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MGM

 

Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen

(853) 8802 8888

www.mgmmacau.com

 

Table Games - 420

Slot Machines - 900+

No. of rooms & suites - 600

 

(Last updated: January 22, 2018)

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS
 
The gorgeous Grande Praca, a stunning re-creation of an old World European square.

 

Top notch casino that also serves free booze, a rarity in Macau.

 

Rossio, the best buffet going on the old Macau peninsula.

 

Tons of great shopping at One Central Macau.

 

Tria Spa, a blissful sanctuary of peace and repose.

MGM CASINO GAMES

MGM offers a fine assortment of Western games.

Baccarat - There’s no Baccarat on the main floor, only in the high limit areas.  Minimum bet is $1000.

Commission Free Baccarat - Won Banker bets totaling 6 pay 50%.  Minimum bet is $500.

Dragon 7 Baccarat - Dragon 7 Baccarat is Macau's best Baccarat game, with a house advantage of 1.02% on the Banker bet.  Called EZ Baccarat at the Wynn, the game at MGM is better because players can touch the cards, so less hands get played per hour to the casino’s benefit.  Minimum bet is $500.

In exchange for not paying the 5% commission, won Banker bets of three cards totalling 7 push.  This game also has a $25 Dragon 7 side bet, which pays 40-1 if the Banker does indeed get a winning three card total of 7.  Although the house edge on that bet is 7.61%, it's actually an advantage play because it's countable, which is a rare opportunity in Macau.

Blackjack - $500 minimum bet.  Blackjack rules are among the best in town, as Aces can be split up to 4 times.

Caribbean Stud Poker - Payout is a proper 100-1 for a royal flush.  Minimum bet is $300.  Like Las Vegas Sands casinos, players can bet more than $25 on the side bet and then receive higher Flush, Full House and 4 of a Kind payouts. 

Craps - They have one table with 3-4-5 odds.  On Monday to Thursday the pass line bet is $200, while from Friday to Saturday it’s $300.

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

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

Slots - Over 900 slots with minimums from 5 cents to $10.  Live Gaming consoles are MGM's newest addition, featuring Baccarat minimums from $100, while Roulette and Sic Bo are both $10 apiece.  As for electronic games, Big Wheel ($25), Craps ($50), Roulette ($20), and Sic Bo ($30) are all available for play throughout the casino.

Three Card Poker - Minimum bet is $300. 

 

PROMOTIONS

 

MGM's VIP rolling program returns the following rates:

 

 

Members can get a free room after rolling the following numbers: $1,000,000 (if you're involved in the $1,000,000 rolling program), $5,000,000 (if you're involved in any $5,000,000 and above programs), within a 14 day period.  This offer can be claimed up to a maximum of 5 times a month.

 

HOTEL

MGM's 35 story hotel has 600 rooms in total, with prices that are usually $200 or $300 Mops cheaper than the Wynn Macau on most days.  Your best bet is to book ahead of time, as reservations made 14 days in advance get 20% off.  That’s the figure I used in the room rates below, which include all tax and service charges.

 

 

 

The highlight of MGM is the gorgeous Grande Praca, accessible via the main lobby.  It's especially ambient at night, when the black sky busts in through the skylight dome, providing the perfect backdrop for the brightly lit facades and terraces.  In my opinion, it's the most beautiful section of any hotel in Macau, and well worth visiting even if you're not staying at MGM. 

 

MGM Macau Grande Praca night MGM Macau Grande Praca fountain MGM Macau Grande Praca staircase and buildings     

DINING

MGM has a good mix of Asian and International restaurants.  Prices on average tend to fall on the high side.

Aux Beaux Arts - Aux Beaux Arts has some good hype around town, but it's overrated in my opinion.  Soup and appetizers go for $80 to $130 while oysters are $50 to $60 and meat favourites $180 to $400.  Caviar is the most expensive item on the menu, running $888 or $1288 while seafood platters are $588 or $1288, and sharing dishes for 2 or more people $430 to $1050.

A 3 course set meal is offered in the evening for $388, which includes 1 appetizer, 1 main and 1 dessert.

High tea happens on the weekend from 3 pm to 6 pm, with the price $288 for 2.


For a review of my disappointing dinner at Aux Beaux Arts, please click here: Trip Report II.

Aux Beaux Arts is located in the Grande Praca and is open from 6 pm to 12 am on Monday to Friday and from 11 am to 12 am on Saturday and Sunday.     

Rossio - One of my favorite restaurants in Macau, Rossio specializes in high end international buffet dining.  The seafood section, in particular, is extraordinary.  Prices and buffet times are as follows:

Breakfast: 7:00 am to 10:30 am / $190
Lunch:      12:00 pm to 3:00 pm / $238

                Saturday lunch / $288
Dinner:     6:00 pm to 11:00 pm / $428

Please note that children under 6 eat for free.             

They also offer Sunday brunch from 11:30 am to 3 pm with free flow of sangria, lemonade, juice and mojitos for $468.  If you prefer champagne, wine or draft beer instead, the price is $568.

Rossio also does a high tea promotion daily from 3 pm to 6 pm which costs $288 for 2 people.
Don't forget to add 15% to all of those prices.

 

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

Imperial Court - Imperial Court is the king of the set meal promotion.  Wow.  So let’s start with those.

Dim Sum Set Lunch: $188
Imperial Court Gourmet Selection: $340
Business set lunch for 4 people: $368 per person
3 course Speciality Set Menu: $238
9 course Chef Chow Wine Pairing Set Menu: $1180, $1380 (2 glasses of wine), $1480 (3 glasses of wine)  *Minimum 2 people
7 Course Chef Chow Tea Pairing Set Menu: $1080, $1280 (with tea)

The rest of the menu is a la carte:

Dim Sum (lunch only): $42 to $68

Appetizers: $85 to $168                               Chef’s Recommendation: $120 to $580  
Soup: $55 to $298                                       Seafood: $148 to $538
Double Boiled Soup: $190 to $680                Meat: $148 to $498  
Barbecue: $128 to $400                               Poultry: $238 to $500     
Bird’s Nest: $280 to $890                             Vegetables: $168 to $218   
Abalone and Dried Seafood: $180 to $340     Rice and Noodles: $168 to $268
 

Hours are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Monday to Friday, and from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and 6:00 to 11:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays.
  
Grand Imperial Court - Grand Imperial Court offers a larger menu than Imperial Court and has more food styles overall. Chaozhou, Sichuan, Shanghai and Beijing dishes are all readily available with most selections between $148 and $388.  The rest of the menu is Cantonese with appetisers $58 to $168, soup $88 to $988 and vegetables $128 to $238.  Standard rice and noodle choices are $98 to $188 while barbecue is $128 to $348 and seafood $198 to $688.  For southern delicacies like abalone, bird’s nest and shark’s fin, the prices range from $328 to $1880.

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

Grand Imperial Court is located on the 2nd floor in the VIP gaming section.  Hours are from 10 am to 11 pm daily.
 
North By Square Eight
- Square Eight used to offer a small buffet but they’ve scrapped that concept and divided the restaurant in two, with one side dealing in Northern Chinese cuisine and the other half offering Southern Chinese favourites.  Here is the menu for the Northern dishes.

Northern Snacks: $60/$80
Dumplings: $55
Northern Chinese noodles: $65 to $75
Northern Chinese specialities: $60 to $160
Fresh Fish: $100 to $180

North By Square Eight is located opposite the casino floor and is open 24 hours.

South By Square Eight
- South by Square Eight deals in Hong Kong and Cantonese favourites, and the early returns have been very positive.  

Soup: $35 to $110                          BBQ: $90 to $120
Dim Sum: $40 / $45                       Specialities: $90 to $150
Southern Noodles: $50 to $85         Vegetables: $55
Rice: $90 to $100

Cheap looking afternoon tea sets run only $78 a person, while supper and breakfast sets are available daily from midnight to 11 am for $68.

Square Eight is located opposite the casino floor and stays open 24/7.

Pastry Bar
- I walked by the the Pastry Bar a million times and thought they only sold desserts, but I was way wrong.  The menu is actually quite substantial, with soup, salad, sandwiches, curry, pizza and pasta all available.  Standard prices for any selection falls between is $88 to $128 while breakfast is available for $48 to $58.  On the left side of the Patisserie they also sell a lot of almonds, nuts, ginseng, and chocolate.  

The Pastry Bar is located in the hallway linking MGM to One Central Mall and is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm.

 

POOL

MGM's small rooftop pool offers some pretty smoking views of the South China Sea and Taipa.  Winter guests though are out of luck, as the pool closes down for three months every year, between January and March.

 

MGM Macau swimming pool MGM Macau pool with Taipa in the background MGM Macau swimming pool and palm trees

Excluding the offseason, the pool keeps hours daily from 8 am to 10 pm.  

SPA

MGM guests get no use of the facilities at Tria Spa unless they pay to get in, with the door pass $460.  If you're interested in a treatment instead, the spa offers Wellness Rituals ($1880/$2080), Body Massages ($780 to $2080), and Facial and Body Treatments ($880 to $2580).  Lovers may find the Couples Massage ($1788/$2488) or Romance Package ($1988) of particular interest, which last either 60 or 90 minutes.
  

If your treatment exceeds $750 then you are allowed to use the sauna, steam, jacuzzi or flotation pool afterwards free of charge, for as long as you want.  Please note that the latter two are community facilities, open to both men and women, so bathing suits are required. 


Tria Spa is open from 10 am to 4 am.    

 

BARS

Now that the Lions Bar has closed for good, MGM is down to only one proper bar. 
   
ABA Bar - Sophisticated lounge type venue, ABA's menu consists of a lot of bourbon, whisky, gin, rum, tequila, and vodka, with most selections in the $50 to $95 range.  Tamer fare like beer and wine stay in the $55 to $75 range, while a lot of champagne starts from $1000 up (full bottles).

ABA Bar also has a small food menu with tapa selections like sea prawns, oysters and croquettes $68 to $108.

ABA Bar is located beside Aux Beaux Arts and keeps hours daily from 5 pm to 2 am.  It's not open on Mondays.

Pool Bar -  Pool Bar has more food than beverages on the menu with appetizers $110 or $115, pizza $148, sandwiches $88 to $138 and noodles and rice $128 to $166.  Beers are to $60 or $65, while coffee, tea and juice are $40 to $65. 

Located right beside the pool on the third floor, Pool Bar hours are from 8 am to 8 pm daily.  In the winter, it closes down though.
 
SHOPPING

With One Central Mall accessible via the MGM lobby and casino, you don’t even have to go outside to access over 200,000 square feet of overrated marked up designer clothes, cosmetics and bags.  In normal circumstances I believe that you can never beat the house, but you probably have a better chance going against casino dealers than your wife and say, Mr Fabio Caviglia.  She’ll probably double down next with Hugo Boss and Ermenegil Do Zegna, and that'd only be the beginning.  I don’t know what the house edge on that action would be, but I bet it’s somewhere around 444%.

 

MGM Macau One Central Mall Dior store MGM Macau One Central Mall Ralph Lauren store MGM Macau One Central Mall Vertu store MGM Macau One Central Mall Gucci store  
THE LAST WORD

MGM is probably the second best hotel on the old Macau peninsula, after only the Wynn Macau.

 

LOCATION

 

MGM is located directly behind the Wynn, right beside the One Central Mall and lavish Mandarin Oriental hotel.