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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: June 2, 2016)

 

 

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 Macau island.

 

Tons of great shopping at One Central Macau.

 

The Six Senses Spa, a 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
-  Minimum bet is $300.

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 an advantage play because it's countable, which is a rare opportunity in Macau.

Blackjack - $300 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 $100, while from Friday to Sunday it’s $200.

$100 is the lowest pass line bet in Macau.

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

Sic Bo - 7 different bets.  Big/Small minimums are $200.

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 $50 apiece.  As for electronic games, Baccarat ($50), Big Wheel ($25), Craps ($50), Roulette ($10), and Sic Bo ($25) are all available for play throughout the casino.

Three Card Poker - Minimum bet is $300.

Video Poker - Four $2, $5, $10, $25 or $100 Game King machines.  The return is as follows:

 

 

HOTEL

MGM's 35 story hotel has 600 rooms in total, with prices two or three hundred Mops cheaper than the Wynn on most days.  Your best bet is to book well ahead of time, as reservations made 30 days in advance get 20% off.  That’s the figure I used in the room rates below, which do not include tax or service charges.  Since rooms are very difficult to get on Friday to Sunday, I didn’t list their prices.

 

The stunning Grande Praca is located just behind the lobby, and is well worth visiting, even if you're not staying at MGM.  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.

 

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

POOL

MGM's small rooftop pool offers some pretty smoking views of the South China Sea and Taipa Island.  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.  

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 serves expensive overrated French cuisine, with soup and appetisers $85 to $238 while pasta is $208 to $388 and meat favorites $268 to $580.  Caviar is the most expensive item on the menu, going for $1200 to $4688 while oysters are $60 to $70 and seafood is $688 to $1088. 

A 3 course set meal is offered in the evening which costs $488, exclusive of wine.  If you’d like to order some, the price is $60 per glass.

Saturday and Sunday brunch starts at 11 am and ends at 3 pm with most breakfast choices $48 to $70 while their lunch selections are $240 to $400.  There’s also two different set meals which run $258 and $358 respectively.

High tea starts after that and runs $318 for 2, featuring 9 different snacks like cake, truffles, smoked salmon and fruit.  High tea time is from 3 pm to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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 Tuesday 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 / $308
Dinner:    6:00 pm to 11:00 pm / $458

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, and juices for $498.  If you prefer Veuve Clicquot, champagne, wine or draft beer instead, the price is $598.

Rossio also does a high tea promotion daily which costs $288.

(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 serves Cantonese fare with appetizers $55 to $148, soup $55 to $298, while rice and vegetable staples run $68 to $198.  Barbecue favourites are $128 to $480 while main course meat and seafood are between $128 and $430.  Cantonese specialties like shark's fin, bird's nest and abalone finally are $180 to $1688. 

At lunch they offer a range set meals that go for $188 to $330 while most individual dim sum is $38 to $48.  

 

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.
 
Square Eight - Large menu at Square Eight, made up mostly of Chinese fare.  Rice, barbecue and main meat and vegetable favourites are mostly between $78 and $168 while smaller fare like dim sum, dumpling and sandwiches are $48 to $98. 

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

Pastry Bar
- Pastry Bar serves a lot more than just pastries, with soup, salad, sandwiches, curry, pizza and pasta all available.  Standard prices for any selection falls between $85 to $105 while breakfast is available for $48 to $58.  On the left side of the Patisserie they also sell a lot of nuts, chocolate and ginseng. 

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

SPA

MGM guests get no use of the facilites at Six Senses Spa unless they pay to get in, with the door pass $460.  If you're interested in a treatment instead, the spa offers Ritual Journeys ($2310 to $2970), Body Massages ($1045 to $2090), and Facial and Body Treatments ($550 to $1320).  Couples may find the Romance Ritual of particular interest, which costs $4950 for 2.5 hours, and comes with champagne and chocolate.

 

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. 


Six Senses 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 appetisers $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

One Central Mall is Macau island's largest upscale boutique mall, dealing in all manner of expensive European designer clothes, cosmetics and bags.

 

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  
OVERVIEW

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

 

LOCATION

 

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