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Ponte 16/Sofitel

 

 

Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos
Tel: (853) 8861 0016
Fax: (853) 8861 0018
Email: H6480-GM2@sofitel.com

 

Website: www.sofitel.com
No of Rooms and Suites: 408
Table Games: 84
Slot Machines: 250

(Last updated: September 23, 2017)

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Fun casino with a good game selection - if you play what the Chinese play.

 

Modern hotel with comfortable rooms and good service.

 

Two nice bars, including the MJ Cafe with a hot "All You Can Drink" offer.

 

New foot massasge joint where you can stay overnight for only $228.

 

CASINO GAMES

Baccarat - Minimum bet of $500.

Commission Free Baccarat - Minimum bet is $100.

Blackjack - Minimum bet is $100.

 

Also has an Over/Under 13 side bet on the Player's first two cards, which pays 1-1.  Side bets are almost always sucker bets and this one is no different.  The house edge on the Under bet is 10.07% while the Over bet is 6.55%.     


Fan Tan - Minimum bets for Fan, Nim and Kwok are $200, while Nga Tan is $400 and Sheh Sam Hong $300.  That’s very very weird.  Sheh Sam Hong bets across town are always 3 times the amount of Fan, Tim and Kwok bets, except they’re only $100 more here.  FYI, Nga Tan and She Sam Hong carry the lowest house edge of these five bets, both at 1.25%. 

Pai Gow - The banking option is not given, meaning play is conducted all times versus the dealer.  Minimum bet is $200.

Sic Bo - Minimum bet is $100.

Slots - Around 250 machines spread over the ground floor, first floor, and second floor, with lows between .01 to $1.  There's also electronic versions of Sic Bo ($10), Baccarat ($30), and Roulette ($50).

 
Three Card Baccarat - 1 table, minimum bet is $300.

 

VIP GAMING

Located in the second floor Bordeaux Room, Ponte 16's VIP gaming program returns 1% immediately on buy ins over $5000.  

Free rooms at the Sofitel can also be secured with a cash buy in of $60,000 from Sunday to Thursday and $80,000 on Friday and Saturday.

Club members can also get rooms at the Sofitel for $1,100 Sunday to Thursday and $1,400 Friday and Saturday.  However, unlike before, you need to gamble “for awhile” to qualify for the offer, which isn’t even a good one anymore.  You can probably get the rooms cheaper yourself going through travel agents or on booking websites like Ctrip or Agoda.

 

HOTEL


As mentioned above, booking rooms through online travel sites will probably save you around 200 to 300 Mops, which is the price I've used below.  They're also inclusive of all tax and service charges.

 

 

I've stayed in the Superior Rooms a few times over the past 5 years.  Large and comfortable, with nice furnishings and a good view of the Inner Harbour, they come highly recommended!

 

Superior Room at Sofitel Hotel Macau Twin beds inside Superior Room at Sofitel Hotel Macau bathroom inside Superior Room at Sofitel Hotel Macau 

toilet and shower inside bathroom of Superior Room at Sofitel Hotel Macau bathtub inside Superior Room at Sofitel Hotel Macau free toiletries in Superior Room at Sofitel Hotel Macau

POOL

The Sofitel has a good outdoor pool overlooking Zhuhai and the Inner Harbour.  Although it's unheated, it does stay open all year round. 

 

outdoor swimming pool at Sofitel Hotel in Macau four deck chairs with the Inner Harbour in the background at Sofitel Hotel in Macau

The pool is on the 6th floor and is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm.

DINING

Sofitel's three restaurants serve International, French and Chinese cuisine, respectively.

Mistral
-  Mistral's main show is its large international buffet.  Adult prices are as follows:

 



Rates for children are all around half price.  Children under 4 eat for free. 

Mistral's a la carte menu is a lot larger than before.  Selections include appetizers and salad ($88 to $148), soup ($108/$128), pizza and pasta ($138 to $168), sandwiches and burgers ($168/$188) and grilled or pan seared ($198 to $398).  Cantonese and Asian selections are also available for $158 to $178.  

Mistral is located on the 6th floor and is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm.

Prive - Sofitel takes their stab at fine French dining with Prive, a ridiculously small 6 or 7 table joint located on the 6th floor.  It used to be great but now it's totally in the toilet, and will continue to stay there until they bring a proper chef in.  Only open for dinner, their 2 page menu features starters for $108 to $148, main course fish and meat for $168 to $328 while dessert is $78.  Set meals come and go according to the season, but mostly cost around $500 per person. 

 

For a review of my horrible dinner there, please click here: Prive.

 

Prive is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Le Chinois Cantonese Restaurant
- 18th floor Chinese restaurant looks real upscale but the prices don’t match.  Appetizers go for $48 to $128, while soup runs $42 to $168, and rice and noodles $108 to $168.  Abalone and bird’s nest will have you reaching for your wallet (as they always do) with prices $108 to $1988.  Other things on the menu include barbecue ($128 to $268), fried dishes ($128 to $288), and vegetarian selections ($108 to $148).  

Dim sum is the star of the show at lunch with most selections $28 to $48.

There’s also a very attractive 8 course set meal at night for two people that only goes for $288 a head.  (Wow!)

Le Chinois keeps hours from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm in the afternoon and again from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm at night.

SPA

The Sofitel has two spas, including one that stays open all night.

So Spa - Rates at So Spa differ according to the day of the week, with Peak defined as Friday to Sunday and Off Peak as Monday to Thursday.  In general, Peak Rates tend to be $100 or $200 more expensive than Off Peak.  For the purpose of this review, I’ve used the Off Peak rates. 

 

60 and 90 minute massage run $750 to $950 while facials are $750 to $800 and body wraps $650 to $750.  They also offer more comprehensive 160 to 180 minute treatments that are $1350 to $1600 including one for couples that lasts three hours and costs $2650.

Spa guests may arrive thirty minutes before their session to enjoy the steam room and relaxation area, as well as hang out there afterwards for up to an hour once their treatment is over.     

Guests staying at the Sofitel can get a complimentary 100 Mop spa voucher while those staying in Club rooms can get 20% off.  

The 16 Foot Massage - Here’s my new favorite spa in the city, because it’s legit and stays open 24 hours.  That means if you’re in a pinch and can’t find a decent hotel room you can stay in the spa all night for only $220, and sleep on a big reclining chair that people usually use when they get foot massages.  On weekends, you could do a lot worse than that, and I should know, because I’ve been to hell and back some nights in Macau.  Most 45 minute massage goes for $228 to $385, while 90 or 100 minute massage is $498 to $627.  A 90 minute Four Hand Body Care Massage runs $528, while the most expensive treatment is the 120 minute Royal Thai Massage for $728.  Some basic hand and ear care is also available for $200 to $258.

Located on the 3rd floor, the 16 Foot Massage never closes.     

 

GYM

Sofitel’s gym, meanwhile, continues to be very disappointing.  It's basically just a bunch of free weights and cardio machines, with next to no heavy duty lifting equipment.  For a luxury hotel, that's not going to cut it. 

On the bright side, at least the men and women's change rooms are equipped with saunas and steam rooms, free for all guests to use. 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

There are two attractions designed mostly for children, but I don’t think either of them are any good.

 
G Racing Zone - I had high hopes for this racing car simulation game, but I’ll never play it again.  It gave me such a bad case of motion sickness that I felt dizzy and wanted to throw up after about 20 minutes, which is a shame because I did enjoy it the short time I used it.  There are a ton of racing vehicles to choose from as well as different courses from all over the world, including the street circuit used in Macau for the annual F3 race.  If you crash or lose control, the car will bounce and shake simulating the carnage and I got smoked every time I made the Lisboa turn and the one around Guia Hill where cars basically do a 180.  Too bad that the game may make users prone to sickness, because my friend also felt ill afterwards too, although not to the extent that I did.   In other words, the G Racing Zone might not be for everyone.  Rates are as follows: 

Price          Time
$120         30 min 
$180         60 min
$220         90 min
$300         150 min (can use multiple times)
$900         900 min (can use multiple times)

Located on the 2nd floor, hours are from 10 am to 8 pm daily.

 



Adventure Bouncer Zone - The Bouncer Zone is a small inflatable playground designed for children aged 2 to 12, similar to what you see in fast food joints sometimes.  There are slides and ball pools and things of that nature, but it’s probably too small to be taken seriously.  If it were three times the size and more comprehensive then I think children would enjoy it a lot more.
 

Tickets cost $88 for a day pass while Sofitel guests only have to pay $48.
 

Located on the 3rd floor, hours are from 10 am to 8 pm daily.


BARS

Both of the bars at Sofitel stand out in their own way. 

Rendezvous
-  Rendezvous is one of the nicer looking bars in town, with its big windows and piano house art.  They have a huge wine list with labels from all over the world, including New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Chile and of course, France and Italy.  Most bottles stay under $500, while single glasses stay between $54 and $198.  Beer is an inexpensive $38 to $48, while cocktails are $68 to $88 and most hard stuff $48 to $128.

 

entrance to Rendezvous Lounge at Hotel Sofitel Macau tables and bar at Rendezvous Lounge in Sofitel Macau large artwork on the wall of Rendezvous Lounge at Sofitel Macau jazz band painting at Rendezvous Lounge in Sofitel Macau

 

Current special is buy 1 get 1 free from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Afternoon tea, meanwhile runs $258 for 2 people.

The bar also serves food like soup ($88), sandwiches ($48 to $68), steak ($160/$180) and Asian selections ($118 to $158).  

Rendezvous is located in the lobby and keeps hours daily from 11 am to 1 am.

MJ Cafe - MJ Cafe is half cafe half bar with the majority of food selections under $100.  Specifically, sandwiches and salad are $28 to $58, pizza and pasta $58 to $138, and main course meat choices $88 to $198.  A variety of Asian and Western snacks are also available for $40 to $65. 

MJ Cafe also serves a lot of drinks, including lattes ($28 to $38), draft beer ($60 to $78), cocktails ($58), wine ($68 to $78), and hard stuff like cognac, whisky and gin ($48 to $58).  A half liter of Sangria finally is $78.

Current special is outstanding - as in BEST ONE IN THE CITY - an All You Can Drink offer from 8 pm to 1 pm for $158, with selected beers, sangria and red wine on offer.

Hours at the MJ Cafe are from 11 am to 1 pm daily.

 

(Just a brief side note, the MJ Exhibiton that used to be on the 2nd floor of the Cafe is now closed.  I've left the pictures up anyway.)

 

entrance to the MJ Exhibition at Sofitel Macau Micheal Jackson bust and signed record at MJ Exhibition at Sofitel Macau Micheal Jackson red coat at MJ Exhibition at Sofitel Macau  white Michael Jackson boots at MJ Exhibiton at Sofitel Macau  

THE LAST WORD

 

I love the Sofitel's location, all isolated and alone on the Inner Harbour, an area I once termed the slum land of Macau.  As the years have gone by though, I've softened up on the neighbourhood and it's now one of my favorite ones to explore in the whole city.  Now granted, the Sofitel sticks out like a sore thumb there, being the only development the area has seen in the last 30 years, but as a living option you could definitely do much worse.  I've been there a few times since I first wrote this review in 2011 and never had a bad stay.  For hotels in this price bracket, the Sofitel is tough to beat. 

LOCATION

The Sofitel is the only casino hotel on the old Macau peninsula that isn't close to the Amizade Strip, and for more than a few people, that counts as a very good thing.