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Pharaohs Palace/Landmark

 

555 Avenida da Amizade, Macau
Tel: (853) 2878 1781     
Fax: (853) 2878 6611
E-mail: info@landmarkhotel.com.mo
Website: www.landmarkhotel.com.mo

 

No of Rooms: 451
Table Games: 64
Slot Machines: 180
 

(Last updated: January 21, 2018)

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Bona fide casino with good game selection and low minimums.

 

Caribbean Stud Poker for only $100, the cheapest in town.

 
PHARAOH'S PALACE CASINO


Pharaoh's Palace is one of the better casinos in Macau, simply because it offers more than just Baccarat and keeps the minimums low.  Why casinos need 40 tables of the same game is beyond me, but I guess that’s why I’m here on my couch writing reviews and not in Cotai Strip boardroom meetings laying out the future of the industry and where I’m taking it.  Regardless, it would be nice if more casinos followed Pharaoh Palace’s lead, because the usual rule here is Baccarat or bust, which gets very boring after awhile.

Much smaller than I thought it would be, the casino is limited to one fairly large room on the 3rd floor.  Deftly designed, it resembles the inside of pyramid, highlighted by the large statue of a Pharaoh King and Queen opposite the main doors.  The gracious pair tower nobly over the casino floor, keeping tabs on their kingdom of obedient gamers, looking a little bemused by the sight of it all.  Bright murals of Egyptians, sacred animals and hieroglyphics adorn the brown brick walls which were made to look intentionally old, while a column of thick majestic pillars rise from the ground to the ceiling, supposedly acting as the room’s main supports.    
 
A very comfortable casino, there’s plenty of room in and around the 64 tables, which are neatly grouped according to game and adequately spaced.  Minimums are excellent with every game available for $100 or $200 while most slots are under 20 cents.  There’s also electronic Sic Bo for $50.

 

Here are a couple of pictures from outside the casino, where photos are allowed to be taken.

 

entrance to the Pharaohs Palace casino in Macau Egyptian table and chairs outside of the Pharaohs Palace casino in Macau

 

PHARAOH'S PALACE GAMES

 

Pharaoh's Palace has a very good assortment of games for a casino its size. 

Baccarat - Minimum bet is $200.

Commission Free Baccarat
- Minimum bet is $200.

Blackjack
- Minimum bet is $200.

Caribbean Stud Poker
- Cheap 50-1 payout on the royal flush, however the side bet is only $20.  With a minimum bet of $100, this is the cheapest Caribbean Stud Poker in Macau. 

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

Sic Bo
- 5 different bets available.  Minimum bet is $100.

Slots
- 180 in total with limits that start from 10 cents.  Electronic Sic Bo is also available for $50.
    
PROMOTIONS

 

I believe that Pharaoh's Palace also runs the same point redemption program as at Legend Palace.  In order to score free rooms at one of the four hotels they control: the Rocks, Harbourview, Legend Palace and Landmark, it requires 90 points in one day from Sunday to Thursday and 250 points on Friday and Saturday.   If you can't reach those thresholds in one day, then you can accumulate points over a longer period of time with the magic number 150 points from Sunday to Thursday and 400 points on Friday and Saturdays.  It's not clear at all which hotel you'll get to stay at, it all depends on the availability on the day in question.

 

HOTEL

Landmark opened a lifetime ago in 1997 which is ancient for hotels for Macau.  I'd probably never consider staying there simply because of that, but it's still a pretty decent option on the Amizade Strip.  The lobby looks great and the room rates are very competitive.  

 

Landmark Macau Hotel lobby front desk at the Landmark Macau hotel front doors at the Landmark Macau hotel  
Room prices are in Hong Kong Dollars and include all tax and service charges.


 

As you can see, it's very affordably priced for being such a large place.  Rates are right between budget hotels like the Fortuna and President ($700 Sunday to Thursday) and more expensive nearby mega properties like the Grand Lisboa and Starworld ($1500 plus Sunday to Thursday).

 

POOL

Landmark's indoor pool is swank and styling, and open all year round.  The plants down the side are a nice design touch too.

 

Landmark Macau Hotel indoor pool hot tub at the Landmark Macau hotel

Hours are from 7 am to 9 pm.

DINING
 

Landmark has 4 proper restaurants, the best of which is probably Meng Mun Royal Orchid Chinese Restaurant.  There's also a small dessert stand.

Varanda - Varanda does Portuguese and Macanese fare on the western side of Level 1.  Although it doesn’t look very large it’s actually a serious restaurant with a large menu.  Appetisers and salad run between $65 and $188, while soup is $56 to $88 and sandwiches $68 to $90.  Portuguese and Macanese favourites run $78 to $168 while meat selections are $138 to $208.  Varanda’s Asian choices include noodles for $58 to $85 and rice for $78 to $90.    

Hours are from 7 am to 1 am.

Meng Mun Royal Orchid Chinese Restaurant
- Located in the eastern part of Level 1, Meng Mun Royal Orchid Chinese Restaurant serves seafood and Guangdong style Cantonese dishes.  Their Dim Sum lunches are extremely popular with customers and the restaurant is often full then.  For a good lunch meal, you're probably looking at $80 to $200 per person.  In the evening, they go strictly la carte, with appetizers ($28 to $88), meat ($68 to $238), claypot ($168) and seafood (most under $150) all available.  

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

Hours from 11 am to 3 pm, and 6 pm to 11 pm.    

King of Kings Restaurant
- King of Kings is right outside the Pharaoh's Palace casino on Level 3.  Small small place it serves typical Chinese fare with appetizers $38 or $58, vegetables $48 to $108, barbecue $88 to $238, soup $15 to $280 and rice $45 to $150.  There’s also regional selections with Northeastern fare $43 to $128, Sichuan favourites $48 to $228 while Chef’s Recommendations are $78 to $228.

Kiwato Japanese Restaurant also operates out of King of Kings, and isn't very expensive, with most selections under $150.

Petrus Restaurant
- Now serving Cantonese fare, prices at Petrus are higher than Meng Mun Royal Orchid Chinese Restaurant.  Appetizers are $56 to $108, soup $88 to $908 while vegetables are $98 to $168.  Shark’s fin, bird’s nest and abalone are mostly between $650 to $3000, while seafood and meat are $108 to $398.  The cheapest choices on the menu are rice and noodle dishes for $98 to $218.  Located on the 5th floor.

Landmark Bakery
- Located next to Varanda on the first floor, Landmark Bakery serves sweets like croissants, muffins and cinnamon buns for $8 to $20.  Full cakes meanwhile run $98 to $168.

SPA

 

There are two spas at the Landmark, one legit and one that specializes in sweet sin.


Guests at Landmark can access the spa on the 5th floor and its sauna, steam room, hot tub and jacuzzi for free, a very nice perk that most hotels in town don’t provide.  Non-guests have to pay $100 for that action, and an additional $160 if they also want to use the pool and gym.    

Treatments at the spa are limited to just massage with 60 minute prices $338 to $498 and 90 minute tariffs $328 to $688.  They also have 6 different packages available for $488 to $728 that mix and match different types of treatments with two examples being:  

Regeneration Treatment - Lymph Detoxifier (30 mins) and Herbal Oil Pressure Massage (60 mins): $688.

Classic Mind and Body Balance - Foot Cupping (30 mins), Head, Neck, Back and Shoulder Massage (30 mins) and Traditional Body Relaxing Massage (60 mins): $728.  

Spa hours are from 7 am to 9 pm daily.
 
One Sauna - The privately owned One Sauna operates out of the 2nd floor.  Featuring all manner of illicit delights, the door pass costs $880 for 12 hours while full service is $2280 to $4380.  Straight up massage is $1080 while those with happy endings are $1380.  

The One Sauna stays open 24 hours.


BARS

Landmark has one KTV in the basement named the Cave.  Years ago it used to be a full fledged bar, but now it’s mostly just a brothel.

 

GYM

Landmark's gym is three to four times larger than other gyms found in comparably sized hotels.  With a wide selection of cardio equipment and heavy duty weight machines, getting a good workout there won't be a problem.   

The gym is located in the 5th floor Recreation Area, and has the same hours as the Spa.

SHOPPING

Landmark has a reasonably sized shopping arcade spanning three floors in all.  Familiar players in the Eurotrash scene all peddle their goods there, with Patek Phillippe, Hugo Boss, Rado, Omega, Piaget, and Franck Muller all in the house.  Caveat emptor, my friends.

 

a testoni shop at the Landmark Macau Hugo Boss shop at the Landmark Macau


THE LAST WORD


Landmark was built last century and probably belongs there too.  It does a lot of things reasonably well but the result is somehow less than the sum of its parts.  For wont of a better word, the property just feels old now. 

 

As for Pharaohs Palace, it's one of the better casinos in town.  You usually don't get such good game selection in such a small venue, with Blackjack, Roulette, and Caribbean Stud Poker notable Western games offered.  The limits are also very low too, making it one of my favorite places to gamble in town.   

 

LOCATION

Pharaoh's Palace is directly opposite from Starworld on the western side of the Amizade Strip.