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Parisian Macao

 

Estrada do Istmo, Lote 3, Cotai Strip 
Tel: (853) 2882 8833
Fax: (853) 2882 8831
www.parisianmacao.com

No of Rooms and Suites: 2951
No of Tables: 315 (not including VIP)
No of Slots: 1000+
 

(Last updated: January 20, 2018)

 

 

For more pictures of the Parisian, please click here: Parisian Photobook

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASINO GAMES

Baccarat - Minimum bet is $2000, only available in the Signature Club. 

Commission Free Baccarat - Players win only 50% on a won Banker bet that totals 6.  Minimum bet is $300.

Blackjack - Minimum bet is $300.  Also has an Over Under 13 side bet that pays based on the sum of your first two cards.  Aces always count as one.  As is the case with most side bets, it’s a sucker bet so don’t play it.  If you simply can't resist, bet the over if you do. 

Caribbean Stud Poker - Sands casinos in Macau call the game “Sands Stud Poker” even though it’s basically the same as Caribbean Stud Poker.  The only difference is that the Progressive Jackpot side bet starts from $50 and you can bet as much as $250 on it.  Minimums are $200. 

Craps - Las Vegas Sands is the premier company offering Craps in Macau and all of their casinos with the exception of the Sands offers it.  Odds at the Parisian are 3-4-5 and the minimum bet is $200.

Roulette - Good low minimums here with Inside bets only $25 and Outside bets $100.  They also have some tables where the minimum for every bet is $50.  

Sic Bo - Big/Small minimums are $200.

Slot Machines - I didn’t count the slot machines but there are probably over 1000 with minimums that range between $0.10 and $1.

Live Gaming tables only offer Commission Free Baccarat with lows between $50 and $300.

Electronic Gaming is notable for its Blackjack machine with $50 minimums, because not many casinos in town still offer that game.  There's also Electronic Roulette ($10), Sic Bo ($10), Big Wheel ($25), Baccarat ($50) and Craps ($50). 

Three Card Poker - Minimum bet is $200.

War - Dumbest casino game (in my opinion) has rock low $100 minimums.

PROMOTIONS

The rolling program at the Parisian is no different than what’s offered at other Sands casinos in Macau.  Buy ins start from $200,000 while the rate of return maxes out at 1.2% on amounts rolled in excess of 15 million Hong Kong Dollars.

 

 

HOTEL

 

Seeing how the Venetian was put together a decade earlier, you already knew what to expect of the Parisian and Las Vegas Sands didn’t disappoint.  Obviously the half size replica of the Eiffel Tower that spans 37 stories out front needs no introduction, while the lobby is another show stopper in itself, home to a spectacular fountain modelled on the Fontaine des Mers at Place de la Concorde, and two check in counters straight out of the Palais de Versailles.  A further stroll around the property proves that they were only getting started - there are enough chandeliers, paintings, statues, arches, columns and runways to make any fat cat aristocrat feel right at home.  It’s all completely over the top and totally necessary, and I’d like to applaud Las Vegas Sands for the fine work they’ve done yet again, plundering another part of Europe to the benefit of everyone in Asia and Macau. 

 

 

For those on the road with little ones, you might want to consider the Famille Room, which come equipped with bunk beds and a colour scheme that only preschoolers would love.  Awash in soft pinks and light blues it’s a warm inviting space, and the only room I know if of in town that caters exclusively to families travelling with small children.

Extremely reasonable, Deluxe Rooms that don’t face the Eiffel Tower barely crack $1000 HKD on weekdays, while ones that do start from $1200 and up.  Rooms booked on the Parisian website are slashed by 25% if booked 14 days in advance, which are the figures I’ve used below.



With 2951 rooms, the Parisian is an absolute monster and the fourth largest property on the Cotai Strip, behind only Sands Cotai (6120), Galaxy (3505) and the Venetian (3000). 

 

Due to the sheer number of guests, check in and check out can sometimes be a hassle, so I did their Express Check in instead.  You can request it by giving them an email at keyexpress_parisian@sands.com.mo, after which you’ll need to fill in a form stating your confirmation number, arrival date, requested check in time, passport number, nationality, date of birth and credit card information.  You can also make some special requests, so I asked for late checkout at 3 pm and two free tickets for the Eiffel Tower Experience.  The free tickets were denied outright, but they did agree to a late check out time of 2 pm.  I was then sent an Express Check in pass which I took to the hotel and presented to the concierge who then passed it along to the front desk.  Within two minutes I had my room key, and I didn’t even have to give a deposit, which would end up causing problems later on.

I stayed for one night on December 13th, 2016 in the Eiffel Tower King Room, which cost 1120 Mops then.  Fairly small and pretty basic, the windows were half the size they should have been and nothing was free, except for water.  It  actually reminded me a lot of the rooms at the Holiday Inn next door at the Sands Cotai, which are $200 to $300 cheaper per night.

 

 
I had a couple of minor problems during my stay there, one with the mini bar and the other with the Wifi.  Since I didn’t pay a deposit, the fridge was automatically locked and I needed staff to come and clear it out before I could use it to store some of the food I had brought myself.  I just looked at the whole thing as a big headache and a rather unnecessary one at that.  All of the things in the fridge might have amounted to $15 US, which isn’t even a minimum bet in the casino, so why not just give it free of charge to in house guests?  They can make that money back in a nanosecond on the gaming floor, and do, every minute of everyday.  The other issue was with the Wifi, as staff wasn’t sure if it was free for me or not.  After a few phone calls we got it straightened out, with the rule being that it is free for all guests who booked a room through the Parisian website, as I had done.  If you got your room through other means, then Wifi costs money, with the magic number $160 for 24 hours. 

 


All in all, the Parisian hotel room is nothing to write home about, but at least it’s new and everything should be in top condition for the next two or three years.  Even so, I don’t think I’ll be staying there again, and would advise you to find cheaper alternatives in Cotai to base your stay from.  As you’ll see below, the rest of the property is fairly lacklustre as a living option, especially in terms of guest amenities and other in-house services. 

 

POOL

I was originally going to give the Parisian pool some serious praise due to its Aqua World component, a children’s play area full of water guns, water slides, and one big badass pirate ship.  While it isn’t as good as the Grand Resort Deck at Galaxy, it’s a lot better than what you usually get and certainly a nice perk for Parisian guests.  And then I found later that Aqua World is Pay for Play…. even if you’re staying at the hotel!  Completely unacceptable, all I have to say is shame on you Parisian for being so cheap. 

 

 

Prices are $160 per person on weekdays while a Family Package (2 adults and 2 kids) is $480 per day.
 
Hours at Aqua World are from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer season.  

As for the Parisian’s free pool facilities, they’re no better than okay, with one main pool, one wading pool and a few jacuzzis.  When the hotel is rocking peak capacity, I don’t believe those pools aren’t going to hold up to the ferocious demand.

 



Hours are from 7 am to 8 pm in the summer and from 7 am to 7 pm in the winter.

There’s also one place to enjoy food and drinks outside, the Parisian Pool Bar.  Their menu is as follows:

Champagne and Sparkling Wine: $80 to $180 (glass)  $390 to $880 (bottle)
White Wine: $48 to $70 (glass) $220 to $350 (bottle)
Red Wine: $48 to $70 (glass)  $220 to $320 (bottle)
Cocktails: $78
Beer: $52 to $70
Juice: $52

Breakfast: $98
Snack items: $68
Soup: $68 to $78
Salads: $88 to $128
Sandwiches: $108 to $128
Noodles and Rice: $78 to $128
Kids Menu: $78
Desserts: $68 to $88

Hours are from 10 am to 5 pm daily

RESTAURANTS


The Parisian has a nice mix of restaurants offering both Eastern and Western fare, at prices that should suit all comers.  Here are the main venues.

Lotus Palace - Serving contemporary Cantonese, Lotus Place is the Parisian’s most upscale and expensive eatery. 

Lunch and Morning Dim Sum: $42 to $98
 
Appetizers: $68 to $168
Barbecue: $98 to $168
Abalone and Dried Seafood: $488 to $2888
Bird’s Nest: $500 to $588
Soup: $88 to $688
Seafood: $128 to $488
Meat: $168 to $488
Vegetables: $98 to $108
Rice and noodles: $98 to $388
Dessert: $58 to $98

A 10 course Tasting Menu at night (10 courses, really????) looks like it only goes for $588 a head.  Another good set is available at lunch too - 5 courses for only $174.

Hours daily are from 11:30 am to 3 pm in the afternoon, and 6 pm to 11 pm at night.  From Friday to Sunday, Lotus Palace closes an hour later at midnight.

Brasserie - Serving contemporary French, Brassiere looks pretty hip going for a trendy bar/bistro combination.  Prices aren’t way out of line either, and I quite enjoyed my dinner there.  For more information on how it went, please check the review here: Brasserie.

Seafood on Ice: $45 to $290
Seafood sets: $580/ $888

Cold Appetizers: $95 to $260
Hot Appetizers: $88 to $225
Soup: $75 to $98
Cured Meat Platter: $188
Sandwiches and Light Meals: $88 to $138
Main course lobster/steak/prawns: $148 to $360
Grilled: $195 to $350
Desserts: $60 to $180

They also have a set lunch menu which runs $168 for 2 courses and $198 for 3 courses.  In the evening, a 4 course dinner set runs $480.  Afternoon tea finally is $268 for 2 people.  If you want French apple cider instead, it costs $35 per person while champagne runs $75.       

Hours daily are from 11 am pm to 11 pm daily.

La Chine - Located on the 6th floor of the Eiffel Tower, I think La Chine has a bright future, possibly one that includes Michelin stars.  For a review of my splendid lunch there, please follow the link here: La Chine. 

Dim Sum: $38 to $108
Appetizers: $58 to $148
Barbecue: $98 to $288
Soup: $65 to $368
Chinese Specialities: $168 to $298
Eiffel Tower Specialities: $98 to $368
Vegetables: $78 to $98
Seafood and Bird’s Nest: $208 to $1288

There’s also one Tasting Menu that runs $588.

Hours from Monday to Friday are between 12 pm and 3 pm in the afternoon, and from 6 pm to 11 pm at night.  On the weekend, lunch starts an hour earlier at 11 am.

Le Buffet -  The Parisian’s only buffet restaurant, they probably should have come up with a better name.  Breakfast costs $208. lunch $238 and dinner $388, while children under 12 are half price and those under 3 eat for free.  For the lunch and dinner buffets, the dining time is limited to 2 hours.

Open from 6:30 am to 10 pm daily, they also have an a la carte menu that’s available all day.  From personal experience though, you do not go to a buffet restaurant and order a la carte - you just don’t do it.

Food Court - The food court on the 5th floor serves Japanese, BBQ, steak, Taiwanese, seafood, Nanyang dishes and Vietnamese fare for about $50 to $120 a plate.
 
GYM

The Parisian’s gym is everything you’d expect from new hotel.  Rocking a full assortment of cardio equipment, resistance trainers and free weights, everything is state of the art and in immaculate condition.  When it’s time step it up a notch, personal trainers are also on hand from daily 6 am to 10 pm to give guidance and assistance. 

Located on the 6th floor, the Parisian’s gym is open 24 hours.  Just bring your room key if you want to get in after 10 pm.

SPA

The only way for Parisian guests to enjoy spa amenities is to buy the $250 door pass at Le SPA’tique which allows access to the vitality pool, sauna and steam room.  Why these things aren’t free in signature five star hotels is beyond me, but such is the market in Macau. 

Treatments at Le SPA’tique are all standard choices and include signature journeys ($1310 to $3000), 1 to 2 hour massage ($660 to $1730), facials ($1290 to $1840), and scrubs and wraps ($470 to $1210).  There’s also waxing available for between $150 and $550.

After your treatment is over, guests can stay and use the facilities for free for as long as you want.

Located on the 6th floor, Le SPA’tique is open daily from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

ENTERTAINMENT

Parisian entertainment ranks among the best on the Strip, mostly due to the Eiffel Tower and 1,200 seat Parisian Theatre, which played the outstanding Thriller Live for much of 2017. 

Eiffel Tower Experience - I thought the whole idea of having an Eiffel Tower in Macau was cheap and ludicrous, but it actually looks pretty good, especially at night.  At 525 feet high, it’s half the size of the original, and has two observation decks on the 7th and 37th floors.  Tickets cost $100 for adults and $80 for children, while a family pack of 4 (two adults and two children) runs $288. 

If you book a Parisian room through their website, you can sometimes get one ticket for only $5 HKD, depending on the time of year and which promotions are on.

The Eiffel Tower Experience is open from 11 am to 11 pm daily.

Qube Kingdom - Standard play area for children aged 3 to 15, featuring slides, climbing nets, gaming consoles and even an outside carousel.  The price is $130 for two hours (1 child and 1 adult), while each additional hour is $60.  If another adult wants to join the fun, it costs $60 for the first two hours, and $20 for every hour after that.

Located at Level 6, Qube Kingdom is open daily from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm.

SHOPPING

The Parisian’s shopping arcade is a fun take on Paris, full of mimes, jugglers, living statues, opera singers, can can dancers and people carrying copious amounts of bread and garlic.  Principal highlights include reconstructions of Place Vendôme, Napoleon’s Vendôme Column, and Champs-Elysees, the most beautiful avenue in the world.  Of course, if you go there to shop you can do that too, with clothes, cosmetics, jewellery, bags and watches all on sale and in plentiful supply in their 170 up market stores and boutiques.

SUMMARY

 

Love it!  The Parisian is precisely what the Cotai Strip needs these days, a massive photogenic property with the capability to be an attraction in itself.  With awe inspiring architecture, world class entertainment and a bevy of shops, restaurants and tourist worthy activities, the Parisian is on the fast track to the promised land - must see status for visitors of all pedigree and persuasions.

 


The only unfortunate thing is that the hotel itself is slightly underwhelming.  Rooms don't drop jaws or whisk you off to the comforts of the Old World or anywhere else that nice.  Las Vegas Sands clearly favoured functionality over luxury, largesse and the Eurotrash dream, so by all means visit Paris, but you don’t have to stay there.


LOCATION

Across the road from Sands Cotai, and in between Studio City and the Four Seasons, the Parisian rocks a pretty sweet spot on the Strip.
  

 

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