190 while pasta, sandwiches and burgers are $68 to $130 and premium meat dishes $98 to $310.  As for Asian, they offer dim sum for $32 to $60, main Japanese fare for $75 to $152 while standard Chinese selections are $70 to $225.  Soup, salad, and vegetables finally run $42 to $180.   


Noite e Dia Cafe is open 24 hours.


BARS

Gallery Lounge looks like it's part of Puertos de Sol on the 3rd floor, but it's not.  It's just located beside it.  Half bar and half restaurant, the food menu consists of typical pub and snack fare, with prices between $38 and $108. 

As for drinks, beers are $30 to $70, hard stuff $30 to $90 while cocktails are $50.  A couple of port selections are a pricier $120 or $180.  Coffee, juice, tea and pop finally are $26 to $50.  

 

Gallery Lounge at Hotel Lisboa Macau

Hours are from from 11:00 am to 12:30 am on Sunday to Thursday and from 11:00 am to 1:30 am on Friday and Saturday. 

SHOPPING


Due to some scandal at the Grand Lisboa involving a prostitution ring and a high ranking manager, the Lisboa shopping arcade has been cleaned up.  All of the hot mainland hookers have been forced out, leaving the Lisboa mall a shell of its former self.  
   

THE LAST WORD

The Lisboa is a great budget option in a city that doesn't have many good ones.  I couldn't recommend it more, especially if you like art and old things. 

 

LOCATION

 

It's hard to find a hotel in Macau that has a better location than the Lisboa.